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ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER
The opening image of four white men in suits surrounding a young Asian man in T-shirt and pants is perhaps unavoidably loaded, but then Chay Yew's ensemble play at the Burbage Theatre, "Porcelain," is about fundamental conflicts--between races, between heterosexual and homosexual men, between differing emotional needs. Yew has said that his play isn't really about any of these subjects, but about "loving and relationships."
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1993 | T. H. McCULLOH, T. H. McCulloh writes regularly about theater for The Times.
Playwright Chay Yew admits he doesn't have any answers. "A lot of people want answers from the theater," says the Singapore-born writer. "The theater does not give answers." Yew's latest play, "Porcelain," opens Friday at the Burbage Theatre. It poses questions that he hopes will force the audience to formulate its own answers. His first produced play raised questions the Singapore government objected to. And his latest play continues that provocative tradition.
HOME & GARDEN
November 21, 1992 | JOHN MORELL
Question: We have a white porcelain kitchen sink that's more than 20 years old and is still in good shape, except for some rust stains near the drain. Cleansers don't seem to work on these stains. Should I try a different strategy? E.E. San Clemente Answer: "You might try picking up some oxalic acid at your local hardware store, which usually comes as crystals in a can or box," says plumber Steve Milberg of Anaheim.
HOME & GARDEN
November 7, 1992 | PATRICK MOTT
Just about everybody thinks free trade with the former Communist Bloc is a swell idea, since it will not only help those beleaguered countries gain their financial footing, but also will allow us access to some really nifty fur hats. Minnesotans, for instance, ought to rejoice, because one of those big fuzzy hats (with side flaps) will--I guarantee it--keep your head toasty even if you're encased in a block of ice like a mastodon.
TRAVEL
June 7, 1992 | RITA ARIYOSHI, Ariyoshi is a Honolulu-based free-lance writer.
In Hong Kong, you can design your own dinnerware--soup bowls to nut dishes--and emblazon it with your astrological sign, your initials or a hastily researched family crest. You can strew it with your favorite flowers, adorn it with doodles or simply match it to the dining room draperies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1992 | KATHY McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
She's heard it all before, the bad jokes and the silly puns, and even offers a few herself, such as how using recycled toilets to build a street is going "from commode to road," and a way to get "a-head" in street repair. But when the snickering stops, Cynthia Ferguson-Salvati, who is Escondido's water reclamation and conservation manager, argues that crushing discarded toilets for use in asphalt makes for good roads and good ecology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1991 | ROSE APODACA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Deny Cook and his brother Les Stone have created their own small world in the living room of their Santa Ana home, and every year hundreds of visitors come to marvel at their work. This "world" of theirs contains hundreds of porcelain buildings, people and animals that make up six villages celebrating Christmas. A model railroad surrounds the communities, while miniature hot air balloons and 747 jetliners fly overhead.
NEWS
July 17, 1991 | LORETTA SCHERTZ KELLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Once his book is published, Adam Kessler may be regarded as a bit of a bull in the china shop. Or, more specifically, as a maverick in the world of antique Chinese blue and white porcelain. The 33-year-old Altadena archeologist has written a book advancing the theory that the earliest mass production of blue-and-white porcelain pieces took place far earlier than is commonly supposed.
HOME & GARDEN
December 29, 1990 | JOHN MORELL
Question: I'd like to put a new towel bar in a bathroom with old porcelain tile on the walls. Is there a special drill bit I should use for porcelain or can I get by with a standard bit? A.K., San Juan Capistrano Answer: "There is a special bit for porcelain, but unless you're going to be working with it a lot I wouldn't get it because it's a little pricey," says Pam Idoine of Martenet Hardware in Anaheim.
NEWS
November 15, 1990 | United Press International
Be careful about where you sit in the Sangamon County Building, where the toilets have been exploding lately. A water tank in the building's basement filled with air Tuesday, and the excess pressure caused five toilets to be blown apart, sending the porcelain flying. Court reporter Jerry Wedeking was a witness. He flushed a toilet in a fourth-floor jury room and saw dollar-size pieces of porcelain fly around him.
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