The Huntington’s annual Cactus and Succulent Show is popular with desert plant lovers, and with good reason. For drought-conscious gardeners, the hundreds of exotic plants on display and for sale offer endless inspiration.

The show has much to offer aficionados and curiosity-seekers alike as rare specimens from Mexico and Chile share the stage with plants from Argentina, Botswana, Madagascar, even the Middle East.

But you don’t have to travel to another continent to experience unusual desert plants.

Following the sale, visitors can explore the Huntington’s awe-inspiring 10-acre Desert Garden, where some 4,000 different species of cactuses and succulents are on display year-round.

Insider tip: Serious shoppers may want to attend the “Early Bird Sale” on Friday as many of the rare show plants are gone by Sunday.

What: 52nd Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale

Where: The Brody Botanical Center at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino

When: Plant sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 30; show and sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 1-2

Info.: Free with Huntington admission of $10 to $25; Members free;;

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When NASCAR’s frequent fluctuations with rules and points are juxtaposed against the redundancy of left turn after left turn after left turn, the stark contrast can create a contradictory landscape:

Is anything really changing?

Appropriately this weekend, the Monster Energy Cup season heads back to California for Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile road course, where at least the drivers will be turning right as well as left as NASCAR Nation touts its rising stars.

Fresh faces in Victory Lane precipitate encouragement that concerns over declining broadcast ratings and attendance figures can be blunted by the new stars, especially with the retirements Jeff Gordon two years ago and Tony Stewart after last year. Add Carl Edwards’ stunning decision to walk away before this campaign and the impending departure of icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. after this year, and it’s imperative that young compelling competitors step into the spotlight.

Standings leader Kyle Larson’s victory near Detroit at Michigan International Speedway for Chip Ganassi Racing on Sunday is an example of what NASCAR would seem to need. The 24-year-old Japanese-American driver from Elk Grove — that’s just about 80 miles from the Sonoma course — can offer appeal to potential new fans, young and old. Already this season he has won the other California race back in March in Fontana, so Larson could pump up NASCAR’s standing in the West with a Golden State sweep during a season in which he has frequently been in contention.

“We’ve been so close to so many other wins,” the 24-year-old Larson said. “This is our second Cup win of the year, but we’ve had six second-place finishes. All in all, it’s a good season so far and we’ll continue to keep building on what we’ve got.”

And big-time first-time wins this year by 29-year-old Ricky Stenhouse (at Talladega) and by 27-year-old Austin Dillon (in NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte) provided evidence that there’s reason to ride with the younger guys.

“I keep saying that NASCAR is in a great, great spot,” Larson said. “Even with Dale Jr. retiring this year, I think it’s a huge opportunity for our sport. Dale Jr. has probably three-quarters of our fan base. You might lose a few thousand of his fans that might disappear. The rest of them are going to pick new drivers. I think new rivalries are going to be built. It’s going to bring some excitement back to the racetrack.”

But it can be helpful to check the brakes before rushing headlong into a curving future.

Since NASCAR went to a postseason format in 2004, there have been multiple iterations for accumulating points, including an elimination process the past three years that put a premium on actually winning for the 16 drivers who qualify for the postseason.

And with only 11 of the 26 regular-season races remaining, the standings feature only two newcomers who have staked claims to the postseason: Stenhouse and 23-year-old Ryan Blaney (who won two weeks ago at Pocono).

Were the postseason to start Sunday, Jimmie Johnson (three wins this year) would be right near the front in his pursuit of a record eighth season title. And past season champions such as Brad Keselowski (two wins this year), Kurt Busch (one), Kyle Busch (0), Kevin Harvick (0) and Matt Kenseth (0) would be gearing for a run at another crown too.

Don’t count on the undulations of the Sonoma course to open a path to the postseason for an up-and-comer. Starting with 2016, here are the past four winners in Northern California: Stewart, Kyle Busch, Edwards and veteran Martin Truex Jr. (who is just five points behind leader Larson in the standings). Even the recent winners from the Cup’s other road course at New York’s Watkins Glen in August — Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch — are established veterans other than 2014 winner AJ Allmendinger.

But for right now, Larson is heading home as the leader of the pack, and he is holding court in Victory Lane.

“I’m happy that I seem to be head of that youth movement right now,” Larson said. “With Ryan Blaney getting the win last week; you look at Chase [Elliott] finishing second. Joey is a veteran, but he’s only a couple years older than I am. Then Stenhouse, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, [Daniel] Suarez, so many drivers in great equipment right now that are running up front.

“I think everybody is kind of nervous about where it’s going to be, but I think for a lot of us, our fan bases are going to grow as well as NASCAR’s fan base.”

Another youngster to watch

Among NASCAR’s new young drivers is 19-year-old William Byron, who received a huge endorsement after Hamlin edged him by a Michigan record-tight 0.012 seconds for the checkered flag in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

“Let’s see: When I was 19, I think I was working at Subway making sandwiches. That or working at my dad’s trailer shop,” Hamlin said. “I can’t relate, honestly. To be at this level at the age that he is, it’s a huge advantage for him for the next 20 years, 25 years. He’s going to be starting his curve a lot earlier. I’m sure by the time he’s 24, 25, he’ll be contending for Cup championships.”

