September 24, 2012 |
Even by Hollywood standards, the audacious art heist from the home of a wealthy L.A. money man is an intriguing whodunit. Jeffrey Gundlach, one of the world's top bond gurus, has offered a $1.7-million bounty for the safe return of a cherished collection stolen from his Santa Monica home last week. The $10-million haul included some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn. On Monday, Gundlach took the unusual step of holding a news conference in downtown Los Angeles to announce one of the highest rewards on record for the return of stolen art. He set aside $1 million of the reward money for a Mondrian piece, which one art-theft expert said was the most ever offered for a single painting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2012 |
At Crabby's restaurant in Montebello, Hector Chacon sipped from a steaming bowl of shrimp soup, trying to soothe a nervous stomach. It was election day last November in the small, working-class cities southeast of downtown Los Angeles. For Chacon, a campaign strategist for hire, it was game day. He was helping half a dozen candidates, including one particularly hot prospect: a young real estate agent trying to become Montebello's first Armenian American council member. Few seemed to be slam-dunk winners, though, and Chacon was anxious.
December 25, 2011 |
He may have an uncanny knack for knowing who's naughty or nice, mad package delivery skills and a fan base approaching Lady Gaga's, but, sartorially speaking, Santa Claus is in a bit of a rut. It wasn't always this way. Over the years the man also known as Kris Kringle, Saint Nick and Father Christmas has had nearly as many wardrobe changes as aliases, turning up wearing long, green, fur-lined robes in one incarnation, a bright red-and-white outfit...
HOME & GARDEN
August 27, 2011 |
The vertical gardening craze has generated all sorts of nifty products that can be attached to a fence, filled with soil and succulents and — voilà — you have a living wall. But according to the authors of "Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces," a Cool Springs Press book released this year, your garden's upright surfaces can be planted in other ways — many involving materials you already have on hand. Bay Area designers Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet have two decades of combined experience designing hundreds of gardens, and along the way "we've learned that almost any space can benefit from a few vertical gardening techniques," says Morrison, owner of Creative Exteriors Landscape Design and a founding member of the Lawn Reform Coalition . Her coauthor, Sweet, writes for Horticulture magazine and has a design practice called Harmony in the Garden . Together they shared ideas for making the most of the garden's vertical surfaces: Photos: 'Garden Up!
February 10, 2011
The ninth annual Conscious Life Expo devotes three days to self-examination and global transformation with an extensive lineup of new-age speakers, self-help gurus and independent thinkers, including former Sen. Mike Gravel. The conference features workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitors. Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. General admission $15-$25, workshops $25-$55. (310) 410-4000.
November 7, 2010 |
Visual effects artists Colin and Greg Strause have toppled digital elephants in "300," aged Brad Pitt backward for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and cloned one actor into identical twins for "The Social Network. " The brothers' task on "Skyline" is perhaps more daunting: proving themselves as full-fledged independent filmmakers. Visual effects designers occasionally graduate into directing jobs ? Eric Brevig ("Journey to the Center of the Earth") and Stefen Fangmeier ("Eragon")