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August 24, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
Several artists turned the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum into a studio Saturday, showing off skills used to create gifts for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The daylong courtyard display featured six artists from the western United States. Bringing with them paintbrushes, carving knives, blowtorches and other tools, they chatted with visitors about how presidents can spur creative impulses.
Beauty, soulfulness, humor and great music: The holiday special "'Twas the Night" (not to be confused with the Disney Channel's recent charmless movie of the same name) is special indeed (7:30 p.m., HBO). Created by the team behind HBO's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales," it's a lovingly made tapestry of playful live action and dreamlike, animated holiday songs sung by greats from Doris Day to Frank Sinatra.
August 14, 1998
Aaron Birnbaum, 103, a dress manufacturer who became a folk painter at age 70. Birnbaum, who always sketched the dresses he created, took up painting after the death of his wife and closure of his shop. Often compared to Grandma Moses, he was a "memory painter," depicting the houses, streets and bridges of his Brooklyn neighborhood as they looked in his youth. He worked in oil and acrylic on paper, wood, glass and tin.
December 25, 1986 | Gerald Faris, Times staff writer
It's boom time for many South Bay artists, especially crafts people and others whose works make good Christmas gifts or decorations. Maudette M. Ball, executive director of the Palos Verdes Community Arts Assn., calls the holidays an "everybody wins" time: Artists get a market for their work, and buyers get "something that is made by the human hand." Times staff writer Gerald Faris takes a look at what some of those hands have been doing this holiday season.
July 23, 2003 | Shawn Hubler, Times Staff Writer
For decades, Jeremiah Tower was the talk of this food-centric city. People talked in the '70s when he put Chez Panisse on the culinary map. They talked in the '80s when he opened Stars, the A-list restaurant, and showed up in Dewar's scotch ads and on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." They talked in the '90s when he hit the skids and ended up running a disco/restaurant in Manila. Now, in a memoir that has rocked the Bay Area even before its release next month, Tower is talking back.
May 11, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
Once again, San Diego was well represented in the Tony Award nominations, with five nominations for "The Piano Lesson" (the Old Globe was one of its 10 producers), eight for "The Grapes of Wrath," which was produced by the La Jolla Playhouse before the Broadway run, and one nomination for choreography for "Dangerous Games," which was co-produced by the La Jolla Playhouse. Also surprised by a Tony nomination was Encinitas composer Hugh Martin, who has never done a show in San Diego.
February 9, 1986 | Ruth Reichl
"It is time to let the public in on the Real Mike," said Mike McCarty of Michael's (1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, (213) 451-0843) when he inaugurated his new weekend brunch menu on Feb. 1. The Real Mike, apparently, has been spending his weekends feeding his friends dishes like Grandma Moses molasses BBQ pork tenderloin sandwiches with greens and salsa or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and caviar.
April 29, 1991 | ZION BANKS
Donna Friebertshauser knows that most people envision tea towels and pillow slips when they think of needlework. But she recalls using her creative stitching to help a mastectomy patient recover the use of her arm and to bring peace of mind to a suicidal woman.
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