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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 tomasz misztal crucifixion Artist Tomasz Misztal: Beloved disciple

Visual artist Tomasz Misztal was born in 1957 to a Catholic family in Poland. The country was under Communist rule at the time. He suffered as a...

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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 crux 06 09 cherries Cherry Hill pick-your-own farm

Ever since my first spring in Los Angeles 27 years ago, my heart sings at the opening of cherry season. And every year for about the last 20, I...

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Thumbnail sister corita kent Corita Kent

The Center for Spiritual Renewal in Montecito was founded by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a community with an interesting history....

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Thumbnail naturalization ceremony crux Dawn’s early light: A U.S. naturalization ceremony

I thought for the 4th of July I’d attend a U.S. naturalization ceremony. These take place regularly in the Los Angeles area and are open to the...

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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 lg003chinarich2005 ‘Generation Wealth’ at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Here’s an exhibit that will make you want to go home, take a shower and give thanks for your humble existence: “Generation Wealth” at the Annenberg...

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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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