July 28, 2005 |
It's is a quintessential slice of Southern California, snuggled against soaring San Gabriel peaks, a place where deer graze in frontyards and bears are known to wander by. It's a town known for exquisitely maintained and highly admired homes that exemplify the best of Craftsman and Victorian design. An old-fashioned main street -- home to idiosyncratic and independent retailers -- thrives. Summer nights are hot; winter days are cool. Old Route 66 runs through it. Pasadena? Hardly.
May 21, 1989 |
In 1966, John Griggs robbed a man of LSD at gunpoint, according to a former friend's testimony before a grand jury. The act dramatically changed Griggs' life. A week later, Glen Lynd testified in 1973 before the Orange County Grand Jury, Griggs experimented with the LSD, "threw away his gun and was running around hollering, 'This is it.' That's how it all began." Lynd in 1973 was describing the origins of the Laguna Beach-based Brotherhood of Eternal Love, which by then was alleged to be an international drug ring.
June 13, 1986 |
Art critic Harold Rosenberg once described the 20th Century as "an epoch of false appearances and aimless adventures" and this ambitious exercise in curating, titled "Post Pop Art," is an apt illustration of his point. Attempting to refurbish the familiar and reinvest it with meaning, the show leaves you feeling as though you've been held captive in an after-hours club for weeks on end.
April 5, 1985 |
In an art world susceptible to novelty, a critic has many encounters of the weird kind, but this week marked a first. A critic found an artwork that threw up on him. It happened thus: Critic on routine patrol at the Otis/Parsons gallery, reviewing the exhibition "San Francisco Science Fiction," approached artwork, note pad in hand.
January 18, 2004 |
On an otherwise unremarkable day nearly 30 years ago, in a San Fernando Valley head shop, an ordinary man on LSD had an epiphany. The one thing that could save the world, it came to him, was hemp. Thunderbolts come cheap on LSD, but this one looked good to Jack Herer even after his head cleared. The world needed relief from its addiction to oil and petrochemicals. From deforestation and malnutrition. From dirty fuels, sooty air, exhausted soils and pesticides.
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August 10, 1995 |
As soon as the radio broadcast the news of Jerry Garcia's death Wednesday morning, Jeff Mitchell drove to a Reseda head shop where Grateful Dead memorabilia and tie-dyed shirts cover the walls. Mitchell was joined by dozens of the band's loyal fans, people seeking the sympathy of compatriots in a time of need. They gravitated toward counterculture outlets and record stores around the San Fernando Valley, and to Griffith Park for an evening vigil.
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August 31, 1991 |
Andrea Marchetti, who runs a gift shop that just moved to the Balboa Fun Zone, says that her best customers can sometimes cause her the most harm. "They start asking other businesses, 'Where's the Head Shop?' " said Marchetti, whose family operated such a shop in Huntington Beach for 15 years before moving to Balboa last weekend. "We don't want that. I don't know what else to do. We just want to be a gift shop."
August 3, 1999 |
Only a select few have ever seen the green platform shoes that an undercover federal agent wore to help him infiltrate Detroit's drug-and-disco scene in the 1970s. And it's likely that many baby boomers have forgotten about the creativity their generation used to craft mayonnaise bottles into bongs.
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March 9, 2002 |
Fairfax High School students and their parents fumed when they spied the new store that opened for business Friday in front of their campus. Across Melrose Avenue from the school's main entrance was a 1960s-style head shop stocked with water pipes, drug-themed T-shirts and cigarettes. "This is disgusting. They're marketing to teens. We already have a drug problem," said Kehiante McKinley, a 17-year-old senior who stared in disbelief at the bright red "Smoke Shop" sign over the storefront.