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Home Ground: Architect brought Pueblo Deco to Union Station

Home Ground: Architect brought Pueblo Deco to Union Station

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

By the time Los Angeles’ Union Station opened for business in 1939 with the distinctive geometry of the Pueblo-Deco commercial spaces designed by Mary Jane Colter, the transformation of American life by rail travel was not only complete, but on the decline. Union Station was the last of the grand railway stations to be built […]

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MOVIES: Devastated ‘Rebel,’ ‘Tulip’ madness, life after Bond

MOVIES: Devastated ‘Rebel,’ ‘Tulip’ madness, life after Bond

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rebel in the Rye (9/10): Writer-director Danny Strong tries to explain why J.D. Salinger (a believable Nicholas Hoult) ended up a recluse after such a boffo start as author of the classic “Catcher in the Rye.” The film starts with the story of his falling head over heels in love with coruscating teenager Oona O’Neill […]

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McAvoy on Preservation: Preservation policies are strong, leadership is lacking

McAvoy on Preservation: Preservation policies are strong, leadership is lacking

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

We have a process, but . . . How do we as citizens help to preserve the iconic individual structures and significant historic neighborhoods in Los Angeles? Seems a simple question, right? Provide processes for protection and make sure that advocates and the city work together to achieve preservation goals in adopted plans and policies. Make […]

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THEATER: Revelations on autism; yee-haw country ‘Honky Tonk’

THEATER: Revelations on autism; yee-haw country ‘Honky Tonk’

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, is a revelatory theatrical event that brings you close to the perspective the autistic individual has of the world, while at the same time being enormously entertaining. From the moment you enter […]

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God’s work: Frank Lloyd Wright, quintessential American modernist

God’s work: Frank Lloyd Wright, quintessential American modernist

| August 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The first time I became aware of the stunning power of architecture, I was 17 and walked into the terra-cotta cocoon of Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. The building sparked a life-long interest in architecture, “the great mother art,” as Frank Lloyd Wright called it. Wright used 57 shades of terra-cotta in the auditorium. He […]

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Alexandria House among beneficiaries of NGA party goers

Alexandria House among beneficiaries of NGA party goers

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

“It’s a party! — for a cause,” exclaimed Kiel FitzGerald and Olivia Kazanjian, co-chairs of Needlework Guild of America, describing Hancock Park’s gala held at the Tagylan Complex on Vine St. on Feb. 24. So many in our neighborhood know that, when they come to this annual event, they are guaranteed to have FUN while […]

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