May 18, 1998 |
Often in the name of political correctness we end up wronging a culture through patronizing and trivializing it. We neutralize it by making it palatable. Mrs. H.H.A. Beach understood that at the end of the 19th century when she realized what nonsense Dvorak was promoting when he suggested that American composers follow his example and make their essentially European-modeled symphonies sound indigenous by using Native American tunes.
January 13, 1998 |
With Manuel Neri's early work at the Orange County Museum of Art and a selection of paintings by longtime still-life artist Paul Wonner at the Art Institute of Southern California, the local art scene has suddenly acquired a Bay Area Figurative flavor. There's a world of difference between the two artists, however. Neri, born in 1930, was nurtured by the '50s Funk aesthetic that glorified crude materials and impulsive execution.
October 11, 1997
Still having trouble accepting someone else's success, Larry Stewart? Your left-handed criticism of Jim Rome, whom you took to task last week for having to apologize for being too niiiiiiiice, was plainly a cheap shot and a desperate attempt to fill the final two inches of your column. Despite your journalistic use of the first person plural, Times readers know that you alone compose the weekly collection of banal observations that make up the TV-radio column. For the record, Jim Rome may cut loose sub-par callers from time to time, but he's never been suspended from his duties for telling a particular Raider fan to put a gun in his mouth and pull the trigger.
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September 24, 1996
Retired ranch foreman Miguel Ramirez Banales of Oxnard died Saturday in a local hospital after a long illness. He was 74. Banales, a Ventura County resident for 40 years, was born on Sept. 29, 1921, in Douglas, Ariz. A ranch employee for the past 25 years, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Banales is survived by his wife of 55 years, Aurora Banales; sons John, Ernesto, Salvador and Mike Jr.
July 12, 1996 |
Harpist DeWayne Fulton once graced the rosters of the Berlin and Vienna philharmonics but had his longest tenure in the lounge of the Warehouse Restaurant in Marina del Rey. In a recital Thursday night at Cal State Long Beach, he combined the technique of a symphonic virtuoso with the artistic inclinations of a Lawrence Welk. His former student Paul Hurst joined him as fellow arranger, soloist and accompanist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1996 |
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first published scientific paper on the greenhouse effect. The author was Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish physical chemist and future Nobel laureate. Combining graceful prose and careful mathematics, the paper documents Arrhenius' experimental verification of the ability of what was called "carbonic acid"--carbon dioxide-- to trap heat near Earth's surface. It is fitting that the U.N.
August 31, 1995 |
Dull, yet vacuous. Fox says that appearances are misleading, that its new singles comedy, "The Crew," is merely a companion to its lead-in--the returning "Living Single"--not an intended soul mate of NBC's successful singles comedy, "Friends," which will precede NBC's new "Single Guy," which will precede "Seinfeld," which will precede the new "Caroline in the City" in a Thursday evening of singlemania. Whatever "The Crew" is, what it isn't is funny or smart.
October 2, 1994 |
In the high-tech world of '90s Hollywood, special-effects experts are elbowing each other out of the way to get at the latest computer, high-tech devices. But in the case of Tim Burton's film "Ed Wood," which celebrates the career of Edward D. Wood Jr., the cheesiest director of all time, the special effects had to mimic the tawdry ones in Wood's own films--a special challenge for effects head Paul Boyington.
August 13, 1994 |
From the sublime to the ridiculous . . . and the ridiculous has the edge in "Parallel Lives," a star-studded, partially improvised, "Big Chill"-type film Sunday on Showtime. In last year's "Chantilly Lace," producer, director and writer Linda Yellin gave well-known actresses the improvisational reins in a filmed confessional of feminine affirmation and bonding.
July 10, 1994
The clue Wanda Coleman lacks in "A Loner's Leap" (Three on the Town, June 5) is not the "race, size or hair color" of the suicide victim but rather why people commit suicide. We don't owe people who take their own lives anything after the fact. By then it's too late. We already know that suicide is usually a messy, cowardly way to exit life at the expense of others. But if viewing "mounds of flesh, some flattened in a trail of skid marks" only incites Coleman to write a column about the ennui of society and banal parallels to rock songs, then she doesn't get it either.