| Dec 1, 2013
We're not exactly sure why two Los Angeles councilmen are proposing a ban on growing genetically engineered crops or selling the seeds in the city. Maybe that's because they don't seem all that clear on the matter themselves.
So far as anyone knows,...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 10:26 PM
The L.A. Opera invited the press in to talk turkey.
Not figuratively, as in shop talk about contraltos and coloratura.
Turkey as in the cooked bird — which has a part to play in "Falstaff."
The opera is staging six performances of Verdi's...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 7:55 AM
Fitbit, the popular maker of wearable fitness devices, is now offering to refund or replace the Force, its latest product, after users began reporting that the gadget is causing irritation to their skin.
Reports of rashes caused by the Force began to...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Stage and screen credits abound in Zoe Kazan's family — her parents are the screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord and her grandfather is the pioneering director Elia Kazan ("A Streetcar Named Desire"). But the 30-year-old actress and...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 9:18 AM
The makers of antibacterial soaps and bodywashes will have to demonstrate that their products are safe, effective, and prevent the spread of illness better than good old-fashioned soap and water, or they'll have to conform to new rules, the Food & Drug...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:19 PM
This review has been updated.
Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass surely never imagined that the Winter Warlock from their 1970 TV Christmas special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” would go into improv. The Troubadour Theater Company (&...
| Dec 22, 2013
The trans-Atlantic eclipse voyage was organized by Betchart Expeditions ( 252-4910, http://www.betchartexpeditions.com), a California-based company specializing in science-oriented travel. It offers about two dozen science-themed trips a year to...
| Dec 29, 2013
In 1963, the Supreme Court established a rule of evidence that is now well known to viewers of television courtroom dramas. In Brady vs. Maryland, it held that prosecutors must turn over to defense attorneys evidence favorable to the accused and "material...
| Nov 7, 2013
There is a subculture in America you may know little about. Its members are haunted by a slender, twisting, tick-borne germ known as Borrelia burgdorferi, the microbe responsible for Lyme disease, and they are trying desperately to warn us that we are all...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 12:00 PM
The first time through middle school was bad for Jeff Kinney. But the second time? Golden.
Kinney is the writer and cartoonist behind the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, a series that revels in the thugs and cliques, the clueless parents, the awkward...
| Nov 9, 2013
We have talked before about the gentrification of deep downtown, the colorful area familiar from dystopian novels and Tom Waits lyrics that has become the most reliable destination in town for bespoke cocktails, vintage party dresses and monogrammed dog...