April 28, 2002
Movies Web-master "Spider-Man" spins his way onto the big screen Friday in the guise of Tobey Maguire. Sam Raimi directs as Peter Parker's alter ego squares off against the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe). Kirsten Dunst, above right with Maguire, co-stars. Also: Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending" is about a washed-up director who suffers psychosomatic blindness during the shooting of his comeback movie. With Tea Leoni, George Hamilton and Treat Williams. Opens Friday.
November 3, 1985 |
A reluctant urbanite, Morten Lauridsen is a composer who escapes the city whenever possible and retreats to "my shack" on Waldron Island, one of the 150 San Juan Islands just inside the United States border in the Strait of Georgia, and off the northernmost coast of Washington. There, says Lauridsen, he chooses his projects and prepares to compose. The actual composition is done when the writer returns to California.
May 3, 2002 |
May Day is noise day. Demonstrators take to the streets; revelers too. Wednesday night, leaving downtown for midtown, one could hear the sounds of 10,000 marchers on Spring Street demanding rights for illegal immigrants; listen to a radio report about a million in Paris protesting Le Pen; and then, facing blaring boring music from a private fund-raising party, attempt to walk up the steps of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, past guards stationed to divert concertgoers.
July 18, 1987 |
Musicians have long been favorite subjects for painters, from the angelic instrumentalists of medieval iconographers to Picasso's Cubist guitarists. Local musicians will be returning the favor over the next five weeks with a series of period concerts at the San Diego Museum of Art. The concerts are part of the events planned for the current "More Than Meets the Eye" exhibition.
November 15, 1989 |
For those who think that Handel wrote the last biblical oratorios, consider Arthur Honegger's "King David." Composed in 1921, "King David" traces the life of David--from boy-hero to great king and death--through solo arias, choruses and straight narration. In short, it is an oratorio. Though one of Honegger's most popular works in his lifetime, "King David" has not received many local performances.
January 15, 2000
Arthur Batanides, 77, a character actor in television series ranging from science fiction to comedies, westerns and police shows, and in such films as "Police Academy." Born in Tacoma, Wash., Batanides got hooked on acting during World War II when he entertained his fellow soldiers in Europe with comedy routines. Later he studied drama at Los Angeles' now-defunct Actors Lab.