February 25, 2011 |
When it comes to creating uniquely delicious cocktails, Eric Alperin is one of the best mixologists in town. And this week his bar, the Varnish ? which is located in a warm, wooden speak-easy behind an unmarked door at Cole's in downtown L.A. ? is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Since the Varnish can be a tough room to get into (it's among the best and most exclusive cocktail dens in the city), we thought we'd share one of Alperin's signature cocktail recipes with you so that you can attempt to re-create his boozy magic at home.
September 11, 2009 |
New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has reattributed a painting in its collection to the 17th century Spanish master Velazquez. The museum had previously ascribed the portrait to the workshop of Velazquez, not to the artist himself. The museum says it made the determination after "a technical examination and cleaning" of "Portrait of a Man." The painting entered the museum's collection in 1949 as a work by Velazquez. It was demoted in 1979 after its authorship was questioned by a leading scholar.
March 6, 2009 |
In downtown L.A.'s old Bank District, two new nightspots are concocting different approaches to draw cash-strapped drinkers in uncertain economic times. One wine-and-beer spot, the Must, is employing a slash-and-burn policy of serving well-liked wines on the cheap ($3 during happy hour, for example), while the other -- the homespun, tiny Varnish -- is hoping classic cocktails and a hidden location might lure those eager to squire their dates to a speak-easy-style boite.
December 24, 2008 |
"Still Life With Lemons, Oranges and a Rose" is back at the Norton Simon Museum after a revealing conservation job. But you'd better be quick if you want to see its new look before the 1633 painting by Francisco de Zurbaran takes a trip to New York. A crown jewel of the Simon collection and one of the finest Spanish still lifes in the United States, the painting recently got some expert TLC at the J. Paul Getty Museum's conservation laboratory. Like an aging beauty queen who quietly retreats, then slips back into the public eye looking younger, the 375-year-old artwork has returned to the Pasadena museum refreshed and ready for close-up viewing.
January 16, 2004 |
Karl Benjamin enjoyed a moment in the spotlight in 1959, when critic Jules Langsner coined the term "hard edge" to describe his paintings along with those of Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley and John McLaughlin, which he included in a legendary exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art titled "Four Abstract Classicists." Langsner was right on the money with his "hard edge" definition. But how he came up with the idea of classicism is anyone's guess.
HOME & GARDEN
February 27, 1999 |
Wood floors in the Victorian era saw plain, unfinished planks give way to parquet designs. Restoring these floors goes a long way to creating an authentic period look. Unlike unfinished planks that get their charm from natural wear patterns, shiny strip and parquet floors benefited from new finishing products such as oil, varnishes and shellacs that added a special look to the floorboards.