CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2010 |
In Santa Paula, art has always been everywhere and nowhere. For seven decades, the agricultural town's civic art collection has been scattered through municipal offices and public buildings, but not assembled in any one spot. People being rushed to emergency appendectomies at Santa Paula Hospital might get a glimpse of some California Impressionists in the hallways. High school students could eyeball landscapes as they chowed down in the cafeteria. Now, as some cultural institutions cut their hours or even shut their doors, a hometown group has opened a museum to display paintings that have become a source of local pride.
HOME & GARDEN
October 10, 2009 |
Looking to cut costs for his start-up software company, David Fishman moved his office into his Brentwood home and set up work in a corner of the master bedroom -- an arrangement that wife Lara says quickly became too claustrophobic for everyone. "He was getting cabin fever, and I was getting sick of his stuff overtaking our room," says Lara Fishman, an interior designer and owner of Storm Interiors/Designers Call. With two young children and no available space inside, Lara decided to push the boundaries of the live-work concept further -- right out the door, in fact, and into the garden.
HOME & GARDEN
June 20, 2009 |
When artist Jonathan Williams and writer Kim Pesenti bought their property in 2004, the couple were drawn to the vibrant street life of Echo Park but envisioned a rural retreat within, a home that responded to the landscape rather than conquered it. "We didn't want it to be imposing," Williams says of their 1,700-square-foot house. "We wanted it to be modest."
June 8, 2009 |
The Olivier Awards had more pizazz than usual this year. Must be that some glitzy musical producers were flown in from New York to give the telecast a big Broadway kick. Oh, excuse me, that was the Tony Awards I was watching Sunday? But then how do you explain all those foreign accents? No, I'm not talking about Geoffrey Rush's silky Australian twang (given a spry comic workout during his acceptance speech for his "Exit the King" performance award) or best special theatrical event winner Liza Minnelli's dialect from Mars.
May 25, 2009 |
Nearly two weeks after a smuggler's boat capsized and the bodies of nine Haitian migrants were found floating off the coast of Florida, three remain unidentified. But the local Haitian community says they will not go unclaimed. Fritz Gerald Duvigneaud and others want to see to it that all the victims have funerals, where people can remember their struggle. "These people have been through so much," said Duvigneaud, who owns a funeral home. "They deserve a proper burial."
HOME & GARDEN
March 7, 2009 |
It was May 2005, the giddy days of real estate, and Diane and Anthony Cordova had sold their 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom town home in Westwood after just one open house. Their plan: to move into not one new home, but two -- a dream house they would build out in Palm Springs, and a one- bedroom pied-a-terre in the city. They had already pounced on the condo -- a rundown 1970s fixer in the heart of Brentwood -- a few months earlier.