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May 26, 1988
A deal between the city and a Mission Viejo company to develop the block across the street from the Hilton hotel in the Uptown business district has collapsed. In December, the City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, approved a 90-day exclusive negotiating agreement with the Vanderbilt Group to plan a multilevel office and retail complex at Penn Street and Greenleaf Avenue. City officials consider that block crucial because it is the entrance to Uptown from Whittier Boulevard.
March 12, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Newport Beach, one of Southern California's most affluent cities, is about to transform an industrial area near John Wayne Airport into a distinctly urban community of homes and shops. Uptown Newport Village will replace a pair of aging industrial buildings on 25 acres near the airport with a walkable neighborhood of shops, restaurants, parks and upscale homes and apartments, according to Shopoff Group, an Irvine developer. Mayor Rush N. Hill, who is an architect, said he is excited about the project and pleased that it will be a dense neighborhood by local standards.
May 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Whitney Museum of American Art has unveiled a design by architect Renzo Piano for a satellite museum in lower Manhattan. The museum's bold, asymmetrical design will provide 50,000 square feet of gallery space over six floors, compared with 32,000 square feet at its uptown New York location. It will allow the Whitney to show more of its 20th- and 21st-century collection and offer more temporary exhibitions. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2009 and be completed in late 2012.
July 23, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Elvis Costello has debuted the first song from his forthcoming album with hip-hop band the Roots, "Wise Up Ghost," and, predictably, it's got some funk in its genes. Costello, whose longtime band the Attractions helped propel him to fame, has over his career worked with many unlikely collaborators, including the Brodsky String Quartet, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney and Costello's wife, vocalist Diana Krall. But when the longtime New York expat announced his work with the Roots -- best known to the public at large as the house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- even longtime fans were surprised by the juxtaposition.  They can relax.
October 10, 1987
I have lived in the quiet community of Whittier for 12 years now, and was awakened by the earthquake last Thursday morning to the most frightening experience of my life. After realizing that our little town was indeed one of the most devastated areas, I was even more frightened. I think all of us in the area had the feeling that we were sitting on a time bomb and still do. Be that as it may, I consider myself extremely lucky. My small apartment shook like hell during the main quake and again during the Sunday morning aftershock, but I was not injured and I still had a reasonably solid roof above my head.
November 12, 1987 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
Giving young people a chance to participate in the earthquake disaster relief effort is the idea behind Sunday's Quake-a-Thon at the Whittier Community Center. The event is designed to involve elementary and high school students in the area, but all residents may take part, said Al Mendez of the Whittier Human Service Department. The fund-raiser involves soliciting pledges for each hour spent dancing or rocking in a chair, for each lap walked or for each weight lifted.
May 4, 2003
Brittany Murphy drew attention for strong supporting performances in "Don't Say a Word" and "8 Mile," and less flattering notice for duds like "Just Married." She's the true lead here, in a comedy that combines elements of "Private Benjamin" and bestselling novel "The Nanny Diaries." Rich girl loses her fortune and is forced to take humbling -- though ultimately self-revelatory -- work as a nanny to a neglected rich child who, in true Hollywood fashion, teaches her about life.
August 1, 2001 | MADISON SHOCKLEY, Madison Shockley is a writer in residence at USC's Annenberg School for Communication
Who'd a thunk it? I have loved Harlem for a long time before former President Clinton moved in. My wife and I loved it so much that we named our second son Marcus Dakar Harlem Shockley. When we lived there in the mid-1980s, we loved the good food one finds almost at random on every other block. We loved the vibrant worship life that brought tourists from across Europe--but we only had to catch the cross-town bus. We loved the 15-minute subway ride to Yankee Stadium.
June 16, 1988
The City Council has moved to stall new construction in the Uptown Whittier business district by requiring developers to obtain a conditional use permit before building. The conditional use permit ordinance, which the council imposed for 45 days, will give the city a way to block development that is not consistent with redesign plans for the business district.
July 11, 1994 | Jane Spiller
"I come to Uptown because I like to sit out in the sunshine and watch people interact. I work for Family Services counseling agency, so knowing what's going on is real important. You get a cross-section. Everybody wanders through Uptown in the course of the day. People talk to me and it gives me an idea of what they need, especially in relationship to their family. I like the flowers and trees and there are little alcoves that have benches.
