June 3, 2013 |
Opera, in our parts, has embarked upon an exceptional period of expansion. Up and down the California coast, the staging of new and recent work possibly outnumbers old. This year, moving from south to north, UC San Diego in La Jolla has had two major world premieres; Long Beach Opera has given us three regional or U.S. premieres; Santa Monica's Broad Stage is offering the world premiere of Lee Holdridge's "Dolce Rosa"; the Los Angeles Philharmonic has...
June 2, 2013 |
Imagine you are heading east on Wilshire Boulevard, in a car or on foot. As you approach Wilshire and Fairfax Avenue, you see the rounded, gilded corner of the former May Co. building and Renzo Piano's travertine-wrapped Broad Contemporary Art Museum, with its wide shoulders and careful posture. Then, just past the huddled lampposts that make up Chris Burden's "Urban Light" installation, something entirely different heaves into view: an undulating building of glass and dark-gray concrete, its single story lifted more than 30 feet into the air atop seven separate legs, each containing a staircase.
May 24, 2013 |
"Bloom," a compact show of eight recent painted sculptures by Christopher Miles, takes its name seriously. The flowering at hand is excitement over the extreme, hybrid nature of contemporary experience. These artistic mutts celebrate incongruity, heterogeneity and multiplicity -- even if irradiated with a certain creepiness, which certainly feels right for our time. The works are on view in the rear project-room at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in a show organized by artist Constance Mallinson.
May 22, 2013
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May 21, 2013 |
A tempest in a flowerpot over whether a Washington state florist should have to provide bouquets to a same-sex wedding has taken a new turn with a countersuit filed by the shop owner claiming her religious freedoms gave her the right to refuse. In an action filed late last week , the owner of Arlene's Flowers fought back against earlier suits filed by the Washington attorney general and the American Civil Liberties Union, saying in a new counterclaim that she for years has served the gay man at the center of the legal maelstrom as a customer but doesn't have to provide flowers for his wedding.
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May 19, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD - After the last twisting drop of the Grapevine pass, the road stretches flat out past fields, fast-food restaurants and tractor lots to this Central Valley city that likes to emphasize that it's different from the rest of California. It's only 100 miles north of Los Angeles and less than three hours from the coast, yet many people here say, "Well, that's how we do it in Kern County. " This distinctive insularity has perhaps never been more evident than now. Across the state, public outcry is growing over sheriff's deputies who beat David Sal Silva, an unarmed man who died less than an hour after his screams for help fell silent.
May 3, 2013 |
For years the neighborhood florist was the go-to place for special-occasion arrangements and the occasional pick-me-up of cut flowers. Now as grocery stores, farmers markets -- even hardware stores -- have made fresh flowers so readily available, designers Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of the San Francisco firm Studio Choo have another suggestion: Make your own. Harampolis and Rizzo share their floral arranging skills in "The Flower Recipe...
April 30, 2013 |
The giant yucca certainly lives up to its name: Yucca gigantea rises 30 feet high in ideal conditions, with white blossoms that push out from the center -- flor de izote , as the bloom is sometimes called, the national flower of El Salvador. Many species of yucca produce edible flowers, but the giant yucca also is prized for its ornamental qualities. As the plant gets older, the base of the grayish trunk swells, taking on the primeval look of an elephant's foot. The stalk that produces flowers will die back, but the plant will continue to send up new pups and side spears that will flower.
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April 17, 2013
Nicola Buck came upon pockets of poppies along a path at Will Rogers State Beach on April 10. Buck said she hoped to go to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to photograph the state flowers, but found they weren't thriving this year because of the dry weather. The color contrast and potential for an interesting perspective drew her into this shot, which she took with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. “I love to get down at ground level for a lot of my pictures,” she said.
April 16, 2013 |
Fernando Larios eyes the stand of plantains running along one side of the Francis Avenue Community Garden in Koreatown. A large cluster of fruit, just out of arm's reach, is almost ready. “It'll be two more months,” says Larios, who has been keeping an eye on these plantains since someone poached the last cluster. Once the fruit is harvested, the entire plant will be cut down to the ground, and others will rise up, he says. Most of the plant's energy is underground, and pups will sprout up around the mother plant.