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March 4, 2001
I enjoyed the tour of the handsome garden in Ojai ("Birds in Paradise," Gardens, by Susan Heeger, Feb. 4). It's refreshing to see such a collection of drought-tolerant plants looking lush and friendly. I admire the way Dennis Hall and Albert Marrero have softened the severe, spiky look that I've associated in the past with succulent and cacti gardens. I only wish someone hadn't smeared butter all over the camera lens before the shoot! Loren Tripp Altadena
April 1, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
A lyric from the title track from New Zealand rocker Neil Finn's new solo album, "Dizzy Heights," crystallizes much of what the erstwhile member of Crowded House, Split Enz and the Finn Brothers is up to on his latest work. "Help me make up a new sound," he sings, and indeed, much of what he's created for "Dizzy Heights" embodies that idea with spacious aural landscapes and often exotic arrangements surrounding lyrics that delve into a multiplicity of emotions. It's often a far cry from the Beatle-esque pop with which Finn built his reputation as one of the finest songwriters of the 1980s and '90s.
October 10, 2009 | Emily Green
They say beauty comes from within, but in the case of Susan Gottlieb, it seems to come from the world around her. She is, at 67, not pretty, not handsome, but storybook beautiful. The former nurse has such an Alice in Wonderland-like grace and lightness that as she hops around her 1-acre garden in Beverly Hills, enchantment sets in. Her husband, lawyer Daniel Gottlieb, chuckles thinking back to when he first showed his bride-to-be the house in the late 1980s. "She looked at the back and said, 'It's all covered with ivy. There's nothing for the birds.
November 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is a terrific Montsant from the husband-and-wife team of Sara Perez and René Barbier. Their parents, who have Mas Martinet and Clos Mogador, pioneered the Priorat region. Now the children are striking out on their own in the less known Montsant region adjoining the Priorat in Catalonia. Made from a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the 2010 Dido red is elegant and balanced with smooth tannins and a lush, lovely finish. The yellow wax seal is pretty great too. Just point that corkscrew right through the wax. A perfect red with roast birds, seared duck breast, braised lamb shanks or grilled lamb chop.
May 26, 1996
Dianne Henderson takes Lorraine Ali to task for omitting the "fact" that "Gala" was Lush's first album, not "Spooky" (Letters, May 19). "Gala" (initially a U.S.-only release) was a collection of the first three EPs the band released in Britain in 1989 or thereabouts. It is not a proper album any more than the Smiths' "Louder Than Bombs" is. So Ali is quite correct when she points out that "Love-life" is Lush's third album, not its fourth. STEVE LANDAU Los Angeles
May 5, 2002
Great story about the author Katherine Mansfield and Wellington, New Zealand ("Wellington's Storied Past," April 21). As American consul in Wellington from 1979 through 1983, I was familiar with the plaque to her memory placed prominently at 47 Fitzherbert Terrace, on the lawn in front of the U.S. Embassy. Just across the street is a small, serene park, lush in greenery, where I often took my lunch and read some of her stories. Mansfield's name recalls many fond memories of a wonderful country.
June 18, 1993
Why do some freeways look so pleasantly landscaped and others don't? The freeway between the downtown interchange and Dodger Stadium looks like it has had Agent Orange sprayed on it. The Hollywood Freeway is pockmarked with ever-widening brown patches of ivy that have never felt the balm of a sprinkler. Waist-high weeds choke out even the tenacious ice plant. The area around the Santa Ana/Long Beach freeways is a particularly pitiful example of scabrous landscaping. A recent trip to San Diego revealed that this is not always so. Lush green ground cover, dotted with spring wildflowers, was a refreshing contrast to L.A. freeways.
February 26, 1995 | COLMAN ANDREWS, Andrews is executive editor of Saveur magazine.
The A-9 autoroute follows the curve of the French coastline, running southwest from the mouth of the Rhone, past the ancient university town of Montpellier, past the medieval bastions of Beziers and Narbonne, along the salty lagoons that insulate the rocky coastal foothills from the sea, past Perpignan, the capital of Catalan France, and then up into the Pyrenees, right to the Spanish border. Along its course, the highway passes through spectacular countryside, alternately lush and barren, earthy and lunar.
July 22, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON and RONALD L. SOBLE, John Johnson and Ronald L. Soble, Times staff writers, are working on a book about the Menendez case for New American Library.
ON A MILD SUNDAY last summer, a string of "popping sounds" drifted through the lazy night air of Beverly Hills around 10 o'clock. "I didn't think anything of it," said Tom Zlotow, a neighbor who soon learned that the noises he'd heard from the house right behind his were echoes of the most sensational crime in the history of Beverly Hills. "I didn't even think it could be gunfire, especially around here."
