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December 4, 1998 | DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press TELEVISION WRITER
R.E.M.'s 1991 song, "Losing My Religion," became a hit tune with few people knowing what the song was actually about. Singer Michael Stipe recently tried to explain the ideas behind his best-known song, as he stood before cameras taping an episode of VH1's "Storytellers." As it turns out, he wasn't really losing anything, except maybe his grip on reality. Religion had nothing to do with it. Stipe had always admired "Every Breath You Take," the song Sting wrote for the Police.
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August 7, 1998 | COLL METCALFE
More than 50 high school students from Los Angeles and Ventura counties will participate in this year's Cyber Summer '98 at Moorpark College. Beginning Monday and continuing through Thursday, the event will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the finer points of creative writing, concept development, drawing and design through hands-on experience with computers, television and audio equipment and digital cameras. Advertising expert Jack Foster will kick off the event at 9 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1998 | JAN HERMAN and KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Filmmaker Eleanor Coppola got the idea for her latest documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, while visiting her director-husband on location in Memphis, Tenn., during the making of "John Grisham's The Rainmaker" (1997). "I would go with Francis in the early morning to the set," Coppola recalled the other day from their Napa Valley home in Rutherford, Calif. "He was doing really unusual improvisations with the actors."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dar Williams' new album, "End of the Summer," withstood a barrage of critical nit-picking before the professional critical nit-pickers even got a chance to hear it. The rising folk-pop singer from Massachusetts says she isn't quite sure why she appears on the album's cover up to her forearms in muck, but she speculates that it might symbolize her tendency to heap mud on her work before it is hatched.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sculptor Richard Aber, an established artist based in Summerland, can be counted on to tweak conventions. His work tends to make statements underlined with questions, as if to say, "Yes, sculpture is a fine thing, but what is it, really? What can it be in the late 20th century?"
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1996 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is art really necessary in our lives? For a clue to the answer, check out two coincidentally connected attractions at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach: the Pageant of the Masters' live tableau representations of great art works and Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George" at the Forum Theatre.
BUSINESS
August 12, 1996 | PAUL KARON
Santa Monica architect Frank Gehry has acquired an international reputation by creating symphonic, sculptural structures that defy and redefine our sense of what is possible in buildings of metal, stone and glass. "What I'm trying to do as an architect is live in this time--I'm not trying to live in the past," says Gehry of Frank O. Gehry & Associates Inc. "I'm struggling to express the present, to find what's powerful today."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1996 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For many working actors, the greatest joy in their work comes not from being on stage in front of an audience, but from what they call "the process," the developmental steps that bring an author's idea, through a collaborative effort, to full-blooded reality. Actors such as Laurence Olivier and John Barrymore claimed to enjoy the process more than the performance, often becoming bored with a show once it opened.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Visitors to the Ventura County Museum of Art and History these days are greeted by an artistic aviary. An embarrassment of visual riches is represented by tropical and other flamboyant birds among flowing flora, with the muted shimmer of gold leaf in the background. If this art weren't so exquisite and dreamlike, the adjectives florid and gaudy might spring to mind.
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