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December 12, 2009 | By Ruben Vives
The corner of Rosecrans and Bradfield avenues in Compton might not have the fanciest decorations or the tallest Christmas tree. But for passing motorists, it's a holiday scene they won't soon forget. Lined along the street are rows of Christmas trees in a rainbow of colors -- yellow, pink, orange, blue, red, white and, yes, green. Standing outside Compton Nursery on Friday, owner Gonzalo Gonzalez, 54, said the tradition of coloring evergreens began about seven years ago when a customer made an unusual request.
April 15, 2014 | By Susan Denley
The wedding gown Margaery (Natalie Dormer) wore for her "Purple Wedding" to Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) took five to six weeks to make, costume designer Michele Clapton told Fashionista -- with one costumer dedicated to making all the rose and thorn embellishments by hand. The idea behind the design? "A creeping briar rose that, although pretty, will draw blood if you catch yourself on its thorns," Clapton said, "and can end up smothering its host. Pretty but dangerous!" Could that be a clue about what happened at the end of the episode?
January 26, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
After his pounding by the New Orleans Saints, Brett Favre might be sporting as much purple today as he did Sunday. . . . As Deion Sanders of the NFL Network said of Favre's postgame appearance, "He looks like a [ Floyd ] Mayweather opponent." . . . At least he was on his feet. . . . Favre enjoyed perhaps his greatest season at 40 because he avoided the type of unnecessary risk that doomed the Minnesota Vikings against the Saints. . . . Old habits die hard.
April 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Game of Thrones" continues to give the commitment-phobic plenty of reasons to avoid weddings. Fans have only just recovered from the shock and horror of last season's Red Wedding when, in Sunday's episode "The Lion and the Rose," yet another nuptial celebration ended with a shocking twist. (Plot details to follow, obviously.) This time around, it was the wedding of evil King Joffrey and the ambitious Margaery Tyrell that turned bloody. But unlike the triple murder of Catelyn, Robb and Talisa Stark , which was met with a cacophony of wailing from fans, the response to Joffrey's demise at the so-called Purple Wedding was downright euphoric.  PHOTOS: Violent TV shows The sense of jubilation was no doubt heightened by Joffrey's behavior, which was appalling right until the bitter end. After an extended and very public display of cruelty toward his uncle, fan favorite Tyrion Lannister, the monarch everyone loves to hate guzzled a goblet of wine and suddenly began to retch violently.
November 26, 1994
The next time some basketball fan grouses about a baseball player getting paid $5 million to play in 162 games, remind him that James Worthy will be getting paid $12.5 million for not playing in 164. BURT PRELUTSKY North Hills
May 22, 1989 | ANTHONY PERRY
Fazal Bandukwala has learned a sad lesson: North County is not as hip as it appears. He thought Encinitas, along Old Highway 101, would be an ideal spot for one of his Gamma Gamma stores. Where better to sell avant-garde clothing and jewelry than a beach community known for its laid-back life style and tolerance of the idiosyncratic? It hasn't worked out that way. As soon as Gamma Gamma opened, the complaints began. His merchant neighbors didn't like the fact he painted the storefront purple, painted his interior walls black, and put up a black awning.
January 18, 2010 | By BOOTH MOORE, Fashion Critic
The red carpet may have been spongy wet, but that didn't dampen the Golden Globes fashion parade. After last year's recession-conscious styles, the look was anything but understated with romantic ruffles, flounces, beads and folds popping out all over. There were some misses (Cher's reverse corset train wreck; Quentin Tarantino's Japanese-American hybrid tuxedo). But there were more hits. And it was fun to see stars taking risks again. Neutral shades made a big showing. The best: Drew Barrymore's draped, champagne silk chiffon Atelier Versace gown with glass fringe at the shoulder and hip and Nicole Kidman's softly draped, bias-cut nude Nina Ricci.
May 6, 1989 | JUDITH SIMS
Purple hop bush Evergreen shrub with purple leaves and insignificant flowers The first Dodonaeas I ever noticed were (still are) at the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum in Arcadia--an entire hedge of them near an enormous live oak tree. One look at their extraordinary mahogany color and I knew I'd have to own one some day. I can't resist purple or silver leaves, or any of their reddish or gray permutations, and this weakness has occasionally led to disaster. But with Dodonaeas, I had a winner.
January 27, 2008
'A Purple Cabaret': The theater listings in today's Arts & Music section says that "A Purple Cabaret: The 'Reel' Songs of Hollywood" will be performed Monday at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. That event has been canceled.
