April 9, 2006 |
When the tire on their 10-year-old Buick went flat in this rugged, isolated stretch of West Texas about 40 miles north of the Mexican border, it seemed merely an inconvenience for Manuel Arellano and his family. Arellano fixed the flat, but had another one a few miles farther north. They relied on a good Samaritan to take them about 30 miles up the lonely road to Sonora to get that tire repaired and return them to their car. What happened next has baffled authorities for almost 40 years.
June 13, 2004
Until I read Beverly Beyette's "Bats, Armadillos and LBJ, Deep in the Heart of Texas," May 30, I wouldn't have believed that someone could spend time in Austin and so completely miss the essence of the city. Beyette notes that Austin is the live music capital of the world, but nowhere in the article do we see the evidence. Austin is rife with the spirit of music: Every night of the year, six blocks of East 6th Street are awash with the sound of guitar as students and other Austinites partake of some 20 music nightclubs.
April 13, 1991 |
First came Raffi and his global consciousness; then the cozy, feel-good trio of Sharon, Lois and Bram; then smart and funny Fred Penner--is there room for yet another Canadian at the top of the U.S. children's music market? Yes, plenty, if it's this Canadian singer: Meet decidedly different, sweet and wicked Norman Foote. His first U.S. release, "Foote Prints," on Walt Disney Records' Music Box Artist Series, is a triumphant mix of sophisticated wackiness and genuine feeling.
May 31, 2013 |
It's a debate that's left more than a few scientists shell-shocked: Just how did the turtle come to acquire its unique suit of armor? Some have insisted for decades that the turtle's carapace evolved from bony, scale-like growths that developed on the skin of ancient reptiles, similar to the armor found on ankylosaur dinosaurs or armadillos. Another theory, however, argues that the shell is the result of a different transformation. Instead of forming from so-called osteoderms, the shell actually formed when the ribs of certain reptiles began to grow ever broader and straighter, losing their barrel-like curvature.
August 10, 1995 |
It wouldn't be the Ventura County Fair without a good helping of country music. So here's your clip 'n' save guide to highlights Wednesday through Aug. 27. Watch the column next week for a rundown on where to find our local country talent performing at the fair. Two male vocal groups, Boy Howdy and the Smokin' Armadillos, prove not everything country comes from Nashville.
June 20, 1995 |
There's got to be method behind the madness when a concert series offers the Blazers with Candye Kane and the Swingin' Armadillos one week and Seigneur Tabu Ley Rochereau and Orchestre Afrisa International the next. That's what the Long Beach Museum of Art will be offering in its 10th summer season, which starts Wednesday and will continue through Aug. 23. And you know there's method, and a sound one, when the series is not only stable but growing.
March 30, 1991 |
It's bare-bones theater--a couple of uninteresting screens, odds-and-ends costumes--and performance quality varies, but "Just So Stories" at the Encino Playhouse evokes generous giggles from a preschool audience.
April 1, 1998 |
For eight years, the locally based Armadillo String Quartet has hosted a tribute to the unique American musical figure Peter Schickele. On Monday night at Pasadena's Neighborhood Church, the tradition continued, as the quartet, with guest musicians on hand, presented chamber music from his serious repertory. As a composer, radio-show host and reformed satirist, who for many years adopted the wry persona of P.D.Q. Bach, Schickele has a reputation that keeps preceding him.
January 3, 1992 |
Japanese designers, showing their spring collections last fall, made one thing clear. Their focus is on color, with extra attention to pastels. Fantasy, ethnic inspiration and glitter are other dominant themes. * Color: Norihisa Ota of C'est Vrai and Kyoko Higa are known for playful yet wearable collections energized by vivid hues. Ota's memorable creations for spring include Barbara Cartland pink harem pants paired with a bustier top and a floral-patterned lace top worn off the shoulder.