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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 holy land a suburban memoir ‘Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir’

“Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” — Genesis 28:16 D.J. Waldie, born in 1948, was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of...

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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 foot washing the crux Mary Ann O’Connor, foot washer

Mary Ann O’Connor, 69, is a cradle Catholic and the oldest of seven children. She was born in Santa Monica, grew up in the San Fernando Valley...

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