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April 1, 2011 |
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina dreamed for years of putting a cultural center and museum on the historic old plaza near Olvera Street downtown. If only she and the rest of the project's planners had taken as long to research the site. Last year, as the work got under way, a crew disturbed the eternal sleep of those buried in L.A.'s first Roman Catholic cemetery. In all, some 118 remains were dug up and carted away before community protests brought the digging to a halt in January.
March 14, 2011
From a distance, the Watts Towers rise like tall cyclones of steel and concrete ? the highest nearly 100 feet ? spiraling toward the sky, standing guard over the Lilliputian bungalows lining East 107th Street. Up close the towers are a fantastical playground of archways and steps, inlaid with shards of pottery, glass and shells, their glistening gem-like surfaces begging to be touched ? something tour guides admonish visitors not to do. It took the eccentric tilemaker Simon Rodia 34 years to build the towers, finishing them in 1955 and then leaving Watts, never to return.
January 27, 2011
The Colburn Chamber Players ? Jim Walker (flute), JoAnn Turovsky (harp), John Perry (piano) and Paul Coletti (viola) ? acclaimed musicians and faculty members from the downtown conservatory, will play under the earthquake-defying Tiffany dome of gold-favrile glass in the Pompeian Room, situated within one of Los Angeles' great architectural gems, Hunt and Eisen's 1899 Doheny Mansion, for the latest installment of "Chamber Music in Historic Sites....
January 16, 2011 |
THE BEST WAY TO ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. From LAX, Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of plane) to Jacksonville, Fla., about 47 miles from St. Augustine. Delta, Continental, American, US Airways, AirTran, Southwest and Jet Blue offers connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $248. WHAT TO DO This year's "Flight to Freedom" living history event takes place Feb. 12 at Ft. Mose Historic State Park, (904) 823-2232, http://www.
November 7, 2010
If you go Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site , http://www.thunderbirdlodge.org . Thunderbird Lodge offers tours Tuesdays to Saturdays from late May through mid-October. Adult admission, $39; children ages 6 to 12, $19. Children age 5 and under are not admitted. For tickets, call (800) 468-2463 or go to http://www.activitytickets.com . Private tours for groups of 15 or more are available year-round; call (775) 832-8752. Guest parking and shuttle pickup for the tour is at the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitor's Center, 969 Tahoe Blvd.
November 1, 2010 |
The 12th-century temples in Angkor, Cambodia, stand as astonishing remnants of the powerful Khmer Empire that once ruled Southeast Asia. The ancient site last week picked up a new accolade: most beloved World Heritage Site. That assessment comes from travel website TripAdvisor, which partnered with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre to find out which sites travelers would recommend as must-see tourist stops. Nearly 250,000 people over the last year submitted feedback on 789 sites (the list has expanded to 911)
October 15, 2010 |
America's third national park, Yosemite, the home of spectacular waterfalls, silent groves of ancient trees and an unequaled alpine wilderness, celebrated its 120th birthday this month. The place John Muir considered "nature's temple" was arguably where the national park idea was born ? a uniquely American idea whose enduring meaning is being proved again in the midst of an economic downturn, as millions of families have flocked to Yosemite and other parks to make memories that will last their lifetimes, to reconnect with nature and our shared history.
January 31, 2010 |
This is a good place To stop and rest Where so many have come It is right for me - Geoffrey Bartholomew The poet works behind the bar. Been there 37 years -- 38 this June. He walked in on his first New York night back in 1967. This is a good place He walked out onto 7th Street drunk off his heels, went over to a youth hostel on 3rd Street, and slept if off. To stop and rest He was soon a bar regular, and turned his patronage into a job five years later, becoming bartender and bard.
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January 29, 2010 |
When the Apollo 11 astronauts blasted off from the moon, they left behind not just the small steps of men but a giant pile of equipment and junk for all of mankind. Some of the 5,000 pounds of stuff Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin abandoned at Tranquility Base was purposeful: a seismic detector to record moonquakes and meteorite impacts; a laser-reflection device to make precise distance measurements between Earth and the moon; a U.S. flag and commemorative plaque. Some was unavoidable: Apollo 11's lunar module descent stage wasn't designed to be carted back home, for instance.
December 23, 2009 |
The government of Israel seems to be embracing the Christmas spirit. This week it is organizing carols and tree giveaways in Jerusalem, bus service to Bethlehem and even a fireworks show in Nazareth with an apparent eye on burnishing the nation's reputation for religious diversity. But Israel won't be giving the Christmas gift near the top of the Vatican's wish list this year: possession of a Mt. Zion holy site where Jesus is believed to have gathered his disciples for the Last Supper.