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January 16, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Aristotle placed spectacle near the bottom of his list of tragedy's essentials, and anyone who ventures to see "An Iliad" at the Broad Stage will agree that special effects aren't needed to bring to the stage Homer's deathless epic in all its agonizing, heroic glory. The set is largely bare, save for some scattered props and backstage equipment that never let us forget we are in a theater. The cast consists of one actor, Denis O'Hare. Little did we know from his Tony-winning turn as the gay baseball fanatic in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out" that he harbors legions of legendary Greeks, Trojans and immortal deities within himself.
January 13, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Two mothers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they vandalized a classroom at a Mojave Desert school after losing a battle to keep it from being transformed into a charter campus under the controversial parent trigger law. Lori Yuan and Chrissy Guzman were parent leaders against the effort to convert the low-performing Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto to a charter last fall in the state's first successful use of the 2010 parent trigger...
January 12, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Denis O'Hare's campaign to write and perform a solo play based on "The Iliad" has now lasted almost as long as the Trojan War itself. He began writing "An Iliad" in 2005 with his director and co-author, Lisa Peterson. Now they're bringing their 100-minute distillation of Homer's 24-chapter poem about the epic ancient struggle to L.A. for the first time, starting Jan. 15 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. O'Hare will make his L.A. stage debut after more than 25 years of acclaim on Chicago and New York City stages, including a 2003 Tony Award playing a baseball-besotted accountant in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out. " PHOTOS: Best of theater 2013 "The Iliad," set in the ninth year of the 10-year siege of Troy, begins with the Greek fighting machine Achilles feeling fed up for his own egotistical reasons.
January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
How do you give a lifetime achievement award to a director still very much in motion, to an artist who refuses to settle down, to someone who actively does not want one? Woody Allen is in the midst of a run of box-office successes and critical acclaim. His current film, "Blue Jasmine," has firmly implanted itself into this year's awards-season conversation. Having turned 78 years old last month, Allen seems as busy as ever. Which is only part of the reason Allen will not be accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Award in person at the Golden Globes this weekend.
January 7, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Denis Leary, who starred in FX's critically acclaimed "Rescue Me," is returning to the network with a new comedy pilot, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. " Leary also wrote the pilot, which is produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios. It will mark his first TV venture since "Rescue Me" ended after a seven-season run in 2011.  WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows   "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" revolves around "Johnny Rock" (Leary), a middle-aged rock 'n' roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous.
January 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A Los Angeles judge heard arguments Friday over her tentative ruling this week denying Katherine Jackson's request for a new trial against entertainment giant AEG Live in the death of her son, Michael Jackson. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos took the case under submission following the morning hearing, which came three months after jurors decided AEG was not responsible for Jackson's death. Palazuelos issued her tentative 44-page ruling Thursday. When the judge makes her final decision, the parties will have 30 days to file an appeal.
December 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Airline delays and cancellations have dropped significantly in the last few years. At least that's what federal statistics show. But the numbers may not be telling us the whole story. That is one of the conclusions in a new report by the office of inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation, which recommends new ways of calculating airline delays. The Department of Transportation's data show that airline delays fell 33% from 2000 to 2012, while flight cancellations dropped 56% at the nation's largest airports.
December 25, 2013 | By Alan Benson, Krishna Esteva and Frank Levy
Smack in the middle of the holiday rush, college applications are due - anxious weeks for high school seniors and their families. To heighten the anxiety, no month passes without a critic proclaiming that college is a pedantic waste of money, while opinion polls show a rising fraction of the public doubts the value of a college education. Yet many studies find that college still outperforms other investments, at least for the typical student. Any student trying to make sense of this confusion should recognize that investing in a college education differs from other investments in two important respects.
December 16, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) on Monday formally denied involvement in a controversial contribution to a nonprofit linked to state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello). The state Fair Political Practices Commission had given De Leon 10 days to respond to allegations that he'd arranged a $25,000 contribution from “Yes We Can,” a political committee affiliated with the California Legislative Latino Caucus, to a nonprofit group run by former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, the brother of Ronald S. Calderon.
December 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jameis Winston had just led Florida State to a 45-7 victory over Duke for the ACC title on Saturday, ensuring the Seminoles a spot in the BCS championship game next month. The star quarterback also was just two days removed from learning he would not be charged in a sexual assault investigation that had been looming over his head since last month. ESPN reporter Heather Cox has drawn some criticism - particularly from FSU fans and Winston's lawyer , Tim Jansen, who keeps tweeting about the incident - for focusing more on the latter topic during her postgame interview with Winston.
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