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June 18, 2000
I am touched by and grateful for the tribute Nick Cassavetes wrote to his mother, Gena Rowlands ("She's So Lovely," May 14, SoCal Style). Cassavetes calls his lovely mother a poet. Like mother, like son. His writing sings! Betty Porter Newport Beach
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November 5, 2008 | Pat Saperstein, Saperstein is a freelancer writer.
It's been 75 years since actress Jean Harlow christened the Los Angeles Brewing Co.'s first shipment of Eastside beer after the repeal of Prohibition. Beer making in L.A. has been sporadic since then, but there are signs that a craft brew revolution is brewing. Although breweries in San Diego County such as Stone Brewing Co. and AleSmith Brewing Co. as well as Central Coast brewers such as Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and the newer Telegraph Brewing Co.
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MAGAZINE
April 2, 2000
How nice that the Hederers were able to "warm up" their Brentwood home ("From Bauhaus to Wow Haus," by Barbara Thornburg, SoCal Style, March 12). Unfortunately, their use of redwood and mahogany to achieve that effect was environmentally irresponsible. It is time for clients, decorators and architects to stop using endangered wood products, which may indeed warm up homes but also contribute to warming the planet. Dr. Harry Drasin Pacific Palisades
MAGAZINE
June 18, 2000
I am touched by and grateful for the tribute Nick Cassavetes wrote to his mother, Gena Rowlands ("She's So Lovely," May 14, SoCal Style). Cassavetes calls his lovely mother a poet. Like mother, like son. His writing sings! Betty Porter Newport Beach
MAGAZINE
April 18, 1999
The uniqueness of the bathroom sinks you featured in "Back to Basins" (by Barbara Thornburg, SoCal Style, March 14) can't compare to the uniqueness of the individuals (or families) who use them. What a time- and money-saving life they must lead, not using soap or washcloths and not brushing their teeth. While cleanliness may be next to godliness, it appears it's nowhere near Zen. Jim Clark Long Beach
MAGAZINE
January 24, 1999
What a terrific design for a library ("Reading Room," by Barbara Thornburg, SoCal Style, Dec. 13). However, when the next substantial earthquake comes, I hope the owner isn't sitting inside the stacks, reading. The irony of an ad executive and MTV director being killed by books would be just too much to contemplate. Just imagine the look on newsman Kurt Loder's face when he reads that story. Bill Caughey Redlands
MAGAZINE
May 7, 2000
Shame on you! "Where the Wild Things Are" (by Susan Heeger, SoCal Style, April 9) is not the first time I have seen gardens proudly featuring Pennisetum setaceum or other invasives lauded in the garden section. One needs only drive Highway 1 or the San Diego Freeway to see how this predator has replaced the native flora. Ruth Watling Mountain Center
MAGAZINE
December 21, 1997
I have long hoped for reviews of common food in the magazine, and now--finally--a return to workingman's fare appears ("Wholly Mole Oaxacan," by S. Irene Virbila, SoCal Style, Nov. 9). Yes, I do occasionally go to the finer establishments of our city, but the places I frequent most are those such as Guelaguetza. Authentic Oaxacan food covered to such precision and affection--kudos to Virbila for a long-overdue return to form. We need the reflection of our city's ethnic diversity in all aspects of journalism.
MAGAZINE
May 17, 1998
In "Surviving the Rites of Passover" (SoCal Style, Entertaining, by Mary Melton, April 5), Melton refers to herself as a shiksa--a pejorative on the level of the "n" word. Ann Bien Anaheim Editor's note: Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills says "shiksa" has a strongly negative connotation, coming from the Hebrew for "abomination," but that it has entered the popular lexicon: "You're saying you're from a different background and putting yourself down in a certain way."
