April 19, 1992 |
With its elegant structure and gold-card library cards, the Beverly Hills Library is a delightful place to check out books on poodle-grooming and Mercedes maintenance. And if officials have their way, you'll come to think of this city of glitz as a city of goodwill where struggling artists can show off their singing, dancing and writing talents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1991 |
The city of Torrance has barred a Shinto priest from performing a centuries-old ceremony as part of a program to promote Japanese arts at a new city-owned theater. The priest's opening blessing would "cross the boundary of church and state," the city attorney has determined. In response, a chief organizer says she has canceled plans for the priest's appearance at the showcase of Japanese performing arts scheduled for Jan. 10 and 11 at the new $13-million Torrance Cultural Arts Center.
November 13, 1991 |
Gary Folgner of Dana Point, who owns the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, has defaulted on a loan he took out last year to purchase the Raymond Theatre here. "All of a sudden, the payments stopped coming," said developer Gary Buchanan, who took the theater back from Folgner two weeks ago. "Instead of going through all the procedures of foreclosure, Folgner decided to go ahead and give (the theater) back to us."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1991 |
The Madonna impersonator, the torch-tossing juggler and the puppeteer with a lip-syncing Jimi Hendrix marionette are among dozens of street performers who got the hook from the Santa Monica City Council this week.
July 19, 1991 |
Dance Kaleidoscope, the annual showcase of Southern California talent, hasn't always been as culturally varied as some would like. But things are opening up now. "There may have been a perception that (Kaleidoscope) was primarily modern dance," says director Don Hewitt of the festival, a pet project he revived three years ago after a three-year dormancy. "But now I think we have successfully broken the barrier between all kinds of dance and communities.
July 12, 1991 |
Shakespeare Festival/LA has been awarded a $20,000 grant, the largest of 13 awarded in an arts funding program administered by Los Angeles County. The festival was recently denied a grant by the Los Angeles Arts Endowment, which is administered by the city of Los Angeles. City fund officials cited a lack of documentation of the "cultural diversity" of the company and its efforts to serve "the under-served community."
July 5, 1991 |
A civic task force studying ways to make the arts more accessible to diverse communities in Los Angeles has proposed a revolutionary restructuring of how government and private foundations allocate money to artists and arts institutions. The panel making the recommendations is the Multicultural Arts Working Group, part of the larger 2000 Partnership organization that is studying ways the city will evolve as it nears the turn of the century.
August 29, 1990 |
Los Angeles Festival and Dept. of Transportation officials are planning park-and-ride facilities, shuttles and buses to handle the more than 100,000 people predicted to flock to San Pedro's Point Fermin/Angel's Gate Park this weekend over three days of opening activities for the $5-million, 230-event gala. To handle the crowds, the Dept.
August 22, 1990 |
During September's Los Angeles Festival, local PBS station KCET Channel 28 will present a different kind of late-night TV. During the days and early evenings of the 17-day event, Los Angeles residents may attend performances in and around the city by the festival's broad range of artists hailing from 14 countries.
August 22, 1990 |
In an 11th-hour decision, the Los Angeles Festival has added Salvadoran poet Alfonso Quijada Urias to its program. The move came in response to protests from a local Latino artists group and members of the Salvadoran community over the appearance of Salvadoran poet David Escobar Galindo, who is believed to have ties to the Salvadoran government. Galindo is slated to appear as part of "La Terra Nova 1990: Pacific Poetry Festival."