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July 15, 2010
POP MUSIC Talk about sweethearts of the rodeo. You've got John Doe and Exene, the punk patron saints of our gritty metropolis, plus the sweet, ethereal harmonies of the Living Sisters, a trio of Angeleno performers who've come to reclaim the secret melodies of Laurel Canyon. Wear your best fringed accoutrement, cowboys and -girls. Museum of the American West at Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Fri. 7-11 p.m. $22-$30. (323) 667-2000.
March 14, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Shakespeare with puppets, a legendary director still breaking ground in his 80s, and a couple of Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas are just some of the highlights of the spring theater season. As for new work, there's a brand new play by one of America's rising playwriting talents. But even the classics are being served in novel ways and the prospect of Annette Bening performing monologues by Ruth Draper has all the charge of a world premiere. MARCH 18-APRIL 13 'A Song at Twilight' This late work by Noël Coward is in the capable hands of director Art Manke, who has been shining a spotlight on the lesser-known reaches of the Coward canon.
April 3, 2013 | By Monte Morin
It's long been held that North America's rugged and mountainous west was formed by the movement of the undersea Farallon plate, and that the process was roughly similar to the way groceries pile up at the end of a supermarket conveyor belt.  Millions of years ago, when the lands of present-day Nevada and Utah were oceanfront properties, the Farallon tectonic plate began sliding eastward beneath the continent, dragging island chains along with...
March 5, 2014 | By David E. Hayes-Bautista
Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won't be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That's too bad. The flags of both the United States and Mexico belong in any celebration of Cinco de Mayo, because it is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday. The ban was instituted a year after hostilities broke out at Live Oak High School during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
April 15, 2010
Cowboys tend to get all the glory, but the new exhibition "Home Lands: How Women Made the West," opening this weekend at the Autry, focuses on the ways women have shaped the American West. The exhibit comprises art, artifacts and historical accounts and explores northern New Mexico, the Colorado Front Range and Puget Sound. Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. General admission $9, students and seniors $5, children 3-12 $3, children younger than 3 free.
March 18, 2001
Looking for maps of the Old West? Go east. Through May 19, the New York (City) Public Library presents "Heading West: Mapping the Territory," with about 175 maps, atlases, photographs and books dating to 1540. The exhibit draws from the library's 6,000-piece collection on the American West, among other sources. A 1540 chart by Sebastian Munster, for instance, shows a vacant waterway between Europe and Asia.
AT THE JIM BRIDGER Stories by Ron Carlson Picador USA 194 pages, $23 Contemporary stories and novels about the American West have developed certain conventions. There is a down-at-the-heels motel on a poor road at the edge of a wind-worn town. Its manager, an aging man with a dubious past, sits on a folding chair watching the flicker of the TV. Outside, a car pulls up on the gravel. A couple comes in and rents a room. A plot ensues.
March 10, 1995 | MIKE HISERMAN
The four-team American West Conference will begin its basketball tournament at Southern Utah today with nowhere to go but home when it ends. The American West is among four conferences that do not receive automatic invitations to the Division I NCAA tournament. Champion Southern Utah, in fact, may not even get a NIT spot due to a mediocre overall record. In first-round games today, Cal State Northridge (7-19, 4-2) meets Cal State Sacramento (6-20, 2-4) at 2 p.m.
July 17, 1992
Oscar Lewis, 99, a historian and author who was one of the first to define the West in the context of its history. Lewis emerged as an author and historian in the 1930s, when Californians were beginning to examine their pioneer past and celebrate their heritage. His best-known book, "The Big Four," was published in 1938 and told how four robber barons built the first transcontinental railroad. It is still in print.
Say this for the fledgling American West Conference: In no other college league in America is a group of basketball coaches and players more eagerly anticipating the start of a conference season. "That's the great thing about being in a conference," said Peter Micelli, a Cal State Northridge forward. "It's a chance to start all over." The American West consists of four teams, all of which could use a fresh start.
December 24, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Kanye West caught plenty of flak last month when he premiered the (pretty fascinating!) music video for his song "Bound 2. " In the unlikely event that you don't remember, it's the borderline-NSFW clip in which West and his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, ride a motorcycle through a rather crudely digitized landscape resembling the American West. Now "Bound 2" is attracting a different kind of heat: the legal kind. PHOTOS: Best albums of 2013 According to Rolling Stone , Ricky Spicer of the '70s soul group the Ponderosa Twins Plus One -- whose song " Bound " provides the indelible vocal hook in West's track -- filed suit Monday in New York, alleging that the rapper used Spicer's voice without permission.
