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February 28, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Armed with a Leica M9 and a tripod, Osceola Refetoff searched the wide-open spaces of the California desert to document images of bleak landscapes that can be seen only through the windows of abandoned homes. “I set out to photograph the melancholy of decay and transience of human endeavor,” Refetoff, a freelance photographer and location scout, said in an interview. “Through it all, I tried to imagine who lived in these places, and capture the views these dreamers and broken spirits considered while looking out these windows.” The payoff is in the images by Refetoff assembled for an exhibition titled "High and Dry: Dispatches from the Land of Little Rain," scheduled to open March 22 at the Los Angeles Art Assn./Gallery 825. Refetoff generally used a single, medium-wide lens to achieve a consistent, neutral perspective.
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Opening the door of Rene Holguin's RTH store on La Cienega and stepping into the piñon incense-scented space is like stumbling upon the souvenir shop of your dreams. A native of El Paso, Holguin learned leather crafting from his boot-maker father. He started his label in 2010 with accessories - cowhide leather flower pins and fringe necklaces, bandanna tote bags and felt hats - all evoking treasures you might find on a road trip. That vision has since evolved into a lifestyle collection, including unisex shirts and shirtdresses, shawls, jackets and denim, with a timeless, utilitarian cool.
February 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Lancaster man was found shot to death in the desert next to his all-terrain cycle, authorities said Monday night. The victim was identified as Stephen Finson, 47, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Authorities said Finson was last seen by family members Sunday and was reported missing about 1 a.m. Monday. A search was launched, and his body was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. in the 3300 block of East Avenue H in Lancaster. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Department said.
February 17, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Huell Howser's house in Twentynine Palms has come on the market at $395,000. Proceeds from the sale of the late travelogue host's desert retreat will go to Chapman University. The Midcentury Modern home, built in 1953, has 2,221 square feet of living space that Howser renovated after he bought the property more than 15 years ago for $160,000. He infused the interiors with industrial-style minimalist details including concrete kitchen counters and floors, stainless-steel baseboards and a master bath sink made by inverting a vintage streetlight fixture.
February 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
The post-and-beam Leff/Florsheim house was restored and updated a decade ago using the original plans and footprint. A row of exterior beams at the entrance, resembling spider legs, are a design signature of the architect, Donald A. Wexler. Inside, floor-to-ceiling glass walls bring in views of the surrounding mountains and swimming pool area. Location: 362 W. Via Sol, Palm Springs 92262 Asking price: $2.899 million Year built: 1957 House size: Two bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,540 square feet Lot size: 13,504 square feet Features: Walled and gated, atriums, open floor plan, den/office, white terrazzo floors, beamed ceilings, fireplace, swimming pool, spa, fire pit, outdoor living room with fountain, outdoor dining area.
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Jean-Claude Van Damme - don't! Don't go into the jungle! No matter what the title says, there is no welcome waiting for you. Before the nonsensical "Welcome to the Jungle" is barely underway, the "Universal Soldier" goes sadly soft; Van Damme's Storm is reduced to a whimpering shower. There is no "Double Impact" where he is concerned, or really any impact. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen The former black-ops hero he plays is now a corporate consultant brought in to run a weekend team-building retreat for a packaging-design company whose main client appears to be toilet paper.
February 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A highlight of the Super Bowl celebration, on a large platform amid a cheering crowd and a rain of confetti, was a past Trojan hero bringing the championship trophy to another past Trojan hero. Presumably, at that moment, there was an outbreak of goose bumps in Trojan Nation. After all, if you live and breathe the Cardinal and Gold, how could it get much better than having Marcus Allen deliver the Lombardi Trophy to Pete Carroll? There is no question about goose bumps for Allen.
February 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The logic seems simple enough: the consumption of healthy foods is low, and obesity is high, in neighborhoods where supermarkets are notably absent; so, opening supermarkets in those neighborhoods should boost consumption of healthier foods and drive down obesity. Right? Not so fast, says the first American study gauging the success of a popular initiative aimed at combatting obesity: improving access to fresh produce and healthy food in the nation's "food deserts. " Six months after the grand opening of a new supermarket in Philadelphia, the study found, residents of the surrounding low-income neighborhood were not eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, nor were they less likely to be obese than were low-income Philadelphians across town whose neighborhood continued to be a food desert.
January 28, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The great Mexican writer José Emilio Pacheco died on Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 74. This week he was remembered in his native Mexico City with funeral services worthy of a head of state. Pacheco, born in 1939, burst on to the Mexican literary scene in the 1960s and '70s with several poetry and short-story collections. His 1981 novella “Las batallas en el desierto” ("The Battles in the Desert"), based largely on his own middle-class Mexico City upbringing, was a love poem to a smaller, more innocent metropolis that was later wiped out by explosive growth.
January 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LA JOLLA - Like many on the PGA Tour's traveling road show, Scott Stallings is mostly a name in the small print. That should change now, at least for a while. When he won the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, it gave his career both a tangible and intangible boost. The tangibles are easy. First place was worth $1.098 million. Also a spot in the Masters. That means he can return to Augusta National, to the spot on No. 18 where he can revisit an incredible Tiger Woods drive.
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