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June 13, 1987 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
With swift, precise hand movements, Alfredo Ayala chisels and molds sheets of thick leather into what he calls his "piece of art," a saddle, graceful with intricate etchings, yet sturdy in weight and form. Ayala is one of a handful of craftsmen who have carved a livelihood out of making custom saddles.
August 15, 2013 | By Robert Abele
A quietly devastating grace note of a film, writer-director Chad Hartigan's "This Is Martin Bonner" takes a magnifying glass to everyday goodness and lingering pain, illuminating their contours and complexities but pulling away before the movie can ever burst into sentimental flame. First we meet Reno transplant Martin (Australian actor Paul Eenhoorn), a gray-haired, congenial yet weary-eyed divorcee easing his way into a new job as a volunteer coordinator helping soon-to-be-released prisoners.
June 22, 2006
I was pleased to read the piece on Ensenada ["Ensenada's Treasures," June 15]. My husband and I spent our honeymoon there 40 years ago and have returned often to that wonderful city. In addition to the writer's suggestions, I would like to highlight a gallery featuring art local to Ensenada. The Guadalupe Art Gallery ( is representative of the beautiful work done there. Guadalupe Gaos' work is wonderful, and it's a family art; her mother did the same fine work.
August 11, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Headline writers can cease and desist. Reporters should dial it down a notch. Cliche-leaning bloggers need to give this a rest. Barr none, Barr code, raising the Barr ... UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr has heard them all. Pun is fun, folks, but move on. "You hear that stuff and you think, 'How did we get to this point, where people are using my name for jokes?'" Barr said. "Most of them are pretty corny and cheesy. " He has no one to blame for that diet but himself. Barr showed from the start last season that the move to outside linebacker qualified as an epiphany.
January 17, 2001
Re "Rumsfeld Tells Senators His Views on Drug War," Jan. 12: Secretary of Defense-designate Donald Rumsfeld hits the target by pointing out that we can only win this "drug war" by working on the demand instead of the supply side. Just picture a poor peasant in the Andes etching out a subsistence living at an altitude often exceeding the peak of the Mammoth Mountain. He is now offered a chance to make a sum exceeding his potential lifetime earnings. Aside from the fact that he has little chance of getting caught, this also poses no ethical concern for him, since chewing coca leaves or drinking a tea brewed from them is as natural to him as a Starbucks brew is to us. I strongly believe that the major reason why we have not been able to even dent the illegal drug trade is that we have been fighting the wrong parties all along.
May 31, 2009 | Liesl Bradner
At first look, Andy Warhol's 1966 self-portrait -- with its close-up format, large head and direct stare -- appears as if he's inviting you for an intimate conversation. Yet his hand covers his mouth, denying any further communication and distancing himself from the viewer, a typical trait of his public persona.
April 28, 1989 | MARLENA DONOHUE
Internationally recognized New Yorker Terry Winters has come a long way since the early '80s when his botanical paintings were mistakenly interpreted as nature studies (by this reviewer and others.) Now that artists on both coasts apply the process concerns of Minimalism to recognizable imagery, Winters' importance as a spearheader of this aesthetic is appreciated. Similar in feeling to his gorgeous diagrammatic paintings of spores, biological and plant life, a nine-etching portfolio of bloated, transparent cell masses was printed in Paris with such care that the prints give the material impression of wet watercolor on soppy absorbent pulp.
May 20, 2004 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
I was at the gym, minding my own business, when I heard a guy say to his trainer, "I want your abs." I hear worse at the gym all the time (men moaning as they lift; oh, the moaning). But it stopped me, the yearning in this guy's voice for his trainer's abs. As if he'd been coveting them for so long he just couldn't hold it in any longer. The trainer explained that in order to have his abs, the guy was going to have to change his diet, eat what the trainer ate.
Abjection, violence, obsession, solitude, death -- the buoyant Impressionist era in Europe, marked by rollicking cafe and boulevard life and gay outings into the sun-dappled countryside, is usually described with words rather different from these dark and ominous terms. But there they are, inscribed all over a modest but engrossing new exhibition of late 19th century etchings (plus a few lithographs, small sculptures and other works) at the UCLA Hammer Museum. The show opens with German artist Eugen Napoleon Neureuther's 1839 self-portrait at work in an etching studio, and it sets the tone.
September 13, 2006 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
Carter G. Walker remembers the day her memories vanished. After sending an e-mail to her aunt, the Montana freelance writer stepped away from the computer to make a grilled-cheese sandwich. She returned a few minutes later to a black screen. Data recovery experts did what they could, but the hard drive was beyond saving -- as were the precious moments Walker had entrusted to it. "All my pregnancy pictures are gone. The video from my first daughter's first couple of days is gone," Walker said.
