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October 28, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic, Muchnic is a Times staff writer.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is stepping up its support of projects that tell the story of post-World War II art in Los Angeles. The Getty Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the trust, has already awarded about $2.7 million to local museums and libraries to catalog archives that document L.A.'s cultural flowering. Today it is expected to announce an additional $2.8 million in grants to 15 Southern California institutions for a batch of 2011 exhibitions exploring the development of the local art scene, sources close to the Getty say. As reported Sunday in The Times' Calendar section, in 2011 the Getty Museum will present a survey of Southern California painting and sculpture from the late 1940s to the early 1970s in coordination with Getty-funded shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum.
Zubin Mehta was back conducting in Los Angeles on Monday night, though with an hors d'oeuvre in his hand rather than a baton. The first conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Music Center was presiding over a cocktail reception in his expansive back yard for the Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He's now its music director. The party was a way of thanking major donors who made this year's IPO tour possible. Mehta is sanguine about his orchestra's need for money.
November 26, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Billionaire Warren Buffett said raising taxes on the wealthy won't stop them from investing and called on policymakers to boost rates for income over about $500,000. Buffett has been a staunch ally of President Obama on boosting taxes on high-income earners. But the Oracle of Omaha did not back Obama's push to raise taxes on income above $250,000, saying he preferred a "somewhat" higher cut-off point. Still, Buffett derided suggestions that increasing tax rates, includint those on capital gains, would keep people from pursuing potentially lucrative investment opportunities and "stuffing their ample funds under their mattresses.
December 8, 1985 | BEVIS HILLIER
Benjamin Disraeli, who was a best-selling novelist before he became Queen Victoria's favorite prime minister, said: "When I want to read a good book, I write one." When French aristocrat Charles de Carbonnel and his Californian wife, Katrina, could not find suitable wedding presents for their friends in Beverly Hills, they bought a French pottery factory and started making some.
July 22, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter, film director and bestselling novelist Nicholas Meyer has listed his Pacific Palisades house at $7.3 million. The two-story Cliff May design, built in 1937, has been his family home for 15 years. Used for entertaining, family weddings and Meyer's work, the courtyard-style house has nearly 7,000 square feet and sits on more than three quarters of an acre — plenty of room for himself, his wife, three daughters, an office assistant and dogs. "It's a house that allows one to do all these things and for a lot of people to be sort of swallowed up because the amount of the grounds," Meyer said.
June 5, 1986 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
As the sun set on Mandalay, Cliff May's retreat at the end of Sullivan Canyon, it was just as promised: a 10-gallon gala, a buckskin bonanza, the Old West. Luminaires Juniors sparkled with their "Rhinestone Roundup," a little affair sure to net about $70,000 for the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation.
November 5, 1989 | LEON WHITESON, Whiteson is a Los Angeles free-lancer who writes on architectural topics.
"The ranch house is everything a California house should be . . . to serve the California life style of informality, outdoor living and sunshine." This typically simple statement came from the father of the California Ranch House style, Cliff May, who died recently in his Brentwood office at the age of 81.
"The rebel in me will touch the rebel in you," Jimmy Cliff sang at the Coach House on Monday, and the Jamaican singer's ability to touch and inspire an audience indeed seems only to grow stronger over the years. Cliff first entered a recording studio in 1962, a year before the Rolling Stones cut their first record. But, unlike the moribund, pre-programmed marketing event that Mick Jagger & Co.'
Admirers of vintage Southern California architecture will have an unusual chance to visit four private homes in Santa Monica Canyon today. For $30 a ticket--the money goes to benefit the L.A. Conservancy and the 101-year-old Canyon Charter School--visitors are invited on a walking and driving tour of houses that express what organizers call "the California dream"--comfort, informal elegance and easy access between indoors and out.
May 22, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Robert Lloyd is a Times television critic and a native Angeleno.
Of all the modern marvels a house may possess--intercoms, clap-on-clap-off lighting, dumbwaiters--none is more marvelous than the deceptively simple but aesthetically complex sliding glass door, whose job it is to be there and not there, permeable, impermeable. Its nature is tripartite: door, wall, window, indivisible, invisible. It mediates between interior and exterior, belonging to both, joining even as it separates.
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