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February 7, 1987
We dozed through that warped version and wooden performance of "The Nutcracker." We fidgeted through that excruciating "Carmen," and by the time "Candide" was over, we were drained and exhausted. My question is this: Why are we getting these second-rate productions? Do they think because we live in the "provinces" that we won't notice or that we won't know better? Or are they just basically bad? FLORENCE R. STASCH Newport Beach
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2013
Aristocracy's bitter fruit It is embarrassing to me to see that so many educated American citizens are "star-struck" by wealth such that, to them, wealth itself seems to be an end justified by any means ("Lording It Up," Jan. 6). This show is about aristocracy. Aristocracy has been recognized as a crime against humanity. All of the pretty little fantasies about aristocracy (kings, queens, princes, etc.) are incomplete without the truth of the subjugation of millions in each of the respective countries and the refusal by these aristocrats to recognize the pain and suffering of their fellow human beings, while keeping to themselves all of the wealth of their respective countries, violently where necessary.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1994
I wish to point out an error in the Calendar Letters of April 10. My name was misspelled. With a name like Gordy Grundy, I can accept no substitute. GORDY GRUNDY Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2010
Small theater from both sides of the curtain Here's my two cents on small theaters. ["Small Theaters: Having Impact," Aug. 8] I'm just a regular middle-aged guy who loves the magic of theater, especially 99-seat-or-fewer, where I can spend 20 to 30 bucks for engrossing entertainment, a great seat and free-easy parking. Yes, I know it's not fashionable, but I like a plot, with catharsis. And I like music to have a melody and directors who move actors beyond the proscenium and encourage them to fully engage in witty and emotionally layered book and lyrics.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1985
Thank you for your enlightening explanation of the game of cricket (Calendar Letters, Nov. 10). Next summer I shall watch a Dodger game, and take a good book. DIANA TAVES HYATT Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 1988
On behalf of impressionable children and music lovers everywhere (Calendar Letters, Feb. 21, 14 and 7): Next time you have Joe Strummer in a refrigerator, just close him in. FRED KEPLER Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1986
In regards to Dan Sweetman's artwork for "MM & M" (Calendar Letters, 7/20) the drawing of Madonna looks more like Traci Lords than Madonna. Just thought I'd bring it to your attention. ROBERT E. BUCHTEL Orange
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1986
I personally have to side with Lanny Middings (Calendar Letters, Jan. 5). I was a 6-year-old only 8 years ago, and although I was in an advanced-learning class, none of my peers, nor I, could spell or define the word appropriate if our lives depended on it. If Gael Phillips can look anyone straight in the eye and say that he did not help his son Chris at all while Chris was writing that letter (Calendar Letters, Jan. 12), then an appropriate term for him would be L-I-A-R.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1985
Has anyone else noticed how Calendar Letters is degenerating into a forum for the worthless stone-throwing of readers? I mean, what compels Frank Malfitano to write a letter telling Sally Field that he doesn't like her anymore (Calendar Letters, April 7)? Who cares ! Or the various people who have written in to take potshots at, in the last few weeks alone, Diana Ross, USA for Africa, Madonna, the Oscar telecast, even Evelyn Keyes' use of parentheses? Is this "criticism" supposed to be interesting?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1987
A solution to Joan Rivers' sagging ratings? Simple. Invite Johnny Carson to guest-host on her show. FRANCINE TESTI Please keep letters brief and include full name, address and phone number. Mail to Calendar Letters, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2010
FEEDBACK Everything's 'Fair Game' Once again, Hollywood has invested in incompetence by handing a priceless story like "Fair Game" to Doug Liman ["Spies, Lies and Personal Ties," May 16]. Liman was lucky with "The Bourne Identity," where he had Robert Ludlum's familiar spy-with-amnesia story that was saved by his stunt team. More typical is his uneven and unsatisfying waste of two big stars in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Again he wastes the talents of two big stars with his pretentious take on the Plame incident.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 1996
While Martin Scorsese seems a likely and fitting choice for the AFI Life Achievement Award for 1997 ("Scorsese to Get AFI Life Award," Oct. 10), my immediate reaction was why not these older equally deserving candidates? Elia Kazan (still untouchable for naming names in the early '50s), Marlon Brando (turned down his "Godfather" Oscar in 1973), Charlton Heston (too well known as a Republican and conservative) and Paul Newman (too independent for the Hollywood establishment) all have drawbacks.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1994
I wish to point out an error in the Calendar Letters of April 10. My name was misspelled. With a name like Gordy Grundy, I can accept no substitute. GORDY GRUNDY Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1992
Have some compassion for the feelings of the people who are parties to the lawsuit or close to those parties. The merits of the lawsuit will be determined by the legal process, and you doubtless have a right and duty to report the events as they unfold. On the other hand, you must not allow Calendar Letters to be used by writers who have an ax to grind with USC Radio's programming or the personalities who present that programming to express subjective dislikes or to engage in unfounded allegations or purely malicious speculation about what has taken place.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1989
Re Darrin Navarro's April 9 letter charging that I stole the quote about Elvis Costello: This is entirely the doing of the editor of the letters. My April 2 letter said: "Perhaps the old adage is true: 'The reason critics hate House of Lords (in this case) and love Elvis Costello is that most critics LOOK like Elvis Costello.' " My letter then went on to crucify critics (as, of course, they should be). GENE SIMMONS New York Simmons is a member of the rock group Kiss.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1989
I'm disturbed by the ads for Universal Studios' new attraction, Earthquake--The Big One. It's irresponsible to make light of the deadly seriousness of an 8.3 quake by making it a thrilling ride in which one "survives the big one--again and again." At the very least, Universal should hand riders a pamphlet on earthquake preparedness that tells the truth: that thousands of people may not survive the "big one" when it actually occurs. FRANK PEARLSTEIN Sherman Oaks Please keep letters brief and include full name, address and phone number.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1988
While Elvis fans still try to prove he is alive, Calendar's readership continues to offer convincing evidence that King Charles II of Spain still lives (Calendar Letters, Oct. 23)!! ALEX H. DURON Cordova, Tenn.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1988
While Elvis fans still try to prove he is alive, Calendar's readership continues to offer convincing evidence that King Charles II of Spain still lives (Calendar Letters, Oct. 23)!! ALEX H. DURON Cordova, Tenn.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1988
Calendar recently printed a letter complaining about the lack of good Italian bread in Los Angeles (Calendar Letters, June 19). I would like to invite the writer of that letter to sample the homemade Italian bread at Guido's in West Los Angeles. As the new chef there, one of the first innovations I oversaw was the addition of bread made in our restaurant kitchen--hot, crusty and tutto Italian. ANTONIO POPILLO Los Angeles
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