November 10, 1990
In response to the "Exhibit of Ho-Hum"--a review by Cathy Curtis of "California Light, 1900-1930," an exhibition organized by the Laguna Art Museum (Oct. 17): The critique prompted me to call Ms. Curtis to try and understand the basis of her negativity toward the exhibition and the artists themselves. Surprisingly, Ms. Curtis admitted to me that she really doesn't like these pictures. Can a critic who admits a negative prejudgment of the art write a truly objective review?
October 22, 2000 |
California's native-born children, whatever our color or tongue, realize very early that California takes every impression. Our parents, on the other hand, are often surprised by how many Californias they find when they get here. Nothing at all like they expected. Nothing like the movie. My early intuition as a native son was that California was dreamed into being elsewhere. I noticed that paradigmatic Californians weren't so by birth. Richard Diebenkorn came from Oregon.
December 6, 2011 |
Holiday boat parades are dazzling, glitzy affairs that remind me of what the Rose Parade might look like if it were held at night and took place on water. Christmas, tiki and even Elvis themes are depicted in strings of colored lights along masts and bows as boats glide along marinas and channels. Parades are free, but do require some advance planning to get a good viewing spot. Check out these upcoming light shows; click on the websites to find details and parade routes. Newport Beach: The 103rd Christmas Boat Parade is one of the oldest and longest in Southern California.
January 18, 1996 |
Christopher Piotrowski has traveled a rather winding path. He was born in southern Poland and worked as a waiter in Chicago and Los Angeles. Later he spent four years cooking for nuclear inspectors in the Soviet Pacific. A man with such an unconventional resume can be hard to predict. His latest effort is as chef-owner of a Huntington Beach restaurant, California Bistro. If the name doesn't impress you, don't worry. This restaurant is anything but nondescript.