August 29, 1998 |
The art museum at Pepperdine University looks like a modern medieval carnival, both delightful and haunted. Kids are sure to love it. Cutouts of life-size angels hover near the high ceiling. Lower, serried ranks of framed pictures resemble illuminated manuscript pages. In mid-gallery stands a colorful wood tableau of the Mad Hatter's tea party. Wait a minute. "Alice in Wonderland" isn't medieval. That's right, and neither is the guy who made all this, DeLoss McGraw. A longtime, scantly noticed Southland artist in his mid-50s, he's finally accorded appropriate exposure in a 80-work traveling survey put together for the Scottsdale Center for the Arts by its curator Debra L. Hopkins.
September 19, 1997 |
British playwright David Hare has always been interested in the interplay between social conscience and personal responsibility. Not since his 1978 play "Plenty" has he crystallized these concerns into a play as compelling and warm-blooded as "Skylight," which opened Thursday night at the Mark Taper Forum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1995
Q: What would happen to a man who fell into a hole through the center of the Earth? A: Assuming he was not burned to a crisp by the intense heat or crushed by the great pressure, and that there was no friction in the hole, he would oscillate back and forth through the center of the Earth like a pendulum with a period of 42 minutes. That is, 42 minutes after entering the hole, he would emerge on the opposite side of the Earth, and 42 minutes later, he would be back where he started.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1992
The proposed golf club in Big Tujunga Wash is a matter of open space and the right for nature to exist versus short-term gain for a few people. People have the right to make money but not at the expense of rare species and the unique environment. My wife Alice and I wanted to get away from the over-built-up, man-made urban concrete, pollution-infested habitat. Alice and I take our two children, Amy and Becky, to the wash to walk and study nature. I like the character of our community now. My family believes in the interdependent web of all living things.
June 29, 2007
Re "Reel life was his real love," Column One, June 27 It has been 27 years since I last sat in Jim Hosney's classroom, listened to the whirl of a 35-millimeter projector in his apartment or heard that laugh, but time has diminished neither my fondness nor gratitude. While my vocations are law and politics rather than film, the lessons learned from this master permeate much of my work. One of the greatest testaments to Hosney is that my legal briefs, press releases and speeches often contain references to such decidedly nontraditional sources as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Rashomon."
June 13, 1993 |
And the "Lollapalooza '93" winner is . . . Answer: None of the above. That's what Pop Eye found in a survey of 20 alternative-music insiders asked who will be the "breakout" act on the "Lollapalooza '93" tour, which begins Friday in Vancouver. More than half of the voters said they did not see any of the acts making a dramatic move to a new level of popularity because of the exposure on the tour.
April 28, 2001
The XFL just wrapped up its first season. I believe it was a successful venture. I know sportswriters and late-night comedians thought it was a big flop, but I don't see it that way. Maybe the TV ratings slipped because people were expecting something different, but it was nothing more than smash-mouth football. I enjoyed watching players from major college teams play for rent money. These players would try their hardest each game just to get a $2,000 bonus for winning. There were no million-dollar crybabies.
August 14, 1986 |
Competition is often fierce in the dog-eat-dog world of politics, and this time the Democrats won. Alice, a Belgian shepherd owned by Rep. Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) was named "top dog" of Congress, beating canines owned by four Republican competitors in a special Capitol Hill version of a dog food company's Great American Dog contest. Alice's reward was a check for $2,500 and 1,000 pounds of dog food, which will be donated to the humane society. She won a new leash and engraved name tag also.
February 18, 2014 |
If Charles Dodgson could have seen into the future, we might never have had "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. " Dodgson, of course, was the mathematician who penned the books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass," using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. During his lifetime, his identity as the "Alice in Wonderland" author had become known -- although he would have preferred it hadn't. "All that sort of publicity leads to strangers hearing of my real name in connection with the books, and to my being pointed out to, and stared at, by strangers , and treated as a 'lion,' " Dodgson wrote in a previously unpublished letter.
July 19, 1987 |
Sometimes, the difference between freshness and cliche is no more than a hair's breadth. What, after all, is fresher--or more predictable--than youth; what experience as unique--or as common--as falling in love? Francoise Sagan, who rocketed to fame in 1954 with her novel, "Bonjour Tristesse," has continued to tread the fine line between triteness and truthfulness.