February 23, 2008
Re "A real Tijuana hangover," Feb. 17 Tijuana is not just drug violence and "tacky" tourist traps. During recent visits, I've been to the cultural center at the university with its rich program of contemporary Mexican art and thought. I've seen toxic waste sites left behind by multinational corporations. Then there's the border wall of solid metal that gives way as you approach the Pacific Ocean to a fence that divides Friendship Park -- an ironic name these days, where families separated by new border restrictions hold their babies up for loved ones to see, friends touch fingers through openings in the mesh, and a striking (and still growing)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2007 |
In the 14 years since it opened, the Museum of Tolerance has become an international sensation, attracting millions of visitors with its message of compassion and mutual respect. But to Sharron Lerman, who lives two blocks away, the Pico Boulevard landmark has become something more: a bad neighbor.
July 28, 2007 |
Juan Morillo and Javier Neciosup are known in Los Angeles music circles for managing and presenting top Afro-Peruvian artists such as soulful singer Eva Ayllón and the folk ensemble Perú Negro. They deserve credit for working to promote one of Latin America's most exciting and original styles of music that nevertheless remains underappreciated outside of Peru.
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June 14, 2007 |
Kneeling in a remote stretch of Sonoma County forest, Reno Franklin used his fingers and an archeologist's trowel to sift through the rich, brown soil where he believes an ancient Indian village once stood. He was looking for clues to the laborious life his ancestors had once carved out of this land, and he dusted off a tiny obsidian arrowhead, gently and reverently holding the well-chiseled stone up to the sunlight. The owner of the forestland wants to harvest its redwoods.
March 6, 2007 |
Masked demolition workers protected by police tore down a Copenhagen building that served as a makeshift cultural center for Denmark's anarchists and disaffected youth, ignoring sobs and screamed obscenities from a crowd of young people. Four days of riots followed the owner's decision to evict squatters from the building. The violent demonstrations were Denmark's worst in a decade and drew people from across Northern Europe. More than 650 people were arrested and 25 injured.
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February 13, 2007 |
Movers, friends and family members wore latex gloves and hoped for no rain Monday as they packed up the lifelong project of Mayme Clayton, a librarian who had amassed one of the country's largest collections of black Americana. Clayton died in October at age 83, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of pieces of African American culture -- rare books, letters, posters and films -- in a cramped, shed-like storage building in the backyard of her West Adams home.
September 26, 2006 |
First a team of workers rolled up to the Skirball Cultural Center and dumped 220 bags of rice. Then the provocative British theater troupe turned up, scoops in hand, sums in mind. Now the Skirball's galleries are crowded with golden rice piles on crisp squares of white paper -- 5.5 tons of unrealized risotto, or potential paella, if you prefer.
April 30, 2005 |
Black-clad, masked assailants torched a German cultural center Friday as Togo's postelection violence continued, but the declared winner of the contested presidential vote vowed that he would not allow the country to slip into civil war. Opposition coordinator Yawovi Agboyibo said 100 people had been killed and more than 300 wounded by government loyalists and security forces in violence that erupted after Sunday's vote.