January 27, 2003 |
It's lunchtime, and nearly every stool is taken at Happy Jack's Pie N' Burgers on the edge of downtown Bakersfield. A shoe salesman digs into a bowl of homemade chili. A couple of architects devour thick, juicy hamburgers. Their buddy orders a peanut-butter-and-chocolate pie, the house specialty, to take back to work. Frances Rosales, the proprietor, cuts it into a dozen slices. She finishes, and asks: "May I have everybody's attention?
August 16, 2001
For its annual fund-raiser, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture will host a daylong self-driven tour of five homes designed by noted Modernist architect R.M. Schindler, three of which have been recently renovated. The buildings include the Kings Road House and Studio (1921), Elliot House (1930), Yates Studio (1938), Gold House (1941) and Rodriguez House (1942).
August 2, 2010
POP MUSIC Ferraby Lionheart The folksy singer-songwriter, who has sown his musical oats in both L.A. and Nashville, celebrates the release of his sophomore long player, "The Jack of Hearts," which hits stores Tuesday. Expect an ambient evening of longing-filled story songs and deft country-infused instrumentation, including soon-to-be hits "Harry & Bess" and "Arkansas." Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Echo Park. 8:30 p.m. Free. (213) 389-3856. http://www.bootlegtheater.
November 11, 1998
A writer and a poet in the Los Angeles area are among the 10 winners of the 1998 Whiting Writers' Awards. D.J. Waldie, who writes nonfiction and lives in Lakewood, and poet Charles Harper Webb of Long Beach each will receive $30,000. Whiting awards are intended "to seek out, acknowledge and encourage outstanding talent at the early stage of a career when such recognition and support is most critical," according to Barbara Bristol, director of the writers' program of the Mrs.
March 15, 2005
Regarding "A Stroll Through Nature's City" [March 8]: Here in Glassell Park, almost at Mt. Washington's peak, one can, in a minute, be enveloped in the urban or rustic that surrounds us. During my three running days a week, it takes even less time: the sudden appearance of a coyote, a glimpse of a soaring red-tail hawk, the clanking of a sanitation truck. I thought Robert Frost was the sine qua non of such writing until I experienced D.J. Waldie's paean. It washed over and surrounded me like a "friendly" tsunami.
February 9, 2002
Is D.J. Waldie joking ("New Flood Control Rules Muddy the Local Waters," Commentary, Feb. 4)? He thinks that it is too expensive for the cities to stop trash from washing into the ocean? I walk several blocks every evening to my gym and carry a bag to pick up trash. It's pathetic that our citizens throw their trash in the streets. This problem does not require a high-tech, expensive solution. It's a matter of educating the public. I suggest we start by educating our children in the schools.
October 4, 2011 |
We need your L.A. book picks - not just great books but books that will clue a newcomer in to this place, physically and socially, its past, present and future. As part of our ever-growing Southern California Close-Ups project, we're pulling together a list of volumes that speak volumes about Los Angeles - maybe 50 books, maybe more. We've already opened fiction debate on a previous post (see below). Now, here are the beginnings of our nonfiction list, in no particular order.
HOME & GARDEN
April 14, 2005 |
Stucco. It's one of the oldest construction materials we know, one of the easiest ways to cover a building, used on everything from chi-chi mansions to rude mud huts and yet -- stucco. Just the sound of it. Root word: stuck. Rhymes with yucko. Rhythmically similar to uh-oh. Where's the respect? Everywhere, if you know where to look. Revered modern architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and Frank Gehry used stucco on some of their most famous houses.