November 8, 2008 |
Her fingers ran over the smooth red buttons with flecks of gold and the wavy sea-green buttons and the black buttons with ridges that made them look like miniature fans. Yoshini Kondo admired them all -- buttons sewn in lots of 12 on yellowing cards, buttons in every color and size, buttons in Bakelite, casein, ceramic, shell, wood, even silk thread. But did she need old buttons in her life?
September 25, 2008 |
IN YEARS past, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music's annual Hullabaloo benefit concert has featured Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder and a little local act known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But this year, the Peppers' Flea, the conservatory's co-founder and resident rock star, decided to forgo the glitz and glamour -- if tube socks and flannel count as such.
September 7, 2008 |
Question: I live in a flea-infested apartment. I do not own a pet. The fleas come from rodents inside the walls. The property manager will not fix the problem. What can I do? Answer: In California, the law requires that landlords offer and maintain rental housing that is fit and habitable -- and this means free of vermin such as fleas. When the infestation is traceable to the tenant, the tenant pays for the extermination, but if the tenant is not to blame, the landlord pays. Tenants have various options when landlords won't step up. You can complain to your local or state housing or health department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2008 |
A flurry of typhus infections since the beginning of the year has prompted health officials to warn residents to stay away from fleas, which spread the disease. "The key is controlling them around your house," said Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. Since Jan. 1, he said, six cases have been reported involving four adults and two children in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Placentia. Typhus is marked by fever, headache, muscle aches and rash.
December 6, 2007 |
Every second Sunday of the month, bargain hunters and antiques collectors gather in Pasadena for the mother of all flea markets. With more than 2,500 vendors, it's easy to get lost in the sea of vintage lamps and Levis, so first-timers may want to find a seasoned shopper to show you around (in my case: thanks, Geoff Clark!). Heading there this weekend? Set a budget, wear comfortable shoes and get there early -- you'll pay a higher entrance fee ($20 between 5 and 7 a.m. versus $8 after 9 a.m.
HOME & GARDEN
January 27, 2005 |
If you're serious about collecting, consider a pilgrimage to Indiana, where 1,300 dealers line interlocking highways along Richmond's Antique Alley. Otherwise, there are more than 2,500 flea markets in the U.S., with an average of about 200 vendors per market. The beauty in flea-market finds is that they don't have to be put to their original use. A lidless teapot can become a flowerpot, an old window a mirror frame. A picnic basket can be used for storage.
November 5, 2004 |
In belle epoque Paris, Georges Feydeau, master craftsman of farces, spent night after night at the fashionable restaurant Maxim's, observing the exaggerated conviviality and ambiguous morality on display there. A lifelong member of this leisured society, Feydeau was well versed in its foibles.
HOME & GARDEN
April 1, 2004 |
After 15 years as a TV development executive, Sasha Emerson decided to change channels. Within weeks of tossing her call sheet and headset, she opened a modern-meets-vintage furniture store, landed her first project decorating a Spanish villa in Los Feliz and began the process of redecorating her life.
March 11, 2004 |
There's some serious instrumental tonnage being shifted on this Friday evening in the Silverlake Music Conservatory. A teenage girl lugs a barrel-like conga drum out of one of the eight small rooms. As she closes the door behind her, another girl wrestles with a cello.