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a photograph of Maria Callas wearing black looking straight into the camera
Alan Westby, February 14, 2018

Callas was not only an esteemed opera diva, she was one of the 20th century's most prominent celebrities, socialites, and an international icon of style and fashion.


graphic of chocolates in a heart box, raw chocolate and stacked chocolate candies in wrappers
Kelly Wallace, February 14, 2018

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ―Charles M. Schulz.


book cover graphic of The Zohar

The Zohar (aka Sefer Ha-Zohar, or "Book of Radiance") is considered the key religious text of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism.


 Photo of Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue
Central Docents, January 19, 2018

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, there was a bookmaking revival in the greater Boston/New York area, and Bertram Goodhue was thoroughly involved, influential, and supportive.


Richard J. Riordan Central Library
Central Docents, December 09, 2017

Architect Bertram G. Goodhue (1869-1924) was a gifted and multi-faceted artist. He began drawing as a young child, first with pen and pencil and later with watercolors.


The marquee of the Globe Theater advertises Spanish-language entertainment in the early 1970s.
Christina Rice, September 18, 2017

Once upon a time, Broadway was the Great White Way of the West. A high concentration of theaters populating the stretch of Downtown between 3rd and Olympic rendered it an epicenter for film and live entertainment.


Image of a total eclipse and text saying "total solar eclipse 2017"
Bob Timmermann, August 11, 2017

Here in Los Angeles, we’re known for the sun. We get a lot of it. It’s long been a selling point for people moving to the region.


French duellist and opera singer Julie d'Aubigny (1670–1707). Anonymous print.
Alan Westby, June 28, 2017

LGBT Pride Month gives us an opportunity to discover a fascinating character from the early days of French opera.


The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema
Alan Westby, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru Takemitsu.


illustration of sun with face from pictorial map
Glen Creason, May 17, 2017

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Los Angeles Public Library, we have occasion to show off one of the greatest pictorial maps ever created: The Pageant of the Pacific by the artist


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