July 6, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
Folk music over the years has taken many forms, has gone electric and returned to its roots, has moved in and out of favor as new generations discover, rework and reexamine the music. Below are new releases and reissues that celebrate the depth of English and American folk music. Laura Marling, "Once I Was an Eagle" (Ribbon Music) The British singer's talent is undeniable, and on her recent album it's fully blossomed. One of the most accomplished contemporary folk albums of the year, "Once I Was an Eagle" exudes confidence with a brutal honesty and an insistent way with her acoustic guitar.
August 24, 2012 | By Irene Lechowitzky
The long-neglected west end of downtown Napa is undergoing a resurgence, sparked by a stylish hotel that has blazed a trail for new restaurants, wine-tasting rooms and retail shops. No need for a car; you can walk to everything in this six-square-block area. Adding to the buzz is the Uptown Theatre, a restored Art Deco gem that is now an intimate concert hall featuring such name acts as Chris Isaak, Mother Hips and "Weird Al" Yankovic. The bed The Avia Napa (1450 1st St.; (707)
November 15, 2010 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Two wheels and pedals, a handlebar, frame, chain and derailleur gears. The bicycle's basic design is so simple and efficient that it hasn't really changed for more than 75 years. But the relentless human urge to improve produces annual refinements in bikes ? and maybe none push the envelope like the 2011 models examined below. Radical rethinking Jones 29er with Spaceframe: Wild-looking non-suspension titanium mountain bike with a trussed fork, swept-back multi-position handlebars and a unique frame that offers a set-back, upright riding position and some built-in flex from numerous curved tubes.
September 11, 2010 | By Mike Boehm and David Ng, Los Angeles Times
As it gradually works its way back to solid financial ground, the Pasadena Playhouse has added two more productions to its lineup for the upcoming season. Ed Asner will star in the solo show "FDR" (Oct. 12 to Nov. 7), a drama that follows the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from inauguration to World War II. The production is based on Dore Schary's Tony-winning play "Sunrise at Campobello" that ran on Broadway in 1958 and was made into a film in 1960. "Uptown, Downtown" (Nov.
May 9, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Though it straddles the busy Santa Monica corner of 4th Street and Broadway, it's easy to miss the nondescript, off-white Arcona Studio spa. The building bears little signage and the storefront is dedicated to selling the organic and plant-based skin-care products for which Arcona is known and that are arguably the strength of the business. Nabbing an appointment was easy and far less painful than an enzyme mask. Calling on a Friday, I was able to book something for the next day with my choice of afternoon time slots.
April 23, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Uptown Whittier farmers market has 15 certified produce vendors, so it's not huge, but it does offer a good selection of local growers, a convenient location and a manager, Kae Thomas, with 26 years of experience. The Friday market, which was established around 1988, moved several blocks last May to its current site in a parking lot at the corner of Philadelphia and Bright. Space is a bit tighter than at the previous venue, but most customers and vendors prefer the new spot because it's more level, there's more foot traffic, and it "feels more like a farmers market," as one shopper remarked.
October 22, 1987
The streets of Uptown Village in Whittier, closed to vehicular traffic Oct. 4 because of earthquake damage, were reopened Wednesday. Demolition is continuing on six to eight unreinforced masonry buildings, with another seven to go, according to City Manager Thomas G. Mauk. Fences and pedestrian walkways have been erected around some buildings while the demolition is being done.
September 21, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
ILARIA URBINATI has made a name for herself styling some of Hollywood's hottest young actors -- Emile Hirsch, James McAvoy and Ben Foster among them. But she also knows a thing or two about retail. The California-bred stylist was the buyer behind influential Los Angeles boutiques Satine and Milk, introducing L.A. to winsome designers such as Roland Mouret and Rebecca Minkoff.
September 17, 2008 | Betty Hallock, Times Staff Writer
ROOT BEER floats poured table-side, a "milkshake program" created by a sommelier, spectacular sundaes layered with gelee, meringues and buttery sable cookies. It's a whole new world of soda fountain desserts. If you've ever had the caramel copetta at Pizzeria Mozza -- creamy dark-caramel gelato layered with a crisp Italian pizzelle (waffle cookie), gooey caramel sauce and sticky-smooth marshmallow sauce, topped with a handful of salty, toasty Spanish peanuts -- then you know that a sundae can be so much more than just ice cream with hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Lately (maybe it's goodbye-to-summer nostalgia)
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