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Thumbnail aaron lipstadt Aaron Lipstadt: Urban cyclist

Aaron Lipstadt is 63, a TV director and a resident of Hollywood’s Bronson Canyon. He also rides his bicycle just about everywhere. Recently,...

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Thumbnail batchelder tile peacock ‘Batchelder: Tilemaker’ at the Pasadena Museum of History

The Pasadena Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, extended by popular demand through March 12, called “Batchelder: Tilemaker.” Ernest A....

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Thumbnail bill cunningham crux Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham, the subject of the 2010 documentary “Bill Cunningham New York,” is a fashion photographer who for years has maintained two spreads...

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Thumbnail crux  heatherking Cajun Catholics: A field trip to the Bayou

Recently I was graced to travel to Lafayette, Louisiana, and spend the better part of a week with some of the good people of the bayou. Father...

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Thumbnail dana gioia California’s new poet laureate: ‘A pew-level Catholic’

Dana Gioia, California’s new poet laureate, was born to a working-class family and raised in L.A.’s South Bay. “I love California. It’s my place. I...

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Thumbnail caryllhouselander Caryll Houselander: The Little Way of the Infant Jesus

Caryll Houselander (1901-1954) was a British mystic, poet and spiritual teacher who wore a pair of big round tortoiseshell glasses, lived in London...

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Thumbnail american gardeners Domestic scenes: The art of Ramiro Gomez

Marta was the cleaning lady of the woman who owned the house in Silver Lake — my roommate — where I lived from 2010 to 2014. Every other Wednesday,...

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Thumbnail crux Donald Evans and his fantastic world of postage stamps

Donald Evans (1945-1977) “put his whole life and everything that interested him into the stamps of his fantasy world.” So says Willy Eisenhart,...

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Thumbnail crux don quixote Don Quixote: Love and redemption with the L.A. Ballet

For the lover of literature, there are moments one never forgets. Even now, I can’t quite believe “they” killed certain protagonists: the...

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Thumbnail el anatsui  red block El Anatsui at The Broad

A few weeks ago, I went on a field trip with some friends to The Broad, the new-ish downtown L.A. museum of contemporary art. My friends wanted...

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Thumbnail crux raymond chandler Farewell, my lovely: Noir novelist Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) created the character of hard-boiled L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe. His novels — among them “The Big Sleep” (1939),...

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Thumbnail hollyhock house wright Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Hard by the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont, up on a hill, stands a highlight of L.A.’s storied architectural story: Barnsdall...

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Thumbnail victoria sweet ‘God’s Hotel’ by Victoria Sweet, M.D.

“God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” is a 2012 memoir by San Francisco-based physician Victoria Sweet. The...

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Thumbnail takao kawaguchi Kazuo Ohno, Takao Kawaguchi and the art of Butoh

Recently I caught a mesmerizing dance performance at the downtown REDCAT Theater: “Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno - Reliving the Butoh Diva’s...

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Thumbnail king family nh Limb from limb: A Christmas story

My father was so obsessively modest that it was a standing family joke that the only parts of his body my five brothers, two sisters and I had ever...

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Thumbnail briton ensemble at follybowl 2016 Madrigal magic: The Briton Ensemble

A few Sundays ago, I made my way toward Altadena, north of Pasadena. The neighborhood is lovely: up against the mountains, up above the city,...

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Thumbnail la casa de maria retreat center Montecito’s Center for Spiritual Renewal

The Center for Spiritual Renewal, located on the grounds of the nonprofit retreat center La Casa de Maria in Montecito near Santa Barbara, is a...

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Thumbnail mildred norman peace pilgrim Peace pilgrim

In 1953, a woman from Vermont named Mildred Lisette Norman gave up all her worldly belongings, took on the name “Peace Pilgrim” and started...

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