October 20, 2011
A series of circus vignettes depicts the experiences, memories and vision of a traveling circus performer at this installment of Circus Vargas. The animal-free extravaganza features death-defying motorcycle feats, aerial artistry, hilarious clown antics and more. Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. 7:30 p.m. Thu., 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2, 5, 8 p.m. Sat., 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 p.m. Sun., 6:30 p.m. Mon. $15-$50. http://www.cirusvargas.com.
September 14, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez was the best thing to hit Los Angeles. And nothing that has happened recently changes that. He was a performer, an overnight sensation in Los Angeles after arriving late in 2008, providing almost unmatched escape for those who find their release in sports. It was so much fun, the anticipation and eventually the expectation that he was going to deliver something memorable. He had big hit after big hit, and the Dodgers were suddenly a hair away from playing in the World Series.
September 4, 2011 |
It was going to be one of those topsy-turvy Isobel Iversy days. It was Labor Day and Isobel and Jennifer were trying on hats to wear to the town parade. Isobel loved the old straw hat Grandpa gave her. When she put it on, her freckles faded, her eyes glowed, and she felt beautiful. "Hats change people," she told her friend Jennifer. "There's magic inside hats. It pours into people when they put hats on. Poof! People change. They're different. " Jennifer grinned. "Prove it!"
August 28, 2011 |
As soon as my cousin Jennifer arrived for her visit, I asked, "What do you want to do?" You see, I had no idea what we would do. Usually we picked fruit from our orchard. But the apples were still hard and green. She responded, "What are your mom and dad doing?" "Nothing," I said. "Parents are boring. " "What did you say?" asked my mom. "Nothing!" Jennifer and I said together. "We're just bored. " "I saw a tree with ripe fruit near the clearing. Why don't you go check it out?"
July 21, 2011 |
In an entertainment culture obsessed with the supernatural, where selling to Twihards, Potterheads and comic enthusiasts demands action further and further divorced from actual human ability, perhaps nothing shocks like the circus. When these performers fly through the air, wield their magic wands and harness the power of terrible beasts, it's no fantasy — these things are really happening, right there on the sawdust of the arena. And because they're real, the skill involved is awe-inspiring.
May 31, 2011 |
Before his rants about corruption made him persona non grata with the Communist Party, before he started agitating for the rights of children and evicted tenants, before he denounced the Beijing Olympics, there were the cats. In his prolific blog posts, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wrote paeans to the dozens of stray cats who inhabited his studio and served as his creative muses. "The cats and the dogs in my home enjoy a high status; they seem more like the lords of the manor than I. The poses they strike in the courtyard often inspire more joy in me than the home itself," he wrote in 2006.
April 4, 2011 |
It used to be enough when all else failed to simply run away and join the circus. And in today's difficult hiring environment, it turns out the circus may still be a reliable source of job openings. "There's lots of employment opportunities in this field. It's an unusual field, admittedly, but we offer a very unusual training," said Marc Lalonde, the executive director of the National Circus School in Montreal, one of North America's top schools for the "circus arts. " Lalonde said the National Circus School has a high success rate in finding work for its graduates because there are more jobs available than the industry can find suitable applicants for. "In some years," he said, "nearly 100% of our students find work within the first few months of graduating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2011 |
A professional clown was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a girl nine years ago in Fullerton. Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41, of Anaheim was arrested in connection with the Jan. 19, 2002, crimes, in which a man dressed as a clown kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl. The suspect grabbed the girl from the corner of Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, drove her to a nearby school parking lot and raped her, said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department.
March 11, 2011 |
"Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie" is an inspiring and nostalgic documentary about a true original: performer-clown-activist Hugh Romney, who was dubbed Wavy Gravy in 1969 by no less than B.B. King. Director Michelle Esrick has crafted an affectionate portrait of a man whose eclectic, ebullient life has been devoted to peace, love and understanding ? an eternal hippie who has "walked the walk" since he burst onto the Greenwich Village "Beat" scene in the late 1950s. The film, which is packed with colorful archival footage, intimately follows Wavy from his early fame as a poet and monologist through his emergence as one of the 1960s and '70s more visible counter-culturists and founder of the legendary, still-running Hog Farm commune.
March 2, 2011 |
In the winter of 1978, soon after I entered my teens, I began seeking solitude on the roof of our leaky house in Benghazi. I'd head up with a few thin books and a pack of cigarettes, and the wide horizon and dramatic skies of our warm winters were all mine to contemplate. I also began contemplating the Pakistani beauty who lived in the three-story apartment tower behind our house. She was a few years older than I, so there was no chance of a relationship. And though I never got a close look at her face, I am certain that it did my growing aesthetic sensibility much good to study the straight lines of her slim figure dressed in various designs of shalwar kameez . She often lay in her neat bed with her back to me, and I studied the dip in the waist, the discernable climb of the hips and her feet arranged, right heel tucked into the arch of the left, like the yin snug inside the yang.