November 15, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Richard Avedon was one of the most accomplished photographers of the last 50 years and a new solo exhibition of his work at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, "Avedon: Women," explores his interpretations of beauty, both conventional and unconventional.  There are more than 100 images in the show, ranging from a portrait of artist June Leaf (1975), which is beautiful in its unvarnished earthiness, to highly stylized fashion photos of models Penelope Tree, Suzy Parker, China Machado and Twiggy.  "What you start to see when you look at all these photos is that it wasn't about traditional notions of beauty," says Kara Vander Weg, one of the directors at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, and liaison to the Avedon Foundation, who showed me around the exhibition.
November 13, 2013 | By Mike Boehm and Kate Linthicum
This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. Has the Autry National Center of the American West given taxpayers their money's worth on $10.5-million in federal and state grants received for its venerable Southwest Museum of the American Indian site in Mt. Washington? Not in the eyes of about two dozen protesters who gathered on the Southwest's doorstep Tuesday morning, chanting “Open these doors!” and holding signs with slogans such as  “Where's our millions?
November 10, 2013 | By Christopher Cokinos
I call it the swimming pool at the end of time. Roots were chopped, earth scraped, white pipes snaked like the insides of a rocket ship, rebar netted down before the concrete was poured and the tap turned on, filling the pool - which is in my backyard - with water from mountain snowmelt via the Colorado River, the Central Arizona Project and fossil water from the local aquifer. If there's one thing a nature writer shouldn't do, it's fill a big hole with water in the arid Southwest.
October 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - It's that time of year again, when fans around the country tune into the baseball playoffs, see a bunch of unfamiliar green-and-gold-clad Oakland Athletics playing in a creaky, leaky stadium built for football and think, "What are you guys doing here?" It's OK. The A's, whose talent, grit and World Series aspirations far exceed their small-market limitations, are used to it. Respect them or not, know them or not, they've won two consecutive American League West titles on a shoe-string budget and open a division series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday in Oakland.
September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It has been a nice little run for the Angels since Aug. 23, their 21-8 record before Monday's game against Oakland taking some sting out of another disappointing season, but they can't let it fool them into thinking they can roll into 2014 with this personnel. If the Angels are to end a four-year playoff drought next season, they'll need pitching, pitching and more pitching. "There are some fundamental things we need to look at that a good finish will not and should not mask.
October 22, 1996
American West Bank, based in Encino, posted a 55% jump in its nine-month earnings. For the period that ended Sept. 30, American West posted a $440,385 profit, compared to net income of $283,306 a year earlier. Assets increased 14% to $65.4 million from a year earlier. Last month, American West Bank agreed to merge with the Bank of Los Angeles and that deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 1997. American West Bank's Chief Executive John Feldman will be CEO of the newly merged bank.
October 10, 1989
American West Bank announced that its earnings for the third quarter that ended Sept. 30 grew 45% to $224,185 from $154,272 a year earlier. Meanwhile, total assets at the Encino-based bank increased 5% to $58 million from $55.5 million. American West said that for the nine months that ended Sept. 30, earnings increased 26% to $478,515 from $380,028.
August 17, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- If those horses don't have a brand, you can't sell them. That was a message delivered by a federal judge to a Nevada animal auction house, the latest development in the fate of 486 horses rounded up for sale by a Native American reservation -- horses that animal rights activists say deserve protection by the federal government. Late Friday, a federal court judge in Reno granted advocates a temporary restraining order to block the sale of unbranded horses at a slaughter auction in rural Fallon.
July 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Two well-pitched, crisply played victories Friday and Saturday night yielded to an unsightly Sunday for the Angels, who put together an all-around clunker in a 6-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Angels didn't pitch well. Jerome Williams (5-6) was tagged for six runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings and has given up 21 earned runs and 26 hits in 13 innings of his last four starts. They didn't hit much of anything. Bartolo Colon, the Athletics' rotund right-hander who won an American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, threw his third shutout this season, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking one, to improve to 13-3 with a 2.52 earned-run average.
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