But don’t forget the champ

Defending Cup champ Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports announced a three-year contract extension through 2020 for the seven-time season king last weekend in Michigan.

“I’ve never honestly been driven by stats and I’ve said it so many times, but it’s hard to ignore where I sit on the wins list and not let my competitive spirit kick in and want more,” said the 41-year-old Johnson, who is tied for sixth on the career list with 83 wins. “Certainly, I would love to climb further up the ladder there. Eight championships, I would love to stand alone at that.”

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The overall result was not a surprise: As predicted, French president Emmanuel Macron’s new party was on track Sunday to win an absolute majority in the country’s parliament, according to estimated results of a second round of voting.

The results, however, did not bring the crushing landslide almost every poll had forecast.

Early estimates suggested the French leader’s fledgling party, La Republique en Marche (The Republic on the Move), had won 315 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. Its partner party in government, the centrist MoDem, was on track to win 45 seats; the mainstream conservative right Republicans and their allies, 133 seats.

The early counts confirmed an anticipated catastrophe for the country’s Socialist Party, which ran the country until Macron’s election in May. The Socialists were thought to have gained just 32 seats.

The far left France Insoumise (Unbowed France), led by firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon, was believed to have won an unprecedented 17 seats, and the far right National Front six seats, well shy of its previous record of 35 members of parliament.

Macron’s victory was tempered by the fact only 42% to 46% of French voters bothered to turn out, one of the highest rates of abstention ever recorded.

The Socialists’ general secretary, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, immediately announced he was stepping down as party head. He said Macron’s triumph was “incontestable.”

“The voters wanted to give the new president a chance. They left no chances for his opponents,” Cambadelis said in a televised press conference. He warned that Macron now had “absolute power.”

Marine Le Pen, head of the far right National Front, was elected to the French parliament for the first time.

Last-minute polls before electioneering ended at midnight on Friday suggested Macron’s party and MoDem could have up to 470 seats in the National Assembly. After polling stations closed, estimates suggested the parties’ collective score would be well below that figure.

Analysts warned the early figures were estimates and could change. Parties need at least 15 seats to form an official political group in the house and be eligible for speaking time and funding.

La Republique en Marche is only a few weeks old and many of Macron’s new members of parliament are novices who have never held elected positions before. The 39-year-old former banker is himself relatively new to politics, and is the youngest president in French history.

Low voter turnout was blamed on the party primaries, presidential and parliamentary elections over the last seven months leading to voter fatigue as well as disillusionment with the traditional parties on the right and left, the Socialists and Republicans.


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In HBO’s “Insecure,” the show’s perspectives come courtesy of its stalled-in-life lead character played by Issa Rae. But what might the show be called if it took on the vantage point of her rising attorney, dating-challenged bestie, Molly Carter?

Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly on the comedy, shared a few ideas when she paid a visit to The Times video studio this week.

“Molly’s show,” Orji said, “would be called ‘Slightly Insecure,’ [or] ‘Optionally Insecure.’ She has her moments. Or, Molly’s show would actually be called ‘I Need Help’ … or, actually, it would be called ‘You Don’t Have to Live Like This.’ The longest title in TV history.”

While the show explores the struggles of twentysomethings in their love and work dynamics, the friendship between Issa and Molly has drawn attention — particularly because it’s such a rarity of late to see black female friendships on television.

Orji said that the Issa-Molly dynamic was part of the appeal of doing the series.

“There were so many relationships and friendships and, also, portrayals of women of color back in the ’90s that you’re just like, where did it go?” Orji said, referencing shows like “Living Single.” “And then now, there’s this resurgence of, ‘hey, black people can be on TV.’

“When I read the script,” Orji continued, “I just felt like, ‘oh, this is so much fun. … Even the scenes where they get into a fight or they’re cursing each other out, that’s just how they talk. That’s just the level of friendship — that’s the deepness that they have. It’s this sarcastic, I love you so hard … that I’m not going to let you stay in your mess for so long, but even if you are in your mess, we can bounce back because we’re really friends.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday presented himself as both a czar-like figure able to solve domestic problems and the guardian of the nation’s interests against an increasingly combative West.

In an orchestrated, annual call-in show called “Direct Line With President Putin,” the Kremlin leader fielded questions from the public via video messaging, social media posts and preselected phone calls.

Topics covered during the four-hour program included low salaries, healthcare, poor roads and economic development despite Western sanctions. Participants also asked about Russia’s declining relations with the United States and the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Residents of Balashikha complained about a massive garbage dump near their apartment buildings. The smell is so horrible that kids wear surgical masks when they play outside, residents told a reporter for state television standing by to take their question for Putin.

“A decision has been made to build garbage processing plants, three of them in the Moscow region,” Putin answered, promising to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Overall, Putin described Russia as a nation working hard to diversify its oil-and-gas-based economy and develop other industries. Western sanctions, he said, were ineffective, and, in fact, inspired the country to “switch on our brains and talents.”

