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April 19, 2013 |
The darkly comic tale of soldiers spending Thanksgiving leave at a Dallas Cowboys game and a warning of the environmental threats to the female body were among the winners Friday at the annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The awards to Ben Fountain in the fiction category for "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" and Florence Williams in the science and technology category for "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History" were announced along with eight other prizes at a ceremony kicking off The Times' 18th annual Festival of Books.
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.
April 3, 2013 |
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...
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.
June 7, 2002 |
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.