July 31, 2013 |
The free-form documentary "The Gardener" takes acclaimed, exiled Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf ("Kandahar") and son Maysam to Israel to investigate the 170-year-old Bahai faith, which - although based in Haifa - has its roots in Persia. Unfortunately, the elder Makhmalbaf, who wrote and directed, puts many spins on this ethereal mood piece - it is by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy - without satisfying such genre basics as structure, depth and resolution.
July 31, 2013 |
President Obama joked on Monday that "It's OK to have a hot dog once in a while" after announcing that the first edible garden at a "major American sports facility" will open next season at AT&T Park in San Francisco. "With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy -- even at the ballpark," Obama said during a White House ceremony honoring the San Francisco Giants as 2012 World Champions. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 3,000-square-foot organic garden will be planted behind center field and will include hydroponic troughs, concrete planters and green trellises with vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit.
July 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It seems a more fitting subject for an Edgar Allan Poe story: a towering maroon blossom that emits the odor of rotting flesh. Up to 20,000 visitors packed the U.S. Botanic Garden on Monday to catch a whiff of the rare titan arum bloom, also known as the corpse flower, before the short-lived flowering ends. Found in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, the titan arum takes years to bloom, but its inflorescence, one of the largest in the world, remains open for only 24 to 48 hours.
July 20, 2013 |
On summer nights, who doesn't love a beer garden? Sitting outside at long communal tables, tucking into juicy sausages, hoisting a stein of beer. Though you can now buy your own traditional beer garden tables and benches, somehow having six or eight people in your backyard doesn't a beer garden make. You need a boisterous crowd. Draft beers in big mugs. Sausages and wursts. Definitely fries or slaw. Strings of lights. Maybe an oompah band. Standard Biergarten You can't beat the campy rooftop Biergarten of the Standard hote l at 5th and Flower for its wide-angle view of downtown skyscrapers.
July 10, 2013 |
A tuft of poppies growing underneath a streetlight in the Hollywood Hills blasts unexpected color along the sidewalk, but the real surprise rests behind the tall ficus hedge, inside Judy Horton's 1925 cottage. When the garden designer and plant lover moved here in 2005, she knew she wanted to see her landscape from the interiors of the small rental. It is, she said, what drives her design process: gardening from the inside out. PHOTO GALLERY: Gardening from the inside out So before she planted anything, she stood inside every room in the cottage and looked out the windows and French doors.
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July 6, 2013 |
Karen Segura dug her hands deep into the soil of an onion patch at Bell Gardens Intermediate School as cars zipped past the nearly empty schoolyard. The 14-year-old was busy uprooting weeds in the school's edible garden, while around her five other students watered, tilled and pruned a lush assortment of fruits and vegetables. There were tomatoes, avocados, apples, pineapples, pumpkins, zucchinis, lavender, lettuce, Swiss chard and artichokes. Every public school in Bell Gardens has just such an urban farm run by members of the Environmental Garden Club, an after-school program that started at the intermediate school and now includes a rotating roster of 8- to 18-year-olds.
July 3, 2013 |
There's a heavy dose of pumping up before Kevin Hart hits the stage in his latest concert film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. " A prologue at a party shows the compact, energetic comedian being misunderstood by hangers-on about his take on women and fame - introducing topics he plans to "explain" onstage at Madison Square Garden. That's followed by an extended tour video hawking Hart as an international star who can slay 'em in Vancouver, London and Oslo. The build-up is a little baffling, if we assume that anybody buying a ticket to "Let Me Explain" doesn't need to be sold on Hart's particular comic gifts: character sketches, crazy stories steeped in embarrassment and boundless physicality.
June 28, 2013 |
Furniture maker Cliff Spencer's workshop in Marina del Rey is a long way from where Paul Vander Werf lives near Trona, northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif. In Trona, the area averages fewer than 4 inches of rain a year. The topsoil is high desert hard pan that bakes in summer and freezes in winter. When filmmakers want a location to convey a world without water, they go to Trona. Vander Werf moved to the high desert after 10 years in rainy Hawaii, so he wanted solutions to the difficult growing climate.
June 27, 2013 |
Michael Martinez and Michelle Davilla of L.A. Compost make their rounds in West Covina once a week - he on a Cannondale hybrid, she on a single-speed. Both have cargo trailers attached to their bikes' frames. They stop first at a restaurant called Señor Baja, where a kitchen worker brings out two buckets of refuse, mainly cabbage used in the fish tacos. At the nearby One Veg World vegan restaurant, they get a rainbow of scraps: papaya, avocado, carrots, greens. Owner Nancy Tran exchanges two five-gallon plastic buckets for fresh empties (plastic pickle containers recycled from In-N-Out)
June 23, 2013
ALASKA Slide show Artist Roderick Smith will give a slide presentation of his trip by ferry through the Inside Passage to Fox Island in Resurrection Bay. Smith, who painted and wrote along the way, will describe the inner journey of an artist in pursuit of finding creative solace in the Alaskan wilderness. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, such as trip planning, safety, local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.