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  • West Coast meets Eastern Bloc in 'Competing Utopias' exhibition

     West Coast meets Eastern Bloc in 'Competing Utopias' exhibition
    When California Midcentury Modernism confronts its Eastern Bloc Cold War counterpart, are they really so very different? "Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design From East and West in One Context," which opens...
  • Tomato plants are especially vulnerable to persistent herbicides

    Tomato plants are especially vulnerable to persistent herbicides
    All of the leaves on some of my tomato plants have curled down, except a few twisted in all directions. They were growing great for a while. It looks contagious because they're all together. What is this? Tomato plants are like canaries in the coal mine...
  • Connection to the land defines Rancho Mission Viejo 'agrihood'

    Connection to the land defines Rancho Mission Viejo 'agrihood'
    "I had only one tomato plant," recalled Stan Sokolove of the window garden he maintained in his former San Diego high-rise apartment. Last year, he and his wife moved to Rancho Mission Viejo's Sendero village, a new agrarian-oriented residential...
  • From kit house to Spanish Colonial Revival in South Pasadena

    From kit house to Spanish Colonial Revival in South Pasadena
    Greg and Jerilyn Chun found their ideal home 20 years ago while still engaged. "I know we said we'd wait, but I think I found the one," Jerilyn recalls telling her soon-to-be husband. Her find was a 918-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1960 kit...
  • Chandelier Tree is a twinkling star in Silver Lake

    Chandelier Tree is a twinkling star in Silver Lake
    Not every century-old tree has its own Facebook and Yelp pages –– not to mention a short documentary. A stately sycamore along West Silver Lake Drive attained that status after 30 vintage chandeliers were strung among its branches....
  • Even Philip Marlowe can't solve this one

    Even Philip Marlowe can't solve this one
    As Philip Marlowe once said somewhere: "Romance and L.A. can be a dicey jig." No argument here. Two marriages and two divorces spanning a couple of decades had burned that double-barreled proof upon the receding tide of my romantic expectations....
  • Book club moms give him chapter and verse on parenting

    What's more important to a child's development: books or moms? Books, of course. But let's throw the moms a bone or two. They do a mostly decent job (quick, name someone who's influenced you more). And their love for reading is contagious —...
  • Fifth-grader craves that rare treat: idle time

    Fifth-grader craves that rare treat: idle time
    "When we leaving?" the kid asks. "In 20 minutes," I say. "Do I have time not to get ready?" That's the conversation I had with the fifth-grader the other afternoon, the implication being that he's constantly getting ready for the next activity and...
  • A dreamy dude on a dude ranch

    Ever fantasize about going to a dude ranch? Me neither. But my sister recently started riding and asked me to keep her company. Since the heyday of the Reagans on their Santa Barbara ranch, I haven't thought much about horsey people in our area. My...
  • Test driving the new 3Doodler 3-D printing pen

    Test driving the new 3Doodler 3-D printing pen
    After a lifetime of drawing in two dimensions, the ability to lift a pen off paper and watch the line follow straight up is wondrous. So say teenagers who helped test drive the new $99 3Doodler, billed as the world's first 3-D printing pen. "It's...
  • Dee Williams downsizes to a tiny house, opens a bigger world

    Dee Williams downsizes to a tiny house, opens a bigger world
    Ten years ago, a heart attack prompted Dee Williams to reexamine her hectic lifestyle. "My heart made me look at everything differently," she said recently. Sitting in a doctor's office, she spotted an article on Jay Shafer's tiny house on wheels. "What...