January 17, 2013 |
Seventeen years have passed since Robert T. Singer, curator of Japanese art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, spotted an extraordinary pair of 18th century screens in an exhibition at the Kyoto University Museum of Art. Smitten with Maruyama Okyo's exquisitely detailed depiction of 17 life-size cranes on a glowing background of gold leaf, he decided that LACMA had to have the rare and valuable artwork. It took 13 years, amid many other projects, for Singer to find the owner of the privately held screens.
February 12, 2005 |
As the Cole Porter classic goes, "Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it." And, if they do it at the Los Angeles Zoo, general curator Michael Dee knows how. A zoo biologist in his 38th year at the facility in Griffith Park, he occasionally gives a humor-studded talk, "Woo at the L.A. Zoo." He'll deliver his slide show on attraction, courtship, romance and the mating steps that lead to when baby makes three, or four or more, on Sunday, as a prelude to Valentine's Day.
January 5, 2003 |
There is no hair club for bears. No nifty, bear-sized hair plugs. Not even a toupee. All this is a darn shame -- the lumbering Florida black bears in this great expanse of pines and palmettos northwest of Orlando could use the help. In utter defiance of their bearish reputation for thick, bristly hairiness, the Ocala bears are going bald.