“Russia’s recession is over,” Putin said during opening remarks.

Thursday’s show began with Putin entering the studio like a celebrity host on a television game show, complete with dramatic background music.

He then took prescreened calls and questions from people complaining about low salaries for teachers, postal workers and doctors. As in previous years, the show was dominated by callers from cities and rural outposts complaining about the poor condition of houses hit by floods, terrible roads — potholed, unpaved and in some cases, nonexistent in Siberia — and a lack of medical specialists outside of Moscow.

International affairs played a small role in the program.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a new, wide-ranging package of sanctions targeting key sectors of Russia’s economy and individuals associated with allegations that Moscow interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

When asked about comments by former FBI Director James Comey and others that Russia tried to influence the election, Putin reiterated his position that there was no evidence to support the claim.

Putin likened Comey’s sharing of information about conversations with President Trump with a friend who gave them to the media to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who sought refuge in Russia after leaking documents about U.S. surveillance programs to news outlets in 2013.

“What is the difference between Comey and Snowden?” Putin said. “If Comey were an activist, he could get asylum in Russia, too.”

He then fielded a call from an American caller from Mesa, Ariz., Jeremy Bowling.

“I’m a big fan. I’m very pro-Russian,” Bowling said. “What advice do you have for me to explain to Americans that Russia is not a foreign enemy?”

Putin blamed “growing Russophobia” on the United States’ “escalating internal political struggle.” Russia and the U.S. have many issues that they must work on together, and Russia “does not consider the U.S. its enemy,” he said.

“There are many people in Russia who highly respect the achievements of the American people and who hope that our relations will come to a normal state, in what we are extremely interested — both us and the U.S.,” he said

The subject of Ukraine, which has seen fighting for three years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, arose in a question from a caller named Dmitry from Kiev, the capital. The caller asked Putin why Russia abandoned Ukraine.

Putin said Russia does not interfere in other country’s affairs, including Ukrainian domestic affairs. He then launched into a speech that painted the Ukrainian government’s battle against Kremlin-backed separatists in the east as a civil war.

Putin has continually denied that the Russian military is assisting the separatist rebels in Ukraine’s eastern regions.

In a rare personal moment, Putin allowed a question about his family, a subject he typically avoids in public.

Putin responded to a question from one of the show’s moderators about his grandchildren, saying that he was pleased that he now has a second grandson. The oldest is in kindergarten and lives in Moscow. He prefers not to speak of them in public to allow them to grow up as normal children, not “as princes,” he said.

In 2013, Putin surprised Russia by announcing on state television that he was divorcing his wife, Lyudmila.

The popular show, versions of which have been broadcast 15 times since Putin took power in 2000, was aired live on state television channels. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin personally reviewed many of the written questions in the days ahead of the live show.

A survey by the Public Opinion Foundation before the broadcast found that 74% of Russians considered the call-in session with Putin important. About 58% said they planned to watch the program, a relatively high number considering the airtime was during most of Russia’s workday.

The show is a huge public relations effort for the Kremlin. Reporters for state television were stationed across the country, from Rostov-on-Don’s new airport to the banks of Lake Baikal, doing live reports. A reporter speaking to a doctor at a maternity ward in the Siberian city of Ufa interrupted his interview to speak to a new father, Artyom, whose son Mikhail had been born just 20 minutes earlier.

Putin, from the Moscow studio, smiled at images of the bundled newborn and then addressed Russia’s demographic problems.

Meanwhile, social media had a field day with the event. Some users took issue with Putin’s positive view of the economy and others poked fun at the spectacle.

Many of the jokes pointed to what seemed to be an unmonitored scroll of messages to the call-in center that popped up at the bottom of the screen.

One asked “When are you going to resign, Vladimir Vladimirovich?” (Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is his full name.) Another said “Putin, do you really think people believe in this circus with these staged questions?”

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It was about five or six episodes into the debut season of “This Is Us” when star Chrissy Metz had an inkling that the show was popular.

She had been wandering through Target when she noticed a woman following her around the store.

“I was like, ‘Does she need help?’ or ‘Does she think I work here?’ ‘Am I wearing red?’” Metz recalled while visiting The Times’ video studio this week. “It was around that time where I realized that people were really taking notice — to the characters and to the story lines and to me… I don’t think you can ever prepare for it.”

On the series, Metz plays the adult Kate, one of three children in the time-jumping family drama. Over the course of the first season, Kate dealt with body-image issues, relationship drama and the ongoing grief over the death of her father.

The series quickly emerged as the breakout hit of the 2016-17 season. It has already been renewed for two additional seasons and has nabbed the plum post-Super Bowl slot in 2018.

Quite the turn of events for Metz, who spent much of her time in L.A. as an assistant to her manager and, later, her agent — with acting taking the backseat. She was preparing to move home to Florida after a stint on “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as Ima “Fat Lady” Wiggles hadn’t led to any major auditions.

“I thought the universe was helping me out — what’s happening here?” Metz says of her time on the FX anthology drama. “I mean, I’ve been here for 12 years now and I was like, ‘OK … time is about to be up.’ And, luckily, ‘This Is Us’ came about.”

