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April 23, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Davek's travel umbrellas aren't cheap, but they're tougher than most mini-umbrellas and loaded with useful features. The 9-inch-long Traveler ($79), weighing less than  1 pound, includes an auto open-close button system, a sturdy solid-steel shaft, reinforced seven-rib frame, a leather wrist strap, a built-in clip for attaching to a bag or belt loop, and a generous coverage diameter of 40 inches. The 15-inch-long Duet ($149), weighing about 1.5 pounds, is an umbrella built for two, with a 55-inch-diameter coverage.
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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1987
More than a decade ago an artist named Christo came forth with the preposterous idea of building a fence of white cloth across two counties of Northern California. After considerable controversy, Christo won approval for his crazy project and the temporary fence was erected. To the surprise of many skeptics, Christo's fence proved to be a thing of simple beauty and delight. Undulating here and there, the fence gave a new dimension to the landscape.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1991
Re: Genny Tubridy's letter Oct. 12. The $26 million spent on Christo's umbrellas could have fed a lot of hungry people. Sure, it did. For seven years, he paid people who were working for him. Where does Ms. Tubridy think Christo's money went? Disappeared into thin air? Isn't that what it's all about, creating jobs so people can earn money to live on? BEP HOGEN-ESCH, Sylmar
NATIONAL
October 9, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - It's been three months of almost unrelenting sunshine in the Pacific Northwest, day upon day of blue skies, balmy temperatures, barbecues that don't have to be covered with tarps. What many are secretly thinking, but are almost afraid to say out loud: Thank heaven it's almost over. Seattle doesn't do dry. And the line of weather systems now stacked up across the Pacific ready to land like enemy planes, starting Friday, is being quietly welcomed by a collaborating public tired of watering its gardens and of being all cheerful . The National Weather Service says a record-breaking dry spell that imposed 80-degree temperatures and higher between July and September is about to be overcome by the unrelenting drizzle and gloom that characterize a proper Northwest late autumn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1991
When Christo unveiled his umbrellas in the Tejon Pass a few ago, I wondered why we needed this. What he called "artwork" was a bunch of yellow umbrellas scattered along the roadside that seemingly did little more than slow traffic in an area which certainly didn't need that. Then I read that this "art" project cost $26 million. Again I wondered why. Imagine what good use that money could be put to. The first thing that comes to my mind is that it could probably feed an entire Third World country.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Sugar Shack owner Michele Turner paid $1,000 three months ago for nine forest green umbrellas to shade the outdoor tables in front of her Main Street eatery. Neighboring Rock-N-Java Cafe has four umbrellas, custom-made for $200 apiece, with the name of the coffeehouse on off-white canvas. But those and another dozen downtown businesses with tabletop umbrellas may have to ditch them and buy new ones, according to the city's latest design guidelines, approved in February.
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.  ...
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.
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?
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.
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