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June 4, 2013 |
Ruth "Uncle Ruthie" Buell, who lives in L.A.'s Pico-Robertson neighborhood, had a thought one day. Actually, the thoughts are always bubbling over with her, but this one was particularly inspired. Why not replace the rotting tree stumps in her frontyard with benches as a way of inviting neighbors to take a breather, talk and get to know one another? That was Part One of the idea, which took shape about two months ago. Part Two was a note to visitors from Uncle Ruthie - who has graced the planet for 82 years - encouraging them to take pen and paper from pouches pinned to the tree and share their thoughts.
May 24, 2013 |
"Bloom," a compact show of eight recent painted sculptures by Christopher Miles, takes its name seriously. The flowering at hand is excitement over the extreme, hybrid nature of contemporary experience. These artistic mutts celebrate incongruity, heterogeneity and multiplicity -- even if irradiated with a certain creepiness, which certainly feels right for our time. The works are on view in the rear project-room at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in a show organized by artist Constance Mallinson.
April 30, 2013 |
China employs an army of censors. As many as 50,000 well-trained monitors police the Internet, and 12 government departments are empowered to search and seize information and shut down users and sites. They work fast: A recent study conducted by two American computer scientists found that 30% of banned posts are removed within half an hour of posting, and 90% within 24 hours. International corporations must abide by the censors or forgo doing business in China. Paramount Pictures, for example, agreed in April to cut scenes from a new Brad Pitt movie to remove an unflattering reference to China.
April 12, 2013 |
The police thriller "Zulu," set and shot in South Africa, will close the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 26. Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, the film is directed by Jerome Salle. An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey, the screenplay was co-written by Salle and Julien Rappeneau. Described as part crime noir and part social study, the English-language story follows a police investigation during apartheid. Two policeman, a black (Whitaker) and a white (Bloom)
April 11, 2013 |
Extensive stands of Joshua Tree National Park's peculiar namesake plants are festooned with clumps of white and yellow flowers that are drawing tourists eager to take in the scenery before the bloom wilts in the harsh desert sun. “It's one of the most prolific blooms we've seen in recent years,” interpretive park ranger Bret Greenheck said. “The bloom peaked a week ago at lower elevations, but trees on higher groundare still producing flowers.” “Some biologists think Joshua Trees bloom like this in response to stressful conditions such as drought,” Greenheck said.
April 1, 2013 |
Orlando Bloom and Tony nominee Condola Rashad will star in a Broadway production of “Romeo and Juliet” that transports Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers to modern times with race as a central theme. David Leveaux will direct the production, featuring Jayne Houdyshell (“Follies”) as the nurse and Joe Morton (the musical “Raisin”) as Lord Capulet, with additional casting to be announced. Leveaux recently directed "Backbeat" at the Ahmanson Theatre, a musical about the Beatles' formative period playing in German nightclubs.
March 29, 2013 |
The California golden poppies aren't popping right now at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. Southern Californians wait each year to see whether the state flower will turn the reserve and surrounding areas into fields of blinding orange. "Debbie Downer warning ... we probably won't really have a peak at all this year. Many of the plants that have managed to squeeze out a small poppy have desiccated mid-bloom," says a post on the reserve's Facebook page.
March 20, 2013 |
Just in time for the arrival of spring, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio are trotting out enough flowers to bring warmth even to those for whom winter weather is still a reality. Through May 11, the conservatory will feature rotating displays, with nearly 8,300 plants in bloom at any one time. To add touches of whimsy, for which the gardens are famous, 17-foot-tall tulips and 22-foot-tall daffodils help herald the new season. Keeping in mind that spring's the time when butterflies emerge from their cocoons, more than 800 of the winged creatures will flutter inside a purpose-built greenhouse.
March 16, 2013
Question from reader Vince Capati of Torrance: I love the color and variety of gazanias, and they seem to work well in our climate as long as they're not over-watered. However, I have trouble keeping them in bloom. I would love any advice on how to keep these plants flowering and from looking like sad weeds. Answer from Alan Uchida, one of our SoCal Garden Clinic panelists and a third-generation nurseryman at Bellefontaine Nursery in Pasadena: Gazanias, bold perennial bedding plants native to South Africa, are one of my favorites for the long, hot days of summer.
March 7, 2013 |
The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, Calif., opened to visitors last week but rain and cold weather have kept the attraction's famed ranunculus from opening up. "Due to weather conditions we've been having lately, the flowers aren't fully bloomed," spokeswoman Shannon Moore said Wednesday. "Right now they're just buds. In about two weeks, they should be fully in bloom. " The working farm opened Friday and will remain open until May 12. The Giant Tecolote Ranunculus planted on 50 acres draws about 120,000 photo-snapping visitors to Carlsbad Ranch each year.