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March 26, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"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 | By Khaled Mattawa
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.
February 25, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Following a stormy month that culminated with wayward star Charlie Sheen attacking his employers in vitriolic public rants Thursday, CBS and Warner Bros. announced that they would cancel the rest of the season of the hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men," casting a pall over the fate of TV's most-watched comedy. Interviewed on the radio program "The Alex Jones Show," Sheen, who is said to be vacationing in the Bahamas, called his boss, Executive Producer Chuck Lorre, "a clown," and referred to him as "Chaim Levine" (Lorre's birth name is Charles Michael Levine)
January 19, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Today, class, we're looking at an alternative sports career, a freaky way to fake a living. Not for everyone, such jobs, just for folks who don't want to sit around some office waiting for their bones to calcify. First up, Shorty Gorham. At work, Shorty gets stomped on, kicked, head-butted and chewed. On his IRS form, under occupation, it should read "roadkill" or "bait. " Here's the dude's resume: Broken vertebra, shattered left shoulder, broken sternum. This one time, a co-worker ?
December 6, 2010 | Carla Rivera
Scores of people in outlandish costumes, colorful wigs and bulbous red noses transformed a portion of downtown Los Angeles into a circus Sunday to honor a traditional Mexican holiday that pays tribute to the comical buffoons who make us laugh. The annual Dia de los Payasos ? Day of the Clowns ? held in the Olvera Street Plaza, attracted large crowds of onlookers who laughed at the antics of nearly 60 clowns drawn from as far away as Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Francisco. The morning started with a blessing of the participants at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels before the daylong performance.
December 5, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Jim Murray once called Meadowlark Lemon an American institution, a description the longtime Harlem Globetrotters star claims mystifies him. "I don't know what that means," he says. Oh, but he does. "We were part of something that America needed at one time," Lemon says of the Globetrotters. "America needed Joe Louis. America needed Arnold Palmer. America needed Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Armstrong. "And America and the world at one time needed people like the Harlem Globetrotters and Meadowlark Lemon.
November 11, 2010 | By Lisa Rosen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Betty Anne Waters spent almost two decades trying to free her brother Kenny from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a crime she was sure he didn't commit. On the surface, "Conviction" is the true story about the lengths a sister will go to save her brother. But the film delves far below that surface. As acted by Hilary Swank, the loyalty Betty Anne has for Kenny is almost superhuman. Her journey is complicated because Kenny is as engaging as he is volatile, and as embodied by Sam Rockwell, that combination could very well be lethal.
September 30, 2010
Once upon a time, 52-year-old professional clown Gail Choate couldn’t run 60 seconds without stopping. Now, the Florida mom will run the Oct. 10 Chicago Marathon. And she did it, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel story, with the help of an iPhone app. Let's put aside the clown-to-marathoner part, for a moment: The fact that she turned herself around with electronic encouragement from a little program that simply told her when to walk and when to run is pretty impressive.
September 29, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
This Halloween season, for the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood introduced a character based on the Latin American myth of La Llorona in its annual Halloween Horror Nights in an effort to connect with Southern California's sizable Latino population. The legend of La Llorona has gone through many variations over the years. It is a folktale about a woman who drowned her children after she was abandoned by their father. Tormented by what she has done, the woman's spirit wanders the earth, crying out for her dead children.
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