January 19, 2003 |
The two young men whose portrait adorns the cover of "Jewish Life in the American West" are brothers, although they could hardly be more distinct in appearance. One is a dapper urbanite in coat, collar and tie. The other is wearing the iconic apparel of the American cowboy: a set of chaps on his legs, a holstered six-gun on his hip, a bandana around his throat, a Stetson on his head and a lariat in his hand.
December 14, 2002
FOR the sake of their fine collections, I'm glad to hear the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Southwest Museum will merge ("A Union of Cowboys and Indians," by Christopher Reynolds, Dec. 11). I must admit my real concern, however, is that the Autry not expand and build on the big south lawn off the museum courtyard. In a city criminally lacking in open green space, the Autry lawn is one of the best places in Los Angeles for pastoral recreation. Especially Frisbee. Save the Southwest collection, but not at the expense of the Autry lawn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2002 |
When Orange County supervisors approved a politically connected horseman's bid to run El Toro Stables, they overruled their staff's choice of another bidder--and chose a winner who has been criticized for his management of a similar facility in the Los Angeles area. Two bidders--the Orange County Fair and the Western Heritage Assn., a San Juan Capistrano-based nonprofit headed by Jerry Harris--competed to run the 150-horse stables at the closed El Toro Marine base.
May 5, 2001
As a longtime supporter of both the American Indian Movement and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, I was stunned to read of AIM's intent to issue a resolution to boycott the museum ("Boycott of Autry Museum Is Planned," by Christopher Knight, April 27). AIM's Vernon Bellecourt references an intended takeover of the Southwest Museum by the Autry, describing the Autry as a "cowboy museum" that promotes "the insidious, racist stereotyping of American Indians." In truth, there is no intended takeover.
July 20, 2000
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: Today--"Love in the Old South" (A&E 9-10 p.m.) looks at the historical basis for some great love stories of Southern literature. For example, Theodore Roosevelt's high-spirited mother was Margaret Mitchell's model for Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind," and there was a real Evangeline behind Longfellow's poem set in Louisiana.
June 2, 2000 |
The Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the San Diego-based Native Voices Theatre Company have announced a three-year initiative to cultivate new stage work by--and about--Native Americans and provide opportunities for Native American talent. The program, the largest of its kind, was launched with a $13,000 grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. It is expected to cost about $100,000 a year in cash and in-kind contributions, plus the cost of productions.