January 22, 1999 |
Charles Phoenix's performance piece "God Bless Americana" is a simple, elegant example of theater on a budget. From batches of "found" slides of strangers' vacations unearthed in thrift stores, Phoenix assembled a retro tour of the USA during the late 1950s and early '60s, strung together by a wry narration.
October 5, 2009
Re "After the Pax," Opinion, Sept. 29 Though I admire the work of Christopher Layne and Benjamin Schwarz, I don't altogether agree with them. Pax Americana unquestionably fathered economic globalism, but the child has dwarfed its papa. There will be instances of old-fashioned nationalism -- as in the throwback worldview of Vladimir Putin -- but money will outwit them every time. With the rise of sovereign wealth funds and the unstoppable growth of nonstate international corporations, both of which drive globalism, I strongly doubt that we are destined to return to a world divided into "spheres of influence."
June 1, 2003
Photorealist painter John Baeder made his name in the 1970s with numinous renderings of diners and other resonant American places. The photorealist technique of basing meticulously detailed paintings on photographs went out of fashion somewhat during the installation and video art era in the '80s and '90s. But these days painting is back, photography has fine-art status, and Baeder is still haunting roadside America. Here, some images from "L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995 |
Old-time parlor stoves, malt machines, big brass weighing scales and hundreds of other items fill the Discovery Shop in Northridge as volunteers convert it into an antique store. Thirty-five volunteers will wear pioneer costumes to recreate a slice of Americana for the shop's single largest collectible sale on Saturday. Marshall F.
September 24, 2002 |
Usually "The Star-Spangled Banner" stands alone at the top of a Hollywood Bowl concert, musically unrelated to anything that goes on afterward. But not at the annual American Winds program led by Larry Curtis on Saturday night, when the embattled anthem served as exactly the right lead-in for the "National Emblem" march--which uses the same tune--as well as a program of diverse Americana titled "Strike Up the Band!"
HOME & GARDEN
July 10, 2008
Wonderful and aptly depicted article on Glendale's Americana at Brand ["The New Mayberry?" July 3]. I was soooo glad you mentioned that infernal music. Who could ever imagine that those classics, having reemerged in our lifetime, could prove to be so annoying! My sister and I spent the day at this mall but were eventually driven away by the relentless crooning. I imagine living there would eventually be like finding yourself in a bad episode of "The Twilight Zone."
July 29, 2000
What a pleasure to read "Minor Details" by Steve Henson [July 25]. I, too, was a young Southern Californian playing for the Johnson City Cardinals of the Summer A Appalachian League . . . in 1981. Reading Henson's piece, and looking at the pictures, it was obvious that very little has changed in this old Southern town. To paraphrase the James Earl Jones character in "Field of Dreams:" "It was like dipping myself in magic waters. . . . The memories are so thick I had to brush them away."
December 15, 1989 |
Cute. That's the word for the new, larger Mary's Lamb, which has moved up Ventura Boulevard to 10820 in Studio City. (The phone number is (818) 505-6120.) It's wholesome, all-American look--stenciled floor, walls covered with quilts and creamers that look like cows--goes perfectly with its wholesome, all-American food. Even at lunchtime, there's jam on the table--to slather on top of the biscuits that are sitting in the breadbasket.
May 1, 1989 |
As part of Orange County's Centennial Celebration, the Pacific Chorale offered a program of American music to conclude its 1988-89 season Saturday night in Segerstrom Hall at the Performing Arts Center. The accent was on American youth as well as music, as the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra appeared for the first time at the Center. In addition, the performance concluded the chorale's third annual, daylong High School Choral Festival. Choristers from participating schools joined in the rousing finale, Howard Hanson's setting of Whitman poetry, "Song of Democracy."
July 23, 1993 |
Jake & Annie's, An American Cafe, is Gerri Gilliland's third restaurant on Santa Monica's Main Street. Halfway between the original Gilliland's and her Mexican restaurant, Lula's, Jake & Annie's replaced the darkly lit Merlin McFly's. The names come from a restaurant that was once where Lula's is now--a little cafe/bar that opened in 1934 and was owned by Jake and Annie Diersdorff, who just happened to be the parents of a part-owner in Gilliland's enterprises.