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  • 'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?

    'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?
    After years as an influential but rarely screen cult classic, Thom Andersen's 2003 documentary, "Los Angeles Plays Itself," will finally be released on DVD this week. Andersen, a professor of film studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, made the movie to protest what he saw as Hollywood's repeated, willful misrepresentations of Los Angeles and its architecture — and to rescue from obscurity some worthy films about the city, like Kent MacKenzie's 1961 "The Exiles." But because Andersen's 169-minute movie is strung together entirely from film clips, there were always questions about getting clearances for all that material, and it became obscure itself.
  • Olympia Fields has designs on another U.S. Open

     Olympia Fields has designs on another U.S. Open
    Olympia Fields members joke about having not only the world's largest locker room, but also the world's largest heating and air-conditioning bill. The scale of the club is remarkable. At its grandest, more than 1,000 members traversed four 18-hole...

    How a SCI-Arc design spoof predicted New York's 'poor doors'

    My mom likes to say that she left South America for the Land of Opportunity, only to have South America follow her here. It's our bit of gallows humor for talking about rising economic inequity here in the United States — an inequity that appears to...

    Erin Hills making changes in advance of 2017 U.S. Open

     Erin Hills making changes in advance of 2017 U.S. Open
    ERIN, Wis. — There's no countdown clock at Erin Hills, which will host the 2017 U.S. Open. Suffice it to say that would not be in keeping with the feel and flavor of a golf club where so much natural beauty abounds. Players don't ride golf carts...

    California vs. Texas in fight to attract and retain businesses

    California vs. Texas in fight to attract and retain businesses
    When California rolled out a $750-million plan this year to attract and retain businesses, many aspects mirrored longtime perks used by Texas — where officials love nothing more than stealing jobs from the Golden State. For more than a decade,...