| Aug 16, 2008
GREGORIO LUKE approaches with a contented grin, reaches into the vest pocket of his black business suit and hands me a business card as if we had never met before. "It's something very special," says the former director of the Museum of Latin American...
| Sep 24, 2008
Dear SOS: I recently had dinner at La Golondrina Cafe on Olvera Street. Their flan was the best I have ever eaten. Would it be possible to get their recipe?
Dear David: This recipe, from the L.A. Mexican restaurant...
| Oct 18, 2008
ITHAS taken so long for the city to unveil the lost Olvera Street mural by Mexican master David Alfaro Siqueiros that the recovery itself is becoming historic. For 40 years, activists and art lovers have sought to reclaim Siqueiros' controversial "América...
| Apr 6, 2008
VISITORS to the sprawling Chicano art show opening today at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are greeted by a display of photos depicting a group of daring guerrilla street artists known as ASCO, Spanish for "nausea." The photographs are from the...
| Apr 4, 2008
On the fifth floor of Building Two of Caltrans' San Diego compound, a bear of a man with a quiet voice sits in a cubicle straight out of "Dilbert."
He is surrounded by blueprints of overpasses and trucking lanes. There are photos of his son, training...
| May 17, 2008
On the surface, almost everything appears as it has for decades on East 1st Street in Boyle Heights, the neighborhood east of downtown known as a haven for immigrants and blue-collar families. It's mid-afternoon and a couple of tipsy men spill out of...
| Sep 29, 2007
He was a celebrated painter and political agitator who put revolution before art.
She was a twentysomething poet, dazzled by her charismatic suitor, David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the leading Mexican muralists who audaciously combined public art and...
| Jul 23, 2008
TAKING summer visitors on a tour of downtown Los Angeles? Before or after Disney Hall, Olvera Street, Santee Alley and whatever other landmarks are on your itinerary, stop in for breakfast or lunch at Blue Star restaurant, a terrific little cafe located...
| Jan 28, 2008
City officials today will announce a new campaign to remake downtown Los Angeles' historic Broadway corridor by redesigning the bustling street, fixing up some of the grand movie palaces and restoring the fading facades of buildings.
The city and private...
| Nov 29, 2009
Standing in the middle of a bustling Mexican restaurant in La Puente with a worn acoustic guitar propped high on his chest, Matthew Stoneman looks nothing like the other mariachis working this night.
There's no 10-gallon hat or silver-studded charro...
| Jul 3, 2009
The shooting last December was as mysterious as it was brazen: On a downtown stretch of the 101 Freeway, a storm of bullets riddled a $100,000 Bentley, showering the lanes with shell casings and glass, and leaving the driver mortally wounded.