January 15, 1998
Acclaimed director Peter Sellars stages "Los Biombos/The Screens," Chicana poet Gloria Alvarez's adaptation of Jean Genet's epic "Les Paravents," a Cornerstone Theater production featuring theater professionals and Boyle Heights residents at the East L.A. Skills Center. * "Los Biombos/The Screens," East L.A. Skills Center, 3921 Selig Place, Lincoln Heights. Regular schedule: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Ends Feb. 1. Pay-what-you-can. (310) 449-1700.
January 15, 1998 |
Grandma Moses redefined the late bloomer. After decades of farm work, she took up painting in her 70s and captured the hearts of Americans with her nostalgic, folksy reflections of 19th-century rural life. She was 78 when she was "discovered" by an art collector from New York City, and continued to paint until just a few months before she died in 1961 at age 101. In the intervening years she completed about 1,500 paintings. Some of the works that have never been exhibited on the West Coast make up the show "Grandma Moses: An American Original," which opens Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Simi Valley.
September 20, 1987 |
Historic fact and fiction are often at odds, never more so than in the character portrayal of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. They rescued Vermont from annex-minded New York sheriffs and later captured Ft. Ticonderoga from the British a month after Lexington and Concord. Allen, an Arlington resident who was far from a clean-cut hero, was a dedicated and profane roisterer given to drinking until the taverns closed, anything to keep from going home to his shrewish wife, Mary.
July 27, 1986 |
The first question many Vermont foliage seekers ask about the color-packed Molly Stark Trail is not for routing information or the name of a good restaurant. No, it's "Who was Molly Stark?" followed by, "And why was a trail named for her?" Molly's husband put her name into the local limelight. In August, 1777, Gen. John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill, was called upon to lead American troops against Gen.
October 5, 2003 |
Bennington, Vt. My favorite vignette from my recent trip to Vermont was watching the man on his hands and knees in the Vermont Country Store in Weston. He was wielding a long stick, in hot pursuit of a baby chipmunk that was making a dash for the candy counter. Earlier the little intruder had been spotted with a peppermint patty in its tiny jaws. It was so Norman Rockwell, but that's not why I came here.