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HOME & GARDEN
February 13, 2010
If recent rain had you scrambling for a new umbrella -- and remembering just how many you've had to toss in the trash -- consider this one from Green Home, which may alleviate the guilt. Each part of the umbrella is made from recycled materials, including recycled plastic that is heated and crushed to produce fabric fibers. The handle is 65% shredded wood. When the umbrella is past its prime, just bury it in the soil, and Green Home says it will begin to decompose within three weeks. The umbrella, available in black and green, comes in two folding models and a larger golf-style version, all ranging from $32 to $56. Go to greenhome.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's extraordinary Green Umbrella marathon Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox Festival. The concert lasted five hours if you count a pre-concert discussion and a pre-concert performance.
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NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Only a few things really matter with a travel umbrella -- but they really matter.  It's all about coverage, durability, size, weight, and, for those of us who ambulate loaded down, a reliable auto-open mechanism and easy close.  The new Blunt XS Metro umbrella is kind of a Humvee of travel umbrellas, armed with a tough radial tensioning system that keeps the 33-inch-diameter canopy from collapsing or flipping inside-out when challenged.  ...
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Photographer Catherine Lacey Dodd writes in an email: "I grew up in the UK and rain [is] a part of everyday life, so when the drought came to an abrupt end in SoCal, I knew I not only needed to mark it in some way, but also to enjoy the experience and its sensory pleasures. My son donned his seldom worn rainboots and umbrella and we ran out into the neighborhood streets for this shoot, splashing in the puddles, capturing the motion of the water and sheltering under the umbrella.
WORLD
September 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
No one has ever been brought to justice for one of the most nefarious killings of the Cold War era, the 1978 poisoning of Bulgarian defector Georgy Markov with a ricin pellet jabbed into his leg with the tip of an umbrella. But there has been little mystery about who was behind the 49-year-old dissident journalist's slaying as he made his way to a London bus stop. For more than 20 years, former KGB officials and investigative journalists have said the operation to silence a prominent communist critic was a collaboration of Soviet and Bulgarian secret services.
WORLD
July 23, 2009 | Paul Richter
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday that the United States may erect a "defense umbrella" over the Middle East if Tehran continues its nuclear program, a sign that the Obama administration is preparing for the reality of an Iranian bomb.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Will Self joined us from the office of his London publisher, Bloomsbury, to talk about his challenging new novel "Umbrella. " It was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Just released in the U.S. by Grove/Atlantic, "Umbrella" is told in stream-of-consciousness form, following in the footsteps of high modernists such as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. While some have called it a masterpiece , its style has put off some readers, who find it too difficult. Does that mean that writing in styles made famous by Joyce and Woolf is somehow still avant-garde, nearly a century later?
TRAVEL
December 6, 2009 | By Jen Leo
Before you pack ultralight, visit UmbrellaToday.com. It might be raining. What's hot: Except for looking at a pretty/handsome TV weather forecaster, this could be the easiest (and most fun) way to check the weather before heading out. Just type in your current location and UmbrellaToday tells you whether you'll need your rain gear. If you want more personal service, sign up for e-mail alerts and set a time for their delivery (e-mail or SMS) on days when you think you might need an umbrella.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Novelist, journalist, sometime bad boy and frequent literary provocateur Will Self is hard to miss in England. He's 6-feet-5, for starters; what's more, he's terrifically prolific, publishing literary works of fiction and nonfiction almost every year. His latest is "Umbrella," a 397-page novel story told in a single stream-of-consciousness paragraph.   "Life is not in the simple past. Life is all happening now," Self told NPR this weekend. "Stream of consciousness and continuous present are, to my way of thinking, very powerful techniques.