And now Metz can’t go to a public restroom without fans stopping to talk to her about the effect the show has had on them.

“It happens so frequently that it’s not awkward,” Metz says of the toilet-adjacent encounters. “I’ve had a woman hand off her grandchild to me in a bathroom. I’ve cried with women in the bathroom.”

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A pair of fashion shows staged in downtown Los Angeles Saturday — one featuring Snoop Dogg and the other Wiz Khalifa and the Taylor Gang — prompted some metaphysical soul-searching on the true purpose of runway shows and music videos and the power of celebrity branding. And that had nothing to do with the copious clouds of cannabis wafting through the venue.

The two shows anchored the second day of Made LA, a two-day art, fashion and music event created by WME/IMG that filled L.A. Live’s Event Deck, the roof of the parking structure located between Staples Center and the 110 Freeway in downtown L.A., with a runway- and performance-ready tented space and a cluster of pop-up retail kiosks, all of which was open to the public. (Opening Ceremony’s first-ever L.A. runway show, which drew on such diverse inspirations as Georgia O’Keeffe and “Kill Bill,” closed out day one.)

Joyrich X Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg (center) performs during the Joyrich X Snoop Dogg fashion show on June 10, 2017, at L.A. Live’s Event Deck in downtown Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

First out of the gate, on Saturday afternoon, was a capsule collection from the L.A.-based Joyrich streetwear label that not only paid homage to Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. (known professionally as Snoop Dogg) but also featured the runway modeling debut of the hip-hop artist’s 20-year-old son Cordell Broadus. The younger Broadus, it turns out, was wearing multiple hats Saturday, serving as the creative director of the capsule (in collaboration with Joyrich owner and designer Tom Hirota) and working on the short video that introduced the collection.

“The [show] inspiration is my father. He’s my biggest hero,” Cordell Broadus said in a pre-show backstage interview. “I admire that he stayed true to himself.”

Despite the flattery — and the family ties — Broadus said getting his father on board was no easy feat. “The most challenging part was getting my dad to be a part of it because he’s so focused on his image and his brand,” he said, adding that the deal came with a price — literally.

“My dad doesn’t treat me like his son when we’re doing business,” Broadus explained. “He’s an actual client so I had to approach him like a client — no handouts. And we also had to pay him too. Make sure y’all write that down too.”

The Joyrich X Snoop Dogg holiday and spring/summer 2018 capsule collection that came down the catwalk, against a backdrop of lowrider cars with his Snoopness performing right smack in the middle, consisted mostly of streetwear and loungewear staples served up in super-baggy silhouettes and emblazoned with references that would be instantly recognizable to fans, including blue paisley bandanna prints, cap-wearing cartoon mutts and the word “Doggystyle,” (the name of Snoop Dogg’s 1993 debut album) on shirtsleeves, down pant legs and across the front of football-style jerseys. (While riffs on the athletic jersey are common, the ones here seemed a little more meaningful given that Broadus left the UCLA football team last year to pursue his true passions, which he described to us as “film and fashion.”)

Outerwear offerings included varsity jackets, slouchy hoodies, pullover sweatshirts and faux mink car coats in a handful of colors like blue, dusty pink and black paired with baggy sweatpants, roomy plus fours and outsized white five-pocket jeans.

On the loungewear side of the equation, there were baggy blue velour track suits with zip-front jackets (the show’s gin-and-Juicy Couture moment), silken dressing robes in blue paisley, pajama-like plaid button-front shirts and cargo pants as well as oversize T-shirts and longsleeve tees that hung to the hips.

Broadus, one of the last to walk, hit the runway wearing the aforementioned blue mink jacket (his favorite piece) sans shirt and a pair of blue velour lounge pants with “Snoop Doggy Dogg” embroidered up the right leg. After that came the finale walk during which models started passing around a marijuana joint. Within a few minutes, the center of the venue became hazy with pot smoke as the models flocked around the man of the hour, dancing ecstatically, congratulating him — and one another — and enthusiastically singing along with Snoop Dogg.

That’s when the runway show part seemed to melt away altogether, leaving something more like a shoppable music video in its wake. Speaking of which, retail plans for the capsule collection include a one-day pop-up shop on Snoop Dogg’s birthday (Oct. 20), with the rest of the collection rolling out to the Joyrich website and flagship stores, including the Melrose Avenue boutique locally, and other stockists worldwide starting in December.

Wiz Khalifa with 424 and Pleasures

Wiz Khalifa (left) performs during a show presenting his collaborations with 424 and Pleasures on June 10, 2017, at Made LA.
Wiz Khalifa (left) performs during a show presenting his collaborations with 424 and Pleasures on June 10, 2017, at Made LA. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Wiz Khalifa’s Saturday evening event, which showcased the rapper and serial collaborator’s new partnership with L.A.-based brands 424 and Pleasures, pushed the fashion side of the equation further into the shadows — literally — thanks to the laser light show and swirling fog set that made it difficult to see the clothes in much detail.

