| Feb 25, 2015
| 2:07 PM
Before Ikea, before Volvo, even before ABBA, a different entity spread worldwide the message of Scandinavian craftsmanship and aspirations toward industry domination.
The Vikings, as they are known, made their bid for massive global clout not with...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 10:04 AM
Just off Irving Park Road in North Center, on one of those lonesome industrial strips where the bricks and mortar blend effortlessly with the overcast Chicago afternoon, there is a building you cannot enter, you are not invited to visit and you would...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 9:29 AM
If you are 18 or older, you might want to get yourself over to the Mark Twain House & Museum Saturday night. It will be anything but a staid evening at the renowned author's house thanks to the comedic singing duo the Reformed Whores.
If Tenacious D and...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 7:30 AM
The high desert wind at the edge of Joshua Tree was fierce and frigid, but the sculptures were gritty, weird and wonderful at Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Museum — which more than made up for my frozen fingertips.
We arrived by bus Monday, a crew of art...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 9:26 AM
When some folks think about downsizing their lives, they haul their possessions onto the driveway and put up "garage sale" signs.
Not Harry C. Sigman.
In the past few years, the Los Angeles lawyer has given away almost all of his treasures, donating...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 3:01 PM
Copyright laws in England ... green roofs in France ... destroyed pyramids in Peru ... Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Detroit ... the spiritual aspect of TED Talks .... grappling with zoning issues in Houston and Los Angeles. Here’s what we’...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Charles Gaines' drawings from the 1970s and 1980s are not for the faint of heart.
Encountering all those big sheets of graph paper filled in with row upon row of tiny little numbers and Latin alphabet letters has the immediate appeal of undergoing an...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 4:30 AM
When Charles Gaines was in elementary school in Newark, N.J., one of his teachers noticed that this son of a construction worker and seamstress was skilled at drawing.
“My teacher told my mom that she should encourage me to go into art because...
| Oct 1, 2011
Here's a Hollywood pitch for you: Leading U.S. neurosurgeon started life as a struggling Mexican boy who made it from illegal-immigrant California farmworker to Harvard Med. Not buying it? You should. Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa was that kid and is that...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Jet lag can do strange things to a person. But it wasn't just a mixed-up body clock that had me awake at 3 a.m. during a trip to Japan a few years ago, madly scrolling through online ferry schedules and trying to plot a route by train, boat and taxi to...
| Sep 24, 2011
Most of the dozens of art spaces now showing off Southern California art history weren't even around when Ed Ruscha set up his easel and his style in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Ruscha's classic, defining works are keystones in Pacific Standard Time, a...