TRAVEL
July 9, 2006
RAIN couldn't spoil the intense color or striking geometry of these irrigated rice fields on Bali, captured by Daniel Fink during his trip in April. Fink, an L.A. doctor, got the shot -- holding his Casio Exilim EZ-40 in one hand and an umbrella in the other. The stop in Gulingan, a rice-growing village more than 400 years old, was part of a tour of the southern part of the Indonesian island that also included nearby temples.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" does not look or sound like a film that is 50 years old. Digitally restored with unusual delicacy, it continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964. Winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes and nominated for five Oscars, "Umbrellas" is a one-of-kind venture. Playing for a single week at the Nuart in West Los Angeles, this French film is unashamedly artificial yet strongly tethered to the real world of the coastal town in Normandy that gives it its name.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
A screen for film or video projection has become a common occurrence at concerts, multimedia being a way of 21st century musical life. A floor lamp on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday night was, maybe, a curious homey touch, but hardly eccentric when a green umbrella is the trademark of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. The lamp could even have been something stagehands forgot to throw away after the orchestra's last Green Umbrella extravaganza in November, a messily prop-crazed production of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Now it's L.A.'s turn. Having been much intrigued in recent seasons by the burgeoning Brooklyn new music scene, the Los Angeles Philharmonic decided to stick closer to home for new material Tuesday night for the orchestra's New Music Group's Green Umbrella Concert. The theme of a program of four works selected and conducted by John Adams was local young composers working around the corner from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The neighborhood is, after all, now hopping with concerts at loft spaces and galleries downtown and nearby Koreatown and Echo Park.
WORLD
September 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
No one has ever been brought to justice for one of the most nefarious killings of the Cold War era, the 1978 poisoning of Bulgarian defector Georgy Markov with a ricin pellet jabbed into his leg with the tip of an umbrella. But there has been little mystery about who was behind the 49-year-old dissident journalist's slaying as he made his way to a London bus stop. For more than 20 years, former KGB officials and investigative journalists have said the operation to silence a prominent communist critic was a collaboration of Soviet and Bulgarian secret services.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | By Sean J. O'Connell
First discovered by Captain James Cook in 1773, the tiny Kingdom of Tonga sits amid crystal blue waters in the southern Pacific Ocean. Much closer to home in North Hollywood, the Tonga Hut is a welcoming island in its own right amid the Valley's summer-heated suburban sprawl. This month, the Tonga Hut is celebrating 55 years of pineapple garnishes and fire-breathing totems, ensuring its continued status as the oldest operating tiki bar in Los Angeles. And it shows no signs of slowing down.
NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Only a few things really matter with a travel umbrella -- but they really matter.  It's all about coverage, durability, size, weight, and, for those of us who ambulate loaded down, a reliable auto-open mechanism and easy close.  The new Blunt XS Metro umbrella is kind of a Humvee of travel umbrellas, armed with a tough radial tensioning system that keeps the 33-inch-diameter canopy from collapsing or flipping inside-out when challenged.  ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1998
In a case of what one official called "rain rage," one man stabbed another in the eye with his umbrella near MacArthur Park after the two accidentally bumped into each other during Tuesday's rainstorm, police said Wednesday. The victim was listed in "extremely grave" condition. Detectives investigating the incident said the victim, a man about 40 years old, did not have any identification. The suspect was described as a Latino man in his late 20s, about 5 foot 5, with short black hair.
HOME & GARDEN
September 13, 1997 | RALPH KOVEL and TERRY KOVEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you go to a bottle show, you might hear collectors and dealers mention "pyros," "umbrellas," "cop tops" and other unfamiliar terms. Over the years, collectors have given different types of bottles nicknames. "Pyro" is short for "pyroglaze," colored enameled lettering. Pyros are usually soda bottles or milk bottles made after the 1930s. Cop tops are milk bottles made about 1930 with an unusual neck.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
A tree grows most surely in Brooklyn. But what's in a ZIP Code? The Los Angeles Philharmonic began its Brooklyn Festival on Tuesday night with a Green Umbrella concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The hip New York City borough is not just a destination for visual artists, artisan picklers and other assorted foodies, but also host to a significant new music scene. Meanwhile, Hear Now held its third annual Festival of Contemporary Los Angeles Music in Venice - where foodies (along with artisan picklers)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Walt Disney Concert Hall stage didn't look so hot for Tuesday night's Green Umbrella concert. Rather than the trademark umbrellas being gracefully suspended from the ceiling, they were placed in clumps, like lean-tos, on either side of a stage and so saturated with green light that they appeared covered with AstroTurf. Then again, the Los Angeles Philharmonic may simply be packing early for its upcoming tour and wanted to have those umbrellas handy. This was a showcase concert of the orchestra's New Music Group, and it will be repeated in London the week after next.
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