CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2000 |
You might call it a monument to California's spirit of reinvention--a building with nearly as many lives as a cat and more connections to Los Angeles' civic culture than most politicians. In its 75-year history, downtown's Subway Terminal Building has housed the city's first underground transit terminal, doubled as a World War II bomb shelter, provided hospital care to veterans, and acted as the local office of the Department of Social Security.
March 19, 2000
I visited Spain with my 94-year-old mother and my sister. We started in Madrid, then went to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, through Galicia and back to Madrid. We went to a couple of flamenco shows, had fabulous food at a Basque restaurant, took a lot of naps and stayed out until 3 or 4 a.m. every day. Spain has shed its backward ways. It's a very modern place. * DISCOVERY: The ancient Spanish city of Burgos, where my grandfather is from, and the beautiful seaport town of La Coruna.
March 10, 2000 |
There may be grumbling at the gasoline pumps, but it takes a lot more than $1.60 a gallon to make Angelenos change their ways. Last week's 11.5-cent increase, coupled with alarming predictions of a $2-a-gallon summer, is causing some drivers to shop around for lower-priced stations, but experts don't expect a stampede toward mass transit, a fire sale on SUVs or even an increase in carpool-lane traffic any time soon.
January 27, 2000 |
As the emerging majority in Los Angeles County, Latinos are not only making political and economic strides, but are gaining greater recognition from other ethnic and racial groups, according to a United Way report being released today. A growing interest in Spanish is one bellwether cited in the report, which provides a detailed look at the nation's largest Latino population center.
December 31, 1999 |
A century ago, we hear the same old Horatio Alger story: the humble beginnings, the lightning ascent, the prediction of a future of such breathtaking proportions that any eventuality is bound to pale in comparison. A century ago, Los Angeles is without freeways, diverted Colorado River water or a film industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1999 |
Some Angelenos celebrated Christmas in true Hollywood style: at the movies. About 75 people huddled in a darkened theater in the Fairfax district Saturday afternoon to watch a matinee screening of "The Bishop's Wife," a 1947 holiday classic starring Cary Grant. "This is really what Christmas is all about: watching old movies," said Sherman Oaks resident Bill Robens, 29, who went to see the film at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Avenue before heading home for Christmas dinner.
August 29, 1999 |
On Tuesday, Rhino Records is releasing "Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles (1921-1956)," a four-CD boxed set that has been assembled as a companion to the paperback version of the acclaimed book by the same name. Originally published in 1998 by the University of California Press, the oral history of the vital L.A. jazz scene was edited by Steven Isoardi, who was asked to co-produce the recording.
July 23, 1999 |
The night of his brother's stabbing will forever burn in the mind of artist Willie Herron. He wanted the world to remember too--to have the image of his 15-year-old brother, John, stabbed by gang members, permanently inscribed on the wall of the Eastside alley behind his family's home. So on that night in June 1972, after taking his brother to the hospital and saying a quick prayer, he painted a mural, guided by friends holding flashlights, on a building owned by his uncle.
July 1, 1999
Want to check out the salsa scene? These clubs offer live salsa orchestras. In many cases, a free dancing lesson is included in the admission price. The Conga Room. 5364 Wilshire Blvd. Thursdays-Saturdays. Cover: $12-$100. Dancing lessons on Thursdays at 8 p.m. (323) 938-1696. El Floridita. 1253 N. Vine St. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Cover: $10. Dancing lessons on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (323) 871-8612. Sportsmen's Lodge. 4234 Coldwater Canyon Blvd., Studio City. Some Fridays.
June 27, 1999 |
Sports arenas don't normally have wine cellars. Or private lounges where members keep their cigars in humidors. Or restaurants where the sous-chefs fuss over which hard-crusted breads to serve with hummus. But the Staples Center, under construction downtown, is not shaping up as a normal arena. From its $300,000 luxury boxes to waiters who hustle down aisles with radio-equipped order pads, this will be an unusually extravagant sports venue.