SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN AND THE REPTILES AT THE L.A. ZOO

SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN

“Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia” (1995) is a memoir by Alabama native, journalist, and creative writing professor Dennis Covington. In 1991, preacher Glenn Summerford was convicted and sentenced to ninety-nine years for forcing his wife at gunpoint to stick her arm into a cage of rattlesnakes. Covington covered the […]

SUPER KING: THE GLORY OF L.A.’S MIDDLE EASTERN MARKETS

SUPER KING

One of the greatest discoveries of my early years in LA was the Jons Market on Hobart and Santa Monica Boulevards in East Hollywood. Jons was my introduction to the culinary wonders of the Middle East. Cartons of sour cherry and black currant juice. Kefir, smoked herring, eight kinds of feta. Sugared almonds, sheets of […]

MARTA BECKET AND THE AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE

AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE

Several springs ago, I took a road trip to Death Valley, stayed at the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, and fell in love with Marta Becket. I never actually saw Marta—the opera house’s founder, owner, and for more than four decades, its star solo performer. At the age of 84 at that point, she performed […]

THE THEODORE PAYNE FOUNDATION AND NURSERY

MATILIJA POPPY

“Be a good Californian; be loyal to your own state and keep your landscape Californian, by planting trees from California.” —Theodore Payne The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants (TPF), off the 210 in Sun Valley, is a nonprofit education center and retail nursery offering California native plants and seeds. Theodore Payne […]

REVOLUTIONARY VISION: CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE AUTRY MUSEUM

Flooded Marina (Gas Pumps), Salton Sea, California RICHARD MISRACH, 1983© RICHARD MISRACH

The Autry Museum of the American West, across from the LA Zoo in Griffith Park, has a pleasant, if slightly airbrushed, pioneer-era feel. The site has a courtyard, a café, a theater, and a store that sells Pendleton blankets, turquoise jewelry, and books with titles like “Kodachrome Memory” and “The American Dog at Home.” Through […]

EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC!!

ETMLA

Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETMLA) is a non-profit that partners with inner-city schools, both public and private, including Catholic. Their mission is to provide and promote music in disadvantaged schools as part of the core curriculum for every child in order to enhance students’ academic achievement and creative and overall development. Recently I sat down […]

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S HOLLYHOCK HOUSE

HOLLYHOCK HOUSE

Hard by the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont, up on a hill, stands a highlight of LA’s storied architectural story: Barnsdall Park. The compound features a Municipal Art Gallery, a Community Arts Division, A Junior Arts Center, the Barnsdall Art Center, and the Barnsdall Gallery Theater. But the crown jewel is the Frank […]