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March 7, 2010 | By Holly Myers
Ruben Ochoa's East L.A. studio, housed in a nursery that's been vacant for years next to a Mexican restaurant, is a rustic affair -- more of a shell than a building, really, with chicken wire covering several holes in one wall and a port-a-potty installed in the back. "It has one working light," he says with a laugh, gesturing to several fluorescent bulbs overhead. "Two power outlets. I can power the light, but then when I power the machine, that light flickers." The machine -- a squat, metal box with several spool-shaped rollers on top -- is a rebar bender, and the only piece of major technology visible, save the laptop that's open on one of the tables.
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March 7, 2010 | By Holly Myers
Ruben Ochoa's East L.A. studio, housed in a nursery that's been vacant for years next to a Mexican restaurant, is a rustic affair -- more of a shell than a building, really, with chicken wire covering several holes in one wall and a port-a-potty installed in the back. "It has one working light," he says with a laugh, gesturing to several fluorescent bulbs overhead. "Two power outlets. I can power the light, but then when I power the machine, that light flickers." The machine -- a squat, metal box with several spool-shaped rollers on top -- is a rebar bender, and the only piece of major technology visible, save the laptop that's open on one of the tables.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
When Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros died in 1975, his legacy included not only a wealth of massive works -- including Olvera Street's 1932 mural, "American Tropical" -- but also an idiosyncratic photographic archive compiled over four decades and separated into such categories as "misery," "workers and industry," "landscape" and "archeology."
NEWS
June 7, 1990 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Memo to car thieves: Always check the fuel gauges. A gang that neglected to do so started running out of gasoline on Los Angeles freeways early this morning after stealing nine automobiles from a lot in Silver Lake, kidnaping a security guard at gunpoint and taking him on a wild, 20-mile ride, police said. The guard, shaken but unhurt, said he leaped from the car in a bid for freedom when it sputtered to a halt on the Santa Ana Freeway.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2005 | Suzanne Muchnic
Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros is well known in Los Angeles as the creator of three massive outdoor works, painted during his sojourn here in 1932. Only one of them is on public view: "Portrait of Mexico Today," commissioned for a home in Pacific Palisades and moved to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art a few years ago.
MAGAZINE
September 16, 2007 | ELIZABETH KHURI, Elizabeth Khuri is assistant style editor of West.
HOW IT WORKS: Lauri Firstenberg founded the nonprofit LAXART two years ago to help both new and midcareer artists produce and showcase their work. Artists who collaborate with LAXART have had their work installed in LAXART's gallery-style space on La Cienega Boulevard and as temporary projects atop billboards, across freeway walls and, in the case of Joel Tauber, surrounded by pavement in the Rose Bowl parking lot.
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January 9, 2005 | Josh Kun, Josh Kun is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and cultural critic whose last story for the magazine was about the music and art scene in Tijuana.
On the roof of a single-story house, a man is yelling into a megaphone. His hair is long, his white tube socks are pulled up to his knees, and his fist is in the air. He appears to be protesting. But because this is a photograph, an image from Mario Ybarra Jr.'s "Go Tell It" series, we hear nothing, not a single slogan or plea for justice. There is no caption, no context, no clues as to where he is--just a man shouting on a roof in the midst of empty sky.
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June 8, 1990 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Memo to car thieves: Always check the fuel gauges. A gang that didn't started running out of gas on local freeways early Thursday morning after stealing nine automobiles from a lot in the Silver Lake area, kidnaping a security guard at gunpoint and taking him on a wild, 20-mile ride, authorities said. The guard, shaken but unhurt, said he ran for freedom after the car sputtered to a halt on the Santa Ana Freeway near Downey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2005 | Richard Winton and Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writers
Juan Manuel Alvarez's troubles had been building long before he drove his Jeep Cherokee onto the train tracks in an aborted suicide attempt that derailed two commuter trains and killed 11 people, according to family members, acquaintances and court records. Alvarez, a pony-tailed sometime construction worker, had been separated from his wife for several months amid allegations that he had threatened her and her family.
FOOD
December 26, 2007 | Susan LaTempa, Times Staff Writer
The Redlands-adjacent community of Mentone has neither a mayor nor a city council, but it's the fortunate home of Casa Maya, one of the few Yucatecan restaurants in Southern California. With its mostly organic ingredients, house-made corn tortillas, marinades and sauces, and deft updates of family recipes, this modest cafe turns out the kind of distinctive fare that used to be called "worth a trip" and today earns it a place in anyone's GPS points-of- interest file.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2009 | Holly Myers
Media executive Dean Valentine began collecting art in the early 1990s and, like many people who develop such an affliction while also in the possession of great wealth, he seems to have acquired a lot of it. It is an unwieldy enterprise, one can well imagine, necessitating large quantities of climate-controlled storage space -- the dreariest sort of purgatory for an up-and-coming artist -- and in 2007 Valentine and his wife, Amy Adelson, had...
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