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June 25, 1989
The brasserie-style awning outside reads "Food Art Reality Hope Life Literature Liberte ." Inside, there's an English bar, an all-American dance floor, an Italianate art gallery-cum-coffeehouse, a brasserielike main dining room, a French-flavored cafe. The kitchen, behind glass, is hidden by dark red theatre curtains. Oprah Winfrey is seating guests. You've heard of restaurant as theatre? This is restaurant as multi-media event. This is The Eccentric--Richard Melman's most ambitious production yet. Melman is Chicago's restaurant whiz kid, the founder and corporate proprietor (with his Lettuce Entertain You company)
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Rhys Darby, who played personal manager (and New Zealand deputy cultural attache) Murray Hewitt on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," has created a series in which to star. "Short Poppies" gets a U.S. premiere Thursday via Netflix, all eight episodes at once, only a couple of days after it bows in its native New Zealand. The title plays off "tall poppies," a common Commonwealth phrase, borrowed from the Greeks to describe persons of accomplishment or quality whose distinction can also make them targets.
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MAGAZINE
January 26, 1992
Al Davis, a man unable to "dominate death," is not so much excellent or eccentric as he is just plain strange. LEO RENE CARRILLO San Bernardino
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade. His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered children's playthings that he scavenged from thrift shops were also generating considerable critical attention far beyond the city. Then 36, Kelley was invited to participate in the Carnegie International exhibition in Pittsburgh, one of the oldest and most respected surveys of its kind.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1987
Hey, here's a great idea. Why don't the producers of "Wall Street" and "Back to the Future" get together and make a movie about an eccentric stock broker who builds a time machine and travels back to Oct. 16 so he can sell his stock before the crash? ARNIE MEISSNER Reseda
SPORTS
February 6, 1993
To Larry Stewart and all you sportswriters who are counting: Lay off! Michael Jackson is an eccentric, generous genius. What more do you want from our entertainers? LYNN ESCHBACH Thousand Oaks
OPINION
February 7, 2004
Since the favorite word of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is "fantastic," I thought I would look it up in the dictionary: (1) existing in the imagination; imaginary; unreal; (2) having a strange or weird appearance; grotesque; odd; quaint; (3) strange and unusual; extravagant; capricious; eccentric; (4) seemingly impossible; incredible. For once I agree with Schwarzenegger when he talks about his agenda. Dan Levin Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1989
I've just read the article in The Times (Part I, Jan. 24) about Salvador Dali's passing. In past years we used to laugh at him, and wonder what he was doing. This article told me differently. He was a man who knew himself. He wasn't a "sheep"--following along with the accepted way. His parents encouraged his eccentric actions and views--how wonderful! His goal was making money and becoming famous--both transpired in his lifetime--not after his death! His "Face of War" (1941)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1993
I find it curious to read of Alan Winterborne being described as a "harmless eccentric." I did not know him, but it seems to be a general practice of our society to label anyone who doesn't daily brandish the firepower of Rambo as harmless. We forget that the anguish of being unemployed for years on end brings on acute depression and, coupled with even a slight mental imbalance, can ignite a deadly silent anger. Sweetly silent eccentrics can push baby carriages around as they plan revenge on a system that has failed them.
