CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2006 |
The body-odor calls are the ones Security Officer William Morris dreads most. That's when he has to tell someone to leave the Los Angeles Central Library because they smell. He doesn't mind the rule: He thinks, if anything, the city isn't strict enough with its homeless. But the library-security veteran also knows how easy it is to humiliate the indigent, and he won't stand for that either. Bathe, and you can come back, he tells them. "An ounce of respect," he insists, "and they will comply."
November 17, 2005 |
ALAS, poor Madame SoSo. Laryngitis on opening night, an opera star's worst nightmare. To the rescue: Alma, the singing cat, supplying Madame's voice from the hidden confines of the grateful diva's towering wig. This week, Madame, Alma and Tess Weaver's children's book, "Opera Cat," will be given voice too.
HOME & GARDEN
September 11, 2003 |
Libraries are the last bastion of silence in an endlessly noisy world. Even museums now are noisy, with their guided tours, crowded weekends and unguarded conversations. But library-goers respect the quiet and preserve it. No cellphones. No interruptions. If you're searching for silence, head for the Los Angeles Central Library.
March 15, 2003
Elizabeth Eckford's starched white dress had a full skirt bordered in gingham. No teenager today would be caught dead in it, but in 1957 it might have been all the talisman a 15-year-old needed to banish jitters on the first day at a new school -- if the 15-year-old wasn't African American and the new school wasn't the all-white Central High in Little Rock, Ark.
March 13, 2003 |
It was a balmy night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hundreds of Angelenos were gathered on the roof deck of LACMA West after a debate about the changing role of art museums. Comedian Steve Martin was there, too: no arrow through his head, no dancing like King Tut, just one of the crowd. Now he was waiting, and waiting, to talk to his friend Adam Gopnik, an intense, erudite New Yorker writer who'd been one of the night's featured speakers.
October 2, 2002 |
At the Winnick Family Children's Zoo in Los Angeles, Maury Laham, 71, stood at the railing of the sea lion exhibit as two sleek animals frolicked in the rushing water below. His 8-year-old granddaughter shrieked in delight, but he did not look happy. "Some of my money probably went into building this place," he said, shaking his head. Laham is a stockholder in Global Crossing Ltd., the telecommunications company founded by Los Angeles multimillionaire Gary Winnick.