February 24, 2014 |
In an unusual departure from the norm, the star of this year's BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament might not even swing a racket. The attention-getter very well may be more bricks-and-mortar than serve-and-volley. They call the current stadium the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It seats 16,100 in a massive enclosure that, at first look, fits in a desert setting like a bobsled fits on a beach. It is not ugly, just startling in contrast to everything else around it, which is zoned for, and conceived to be, understated and sleepy.
January 31, 2014
Re "Go native," Letters, Jan. 26 The cries for the obliteration of lawns in L.A. continue. The anti-lawn activists look at lawns while we use lawns. A green lawn can be walked upon and sat upon, and children and pets can play on it. It is an easy-to-maintain, utilitarian surface that is aesthetically restful. Native gardens, touted as water-friendly replacements, require the normal garden tasks of purchasing and installing plants, grooming, weeding and, yes, watering. A look around my hometown reveals native gardens that have been abandoned by owners, probably due to maintenance issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 |
Police said they have a person of interest in custody in connection with separate assaults on five women that occurred on a single day in Garden Grove and Anaheim. The man was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park, said Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer. But authorities will not officially name a suspect in the assaults until victims positively identify him, Stauffer said Saturday. They did release a composite sketch of the suspect.
January 17, 2014 |
Being a chef who grew up in Santa Fe, N.M., but cooks in Los Angeles, I have sometimes found it difficult to find ingredients I ate as a boy and still like to cook. I used to import all my own New Mexican chile pods and powders, other seasonings, blue corn tortillas, and various kinds of corn and beans, such as chicos (green corn) and Estancia pinto beans, the world's best. And now at Rivera, my cooking includes all the cocinas of Mexico, South America, Central America and Spain.
HOME & GARDEN
January 17, 2014 |
Spring-like weather hasn't brought smiles at the Venice Community Garden. The locals who tend the garden's 54 plots recently learned that they have until the end of the month to clear out. With real estate prices rising, gardeners at the privately owned site learned more than a year ago that the property would go on the market someday. "But we were thinking in 10 years," said master gardener Kip Wood, one of the people who founded the community garden about four years ago. The number of community gardens in the Los Angeles area has grown to more than 100. The wave of popularity is so strong that leaders of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council have lost track of an exact count.
January 2, 2014 |
Acorn owners Maggie Lobl, Erin Tanaka and Laura Tanaka said they wanted to open a home and garden boutique in Eagle Rock because of Colorado Boulevard's amiable vibe. “It's so friendly here,” Lobl said. “People really walk in this neighborhood and favor local indie shops.” Indeed, earlier this week, repeat visitors from the neighborhood stopped in to shop for gifts and peruse the sunny, welcoming space. Packed with terrariums, planters, books and ceramics, the former paintball supply store features a refreshing variety of accessories that won't break the bank: graphic Pehr tea towels ($13.50)