SPORTS
November 6, 2002 | DIANE PUCIN
Gussie Moran had legs that went on forever. She walked, the late designer Ted Tinling said, as if she were tiptoeing across tennis balls. She was a California girl with a California tan. She was a jock, she was beautiful, it was 1949 and Gussie Moran showed her lace panties at Wimbledon. "Gussie was," says Jack Kramer, part of Los Angeles tennis royalty, "the Anna Kournikova of her time. Gussie was a beautiful woman with a beautiful body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Richard Winton
On this stretch of Stone Canyon Road in Bel-Air, Robert Bandler was known as “the color of the neighborhood.” He often wore fatigues and a military hat. He once crashed a wedding across the street. Ended some conversations by saying “over and out” and played historic war speeches late at night, loud enough for neighbors to hear. Los Angeles police officers knew him well from numerous call-outs to the home for odd behavior. Officers who patrolled the area even gave him a nickname: “Crazy Bob.” “He was the talk of the neighborhood, he was the color of the neighborhood,” said 73-year-old Stephen Verona, who lives across the street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Richard Winton
On this stretch of Stone Canyon Road in Bel-Air, Robert Bandler was known as "the color of the neighborhood. " He often wore fatigues and a military hat. He once crashed a wedding across the street. He ended some conversations by saying "over and out" and played historic war speeches late at night, loud enough for neighbors to hear. Los Angeles police officers knew him well from numerous calls to the home for odd behavior. Officers who patrolled the area even gave him a nickname: "Crazy Bob. " "He was the talk of the neighborhood, he was the color of the neighborhood," said 73-year-old Stephen Verona, who lives across the street.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
In her role as a counterculture den mother to a group of suburban would-be rock stars in the new musical "The Black Suits," Annie Golden isn't just going through the motions. She knows rock 'n' roll. The 62-year-old actress was the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based punk band the Shirts in the 1970s. She was discovered by director Milos Forman when the band was headlining the legendary East Village rock club CBGB, and he cast her in his 1979 film adaptation of "Hair. " Although she has acted on Broadway, in movies and on TV - including most recently on the hit Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" - she still relates to her rebellious roots.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Chances are good that Harry Dean Stanton, the prolific character actor with the face of a backwoods prophet, will be the subject of a straightforward career-retrospective documentary someday. For now we have something that's more in tune with the man: Sophie Huber's lyrical and enigmatic portrait, "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. " At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs. A reluctant interviewee with no interest in biographical facts, Stanton would rather sing than yak. The unrepentant loner says he's "not psychologically wired for institutions"; nonetheless, within the moviemaking system he's amassed 200-plus film credits and counting.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Like it were planned, and perhaps it was, American fans of Chris O'Dowd left bereft by the end of Christopher Guest's HBO series "Family Tree" may jump, as from a lovely frying pan into a really nice fire, to O'Dowd's own "Moone Boy," which begins streaming Wednesday on Hulu. As it happens - and not surprisingly, given that the improvisatory "Family Tree" made much use of O'Dowd's own voice - the two series have a lot in common. Both are sweet and a little eccentric, interested in small things and informed by the creator-star's seeming good nature, though perhaps that is just the soft music of the accent.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency is the size of a small town, with more than 30,000 employees and as much variety. There are blue-haired iconoclasts who work in their socks, buttoned-down military types and pale-faced introverts who avoid eye contact in the hallways. On the surface, at least, Edward Snowden was hardly unusual at America's largest and most powerful intelligence agency. A self-taught computer whiz who wanted to travel the world, Snowden seemed a perfect fit for a secretive organization that spies on communications from foreign terrorism suspects.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1986
I found what Al Pacino had to say very interesting and found what Paul Rosenfield had to say rather boring ("Actor, Actor," Dec. 29). Al Pacino is an actor. That's the man's job. Of course, he's going to be a bit different, eccentric. So Pacino is reclusive and values his private life and won't speak about his relationships. I think Rosenfield in this case is getting too used to the frivolous of the acting profession who would rather talk about a lunch partner or silly studio hype than . . . "the heart of matters," which is never easy to discuss.
NEWS
February 24, 1993 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mitchell can't stop washing his hands. Philip has trouble keeping his clothes on--even in cold weather. And Luke goes everywhere with a pair of men's bikini underpants around his neck. Bizarre behavior? Maybe by adult standards, but not for little kids. For 4-year-old Philip, 2-year-old Luke and 3-year-old Mitchell, it's just a part of growing up. Parents may be worried when children's habits mimic frightening adult disorders, but the experts say: Relax.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Goodwin Games" is family comedy debuting as a late midseason replacement with only a seven-episode order. So even at Fox, a network not known for hit comedies, hopes are not high. On the other hand, there is a lot of talk these days of rethinking the old models of American television, including making the standard network season (22 to 24 episodes) more like the cable model of 10 to 12. At this year's upfronts, where networks roll out their new fall lineups for advertisers in New York City, Fox discussed several "limited" or "event" series.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Christopher Guest, the director of "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," has made a TV series for HBO. The eight-episode "Family Tree," which premieres Sunday, is his first work in seven years, and like his films it is sweet and funny and not a little melancholy. Guest gives the world a quarter-twist toward the ridiculous, without losing sight of the human dreams and strivings, obsessions and accommodations that are his main and constant subject. The new series, which opens in England before moving in its second half to America, stars Chris O'Dowd, an Irish comic actor who has been insinuating himself little by little into the American consciousness; he was in "Bridesmaids" and "This Is 40" and had a recurring role in the first season of "Girls," and many will know him as the star of the British sitcom "The IT Crowd.
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