The collection seemed to be, at least, partially inspired by Khalifa’s 2010 hit song “Black and Yellow,” consisting primarily of sunny yellow hooded sweatshirts (some cropped with sheared off hems) with “FOUR TWO FOUR” printed down each arm paired with either all-black trousers or black drawstring track pants with black-and-white checkerboard sidestripes and the name “Pleasures” printed on the front left of the thigh. (Although the high-profile placement of the two brand names added a NASCAR uniform vibe to the streetwear collection, it did help differentiate what each brand brought to the table.)

Orange was another prevalent color in the multi-brand collaboration, cropping up in orange cutoff shorts, orange workwear-inspired jackets with a swath of the aforementioned checkerboarding across the chest, camp shirts with allover prints of a house being consumed by orange flames (accompanied by the words “Army of me”), and an orange version of the checkerboard-sidestriped track pants. It was the last of those items that Khalifa wore when he took to the runway (or stage, depending on your point of view) for a high-energy performance with the Taylor Gang that, like the Joyrich/Snoop Dogg show, included the enthusiastic consumption of cannabis.

In collaboration with the body-scanning app CALA, some custom-fit pieces from the runway collection could be ordered on-site. In addition, some of the Pleasures pieces, including the checkerboard track pants ($100) and allover print camp shirts ($80), are currently available via online pre-order to ship by July 1. (It’s unclear, as of this writing, when the 424-branded items will drop.)

A scene from the Wiz Khalifa with 424 and Pleasures runway show presented on June 10, 2017, as part of Made LA

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Strolling through the modern design fair known as Dwell on Design is a lot like exploring the new Ikea store in Burbank: Even if you’re just looking, it’s fun to see what’s new.

And there will be much to see that is new as roughly 300 vendors return to the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23-25 to share the latest furnishings, appliances, technology and concepts.

Not sure you want to attend? Here are six reasons why we think you should:

Graphic lines and geometric units combine in this Minarc design, open on June 25 in conjunction with Dwell on Design. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

House tours

The popular Home Tours give design fans an opportunity to go inside modern “Dwell-like” homes. Tours are divided into two days and will include five homes in Santa Monica, Culver City and Venice on June 24 and five in Hollywood, Silver Lake and Laurel Canyon on June 25. Tickets are $110 to $125 and often sell out. Register online at

The ASA-D2 modular outdoor kitchen by Brown Jordan.
The ASA-D2 modular outdoor kitchen by Brown Jordan. (Brown Jordan )

More than 2,0000 home products

Shop for the latest interior design products such as the ASA-D2, shown above, an innovative modular outdoor kitchen by Brown Jordan that starts at $33,000. Other exhibitors include Able and Baker, the Concrete Collective, Bolefloor, Harkavy Furniture, Knoll and Nana Wall Systems, among others.

The kitchen of the Neolith Tiny House.
The kitchen of the Neolith Tiny House. (Neolith Tiny House )

Tiny homes

There will be a variety of tiny homes on display this year: A 500-square-foot luxury home featuring Toto toilets, Miele interior appliances, a 36-inch Wolf outdoor gas grill and Neolith surfaces. There’s also a 560-square-foot trailer design for the “desert dweller” created by Kim Lewis and the Happier Camper, an ultra-light, retro-modern, fiberglass camper that features a modular interior.

Method Home’s new Anatta Series highlights indoor-outdoor living.
Method Home’s new Anatta Series highlights indoor-outdoor living. (Method Homes)


Method Homes will launch the new Anatta Series, a prefab home with a focus on indoor-outdoor living designed by Method’s architect partners at Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture.

A chance to mingle with designers

Who will be there? Celebrity designer Nate Berkus, for one. Noted interior designers and authors Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Christiane Lemieux will also be speaking at Dwell on Design along with architect David Adjaye who recently completed the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Adjaye will talk with Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Santa Barbara Autocamp Airstream in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Autocamp Airstream in Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Autocamp)

Outdoor living showcase

Dwell Outdoor will feature prefab homes, an Outdoor Cinema curated by Architecture + Design Film Festival and Autocamp’s Outdoor Adventure featuring two full-size custom Airstreams and a luxury tent.


What: Dwell on Design 2017

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown Los Angeles.

When: June 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Tickets and passes start at $30 and go up from there, depending on events selected. Multiple-day discounts available.



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For their premiere presentation in Los Angeles, designers (and California natives) Carol Lim and Humberto Leon showed their fall 2017 collection on June 9 as part of the Made LA shows at L.A. Live’s Event Deck in downtown Los Angeles.

In keeping with the theme, “A Modern Western,” the show’s beauty looks got down to earth with colors inspired by artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of the New Mexico landscape and practical, pared-down hair.

Following the catwalk show, the 23 models were joined by 10 stuntwomen in a choreographed fight scene performance. So hair and makeup had to hold up to gymnastics, punches and other feats.

