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THE SCOUT

An L.A. story

October 13, 2005|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

THE historic sights along Wilshire Boulevard span a daunting 16 miles from downtown to the beach, but don't worry: Photographer Jim McHugh has gone the distance for you, capturing what he calls the "world-class prewar architecture and sculpture that is hidden in plain sight on the spine of the city." McHugh's show, "Wilshire Boulevard: The Miracle Miles," opens Tuesday and runs noon to 4 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 19. It's a valentine to the city artfully composed by the grandson of "I'm in the Mood for Love" songwriter Jimmy McHugh. Silver gelatin prints of landmarks including architect Paul Williams' Perino's restaurant, above, start at $1,200. The Lab at Michael Berman, 7215 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 933-0220.

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SCRIMP / SPLURGE: Candlestick chic

Left: In the 1970s, these cast metal candle holders manufactured in West Germany found a place on chic tablescapes across the U.S. Each of the pieces accommodates thin tapers or the leg of another piece. At $35 per piece, this set-up is $175. Retro Gallery, Los Angeles, (323) 936-5261.

Right: More flash, less cash. Global Views' nickel-plated arrangement reaches the same heights as the vintage model with only three pieces on a pedestal base, $68 total. Zipper, Los Angeles, (323) 951-0620.

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OPENINGS: Eco-extravaganza

In a new industrial showroom in Culver City, Santa Barbara-based Livingreen has created an eco-home depot with earth-friendly paint and cleaners, natural flooring, salvaged wood furniture, recycled glassware and organic cotton bed and table linens. Saturday, the store is holding an open house with green vendors on hand to answer questions from 1 to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the store's Green Family Circus runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes an in-store aerial performance by Dreya Weber and Nathalie Gaulthier. 10000 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-8442.

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