September 8, 2013 |
We all have a yearning for a coherent narrative in life, maintains Joyce Carol Oates, but that illusory comfort is off the table in her one-act play, “Tone Clusters,” at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. For anyone familiar with Oates' fiction, it will come as no surprise that the piece is dark, elliptical and uncompromising in its intellectual rigor. Written in 1990, it also proved eerily prescient in depicting the media's ever-increasing voracious and invasive exploitation of tragedy.
September 5, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES America's Next Top Model One of the models has a fear of clowns in this new episode. 9 p.m. KTLA Luther Detective John Luther (Idris Alba) must clear his name after being accused of crimes he didn't commit while working to stop a vigilante killer in the conclusion of four-episode season.
September 4, 2013 |
At the center of "Passion," the new psychosexual thriller from master manipulator Brian De Palma, is a split-screen sequence featuring a classic work of modern choreography alongside a highly choreographed murder. Occupying one half of the screen is a performance of Jerome Robbins' ballet "Afternoon of a Faun," set to the music of Claude Debussy. The modern ballet, which was created in 1953, is a pas de deux set in a rehearsal room . The spare production, in which a man and a woman approach and repel each other, is a ballet about the ballet, in much the same way as De Palma's movies have always been about the movies.
September 4, 2013 |
Filming on the next installment of "The Hunger Games" won't begin for another month, but Paul Holehouse already is assessing the risks. Holehouse will fly to Atlanta this week to check for asbestos in an old warehouse - one among many sites that will be used during filming of the "Hunger Games" sequels. He'll also meet with stunt coordinators to review action scenes, plans for pyrotechnics and training for actors to ensure they are prepared to film various fights and chase scenes.
September 4, 2013 |
The dark and twisty hit novel "Gone Girl" is taken to task by the best practitioner of dark literary arts, Mary Gaitskill, in this fall's Bookforum -- puzzlingly, about 15 months after the book's publication. Writer Mary Gaitskill is among the best practitioners of the arts of writing about women, sexuality, and the darkness that lies within the human heart, something perfected in her work, which includes "Bad Behavior" "Two Girls, Fat and Thin," and "Don't Cry. " Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" was published in June of 2012, and fantastic word of mouth helped it become a huge bestseller.
August 30, 2013 |
Few parks boast about their night sky as much as Great Basin National Park -- and with good cause. The park near the Nevada-Utah border is one of the darkest places in the country, which makes it an ideal place to see the Milky Way, stars, planets and other formations. The fourth Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival in remote Baker, Nev., from Sept. 5-7 invites visitors to spend time viewing the sun with solar telescopes by day and exploring the deep sky by night. The Dark Rangers, a group of astronomically minded park rangers, along with astronomers from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas will be your guides. It all happens at the park's Lehman Caves Visitor Center , where events are planned from afternoon to evening all three days -- and they're free.
August 29, 2013
Re "Court ruling backs atheist parolee," Aug. 24 Did I read that right? State officials ordered an atheist parolee to enroll in a drug treatment program emphasizing belief in God or some "higher power" - and his refusal to abide such belief netted him 100 days in prison? This travesty recalls Strother Martin's prison warden character in "Cool Hand Luke," when he harshly implored Paul Newman's Luke to "get your mind right" to avoid further beatings. For California to encourage mental reformation by threat of incarceration, rather than physical violence, is no less objectionable.
August 22, 2013 |
Grossly underappreciated for his harrowing work on TV's "Southland," Michael Cudlitz is an explosive actor masterful at keeping that energy (barely) under control, buzzing just below the surface. He does so again - initially, at least - in director Suri Krishnamma's psychological thriller, originally titled "The Grief Tourist. " Jim, a Yonkers security guard on the graveyard shift, spends his vacations visiting the haunts of serial killers. It's a macabre hobby, but he defends it: How is his trip to California to see the crime scenes of 1960s arsonist Carl Marznap (Pruitt Taylor Vince)
August 16, 2013 |
Like many Californians, Scott and Danielle Nelson of Orange County are anxious about what President Obama's healthcare law will mean for them. While government officials tout the broad benefits of the Affordable Care Act to drum up enrollment, many consumers are eager to know how the overhaul will affect them personally, from pocketbook concerns to worries about whether their local doctor and hospital will be included. And, so far, there have been considerably more questions than answers, as officials and insurers scramble to get ready and clarify many of the details that people care about the most.
August 15, 2013 |
Partway through Marisha Pessl's second novel, "Night Film," I began to feel as if I had been taken hostage by the book. This, I should hasten to add, is not its intent. The saga of a legendary film director, Stanislas Cordova, and the suicide of his 24-year-old daughter, Ashley, "Night Film" is willfully portentous, claustrophobic even, a novel that means to explore hidden meanings, in which each turn seems to unveil another layer until illusion and reality begin to merge. It is also, at 600-plus pages, at least a third too long, an overwrought narrative that hints at much but delivers little and, for all its feints and twists, remains surprisingly unsuspenseful in the end. Pessl is the much-lauded author of "Special Topics in Calamity Physics," which the New York Times Book Review selected as one of the 10 best books of 2006.