CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 |
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
March 3, 2014 |
Christopher Roman first heard about Skyline 2014 via his trusty Twitter newsfeed. The free art show, composed of 10 experimental and interactive art installations showcasing Los Angeles' ever-changing landscape, was available for public viewing from Feb. 13-22. With his Nikon D7100, Roman photographed the silhouette of a fellow University of Southern California classmate in front of “Liminoid Garden" , an exhibition by artist Filipa Valente at the Cooper Design Space . “I think free cultural events such as Skyline are a major asset and a critical component of downtown's continued revitalization,” Roman said.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2014 |
Spring seems only around the corner at Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Delicate pink cherry blossoms have begun to appear on trees, and dappled sunlight warms the stone walkways. There are other changes in the air at the Chinese Garden, as it is more informally known. Workers are putting finishing touches on new pavilions, walkways and landscaping as the newest garden in the Huntington's collection of more than a dozen readies its first expansion since its 2008 opening.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 |
A 25-year-old Tustin man is in custody after being accused of stabbing another man to death in the stomach late Sunday night, police said. Ubaldo Gutierrez, of Tustin, is suspected of stabbing the still-unidentified man at 10:29 p.m. inside a home in the 11000 block of Mount Drive in Garden Grove, authorities said. Police and firefighters, responding to a 911 call, said they found the victim with a single stab wound to his stomach. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange for surgery, but died at around 5 a.m. Monday.
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.