According to the beauty team, the models’ hair and makeup looks had to hold up during Opening Ceremony’s fashion presentation, which included a choreographed fight scene. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Going for the glow

About the show's makeup, San Diego-born makeup artist Yadim says, "This girl is free but also a bit rebellious, which is good in context of the show.”
About the show’s makeup, San Diego-born makeup artist Yadim says, “This girl is free but also a bit rebellious, which is good in context of the show.” (Maybelline New York)

San Diego-born makeup artist Yadim led the look created by Maybelline New York. “Carol and Humberto said that they were inspired by Navajo [culture] and the desert and how the West was born; they really loved the Santa Fe vibe of O’Keeffe,” Yadim said. “So that was the starting point, but they wanted it to be abstract. The look is very earthy, very natural, wearable and fresh. … This girl is free but also a bit rebellious, which is good in context of the show.”

Yadim perfected and added dewiness to the skin with Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation and touches of Dream Brightening Concealer. Then he highlighted cheekbones, temples, inner eye corners, the bridge of the nose, and the top edge of the lips with a Master Strobing Stick.

“I wanted a little bit of the natural redness to come through on the cheeks, for that whole windburned, desert effect,” he said.

Some of the Maybelline products used to achieve the makeup looks for Opening Ceremony's fashion show.
Some of the Maybelline products used to achieve the makeup looks for Opening Ceremony’s fashion show. (Maybelline New York)

Known for mixing things up, Yadim blended Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Orange Obsession with Inti-Matte Nudes Lipstick in Honey Pink to create a cream blush that he brushed on the cheekbones and lightly across the nose and forehead, followed by the middle blush color in the FaceStudio Master Contour Palette No. 20, finished off with a swipe of orangey-pink eye shadow from the City Mini Palette in Downtown Sunrise across the cheeks.

Eyelashes went naked, while eyelids went arty, starting with a taupe base concocted by mixing gray and mauve shades from the City Mini Palettes. A gold hue from the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette was then dabbed abstractly on the lid and inner eyes with a wet brush for a painterly effect. Inner eyes were lined with a touch of Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Black Drama. The final touch: A gleaming dab of Baby Lips Lip Balm on lids and nude lips.

For the Opening Ceremony show, the eyelids of models went arty, starting with a taupe base from mixing gray and mauve shades.
For the Opening Ceremony show, the eyelids of models went arty, starting with a taupe base from mixing gray and mauve shades. (Maybelline New York)

Dramatically parting ways

It's all about sleek, understated hairstyles for Opening Ceremony's show during Made LA on Friday.
It’s all about sleek, understated hairstyles for Opening Ceremony’s show during Made LA on Friday. (Jane Houle)

The signature of the show’s sleek, understated hairstyles was a super-low side part and hair pushed behind the ears. Models with medium-length manes had low, slick ponytails wrapped with black elastic bands.

But this beauty minimalism had to allow movement, given the dance aspect of the show, according to hairstylist Holli Smith, a San Francisco native who directed the Bumble & Bumble team and used a simple combination of Thickening Hairspray and Surf Spray to tame locks into shape.

Several Bumble & Bumble products are used on the models' manes to achieve the desired Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired hairstyles.
Several Bumble & Bumble products are used on the models’ manes to achieve the desired Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired hairstyles. (Jane Houle)

“We want to make sure things aren’t too shellacked so the hair can open up in the performance,” she said. “We played around with braids to bring out the element of a desert woman, but it seemed to look too young and little kiddish. I think this is a really elegant, clean design. … That’s where I’m feeling the O’Keeffe thing happening.”

A super-low side part and hair pushed behind the ears are part of the runway looks for Opening Ceremony.
A super-low side part and hair pushed behind the ears are part of the runway looks for Opening Ceremony. (Jane Houle)

Arty O’Keeffe nails

The beauty team for Opening Ceremony's Friday show at Made LA takes inspiration from New Mexican artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
The beauty team for Opening Ceremony’s Friday show at Made LA takes inspiration from New Mexican artist Georgia O’Keeffe. (Ingrid Schmidt)

“My inspiration was the beautiful color gradations in Georgia O’Keeffe’s work,” said New York-based nail artist Naomi Yasuda, who headed up the OPI team vision for press-on nail designs. “I went through all of her famous paintings and picked these colors to create two different ombre nails (a red one like the sunrise and a blue one to represent sunset) and one scorpion design.”

Some of the press-on-nail designs for Opening Ceremony's show Friday at Made LA in downtown Los Angeles.
Some of the press-on-nail designs for Opening Ceremony’s show Friday at Made LA in downtown Los Angeles. (Ingrid Schmidt)

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As Interstate 10 snakes through the mountains and toward the golf courses, housing tracts and resorts of the Coachella Valley, it crosses the dusty slopes of the San Gorgonio Pass.

The pass is best known for the spinning wind turbines that line it. But for geologists, the narrow desert canyon is something of a canary in the coal mine for what they expect will be a major earthquake coming from the San Andreas fault.

The pass sits at a key geological point, separating the low desert from the Inland Empire, and, beyond that, the Los Angeles Basin.

Through it runs an essential aqueduct that feeds Southern California water from the Colorado River as well as vital transportation links. It’s also the path for crucial power transmission lines.

