CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2000 |
Image Casting, an Oxnard foundry, is a place where gritty commercial industrialism coexists with fine art. In this factory setting, located in an industrial park, sparks fly, ovens heat metal to 2,900 degrees, and a mean buzzing sound signals the end of lunch. From the look and sound of it, you'd think the place casts airplane parts--and it does. But in the 20 years Image Casting has operated in Ventura County, the foundry has been seduced by the creative muse.
September 22, 1992 |
It is among the most famous lines in American poetry--"I am large, I contain multitudes." This, from the penultimate section of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," evokes succinctly the poet's expansive side, and simultaneously the problem Whitman poses as a biographical subject.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997 |
Camped just a few hundred yards from a Van Nuys Airport runway, Keith and Sharon Thomas of Sun Valley relaxed amid a two-day supply of food and water, flashlights, blankets, pillows and lounge chairs. With their radio tuned in to the airport tower, they had to scream to hear one another. Their sons Chris, 12, and Josh, 11, had given up talking, drowned out by the high-pitched, nerve-racking whine of jets and the thunderous clap of helicopters.
January 30, 1988 |
It is not surprising that "Corpse!," playing at the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre's newly named Hahn Cosmopolitan Theatre through March 19, was written by an actor. That is not because the central character in Gerald Moon's comedy-mystery is an actor and that the explanations for his psychopathic behavior often come down to insults hurled at him with glee: "It's an unfortunate profession . . . pretending to be other people."
October 11, 1991 |
In the hot plains of New Mexico, four men sit cloistered inside an old adobe tower designing a kind of jewelry never seen before. With the colorful sunsets of the Southwest to inspire them, they sketch rings with pink tourmaline, purple amethyst and fire opals that match the colors in the sky. They do not worry whether the stones exist that will fit their designs. They leave that to the 200 or so jewelers who toil in the 150-year-old adobe church below.
February 5, 1987 |
The whole village had come to dinner in hall. There had been boar's head and venison and pork and beef and mutton and capons but no turkey, because this bird had not yet been invented. There had been plum pudding and snap - dragon, with blue fire on the tips of one's fingers, and as much mead as anyone could drink. From "The Once and Future King," by T. S. White.
January 27, 2002 |
For the first time in a decade, the Army is revising its dress code, allowing more color, style and convenience into all that soldiers can be. Front and center is the issue of hairstyles. For male recruits, the buzz cut has always been de rigueur. Now the Army is permitting shaved heads for men, and cornrows and braids for women. Dyed hair is fine too--as long as the hue isn't blue, fire-engine red, orange, purple, green or some other hair color not found in nature.
December 20, 1998 |
In the seconds before an F/A-18 Hornet catapults from the carrier deck, the fighter jet is locked in place with twin engines spewing blue fire like giant blowtorches. The flames are several yards long and so hot that they scorch the cool night wind blowing across the bow. An observer can feel the powerful blast of heat more than a hundred yards away.
February 2, 1995 |
Colored gemstones used to fall into two categories: the big three--emeralds, rubies and sapphires--and everything else, which was classified as semiprecious. Semiprecious stones are no longer treated like poor relations. Colored gemstones such as tourmaline and tanzanite have grown so much in value and prestige in recent years that jewelers say the term "semiprecious" has become outdated. Some semiprecious gems are even more valuable than so-called precious gems.
July 7, 2009 |
Until its trees started dying, the Colorado ski resort town of Breckenridge stayed out of the business of telling residents how to defend their homes against wildfire. But with trees ravaged by a mountain pine beetle epidemic that has left large rust-tinged swaths of forest vulnerable to a catastrophic fire, town officials decided this year they had to act.