MAGAZINE
October 11, 1998
As if it weren't bad enough that Jose Rivera anointed himself an "artist" in "Suiting Up for Fall" (SoCal Style, Sept. 20)--saying, "As an artist, I should dress the way I want to dress"--he went on to voice his disdain for suits and ties while smugly modeling them. If he hadn't worn a tie in 10 years, why was he so keen to don one then? Was the "artist's" vision blurred by the thrill of publicity? Daniel Gannes Los Angeles
MAGAZINE
May 7, 2000
Shame on you! "Where the Wild Things Are" (by Susan Heeger, SoCal Style, April 9) is not the first time I have seen gardens proudly featuring Pennisetum setaceum or other invasives lauded in the garden section. One needs only drive Highway 1 or the San Diego Freeway to see how this predator has replaced the native flora. Ruth Watling Mountain Center
MAGAZINE
April 2, 2000
How nice that the Hederers were able to "warm up" their Brentwood home ("From Bauhaus to Wow Haus," by Barbara Thornburg, SoCal Style, March 12). Unfortunately, their use of redwood and mahogany to achieve that effect was environmentally irresponsible. It is time for clients, decorators and architects to stop using endangered wood products, which may indeed warm up homes but also contribute to warming the planet. Dr. Harry Drasin Pacific Palisades
MAGAZINE
March 12, 2000
"Privacy Factor" (by Susan Heeger, SoCal Style, Feb. 6) featured a Mar Vista residential garden of ornamental grasses. The article characterized the garden as "environmentally friendly." Readers should be made aware that some of the species featured, such as pampas grass and fountain grass, are non-native species that are aggressively invasive into our natural California habitats, where they displace native plants and the native wildlife that depend on them for food and shelter. While the Mar Vista garden may be in an urban area and pose little threat to natural lands, residents fortunate to live in proximity to park lands should consider using native plants.
MAGAZINE
September 12, 1999 | NANCY SPILLER, Nancy Spiller last wrote about prickly pear cactus for the magazine
Summer may end with Labor Day elsewhere in the country, but in Southern California, September's lingering warmth can continue to render us as loose and languorous as a rubber hose. Even in my air-conditioned home office I find I can't get as much work done in this sultry month, when everything is happening outdoors. Plants appear animated by the sun's scrutiny, their essential oils infusing the air. It's as if I can see them grow and ripen while my projects lie idle.
MAGAZINE
September 12, 1999 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
Sometimes California is just too dreamy. Here I am driving on a breathtaking summer night, windows down, listening to the dark, honeyed tones of Cesaria Evora as I point the car toward Venice. That's where I'll find Restaurant 5 Dudley, which is the name and the address of an ambitious small enterprise.
MAGAZINE
September 12, 1999 | ROBIN ABCARIAN, Robin Abcarian last wrote for the magazine on fashion icons Bob Mackie and Lee Minnelli
Drivers whizzing past the drab building on the drab stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard in West Los Angeles might be surprised to know that the dapper man saying goodbye to a visitor on the sidewalk is a world-famous fashion designer worshiped by high-rolling customers and museum costume curators alike. They might be even more surprised to know that a very glamorous going-out-of-business sale is taking place inside.
MAGAZINE
March 15, 1998
I consider fine food a very important part of my life, and I cherish S. Irene Virbila's informed and--most important--honest opinions (Restaurants, SoCal Style). She is the best I've encountered in this country and a far cry from what's often found published elsewhere--ill-informed nonsense or virtual expressions of gratitude for a freebie. I don't always agree with her--our views certainly differ on the garlic crab at Crustacean, the quality of the food at Splash and the fact that Provenal cooks differently--but I always respect her opinion as being sincere and based on her vast knowledge of the subject.
MAGAZINE
March 12, 2000
"Privacy Factor" (by Susan Heeger, SoCal Style, Feb. 6) featured a Mar Vista residential garden of ornamental grasses. The article characterized the garden as "environmentally friendly." Readers should be made aware that some of the species featured, such as pampas grass and fountain grass, are non-native species that are aggressively invasive into our natural California habitats, where they displace native plants and the native wildlife that depend on them for food and shelter. While the Mar Vista garden may be in an urban area and pose little threat to natural lands, residents fortunate to live in proximity to park lands should consider using native plants.
MAGAZINE
September 12, 1999 | BARBARA THORNBURG
A diamond blue '61 Thunderbird sits in the driveway. At the top of the steep stairway is a small tropical garden of queen palms and fragrant plumeria with a lanai that's open to the breezes. Chords of Martin Denny's "Quiet Village" float in the hot, dry air. Welcome to Jarrett Hedborg's mid-century modern Hawaiian paradise. "I'm not into historical re-creations but into setting a mood," says the interior designer about his hillside home in Sherman Oaks.
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