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T+L Reports | September 2002

Gear

Originally developed for the Marines, the compact paratrooper tactical mountain bike is the ultimate piece of travel gear for civilians. The green folding machine collapses in two quick, tool-free steps--and can practically fit into your suitcase; $650. 800/736-5348 or www.militarybikes.com.

--Robert Maniaci

First Look: Angel Art

Though a host of A- and B-list stars helped finance it, Los Angeles's latest landmark has nothing to do with celebrity, at least not of the celluloid variety. On September 2, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony dedicates the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, around the corner from Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo designed the monumental building with sharp geometric lines and a solid skin of honey-colored concrete. The soaring 2,500-seat interior is a spare, modern take on a Mission church, with panes of translucent alabaster in place of stained-glass windows. Adjoining the church are a 156-foot campanile, a 21/2-acre plaza, and a conference center. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 West Temple St., Los Angeles; 213/680-5200.

--Raul Barreneche

Fitness: Yogi Air

To help passengers relax and blow off steam, JetBlue Airways has teamed up with Crunch, the innovative gym chain. Yoga cards in the seat-back pockets of the airline's planes illustrate simple positions such as Uttita Hastasana (an overhead arm stretch) and Bidalasana (a forward spinal bend). And in the JetBlue terminal at JFK airport, in New York, there are punching bags printed with one-liners ("Miss your flight?"). Next stop: travelers landing in cities where a Crunch gym is located can show their boarding pass and get a day's workout.

--Gisela Williams

Exhibitions from Poland, with Love

"Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland," opening this month at the Milwaukee Art Museum, demonstrates that Poland was once a cosmopolitan cultural crossroads, blessed with royal patronage and enriched by Italian, Netherlandish, and French influences. From Cracow's Princes Czartoryski Museum comes Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine, bought by Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski in Italy and incorporated into his family's collection in the 1800's. It rivals the Mona Lisa in perfection and is the show's most haunting image. But there are other masterpieces, too, drawn from both public and private collections: Bernardo Bellotto's spacious views of 18th-century Warsaw and Hans Memling's Last Judgment, an elaborate depiction of smiting angels, benevolent saints, and naked souls. Of the 77 works on view, from the Renaissance through the early 20th century, a number were stolen or displaced during World War II and only recently recovered. Sept. 13-Nov. 24.

--Kim Levin

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