January 26, 2008
'A Purple Cabaret': The theater listings in The Guide on Thursday said that "A Purple Cabaret: The 'Reel' Songs of Hollywood" would be performed Monday at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. That event has been canceled. (The listing also appears in this Sunday's Arts & Music section of Calendar.)
March 28, 2014 | By Martha Groves and Laura J. Nelson
No tunnel has yet been bored. No station has been built. Not a single track has been laid. But even the most preliminary work on the long-awaited Westside subway appears to be rousing the latent forces of Not in My Back Yard. In Windsor Village, a homeowner who lives next to a construction staging area awoke at 3 a.m. one morning to the yells of workers and the beep-beep-beep of backing trucks. Now his breakfast room looks out on a 2 1/2-story sound wall hastily erected to contain the noise.
March 10, 2014 | By John F. Morrison
William Guarnere didn't have to go to war. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, he was building tanks at the old Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, a job considered crucial to the war effort and good for an exemption from military service. But Guarnere didn't take it. He enlisted in the Army paratroops on Aug. 31, 1942, and went to battle. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly included William Guarnere's late wife, the former Frances Peca, in a list of surviving family members.
February 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Francisco Hernandez was a fiercely independent man, refusing help from family and neighbors -- even firing Meals on Wheels -- as he moved into old age at his Mt. Washington home. So it's not surprising that the 89-year-old World War II Purple Heart recipient was home alone with his bulldog, Nero, when a fire late Friday tore through the tiny cottage he's lived in for the last 40 years. Hernandez's body was found Saturday among the charred remains of the structure that sits on a winding, narrow street in the 500 block of West Avenue 44. His dog survived the fire.
January 26, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
Lorde's usual beauty look tends to teeter into goth territory and at Sunday's Grammy Awards she opted for a deep purple lip and shimmery translucent skin that was more dark fairy tale than vamp. Her makeup was done by MAC Cosmetics senior artist Amber Dreadon, who says she "wanted to keep the look fresh and radiant -- modern, a bit boyish and darkly cool with a focus on the lips. " To achieve Lorde's pretty-haunting look, Dreadon started with MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream and Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 foundation over the singer's face.
November 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to make a closed coffee shop used in the movie "The Big Lebowski" a historic-cultural landmark. Councilman Paul Koretz said Johnie's at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue is one of the most notable examples of work by the firm Armet & Davis, the architectural firm that designed Norms, Pann's and other diners across Southern California. Koretz, who represents the area, said he hopes the property's owners can be talked into reopening the building as a coffee shop.
November 5, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'," which premieres Tuesday on PBS, inducts the (very) late guitarist, singer and songwriter into the PBS hall of "American Masters. " It's a sometimes-enlightening, regularly exciting, always watchable documentary that hits the main points of a short life. Still, viewers not already versed and invested in this music and milieu might want a little deeper context. Hendrix, who died at 27, has been gone for 43 years now. He was most assuredly a creature of his time, with his headbands and ruffles and psychedelic philosophizing, and yet he exists outside of time, one of those artists like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis or Bill Monroe you could study forever, profitably, and never crack their secret.
January 25, 2008
Dial shift: Chef Jamie Gwen is moving her Saturday morning "Food & Wine" program from KABC-AM (790) to KGIL-AM (1260) beginning Feb. 2. -- End date: "The Color Purple" will close Feb. 24 on Broadway after a run of more than two years. A touring production is currently at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown L.A.
July 27, 2003
Here's a question for Joseph Honig and his friend ("The Full Pacino," Metropolis, July 6): What woman between 45 and 50 would want a man who's been on the planet for 59 years and still lacks the awareness to see when he looks in the mirror that his hair is purple and he looks "like a jerk"? Gisele Perez Via the Internet
October 31, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen
Bedtime comes early to Vintage Cerritos, an assisted living facility on the edge of Los Angeles County. The Thursday hoedown has ended, the lobby is quiet. Felix Vera stood in the doorway of his apartment. He recently moved here, and the simple décor says more about what he's lost than what he owns. He handed me a water-stained envelope filled with news clippings from his days with the Los Angeles Police Department. I promised to take good care of it. "The stories aren't the exact truth," he said.
September 27, 2013 | By David Pierson
Walk past the signs for Krispy Kreme sloppy joes. Head toward the massive servings of curly fries. Turn left at the stall for chocolate-covered bacon. Out on the edge of the L.A. County fairgrounds in Pomona is a 1-acre space packed with Mother Nature's answer to extreme food. There you might find the Australian finger lime, a pickle-shaped green citrus whose pulp looks like golden caviar. Nearby is the Buddha's hand plant, whose tentacled fruit dangles from its spiny branches like a canary-colored octopus.
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