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January 19, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
As the nation watches President Obama take the oath of office Monday for his second term, Americans may notice a more mature (and grayer) version of the hopeful candidate depicted in Shepard Fairey's ubiquitous 2008 campaign poster. Since then, Obama's likeness has been cartooned, lampooned and masterfully crafted by artists of varying inclinations. Although the official presidential portrait will not be revealed until the end of his second term, some interesting interpretations are already on view.
January 1, 2013 | Sandy Banks
Byoung Baek flew out from Rochester, N.Y., on Christmas Day for the Rose Parade. But she didn't come for the weather or the revelry or the spectacle. She traveled to Pasadena to pay a debt she has owed for 60 years. Baek was a youngster in South Korea when American troops helped preserve her fledgling nation's sovereignty by repelling communist-backed invaders from North Korea. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Rose Parade The war would last three years, from 1950 to 1953. Baek and other Koreans, children during the war, would spend decades steeped in its legacy.
December 15, 2012 | By Christy Hobart
If the owl ever does fly the coop, what “it” critter is next? The indie craft artisans who caught the owl trend early and propelled it into mass-market stores are feeling foxy in a big way. A pointy-eared, whiskered portrait of cuteness is the top seller for Shannon Kennedy, a Long Beach artist who silk-screens animal prints under the studio name Sass & Peril. “People have been walking by and saying, 'The fox must be the new owl,'” Kennedy said from her booth at the Renegade craft market in downtown L.A. last weekend.
December 11, 2012 | By David Lazarus
How much would it cost to end homelessness in the United States? About as much as we spend on Christmas decorations every year. According to the latest report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the national homeless population held pretty much steady from 2011 to 2012, which is good or bad, depending on how you look at it. What's needed to turn things around, says Mark Johnston, acting assistant housing secretary for community...
December 11, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
Home coffee roasting: Looking to brew like a barista? Daniel Kent of Plow & Gun Coffee will teach a coffee roasting workshop on Saturday at the Institute of Domestic Technology's headquarters in Altadena. Coffee enthusiasts are welcome to join in from 10 a.m. to noon and learn how to roast, brew and taste coffee. The session costs $95 per person and includes ingredients, supplies and snacks. Register online . Zane Grey Estate, 396 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, . Cupcake decorating: Georgetown Cupcake will host a holiday cupcake decorating workshop at the cupcakery's recently opened location on Robertson on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants can frost, decorate and gift-wrap a dozen of their favorite holiday flavors such as gingerbread, white chocolate peppermint, English Christmas cake and chocolate eggnog.
December 5, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire services
Frank Lopez Sr., a decorated Marine whose nightmares from the Vietnam War led him to launch a drive for a memorial honoring fellow San Jose servicemen who gave their lives in the conflict, died Nov. 24 of illnesses stemming from exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic battlefield herbicide. He was 64.His son, Frank, confirmed the death. The polished black granite memorial, modeled after the popular Vietnam War monument in Washington, D.C., is under construction at a downtown San Jose park.
November 27, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Wendell D. Garrett, a historian and authority on American decorative arts who was widely known for his appearances as an appraiser on the long-running PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," has died. He was 83. Garrett died Nov. 14 of natural causes at a hospice facility in Williston, Vt., where he had moved recently from Manhattan. His former wife, Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, confirmed his death. Known for his broad expertise, a courtly manner and his delight in sharing knowledge, Wendell Garrett appeared on every season of the American version of "Antiques Roadshow" since its launch in 1997.
November 14, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
They shop, they drink, they dine, they kvetch. They turn otherwise ordinary rooms into polished interiors, and then ... they go shopping again. They are the stars of “Million Dollar Decorators,” the Bravo reality series that started its second season tonight, yanking back the curtain to see how four of Los Angeles' biggest design personalities - Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Kathryn M. Ireland , Jeffrey Alan Marks and Mary McDonald - do their jobs....
November 13, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
Design fans, set your DVRs: Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" returns for its second season tonight at 10. The series chronicles the extravagant exploits of Los Angeles designers Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn M. Ireland, Mary McDonald and Jeffrey Alan Marks, who are given to proclamations such as "Decorating is totally delicious" (Bullard, in a droll English accent) and, "Who wouldn't love a job where you get to spend other people's money?" (McDonald). As an antidote to the eye-popping, wallet-bruising shopping trips and frequent bickering you'll see during the course of eight episodes , we posed a simple, light-hearted challenge: Use their "Million Dollar Decorators'" eyes to find the best buys at Kmart and Marshalls.
November 12, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- The Washington area is full of statues honoring military heroes, many of whom have been long forgotten. But the latest statue, dedicated Monday, salutes a man well known to Marines: Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, the most-decorated Marine in U.S. history. A statue of the recipient of five Navy crosses was dedicated at Semper Fidelis Memorial Park adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Va. The three-star general died in 1971 at age 73. The eight-foot-tall bronze statue depicts the barrel-chested Puller with his arm extended, pointing toward the museum.
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