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April 19, 2010 |
Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, the psychiatrist who with his brothers bought a small pharmaceutical company and turned it into a major player in the industry by developing the powerful and controversial painkiller OxyContin, died March 24 in Gstaad, Switzerland, where he kept one of his many homes. He was 93. Sackler used the profits from his company, Purdue Pharma, to become a major donor to the arts and universities. Among the beneficiaries of his largesse were New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia, Oxford, Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, London's Tate Gallery, the Royal College of Art, Paris' Louvre and Berlin's Jewish Museum.
March 19, 2011 |
That guy Jack, of beanstalk fame? He was small potatoes. If you want real magic from beans, look no further than what has become of the lima bean and dairy empire of Orange County's Segerstrom family. It morphed into the gold of commercial real estate, and at its 24-karat center is South Coast Plaza. In an age when people list shopping as a pastime, the high-end mall attracts almost as many people a year as the non-shopping National Mall in Washington. Henry Segerstrom, the grandson of the founding farmer, is the steward of the big switch in the family fortunes, and he's also shepherded the county's biggest arts venture, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, now called the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
November 29, 2012 |
Peter Ho-Sun Chan's "Dragon" begins as many Chinese martial arts films do, with bucolic village scenes that give way to a destructive, stunt-laden fight. In this case, the conflict is between interloping thugs threatening a shopkeeper, and a paper mill craftsman named Jin-xi (Donnie Yen) whose martial artistry saves the day. What follows, though, is not the typical hero's tale, but a quasi-brooding mix of "Columbo" and "A History of Violence. " Sent to investigate the thugs' deaths, rational-minded detective Xu Bai-jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro)
July 5, 2013 |
The ancient Greek myth about Alcestis and her self-sacrifice for her spouse has seen countless versions over the centuries, from Euripides and John Milton to Handel, Gluck and Thornton Wilder. It receives a tart postmodern spin in “Alcestis” at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. A co-production with the Theatre@Boston Court, this striking deconstruction by Critical Mass Performance Group deploys vintage physical-theater techniques under writer-director Nancy Keystone's shrewd eye. Projected at the outset: “How do you live with the fact of your death every moment of every day?
June 17, 2013 |
Ira Silverberg, the high-powered literary agent who left New York to become the director of Literature Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., is returning to his roots. The NEA announced Monday that Silverberg, who joined the agency in October 2011, will depart the agency on July 11. In a statement, Silverberg said, "My time here has been nothing but extraordinary. Having had a chance to see, first hand, the various transitions our field is going through -- podcasts, e-books, changes in the retail landscape -- has been humbling.
April 27, 2013 |
TUPELO, Miss. - FBI agents arrested a Mississippi martial arts instructor early Saturday in the bizarre case of poisoned letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke was arrested without incident at his Tupelo home shortly before 1 a.m., FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden told The Times. Dutschke, a former candidate for the Mississippi Legislature, became the prime suspect in the mailings after charges were dropped Tuesday against Paul Kevin Curtis, a celebrity impersonator from Corinth, Miss.