January 19, 2005 |
Michael Henry Adams' epiphany came in the quiet stillness of the Akron Public Library. Hanging on the wall were photographs of the Harlem Renaissance era by James Van Der Zee. "There were images of blacks who were every bit as polished and elegant as Clark Gable or Cary Grant," Adams says. "That was a revelation for me, and also a justification. Before that, I would have felt that to identify with the style of Fred Astaire would have not been something that reflected blackness."
March 16, 2010 |
Anyone who has driven around Los Angeles in the last 50 years knows Millard Sheets' art, even if they don't know his name. For Home Savings of America, he designed the distinctive white marble branch banks and their artistic decorations, sometimes collaborating with others, starting in 1952. (Many of those buildings became branches of Washington Mutual and now Chase bank.) The stripped classicism of the architecture is enlivened by Sheets' specialty: stylized mosaic murals and wall reliefs.
December 11, 2011 |
The gig: In addition to being a senior engineering director at Google Inc., 47-year-old Thomas Williams is the site director for the company's newly opened 500-person campus near Venice Beach, where it develops video advertising for YouTube, pieces of the Google+ social network and the Chrome Web browser. After sifting through a pool of hundreds of potential properties for Google's L.A. location, Williams and his team settled on Frank Gehry's Binoculars Building, and redecorated the interior with touches that mixed Google's whimsical design tastes with hallmarks of Los Angeles culture.
June 20, 1991 |
The pool hall--that enduring piece of Americana--has undergone a metamorphosis at The Shark Club. Look elsewhere for dingy back rooms, cigar-smoking gamblers, and sleepy-eyed hustlers--the trappings that can give pool halls a sleazy reputation. This is pool for a new generation complete with valet parking, dance music and a 2,000-gallon shark tank.
July 2, 1989 |
On the Fourth of July in Denmark, drums roll and horns sound to the beat of "Stars and Stripes Forever," the breezes carrying the noise to picnicking families on the hills of Rebild. For 77 years, except during two World Wars, this small Scandinavian country of 5 million people has celebrated the birthday of the United States at Rebild, the country's only national park, and in Alborg, a city 15 miles from the park. At Rebild, flags from the two nations fly everywhere.
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December 13, 1997 |
Rose Parade Princess Leslie Marrero has an unusual driving record. While making appearances as a princess, she has piloted a yacht and a blimp, the Muir High senior told the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Assn. Now for the unusual part. You won't see her behind the wheel of a car. She doesn't have a driver's license yet.
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June 2, 1993 |
The Whitaker-Jaynes house and the Bacon house are the last standing relics that tell about Buena Park's past. Dean Dixon, a trustee of the Buena Park Historical Society, calls these homes, built in the mid- to late 1800s, "the last of the Mohicans." Dixon said it makes him "nervous" that the city owns the homes and property. The homes "are vulnerable to any decisions that the city would want to make," he said.
August 1, 1992 |
When comedian Robin Harris died of a heart attack two years ago at age 36, he left behind a CD recording of a live performance in which he played himself, stuck with taking some obstreperous youngsters to an amusement park. Harris' "Bebe's Kids" (citywide), based on that tale, has now become the first animated theatrical feature with exclusively African-American characters as principals.
September 16, 1993 |
If you're up in Ojai this weekend, don't forget to bring that suit of armor. Or that plumed velvet hat in the back of your closet, or the shirt with billowing sleeves you wouldn't otherwise be caught dead in. You'll fit right in at the Ojai Renaissance Festival. The south shore of Lake Casitas will take on the trappings of a 16th-Century English village called "Reveler's Cove."
July 10, 2006 |
There are rare moments when Italy rises above regional differences and comes together as a country. It certainly doesn't happen in politics; maybe it happens briefly when an Italian soldier is killed in an overseas mission. It is soccer, and perhaps soccer alone, that can unite the nation in unbridled euphoria, make grown men cry, sane women squeal and immerse an entire national population in wild jubilation.