April 17, 1988
Last year in The Times' movie listings Sheila Benson did not give a star to "The Color Purple." This year she starred "Dirty Dancing" but not "The Last Emperor," which just won 9 Oscars. I have a few questions: 1--Why is she a film critic? 2--What is her background? 3--Is she near retirement age? JACQUI HEILAND South Pasadena
January 3, 1993
Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this building is being hyped by your magazine like the mythological invisible clothes of the emperor. The building is really ugly. I doubt that its "beauty" will stand the test of time. ALLAN M. MANNHEIM Beverly Hills
June 16, 1989 |
The leadership of China has lost touch with its people. Disaster looms. Salvation may rest on the actions of an insignificant individual. Yesterday's newspaper headlines? Yes, but it's also the plot of "The Nightingale," a century-old tale by Hans Christian Andersen that has been adapted for a children's production this weekend by the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre. Based on the Andersen story of the same name, the Youth Theatre's production of "The Nightingale" was written by Rita Grossberg and John Urquhart and will be directed by Katy Realista and Scott Davidson.
April 21, 1989
Thoroughbred trainer Roger Stein has sued Truesdail Laboratories of Tustin for "fraud, suppression of evidence, cover-up and laboratory malpractice," and asked for damages in excess of $25 million in a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A postrace test conducted by Truesdail on Emperor's Turn, a horse trained by Stein, last October at Santa Anita allegedly came up positive for cocaine, prompting track stewards to levy a six-month suspension and a $2,000 fine on the trainer.
January 5, 2002
"Lord of the Rings" letter writer Mark Winkler, who claims he had a "Frodo Lives" bumper sticker on his 1980 Gremlin (Letters, Dec. 29), must be living in a fantasy world of his own. The last model year for that much-maligned American Motors classic was 1978. My own Gremlin bore a homemade "Elric of Melnibone" bumper sticker back then, for Michael Moorcock's sword-wielding albino emperor. Did anybody normal buy those cars? JAMES DAWSON Tarzana
April 5, 1987 |
The Emperor Marcus Aurelius has been unseated from his horse, strapped up and left suspended in midair since early 1980, but city authorities now say he could be back in the saddle within a year. Seven years after restorers removed the 1,800-year-old bronze equestrian statue of the emperor from its position in the heart of the ancient Roman capital, the money has at last been found to return it to its former state. But there is still a problem for the authorities to solve.
May 22, 2005 |
On a busy Peruvian street, crammed between a video store and a restaurant, is a narrow, stone storefront with the words "ransom room" carved above the door in Spanish. Inside, in a small courtyard, sits the only significant Incan ruin in this Andean town. It is a smallish building, at least compared with the modern structures around it, and a garish, mismatched roof of adobe and corrugated metal tops its perfectly fitted stone walls.
December 15, 1987 |
"The Emperor and the Nightingale" by Hans Christian Andersen. Read by Glenn Close. Paintings by Robert Van Nutt. Music by Mark Isham. "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher"/"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter. Read by Meryl Streep. Illustrations by David Jorgensen. Music by Lyle Mays. "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin"/"How the Camel Got His Hump" by Rudyard Kipling. Read by Jack Nicholson. Illustrations by Tim Raglin. Music by Bobby McFerrin. Sony. $14.95 each.
February 3, 1990
Of late, some of my friends and I have been wondering why we renewed our subscriptions for the South Coast Repertory. The other night we encountered a prime example of the reason for our hesitation: We went to see "Search and Destroy." We are of the opinion that officials at SCR and the local newspaper critics should be charged with fraud and misrepresentation. "Search and Destroy" is not a play at all. It is a series of short, loosely related, well-acted but mostly distasteful episodes.