CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2013 |
Steve Soboroff, the wealthy developer and civic leader, says the state should reject a proposed deal that would give USC a long-term lease of parking lots used by three public museums neighboring the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Soboroff said Wednesday that USC's proposal to assume management of the parking areas as part of the private university's plan to take control of the Coliseum could be "the end of the museums. " USC wants the option to use the lots for its students and employees.
January 31, 2013
The DJ/producer who goes by the Gaslamp Killer has been a staple of the L.A. beat scene for years, as a resident at the renowned Low End Theory club night that helped put dubstep on the map in America. But he's come into his own as an artist, releasing his debut full-length "Breakthrough" last year and winning over international audiences with his fiery stage presence. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. 6 p.m. Fri. $18. nhm.org.
January 20, 2013 |
In 1907, Charles Mulford Robinson, pioneering urban theorist, sketched a version of Los Angeles modeled on Baron von Haussmann's Paris. He envisioned wide avenues, broad vistas and open spaces for the increasingly cramped and unplanned metropolis, along with a central park, tree-lined and landscaped river banks and an architecturally unified downtown graced with large plazas and terraced gardens. "You simply cannot afford to stand still," Robinson told the city officials who'd hired him, or the city's growing population would cause an unacceptable rise "in congestion, in ... discomfort and ugliness, and in paucity of municipal effectiveness.
January 4, 2013
The experimental L.A. folk outfit Lord Huron earned local renown for pairing brokenhearted songwriting with dreamy and unorthodox arrangements. The band (the project of singer-songwriter Ben Schneider) released its debut full-length "Lonesome Dreams" on Iamsound in the fall, and they play the First Fridays series with Wildcat! Wildcat! Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. 5:30 p.m. Fri. $18. http://www.nhm.org.
December 28, 2012 |
In spring we previewed the 3.5-acre North Campus at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, which was putting the finishing touches on a garden designed as urban wildlife habitat, a place where L.A. critters could come to escape city life just like the rest of us. Cameras set up throughout the Mia Lehrer-designed landscape were intended to capture feathered and four-legged residents, day and night. To find out exactly what the cameras have recorded, we recently checked back with Sam Easterson, senior media producer for the museum's Nature Lab, who described the results as nothing less than “thrilling.” The opossum babies that we pictured atop their mama in a night-vision photograph have grown up, Easterson said.
November 13, 2012 |
The folks at History are nothing if not ambitious. Two years ago, In "America: The Story of Us," the basic cable network reduced the history of the United States to a 12-hour miniseries, its lavish and entailed reenactments punctuated by commentary from citizens as diverse as Colin Powell, Michael Douglas and Donald Trump. Now History turns its attention to a wider palette. The entire palette, actually. "Mankind: The Story of All of Us," was created by Nutopia, the production company behind "Story of Us," and uses a similar construct and time frame - 12 hours - in which to review the evolution of human civilization.