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In terms of artistic life, 1998 will go down in Ventura County history as a year like many others, with losses and gains, disappointments and hope renewed. But there was at least one momentous event: It was the year we lost Beatrice Wood, at the sage age of 105. From her lofty but not snooty perch in upper Ojai, Wood was the county art scene's guiding light, actively and symbolically, a seemingly immortal presence over the past few decades. As symbols go, Wood was a wonderful paradox.
June 12, 2005 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The cover to "Looking at Los Angeles," a smashing new book of photographs of arguably the most photogenic city in America, features a relatively recent picture taken at night from atop Mt. Wilson. Along the bottom of the image, hills create a curvy black contour, a bit like a sensual body stretched out on a bed. The sky at the top is an inky flat plane. In between, the twinkling, blue-white lights so familiar to any traveling Angeleno coming home to LAX spread out toward a radiant horizon.
December 18, 1997 | CONNIE KOENENN, Times Staff Writer
They're too big to be stocking stuffers. But otherwise, calendars fit almost any holiday shopping need. And in a media-driven marketplace in which trends can flare up and die overnight, the calendar occupies the enviable status of a commodity that gets hotter every year. "Calendar sales have passed $5 billion a year and seem to be growing," reports Dick Mikes of the Calendar Marketing Assn. in Chicago, which monitors sales from around the world.
November 25, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW
FACES "I work in all different materials, but I think each means something and has its own specific codes," says sculptor Rita McBride, who has three large pieces made of her latest material, rattan, on view at Margo Leavin Gallery on North Hilldale Avenue, through Dec. 22. "In some ways, rattan is very cheap and inelegant. It has kind of a trendy, '60s connotation--everybody has it in their home," says the spunky McBride, 30.
June 30, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN
A lot of people will hear Tom Petty's upcoming album, "The Last DJ," as an indictment of the music business. The title song, for example, decries the centralization and depersonalization of radio programming. "Money Becomes King" is the narrative of a disheartened fan who watches a rock hero's values and art get lost in a sea of commercialism, to a point where the fan feels that "all the music gave me was a craving for lite beer." Petty, however, advises fans not to take things too literally.
December 27, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
Jazz has been through some apocalyptic developments during the past two decades. It has found new courses to chart, given rise to new related idioms such as fusion and New Age and grown immensely in the number of men and women studying it at colleges and performing it at concert halls and festivals worldwide. A glance at the first "Golden Feather Awards" column, which appeared in these pages Jan. 2, 1966, points up some of these changes.
It's time for our semiannual look at jazz on the Web. And with the proliferation of sites taking place, twice a year is barely often enough to cover some of the more interesting destinations. Record Companies. The news here, unfortunately, is not exactly encouraging, which is surprising, given that the Web has become such a powerful source of information for consumers. But Blue Note's Web site ( is cumbersome, generally out of date and often lacking in pertinent detail.
October 2, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
The extent to which a musician's life can mirror the evolution of society in 20th-Century America has never been more graphically illustrated than in "Bass Lines: The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton" (Temple University Press: $39.95, 328 pages). His family links go back to antebellum days (his mother's mother was a slave on a Vicksburg plantation) and to Africa (his father came here with a missionary group from Monrovia).
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