July 12, 2011 |
Trinity Park, south of downtown Los Angeles, is bustling on a late Friday afternoon. I scan the crowd: teenagers on skateboards, a heated game of pickup basketball, a couple holding hands. Then I see a man lying back in the grass, a crumpled brown paper bag in his lap, staring into the afternoon sun with clouded yellow eyes. He looks like a regular here; maybe he knows. " Disculpe señor ," I start, "I'm looking for a man named Miguel. He used to live around here. Late 50s, early 60s. A big scar on the top of his head.
July 14, 1989
Firefighters hurried against the changing weather to contain a stubborn arson fire that has blackened more than 3,000 acres on one of the most scenic stretches of the California coast. Light wind and moderate daytime humidity helped crews gain 70% containment of the blaze near Big Sur, but higher temperatures and drier breezes were expected. "It's warming and drying but not drastically," state Department of Forestry spokesman Bill Jones said. "The wind has been good.
March 30, 1991
Hypocrisy enters into the vote to move the Super Bowl to Southern California in light of recently publicized racism in the area. The Rodney King "incident" has been given enough exposure that no one can be ignorant of it. What about a prominent African-American athlete being thrown to the floor at LAX because he "looked like a drug-runner" or another being arrested on the excuse that his auto registration was about to expire? Are the powers that be aware of how much Los Angeles has paid out for abuse of minorities?
October 17, 1986 |
Mary Corse came to notice in the '70s, seemingly weaned on the old song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale." She still pursues a purist mode in a baker's dozen of large paintings made of glass microspheres. They are the stuff of those street signs and jogging-shoe heels that glow when your headlights hit them at night. Corse has elevated the material to a poetic, if not religious, version of California Light and Space art. Obliquely approached, the paintings seem a uniform light gray.
April 20, 1991
Hooray for Counterpunch! Someone is finally speaking out against The Times' disagreeable and critical critics, Martin Bernheimer in music and Peter Ranier in films. I would like to add a third: Cathy Curtis in art. These people seem to think writing a critique is to write critically in a mean-spirited, negative sense. I have been appalled at Peter Ranier's film reviews. Starting with negative comments, he then proceeds to tell the story of the film (I'm not happy to learn the whole story before seeing it)
October 17, 1990 |
There have been moments in history when agroup of creative visionaries have put their hometown on the cultural map. More commonly, provincial art styles beloved by the locals never make the big time, and for good reason. So-called "California Impressionism" is one of those styles, a timidly conservative attempt to capture the look of a coastal Shangri-La using techniques pioneered by artists in France more than a generation earlier.
HOME & GARDEN
September 7, 2006 |
KARLA Stevens, the costume designer who kept teen idols skimpily outfitted on "The OC," now is dressing up beachfronts and backyards. At the newly opened Patio Culture, Stevens sells throw pillows and outdoor cushions in fabrics by designers such as Scalamandre, Lulu DK, Joe Ruggiero, Summit and SeaCloth. (Prices start at $45; the two-cushion stacked cube shown here is $300.
February 25, 1998 |
"Mowry Baden: Fickle Periptery" is an Otis Gallery exhibition marking a return visit by a veteran, native Angeleno artist. It proves, among other things, that the word "interactive" applies to more than computer games. Toward the end of the '60s, a group of L.A. artists interested themselves in concentrating less on making objects and more on the viewer's physical and perceptual responses.