California earthquake experts believe what happens at the San Gorgonio Pass during a major rupture of the San Andreas fault could have wide-ranging implications for the region and beyond.

They worry a huge quake could sever lifelines at the pass for weeks or months, cutting Southern California off from major highway and rail routes as well as sources of power, oil and gas. Southern California’s cities are surrounded by mountains, making access through narrow passes like the San Gorgonio essential.

The San Andreas fault, in heavy red, slices through key mountain passes including the San Gorgonio Pass and the Cajon Pass. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Experts have also expressed grave concerns about the Cajon Pass, where Interstate 15 and key electric and fuel lines run. Other problem spots are the Tejon Pass, through which Interstate 5 passes, and the Palmdale area, through which the California Aqueduct crosses.

One of the most dire scenarios geologists have studied is a quake that begins at the Salton Sea. Such a quake would be particularly dangerous because the fault’s shape points shaking energy toward Los Angeles.

Southern California has not seen an earthquake like this since humans started recording history here. But the geological evidence of such quakes is all around us.

Where electric lines cross the San Andreas fault

Where electrical transmission lines cross the San Andreas fault, according to a 2008 report.
Where electrical transmission lines cross the San Andreas fault, according to a 2008 report. (U.S. Geological Survey / ShakeOut)

Signs of megaquakes

In Desert Hot Springs, hints of the mighty San Andreas fault lie all over: The rise of mountains that created the Coachella Valley. The oases and palm trees — made possible only because earthquakes pulverized rocks that allowed springs to burst to the surface.

A geologist’s trained eye can even spot exactly where the fault is located. In one exposed cliff, USGS research geologist Kate Scharer showed how one side of a hill has moved northward and skyward compared with the right side — and the gouge in the hillside between them was the fault.

Seismologist Lucy Jones stands on top of the San Andreas fault, which has pushed up the left side of the hill northward and higher than the side to the right from past earthquakes.
Seismologist Lucy Jones stands on top of the San Andreas fault, which has pushed up the left side of the hill northward and higher than the side to the right from past earthquakes. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben / Annotation by Raoul Ranoa / Los Angeles Times)

Farther away, Scharer described how an old lower canyon was severed from the upper canyon and its ancient source of water.

The old path of the Pushawalla Canyon was carved into Earth 32,000 years ago, according to U.S. Geological Survey research geologist Kate Scharer. Since then, the lower part of the canyon has been moving left, to the northwest, and has moved half a mile so far.
The old path of the Pushawalla Canyon was carved into Earth 32,000 years ago, according to U.S. Geological Survey research geologist Kate Scharer. Since then, the lower part of the canyon has been moving left, to the northwest, and has moved half a mile so far. (Kate Scharer / U.S. Geological Survey)

Direction matters

There’s a reason why this particular scenario vexes scientists:

An earthquake arriving from this direction would point cataclysmic shaking directly into the heart of L.A., a kind of disaster that has not been seen since humans began recording history in California. Shaking could last for as long as three minutes.

In a magnitude 8.2 scenario, the earthquake would begin at the Salton Sea, and then — like a big rig driving on a freeway — speed up the San Andreas fault toward Los Angeles County.

“It’s shooting all of that energy straight into the L.A. Basin,” Scharer said.

This animation shows how intense shaking is directed from the San Andreas fault into the Los Angeles Basin. Areas of yellow indicate strong shaking; orange is “very strong” shaking and red is “violent” or “extreme” shaking, causing collapses. (U.S. Geological Survey / Southern California Earthquake Center)

Why a quake that begins so far away matters

An earthquake that begins more than 100 miles from L.A. might seem like something you might not worry about.

But a magnitude 8.2 earthquake is no ordinary earthquake.

The traditional image of an earthquake might be to show the epicenter — the point at which the earthquake begins.

(USGS, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Angelica Quintero / Los Angeles Times)

But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

A better representation of a large earthquake would show how the earthquake travels up the fault. And this becomes more important for large earthquakes, which require an incredible amount of area in which the sides of the fault move against each other.

So, according to seismologist Lucy Jones, if a San Andreas earthquake began at the Salton Sea and …

♦ ended at Mount San Gorgonio, it would be a 7.3 earthquake.

(U.S. Geological Survey, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Angelica Quintero / Los Angeles Times)

♦ stopped at the Cajon Pass, it would be a magnitude 7.6 or 7.7 seismic event.

(U.S. Geological Survey, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Angelica Quintero / Los Angeles Times)

♦ traveled up to Lake Hughes, the earthquake would clock in at 7.8.

(U.S. Geological Survey, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Angelica Quintero / Los Angeles Times)

♦ and “if it goes all the way from the way from the Salton Sea to near Paso Robles, we’d get an 8.2. So that’s probably the biggest we can have,” Jones said.

(U.S. Geological Survey, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap, Angelica Quintero / Los Angeles Times)

“I think it’s going to go all the way to Paso Robles,” Jones said of the next Big One.

Jones cited a recent study by Scharer that found that earthquakes happen at the San Andreas around the Grapevine on average every 100 years. It has been 160 years since the last major earthquake on that section of the fault.