May 28, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - “Ding Jinhao was here.” It was a banal declaration scratched by a teenager at a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple that has launched a round of soul-searching about bad behavior of Chinese tourists. The Chinese-language graffiti was discovered at Luxor this month by a Chinese tourist who posted a photograph on a microblog in which he deplored the conduct of his countrymen abroad. “I'm so embarrassed that I want to hide myself,” the microblogger wrote last week. Within days, Chinese had outed the vandal as a boy from Nanjing who had visited Egypt with his parents.
April 2, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The can of spray paint sat on the ledge of a downtown Sacramento office tower. A tool for etching glass lay below. The body of Craig Fugate was tangled in some ropes about nine stories up the tower. Authorities on Tuesday were trying to piece together the bizarre death. They believe Fugate was somehow killed Monday while trying to vandalize the office building. "They found the spray paint where he climbed down" but no actual tags, Officer Doug Morse said. The Sacramento coroner's office is still trying to determine a cause of death.
February 2, 2013 | Valerie J. Nelson
Invented in Paris in the late 1950s, the mechanical drawing toy that would eventually be marketed as "the world's first laptop" became wildly popular soon after an Ohio company introduced it under a new name: Etch A Sketch. French electrician Andre Cassagnes stumbled upon the concept for what he called the "Telecran" - or telescreen - while peeling a decal from a switch plate and noticing how his pencil marks had transferred from one surface to another. After an Ohio Art Co. executive discovered it at the 1959 Nuremberg Toy Fair, he bought the rights for $25,000 and launched it in time to become the best-selling toy of the 1960 holiday season.
January 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Long-lost etchings by writer William Blake have been discovered in a library in Manchester, England. The Romantic poet and author was also a talented artist -- one whose repertoire has just been expanded by this large etching collection. Three hundred and fifty plates were found in a two-year search by students from the University of Manchester and art historian Colin Trodd, who is a Blake expert, the Independent reports. Blake was born in 1757 in London, the son of a glove merchant, and said to have had visions from a young age. His best-known works of poetry may be the collections "Songs of Innocence" (1789)
September 23, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
MONTREAL -- If the names of players and teams that have won the Stanley Cup were perfectly aligned on its barrel, if the task of etching those names for posterity were left to a heartless machine, the Cup would still be distinctive but it would be too perfect, more likely to be admired from afar than embraced. If neat rows of letters marched around the bands of a spotlessly gleaming trophy, eager hands might be hesitant to touch it and trace names that are both strange and familiar.
September 11, 2012 | Gale Holland
Ian White was taking his toddler son up into the hills above Altadena when he spotted the long-lost gravestone of abolitionist Owen Brown in a dirt patch off the trail. Owen Brown survived the ill-fated Harper's Ferry raid led by his radical abolitionist father John Brown and later retreated to a hilltop rancho in Altadena. When he died in 1889, he received a hero's funeral. His lonely grave site is in the scrub on a hill above Altadena named Little Round Top, after the strategic hill at the battle of Gettysburg.
Lawrence Singleton, say his Florida prosecutors, killed a prostitute with a dozen enraged stabs of a boning knife. Mary Vincent is not surprised. He took her life 19 years ago. "He really did," she says with a slight shudder, with awful pain in her words. "He destroyed everything about me. My way of thinking. My way of life. Holding on to innocence . . . and I'm still doing everything I can to hold on." Singleton also devastated a young dream.
He gives his name as Rambo, but he is barely 18 and not at all interested in fighting. He stands knee-deep in brown muck, digging like a madman. He hopes to strike it rich. "Diamonds," Rambo said, not missing a beat with his shovel. "I look for diamonds." The day started at 7 a.m. and will end after dark. Men and teenage boys work the moonscape beside the main road here just south of Bo, the capital of Southern province.
April 8, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
AUGUSTA, Ga. — A guy named Bubba won the Masters on Sunday. Next we will have tattoos on the guards at Buckingham Palace. The Masters is as buttoned-down as it is wonderful. It is coat and tie and the-collar-better-be-pressed. Bubba Watson is blue jeans and sandals and who-cares-if-the-shirt-is-untucked. The Masters is ordered and traditional. Watson is hang-loose and go-with-the-flow. Your outfit and your equipment are much dissected here. Watson played in ice cream-vendor white and hit it off the tee with a pink driver.
April 6, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Mitt Romney's spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom thinks the makers of Etch-A-Sketch should “appreciate everything I did for them” by repopularizing their product when he used the drawing toy in a metaphor about transitioning from a primary to a general election campaign. [Watch the video below.] Fehrnstrom's statement - “I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign.... It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again” - gave life to the persistent knock on Romney that he lacks authenticity.
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