CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990 |
Just off the Pasadena Freeway north of downtown, in sharp contrast to the tidy, historic village around it, an eight-sided house sits on wood and steel supports, four years after it was moved there to be refurbished and displayed. Time has not been kind to the Octagon House at Heritage Square Museum. Its paint is peeling. A window has cracked. A sash hangs open. Family disputes surely transpired under the home's cupola in the 93 years that it housed descendants of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
September 17, 1989 |
The featured attraction of most retail-and-restaurant mall dedications tends to be an entertainment industry celebrity or two, riding a horse, sitting in an open customized auto or cutting a ribbon. Surrounded by the obligatory local politicians, and competing with a booming band in the background, they stoically shake hands, sign autographs and smile, then leave as quickly as possible.
December 29, 2000 |
To watch Michael Winterbottom's audacious "The Claim" is to wish Cecil B. DeMille had the idea first of transposing Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" to Northern California two decades after the discovery of gold in 1848. The material would have been perfect for DeMille, for at heart it's a quintessential Victorian morality tale as well as an epic frontier saga.
September 25, 1986 |
M any homes built during the last years of the 19th Century are viewed with affection today because of their intricate and ornate style. They stand as evidence of an era of minute detail and a sometimes mannerly society. Yet it was not always so. The typically Victorian, turn-of-the-century homes fell into disfavor in the 1920s and '30s as the cleaner, more modern look of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne took over.
December 26, 1999 |
Choosing the best wine ever is a fairly common game, but to tell you the truth, I never know what to say. I might be able to name my 50 favorites, but choosing just one is far too difficult. So when some of my Internet wine buddies started a thread called "Ten Best of the Millennium" the other day, I answered with 13 wines. Then I went back and added 10 more the next day. Wine is like that. The best wine is often the last great wine you tasted, or maybe the first.
May 17, 1992 |
A museum devoted to Los Angeles of a century ago, when velvet and froufrou were de rigueur, doesn't seem like the place to pick up clues on rebuilding riot-torn neighborhoods or providing job training for the unemployed. But at the Heritage Square Museum in Highland Park, you can witness a partnership at work that does just that--and it's one that could be applied to other places where rebuilding is needed.