CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2011 |
Along old U.S. Route 66, the once-kitschy Overland Motel is crumbling, vacant lots pock downtown and, as if this remote desert outpost weren't suffering enough, the last car dealership folded up and left behind a blanket of empty asphalt. Not a pretty picture for travelers who might pull off the highway for a burger or to spend the night. Then, about five months ago, a man with a sun-stained face and paint-crusted fingernails drifted in, and the tiny old railroad town of Needles started looking a little brighter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1990
Caltrans' work on the Golden State Freeway is to be commended. An obvious improvement, and quite inexpensive too, would be to define the lanes, especially those approaching and under Burbank Boulevard, where a few weeks ago three people were killed in a motor home which crashed and burned. As I pass that spot after a workday, I can visualize how easily one could be confused by concrete-pour separation grooves and the indistinct white lane buttons as to exact lane lines. Please, Caltrans, put down a little white paint to make the lanes clear and distinct.
April 9, 1995 |
A few weeks ago, it was suggested here that to eliminate graffiti California simply ban aerosol spray paint. Though admittedly Draconian in sweep, the ban would deprive taggers of their essential tool. It also seems more civilized than lethal vigilante attacks--the method that has won acclaim from certain quarters since a pistol-packing pedestrian named William Masters II killed a tagger in Pacoima earlier this year.
April 23, 2004 |
The dialogue between painting and photography has taken many forms over the last 150 years. At the end of the 19th century, artists like Henry Peach Robertson made photographs that looked like paintings. In the late 20th century, Gerhard Richter made paintings that look like photographs. David Hockney photographs his own paintings, while Elizabeth Peyton (among others) paints from her own photos.
June 28, 2012 |
Hospital bills piling up? Can you paint? Draw? Sculpt? Dance? Sing? Act? At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, you can whack $40 off your health bill for each hour you spend working on a mural or offering some other artistic service. (The AP video above tells the story.) Here's more about the program in the hospital's news release and an article in the New York Daily News. Hold up, though: You have to be an uninsured person making a living as an artist to register for the bartering program, called the Lincoln Art Exchange, the press release explains. Actors, musicians, poets, dancers and writers can all qualify.
November 21, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Strange game for the Lakers. First one in a while. Maybe they were tired from back-to-back games. Maybe they've got a weird issue about winning on the road. Actually, there shouldn't be any excuses. They lost to the lowly Sacramento Kings. Period. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Kings The team that can barely hang on to its ZIP Code had no problem shipping out the Lakers on Wednesday, 113-97, at Sleep Train Arena. "If we want to go 'Showtime,' they just closed the whole theater on us," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said.
December 20, 2003 |
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg vetoed New York City Council legislation that would have made more landlords remove lead paint from apartments where children could be poisoned from exposure to the toxic metal. Council Speaker Gifford Miller called the veto a "serious, serious mistake." Bloomberg said the legislation exposed the city and landlords to lawsuits, would be costly to carry out and might result in housing discrimination against families with children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1998
I could not believe what I read Oct. 26 ("Volunteers Paint Over Vandalism"). Some of the residents were actually complaining when Cal State Fullerton fraternity members volunteered and painted over graffiti in the Valencia Drive and Lemon Street neighborhood because the paint did not match? These are college students making a difference near the community in which they live. I commend them for taking the time out of their day and supplying the materials with their own money. How dare the residents complain when these people are trying to make their neighborhood look better.
May 12, 1996 |
No one ever said graffiti taggers were smart. Not long ago, in Washington, D.C., they painted the usual gibberish on a stone mansion at 1500 Rhode Island Ave. This is a handsome old palace that has been the home of a secretary of state, a Russian count, Alexander Graham Bell and, since 1940, the National Paint and Coatings Assn. The current occupant is a trade group that lobbies mightily against any and all legislative attempts to restrict the sale of spray paint.