CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2006 |
Free speech advocates planned to protest the cancellation of a belly dancing class at a public library, saying it amounted to censorship. The American Civil Liberties Union and Friends of the Library said they will present a petition with about 1,000 signatures to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. County Chief Executive Rick Robinson said the class did not fit with the library's mission.
August 19, 1986 |
Fifi Abdu's spacious Cairo duplex is lavishly furnished, with an oval bar, several color television sets and enough opulently padded sectional seating to convene a special session of the U.N. General Assembly. As one of Egypt's most popular belly dancers, Miss Fifi, as she is called, can afford such luxury. But others in her line of work are not so well-off. Belly dancing has had its ups and downs over the centuries, but rarely have times been as tough as they are now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1991 |
Eva Garnet, 77, stands in front of her dance class looking like a character out of "The Arabian Nights." Three sets of necklaces complement the Egyptian bracelets wrapped tightly around her arms. The chains on her belt drip with coins and other baubles. Suddenly, tantalizing strains of Middle Eastern music strike up from a cassette player. Garnet, a former Broadway dancer, slithers to the rhythm, her hands in perfect sync with the subtle swivels of her hip.
January 25, 2007 |
IT'S a digital world, that's for sure. At Phoenicia, a new Lebanese restaurant in Glendale, the twentysomethings at the big table in front of me were not just taking a few snapshots. They were producing an entire movie of themselves eating, flirting, laughing, mugging for the hand-held video camera. I wouldn't be surprised if relatives and friends in the Middle East were watching the footage by the next day.
November 18, 2002 |
Out of the darkness, we entered the patio through a tiny bamboo grove. Shards of light filtered through the intricate carvings of an Oriental screen. Women of all ages, we had come to a private dance studio on an anonymous suburban street on the Westside to learn the art of the belly dance. I had belly danced before. Now I was nearly seven months pregnant.
July 3, 2013 |
There are the two friends, their deadbeat exes, the desert road trip and the convertible - even the unplanned murder. All that's missing from "Just Like a Woman," Rachid Bouchareb's salute to "Thelma & Louise," is the quality. As replacement, we have belly-dancing, which here is not just the dance of seduction, but the dance of self-expression, female empowerment and freedom. Sienna Miller plays Marilyn, a Chicago receptionist with a big, weird dream: join the Santa Fe Belly Dance Company, an apparently full-time position that will allow her to travel the world.