December 15, 1988 |
From the evidence at the Pantages Theatre, where "Can-Can" opened Tuesday night, Chita Rivera can still kick higher and sing lower than anybody else in the business. Rivera plays a Montmartre dance hall owner who is not above joining into the festivities from time to time, in fact quite a lot of the time. When she does join in, Rivera doesn't show the kids how she used to do it. She shows them how she does it.
September 2, 1988 |
As he spins his mesmerizing story of the fixing of the 1919 World Series, John Sayles moves to a new level of dexterity as a writer-director. "Eight Men Out" (citywide) is the very devil of a story to tell with either urgency or clarity; it's a tragedy in farce tempo with Damon Runyon characters and an O. Henry kicker. Yet Sayles has done it.
March 28, 1989 |
Beleaguered best-selling author Salman Rushdie may have rallied broad support among Western nations, but at least some of his work would not qualify as being decent enough to be read over the air under current federal broadcast standards, according to the Pacifica Foundation, a longtime champion of First Amendment rights. The Los Angeles-based foundation, which operates KPFK-FM (90.
January 2, 1986 |
A newly formed anti-pornography group will hold a "community awareness" rally today in an effort to persuade Assemblyman Charles M. Calderon to support legislation to make it easier to curb the sale of sexually explicit material. The group, Concerned Clergy and Laity, says that Calderon (D-Montebello) is the swing vote in the Assembly committee considering the bill. But a spokesman for Calderon said the assemblyman will not attend the rally.
June 2, 1988 |
School district officials hoped their request was in the clear. A friendly staff report, extensive groundwork and sympathetic members on the state Allocations Board indicated that it was a shoo-in. But then a consultant to the board noticed a hitch. And that was enough to kill the request, possibly denying the financially pinched district more than $3 million in funds needed for next year.
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January 12, 2001 |
A punishing winter storm drenched Southern California on Thursday, crippling traffic, downing power lines and uprooting trees, but failing to trigger serious floods or landslides. The biggest storm of the season brought cars to a crawl on the region's arteries, causing 149 traffic accidents and at least three traffic fatalities, California Highway Patrol officials said. The rain was linked to 23 SigAlerts. The storm pelted downtown Los Angeles with 3.
February 22, 2009 |
President Obama is working against time to untangle 30 years of enmity and prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb, but even his own advisors know the chance of success is slim. So they also have been working on Plan B: What do we do if Iran gets the bomb? Today, the Obama administration is debating its Iran policy behind closed doors.
April 11, 1986 |
There was an imp running around loose inside the head of James Costigan when he wrote "Baby Want a Kiss" for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in 1964. How else do we explain why Costigan never allows Edward, to whom our sympathies are drawn, a chance to free himself from the thrall of his neurotic Hollywood friends? Or why this absurdist-leaning play violates even the marginal dramatic rules of the Theatre of the Absurd?
October 23, 1998 |
Do you wanna have fun? Howza 'bout a good time? Hey, Big Spenduh. Speeh-eeh-eend a little time with . . . Bob Fosse. Yes, folks, it's the guy who put the sssssizzle in "Steam Heat." The man who practically invented razzle-dazzle. The sultan of sexy Broadway saltation, presumed to be the model for the Don Juan-on-Dexedrine in his own film "All That Jazz." Welcome back, Bob Fosse!
May 12, 1996 |
It's spring madness with the flush of happy occasions. Mayor Richard Riordan turned pink as he was lightly roasted before 550 at the USC School of Public Administration's Ides of March benefit (actually held April 30) at the Biltmore. The affair raised $440,000 for scholarships as Riordan was saluted by USC President Steven Sample, dinner chairman William C. Rusnack of Arco, School of Public Administration dean Jane Pisano and community leaders such as Dan Garcia and Leonard Schaeffer.