| May 17, 2013
| 6:11 AM
Suffice to say that Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte weren't thinking about Proposition 8 when they composed "The Marriage of Figaro."
The 1786 comic opera follows bullying Count Almaviva's efforts to invoke droit du seigneur to sexually conquer...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The photograph is almost famous: a shot by Kevin Winter of actress Jennifer Lawrence that caught her just as she stumbled on her way to receive an Oscar this year.
The small drawings hanging beneath are less familiar: delicate images by P.E. Sharpe of a...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 7:15 AM
In perhaps the worst-kept secret in theme park history, the Disneyland Paris resort has finally admitted that the long-rumored Ratatouille trackless dark ride will open in 2014.
Photos: Ratatouille dark ride at Disneyland Paris
| Nov 5, 2012
Gae Aulenti, an Italian architect who attained international prominence turning old buildings into modern museums, including Paris' Musee d'Orsay and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, died Wednesday at her home in Milan. She was 84.
Her family told...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Chris Marker, an enigmatic figure in French cinema who avoided publicity and was loath to screen his films yet was often ranked with countrymen Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard as an avant-garde master, died at his home in Paris on Sunday, his 91st...
| Feb 2, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Los Angeles Times
Invented in Paris in the late 1950s, the mechanical drawing toy that would eventually be marketed as "the world's first laptop" became wildly popular soon after an Ohio company introduced it under a new name: Etch A Sketch.
| Dec 8, 2012
When I was in my 20s, studying wine and living on very little money in Paris, I couldn't afford to eat in real restaurants very often. But I'd stop at a favorite wine bar a couple of times a week. It always seemed to be cold weather, and the chill crept...
| Jul 12, 2012
Marion Cunningham's crusade to preserve the nightly supper hour came of her concern that without it children would never learn table manners or the give and take of dinner conversation. Not only that, she worried that such traditional American dishes as...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 8:50 PM
Oscar Niemeyer, the architect whose soaring buildings form the heart of Brasilia, the instant modernist capital built in the wilds of Brazil in the late 1950s, has died. He was 104.
Niemeyer, who had outlived his contemporaries to become the world's...
| Feb 9, 2013
In L.A., grocery shopping is an extreme sport. Weekly, I threaten my husband that I'm going to start keeping a log detailing how many miles and how much time I spend shopping. I can tell you right now the carbon footprint is not pretty.
When I was a...
| Sep 1, 2012
I remember the stories -- L.A. chefs renting fast cars and and doing a Michelin three-star restaurant blitz through France. Ten restaurants in five days. Wallowing in foie gras, truffles, baby lamb, Brittany lobsters and newborn vegetables. Not to mention...