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In the terraced, three-story showroom of the Key Club on the Sunset Strip, tango dancers Sandor and Parissa stalked one another in intricate, rhythmic choreography on Saturday, backed by a forceful piano and string quintet upstage. Meanwhile, 25 feet over their heads, a different tango continued--between aerialists Bianca Sappetto and Russ Stark, dangling from long skeins of colored cloth and looking just as hotly obsessive as the dancers below.
With its high-energy dancers, actors, aerialists, martial artists and rock musicians crammed onto the tiny stage of the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, "Avalon" looked like a stadium spectacle or Las Vegas showroom production in miniature at its premiere Friday. Laser effects and some sort of revolving or telescoping set may have been missing, but otherwise, Josie Walsh's multidisciplinary fantasy had big ambitions and plenty of talent to realize them.
April 26, 1998
More than 300,000 people are expected to attend what is billed as the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the nation, being held today in downtown Los Angeles. The ninth annual AT&T Fiesta Broadway will feature recording artist and film performer Chayanne, Banda Arkangel R-15 and more than 40 other acts, including mariachis, ballet folkloricos and ranchero bands, performing on six concert stages.
July 17, 1987 | HERMAN WONG
This year, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will have us believe the circus wonder is "King Tusk." The Asian-born pachyderm, billed as the "largest traveling land mammal," may not be any more exciting than the goat-like "Unicorn" of two seasons ago but he made an impressive leader of the circus parade, upper right, Wednesday night at the Anaheim Convention Center--the opening of Ringling's Southern California run.
July 12, 2007
It's Summer in the City once again, as Giant Village takes over downtown Los Angeles for one of the city's biggest and hottest nighttime dance parties. The main attraction for this second summer edition of Giant Village is Dutch trance DJ Armin Van Buuren, creator of one of the genre's key tracks, "Blue Fear." Van Buuren's 2007 world tour has taken him from Ibiza, Spain, to Buenos Aires to Ibiza to New York before stopping in L.A.
December 15, 2005 | Susan Carpenter
The gymnasts, dancers, aerialists, comedians and figure skaters in this weekend's premiere performances of "Cirque Sur Glace" have just one thing in common: All of the show's 28 entertainers will perform on ice, whether it's professional figure skating from world champs such as Rory Flack Burghart or the balance beam work of Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller.
February 24, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Cypress Mountain does not care about your aerial ski jumping credentials. Olympic gold medal on your resume? Who cares? Outstanding World Cup form among your references? Yawn. None of it has guaranteed a thing. Not on Cypress. On the men's side, the defending gold medalist as well as the No. 1-ranked aerialist failed to make the 12-man final, both botching their second jumps in qualifying. Evelyne Leu of Switzerland, the defending Olympic gold medalist, also fell by the wayside in women's qualifying, as she somersaulted on her landing and lost her skis.
July 24, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Talk about bouncing babies. His name is Romeo, and at 6 months old he already weighs 227 pounds. As for Juliette, she's approaching her second birthday and tips the scales at a nice round 200. The pair of Asian elephants will be the centerpiece attraction when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus brings the 124th edition of their "Greatest Show on Earth" to Los Angeles this week.
April 25, 1998
The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the nation is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors Sunday. The ninth annual AT&T Fiesta Broadway Cinco de Mayo will feature more than 3,000 feet of papel picado--handcrafted tissue paper designs from Guadalajara, Mexico, that will drape several of the streets in the downtown area. Entertainment will be presented on six concert stages.
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