May 10, 2013
Re "Accent on the saying power," Column One, May 7 Regarding the dispute over the proper way to pronounce neighborhood names in Los Angeles such as Los Feliz, in English there is a standard way to pronounce words from foreign languages. It is incorrect English to attempt to change the accent one is speaking in the middle of a sentence. Yet there is a deplorable tendency among some now to show off their language chops by referring to, say, Italy's former prime minister as "SEEL-vyoh Bairrr-la-SKOHNNN-ee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 |
The phone jangles in the bright white-walled computer shop off Hillhurst Avenue, and Ariel Belkin picks it up. "Los FEE-lus Hi-Tech," he says. "This is Ariel. " After the call comes his confession. Photos: It's all in the name The 30-year-old tech whiz, who also plays guitar in a band, moved to Los Feliz from the Valley a year and a half ago. Back then, he resolved to pronounce his new neighborhood as Los Fey-LEASE. The Spanish pronunciation, he says, is the "the right way. " But pretty soon he caved to the weird stares and smug corrections from locals and switched to the more common anglicized pronunciation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 |
A major construction project to install a new power circuit in Los Feliz will force road closures and limit left-hand turns in the neighborhood starting Tuesday and stretching into the fall. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will begin installation of a new underground and overhead 4.8-kilovolt circuit to alleviate other overloaded circuits that collectively serve about 5,500 customers in Los Feliz, the utility company said. The first of the project's three phases begins Tuesday, according to a statement from the DWP. As a result, no left turns will be allowed at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Officials expect this phase to last until May. In the coming months, construction crews will install 1,750 feet of conduit and more than 6,000 feet of cables and related equipment.
March 28, 2013 |
The storied Sowden House in Los Feliz is for sale at $4.888 million. Set behind gates and obscured from the street by heavy foliage, the residence has sometimes been called the Jaws house for its Mayan temple-like façade. Typical of Lloyd Wright designs, beyond the original copper entry door are stairs and a tight hallway, creating a feeling of compression before opening up to the living spaces within. The 1927 structure is made of so-called “textile” blocks, patterned concrete blocks also favored by the architect's father, Frank Lloyd Wright.
HOME & GARDEN
March 23, 2013 |
In feng shui, there's discussion about destiny. I never understood what it was until I truly got to know Roger. We were in our 30s that summer. I was working with actors at a small theater in East Hollywood, and he was an actor on "Days of Our Lives. " I'm Japanese American, and he is African American. But the bigger difference was where we lived: I was in an apartment above a garage in Los Feliz, and Roger lived in Venice, a few blocks from the beach. That summer it was hot -- so hot that I needed to be out of Los Feliz and its oppressive heat.
March 22, 2013 |
Whether it was the two-story entry hall that doubled as a gym or the 60-foot swimming pool with underwater speakers, Ryan Phillippe's tricked-out home in Hollywood Hills West enticed a buyer to shell out $6 million. Still, that wasn't enough to spare the actor from the pain of the housing bust. Public records show that Phillippe bought the property for $7.175 million in 2008, after his eight-year marriage to actress Reese Witherspoon ended. Stressing the security and privacy of the "Zen-modern retreat," the unusually colorful listing details note that the gated house can "stopperrazzi" and provide an escape from "the drone of urban existence.
March 6, 2013 |
Actress Katherine Heigl has sold her house in Los Feliz for $2.622 million. Priced at $2.659 million, the Southern Colonial-style two-story features French doors, high ceilings and verandas. There are two fireplaces, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and nearly 3,700 square feet of living space. The grounds include mature landscaping, a swimming pool and a spa. Heigl, 34, was a regular on “Grey's Anatomy” (2005-10). Her film work includes this year's “One for the Money,” “Life as We Know It” (2010)
February 1, 2013 |
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Maybe it's the only day that you deign to watch football, or maybe it marks the culmination of five months of blood, sweat and beers spent glued to the television out of devotion to your favorite team. Either way, it's the one day of the year that America comes together over a singularly American sports obsession, and as such it's a darn good reason to party. Sports bars and restaurants across the city will throw open their doors in a high-def blitz. Here are a few of our favorite options: -- The Bungalow, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
January 28, 2013 |
Actor Esai Morales has sold his home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.175 million. The Midcentury-style house, built in 1957, features vaulted wood-beam ceilings, skylights, French doors, two fireplaces, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,479 square feet of living space. A swimming pool sits in the backyard. Morales, 50, played Lt. Tony Rodriguez on "NYPD Blue" (2001-4) and starred with Lou Diamond Phillips in "La Bamba" (1987). More recently he had a recurring role on "Fairly Legal" (2011-12)
HOME & GARDEN
January 12, 2013 |
I pride myself on my instincts. I can tell my roommate is avoiding her chores by her walk. My predictions of early television cancellations are always on the money. My personal mantra is "I know," and when I'm sure, I'm sure. After my first date with Greg, I know that I've met the right person. I arrive early at the Dresden in Los Feliz and sit in my car watching the clock. I'm wearing my first-date outfit; everything is the same each time, down to my jewelry, undergarments and bobby pins.