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December 26, 2008 | David C. Nichols
The theater can entertain, provoke and, every so often, involve us. There lies the pull of "Inside Private Lives" at Fremont Centre Theatre. On paper, this interactive theater piece, where we talk back to controversial 20th century figures, seems like a gimmick. On stage, it delivers a uniquely enjoyable, invigorating experience, courtesy of the amazing concentration of a rotating cast and the variables supplied by any given audience. Under the direction of Lee Michael Cohn (and guest director Geoffrey Owens)
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November 22, 2009 | By Ruben Vives
Thousands of people, some of whom had camped out overnight, stood in line outside the L.A. Dream Center in Echo Park on Saturday to receive a free bag of groceries and a 12-pound turkey for Thanksgiving. "It's a blessing in this time of need," said Lenthon Clark, 58, who is disabled and recently underwent cancer treatment. "Every little thing you get is a big help." One elderly woman traveled in her electric wheelchair nearly a mile to the center and began to cry when she arrived late and saw that the giveaway was closing down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1993 | Times researcher NONA YATES
Here are some of the sunrise services being held around the Southland on Easter: BUENA PARK: Knott's Berry Farm, (714) 671-1121. Sponsored by Orange County Southern Baptist Assn. Gerald Dacus will speak. 6 a.m. COVINA: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, (213) 254-3131. Sponsored by Covina Chamber of Commerce, Covina and West Covina Ministerial Assns. Lawrence Witherspoon, minister and director of Campus Ministries, Azusa Pacific University, will speak. 6 a.m.
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February 4, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Roberta Semple Salter, the daughter and one-time heir to the pulpit of the flamboyant Los Angeles evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, died of natural causes Jan. 25 in New York City. She was 96. Salter was one of two children of the charismatic and controversial revivalist and faith healer who founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and built Angelus Temple, the white-domed landmark in Echo Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By David Ng and Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
There was no divine intervention for the musical "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. " The Broadway show about evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson - written by TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford - opened and closed within a month. The Foursquare Church, a global Christian denomination based in Echo Park, watched the failure with more than a historical interest. The church, founded by McPherson 90 years ago, was a major investor in the show through its Foursquare Foundation charitable arm. Foursquare representatives declined to say how much the church foundation lost when the show closed Dec. 9, but two Foursquare clergy members with knowledge of the situation placed it at $2 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2006 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
The opening notes, low and ominous, send a chill up the spine of anyone sitting in a darkened theater. The great white shark is near, cutting through the water in pursuit of its prey. John Williams composed the music and the mounting tension it conveys for the soundtrack of the movie "Jaws." Tuba player Tommy Johnson lifted those relentlessly accelerating notes off the page, giving voice to the shark while bringing terror to the movie audience.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2010 | By Scott Marshutz
By the late 1920s, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson needed some breathing room. The Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which had evolved into wildly popular religious theater during her meteoric rise as its leader, was starting to splinter as the demands by her massive following and the number of reporters tracking her every move increased. Meanwhile, Clevelin Realty Corp. had purchased land in Lake Elsinore's Country Club Heights District and was marketing the area as a resort destination for the rich and famous.
NEWS
August 2, 1990 | DOUG SMITH
An unexpectedly vigorous contest to select Echo Park's first honorary mayor is winding to a conclusion with an apparent dark horse winner thumbing his nose at the competition. "They never thought I could do this to them," said William Toro, proprietor of the boathouse at Echo Park Lake. Toro is gloating over what appears to be an insurmountable lead over the favorite, grocer Leonard Leum. "They can't believe how popular I am!" he said.
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October 9, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Sister Aimee" would have been 100 today. But for some among the throngs of followers worldwide of Aimee Semple McPherson--radio evangelist, faith healer, honorary fire chief and charismatic lightning rod of the Los Angeles religious community of the 1920s, '30s and '40s--this is a time for more than just idle celebration. Yes, there's some earnest historical reconstruction afoot. Some believe the matter is best forgotten.
NEWS
September 15, 1988 | Doug Smith
The Penguins and the Night Owls are fictional gangs that fight with psyche-jolting blanks under the arched windows and domed ceiling of the 3,000-seat theater in Angelus Temple. The rival gangs are the protagonist and antagonist of "Smile Now, Cry Later," a church-sponsored drama that depicts the metamorphosis of a group of kids into one of the gangs that increasingly fight with real bullets on the streets just beyond the temple walls.
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