CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Zoo this week announced its first birth of a rare okapi -- also known as a forest giraffe. The calf was born Aug. 26 but until now was kept out of public view while it bonded with his mother. Okapis are shy, with velvety fur, zebra-like black and white strips on their legs, and a prehensile tongue that can be as long as 18 inches, according to the zoo. They are the closest living relative to the giraffe and are found in the forests of Central Africa. Adult okapis grow to more than 6 feet tall and weigh between 400 and 700 pounds.
October 1, 2013 |
The golden barrel cactus may be endangered in Mexico, but the plant has found new life north of the border as a top accent in low-water landscapes. Sometimes called mother-in-law's cushion, the golden barrel cactus ( Echinocactus grusonii ) may not send out its crown of pale yellow blossoms for 15 years, maybe more. The cactus can get 3 feet high and nearly as wide -- truly barrel sized. Although drought tolerant, regular watering will spur faster growth, said Shelly Jensen of Worldwide Exotics Nursery.
October 1, 2013 |
Renaissance art made in Florence, Italy, more than half a millennium ago wouldn't look the way it does without art and artists working elsewhere in Europe. It's easy to forget that travel and trade between Italy and other countries was frequent, including travel by artists and trade in art. Yet cosmopolitan interchange played an indispensable role in the blooming notion of a Renaissance. One of the most important of these interchanges is the subject of a newly opened exhibition at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
September 25, 2013 |
A poem by Charles Bukowski is featured in an advertisement for Dewar's, the 157-year-old blended scotch. If only the notoriously hard-drinking poet had lived long enough to reap the rewards of his endorsement. The L.A. poet died in 1994 at age 73, having lived long enough to go from being an antihero of the underground to being celebrated internationally for his writing. His life was fictionalized in the film " Barfly ," and his papers are now in the collection at the highbrow Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
May 30, 2013 |
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday it has received a $32-million gift from Charles Munger that will go toward the construction of the museum's new education and visitors center, which is expected to open in 2015. Munger's gift is the lead donation in the Huntington's effort to raise a total of $60 million for the project. Construction has already begun on the new center, which will feature 6.5 acres of new gardens and about 43,000 square feet of educational facilities and visitor amenities.
May 7, 2013 |
Once the great estate of a railroad tycoon, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has just become home to a painting of a powerful locomotive. Last week a group of art collectors helped the Huntington buy a 1935 Reginald Marsh painting of a hulking locomotive at work, belching copious amounts of steam. The painting adds to the Huntington's holdings in 20th century American art, a growth field for the institution, and complements its library holdings on the history of the railroad industry.