| Apr 26, 2013
| 7:48 PM
The gig: Christopher Thornberg is founding partner of Beacon Economics, a Los Angeles-based economics consulting firm. Since its founding in 2007, Beacon has provided economic analysis and forecasting for cities, counties and corporate clients.
| Dec 11, 2012
Charles Rosen, the renowned pianist and prolific writer whose award-winning book "The Classical Style" has been read by music students around the world, has died. He was 85.
The New York-born musician had been suffering from cancer and died Sunday...
| Oct 28, 2012
Philosopher Paul Kurtz was called many unflattering names during his long career, including "Satanic free-thinker" and "dangerous corrupter of young minds."
But the name some of his critics considered most damning was the one he most prized.
| Sep 23, 2012
"A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing."
Simpson may not have wished for trouble, but he kept writing for 60 years — spare, powerful poems about war, infidelity, suburban alienation and other...
| Sep 17, 2012
Dr. Thomas Szasz, the New York psychiatrist whose Don Quixote-like attacks on the psychiatric profession in the 1960s and 1970s led him to a position of prominence and influence before his radical ideas fell into disrepute and he faded into obscurity, has...
| Aug 4, 2012
Joan Stein, a Tony-winning theater and television producer who helped to launch several long-running L.A. stage productions, including "Love Letters," "Forever Plaid" and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," has died. She was 59.
| Feb 25, 2012
Kenneth Price, a prolific Los Angeles artist whose work with glazed and painted clay transformed traditional ceramics while also expanding orthodox definitions of American and European sculpture, died early Friday at his home and studio in Taos, N.M. He...
| Jan 29, 2012
Gigi Gordon, a crusading criminal defense lawyer who battled corrupt police and overzealous prosecutors to free dozens of prisoners who had been wrongfully convicted, committed suicide after struggling with multiple sclerosis and depression. She was 54....
| Jan 20, 2012
| 5:26 PM
Nicholas McCarthy found himself in the Santa Monica offices of Content Media, an independent movie company, sensing that his life had reached a crossroads.
His 11-minute thriller had just played at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He had...
| Dec 26, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Despite its full title of “A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians – from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between,” the book is intentionally not encyclopedic. Its vignette-like structure...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 4:37 PM
New York was the scene last week of two bizarre and deadly elevator incidents, and charges were filed there in another incident two years ago that left an elevator rider severely injured. On Wednesday, a woman in Manhattan was killed when she was pinned...