April 20, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
November 26, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Anyone familiar with the sound of West Coast jazz from the 1950s knows the sound of Los Angeles-born drummer Chico Hamilton. A musician who often emphasized a subtle musical grace in his playing over snare-rattling runs, Hamilton helped forge the California sound dubbed "cool jazz" in the 1950s and launched the careers of a wealth of jazz artists both as a bandleader and an educator. Hamilton, 92, died at his New York City home Tuesday morning. The cause has not been determined, but Hamilton was diagnosed with emphysema late in life, according to his nephew Raoul Hamilton, who confirmed his death.
August 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Tour Brazil's coastal rain forest and fishing villages about 150 miles west of Rio de Janeiro on a 10-day sea kayaking trip in October. Paddlers of all abilities have a chance to explore the Costa Verde, an area with warm southern Atlantic waters inland from the Ilha Grande, or Big Island. The tour from Oregon-based Tofino Expeditions , which specializes in trips for "water people," includes visits to the colonial town of Paraty, and Saco de Mamangua, what's described as a tropical fjord lined with villages and beaches.
July 18, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
There will be blood. And poison. Edward L. Doheny, L.A.'s original oilman (and inspiration for Paul Thomas Anderson's film) left behind the Greystone Mansion and its lush gardens, which are now a public park in Beverly Hills. In his lust for oil, Doheny bled Mexico of its underground riches, too. So it would be hard to think of any other site quite as symbolically or captivatingly appropriate for presenting Daniel Catán's “Rappaccini's Daughter” Saturday and Sunday at dusk.
March 28, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Renoir" is a lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two, as well as the strong-minded woman who was a key player in both their lives. The year is 1915, the setting the gorgeous landscape of the French Riviera, and Renoir the father, the recently widowed 74-year-old Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste (the veteran Michel Bouquet), is hungry for inspiration. His son, future filmmaker Jean Renoir, is only 21, a wounded World War I veteran come home to the family compound at Cagnes-sur-Mer to convalesce.
March 28, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The world of cinema mourned when Jean Renoir died in Beverly Hills in 1979 at the age of 84. One of the most influential directors of the 20th century, noted for such masterpieces as 1937's "Grand Illusion," 1939's "Rules of the Game" and 1945's "The Southerner," the French filmmaker was widely embraced by the young Turks of France's New Wave, including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But there was little notice seven months later when Renoir's first wife, Andree Heuschling, who acted in his silent films as Catherine Hessling, died in France at the age of 79. After their divorce in 1930, she soon retired from acting and drifted into obscurity.
March 14, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Florida in March is the vacation destination your mother warned you about. Which is one of the reasons Disney Channel sweethearts Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens were drawn to the candy-colored sleaze that is Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers. " It's their chance, with ABC Family's Ashley Benson ("Pretty Little Liars"), to break free of the parental-guidance considerations that have ruled their careers. Lewd, lush and mind-emptying, "Spring Breakers" mixes the commercial lure of its bikini-clad good girls turned bad with Korine's brand of subculture excavation ("Gummo," "Trash Humpers")
December 12, 2004 | Ruth Ryon, Special to The Times
Actor Noah Wyle has sold his Los Feliz home for close to its $3.8-million asking price. The buyer was Robert Richardson, who won an Oscar in 1991 for best cinematography for "JFK." The house, which actor Tim Curry also once owned, is a restored Spanish colonial estate. It is on about 1.5 acres of lush grounds and has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in slightly more than 4,000 square feet. The home has hand-carved, hand-stenciled ceilings, a pool, an amphitheater, waterfalls and fountains.
October 27, 1991 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer , the gardening editor of Redbook magazine and is heard Sunday mornings on KGIL radio.
"How's your fern?" Once a humorous greeting offered by Steve Allen, this has always been and will continue to be a serious question to indoor gardeners. Every year, millions of indoor plant enthusiasts wrestle with the sometimes difficult task of keeping ferns alive in a home environment.
January 6, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
For 95 years, Grant Park loomed over downtown Ventura without drawing much notice. Now, with the help of a city government willing to lease the park's 107 acres for $1 a year and a group of residents willing to raise millions for a botanical garden, it's sprung to life. On Saturday, hundreds of residents, their dogs and their kids trooped up a new mile-long trail with seed-filled Dixie cups, dumping them in spots where California bluebells, golden lupine, white yarrow, mission red monkey flowers and a host of other plants might bloom in the spring.
December 29, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
An area that just a week ago was lush habitat on the Sepulveda Basin's wild side, home to one of the most diverse bird populations in Southern California, has been reduced to dirt and broken limbs - by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Audubon Society members stumbled upon the barren landscape last weekend during their annual Christmas bird count. Now, they are calling for an investigation into the loss of about 43 acres of cottonwood and willow groves, undergrowth and marshes that had maintained a rich inventory of mammals, reptiles and 250 species of birds.
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