Hope for L.A.

Here in the Coachella Valley and across the West Coast, scientists have been busy installing new seismic equipment as they construct an earthquake early warning system, which could give places like L.A. seconds — or even a minute or more — of warning before the shaking waves arrive from an earthquake.

The project, however, is in danger of losing funding. President Trump’s proposed budget suggests ending federal funding for the early warning system. Southern California’s elected officials in Congress have voiced support for continuing funding of the project.

Aris Aspiotes, a field engineer with the USGS, shows off an earthquake sensor that measures the movement of ground on the San Andreas fault.
Aris Aspiotes, a field engineer with the USGS, shows off an earthquake sensor that measures the movement of ground on the San Andreas fault. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Here are some more answers to questions given by Jones and Scharer as they gave a tour to elected officials on a trip organized by the Southern California Assn. of Governments:

Why are we so concerned about the San Andreas fault, when other faults are closer to cities?

The worst thing about an 8.2 on the San Andreas is that all of Southern California would be hit hard at the same time. San Bernardino, for instance, wouldn’t be able to call for help from Los Angeles, which would have its own problems.

“With 300 miles of fault all going in the same earthquake, you then have everybody affected at the same time,” Jones said. “The San Andreas is the one that will produce the earthquake that’s going to cause damage in every city” in Southern California — including Santa Barbara and San Diego.

Why is the San Andreas considered so likely to rupture?

Because it’s California’s fastest-moving fault.

“It’s a little bit like — the moron who is driving the fastest is the most likely to get into an accident,” Scharer said.

If a couple were holding hands across the San Andreas fault, what would happen when the earthquake hits?

Here in Desert Hot Springs, the couple would be thrown down. The ground would shatter. And in a matter of seconds the two would be separated by as much as 30 feet, Scharer said, almost the entire length of a city bus.

One would lurch toward San Francisco, and the other toward the Mexican border.

Can the San Andreas trigger aftershocks on other faults closer to the city?

Yes. One scenario of a San Andreas earthquake results in aftershocks on the Newport-Inglewood fault, which runs between L.A.’s Westside through Orange County, and the Sierra Madre fault in the San Gabriel Valley. “We even had one in Sacramento,” Jones said.

Even the Hayward fault in the San Francisco Bay Area could be set off by an earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault, Jones said.

This has happened before. The great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, estimated at being magnitude 7.7 to 7.9, sent a 5.5 aftershock to Santa Monica Bay and a magnitude 6 earthquake to Imperial County, near the Mexican border.

Can you explain how the San Andreas fault works?

Western California — San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara — is moving to the northwest. Areas to the east of the fault are moving to the southeast.

Los Angeles is slowly moving closer to San Francisco as a result of earthquake activity on the San Andreas fault.
Los Angeles is slowly moving closer to San Francisco as a result of earthquake activity on the San Andreas fault. (U.S. Geological Survey)

How fast has the San Andreas fault moved in the last million years?

It has moved about 22 miles in the last million years, Jones said.

When will the Big One hit?

We just don’t know. “Things don’t happen like clockwork,” Scharer said.

The San Andreas fault does not slice under the city of Los Angeles. So why should Angelenos worry?

Los Angeles sits on a basin filled with sand and gravel.

So when shaking waves come, they “bang up against the side of the mountains and reverberate back out across the basin,” Scharer said. “Those waves are very effective at traveling through piles of gravel.”

Can scientists develop something that could absorb all the shaking energy from a massive earthquake before the city is hit?

No. The energy produced by a large San Andreas earthquake, “it’s like the size of a small nuclear bomb,” Scharer said.

The bomb dropped on Hiroshima produced enough energy to be equivalent to a magnitude 6 earthquake.

Do small earthquakes relieve pressure on the faults?

No. “Little earthquakes don’t get rid of big ones,” Jones said. “The more little earthquakes you have, the more you have to have bigger ones.”

How should cities cope with the earthquake risk?

Jones said utilities, such as water, electricity and gas, require more attention. “If we don’t deal with utilities … we aren’t going to be able and stay here and work,” she said.

Are California’s building codes equipped to deal with big earthquakes?

A few California cities have boosted safety regulations for older buildings in response to earthquakes. In recent years, several cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, began requiring retrofits of vulnerable apartment buildings. L.A. is even requiring retrofits of brittle concrete buildings.

But Jones is critical of minimum building standards for new construction in California, which she said allow for a 10% chance of new buildings collapsing and killing people in an earthquake.

Jones favors increasing standards for new construction, ordering new buildings designed so that they can be immediately occupied after an earthquake. She said that would increase costs by 1%.

“I think you need to be safe enough to walk into a building, so that you don’t lose the use of it — and so your neighbors don’t lose the use of their buildings,” she said.

Are new buildings built better elsewhere?

A: Jones says new buildings are stronger, for example, in Chile. That’s because the country makes those who build new buildings responsible if the structure suffers earthquake damage in the first decade after it is completed.

As a result, owners have insisted on strong construction, Jones said. And the country rode out a recent magnitude 8.8 earthquake well.

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