November 11, 2011 |
The new documentary "Dzi Croquettes" brings to mind San Francisco's legendary gender-bending Cockettes, a collection of drag performers who made no effort to hide their more masculine attributes. But the Dzi Croquettes, a 1970s-era troupe whose members also celebrated their bodies while clad in glitter and spangles, were a much bigger deal. Lennie Dale, a virtuoso Broadway dancer and émigré to Brazil, founded the 13-member group in 1973. Their productions were lavish explosions of creativity and imagination that had wide audience appeal.
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
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April 9, 1988
The passing of Jordan is marked with a note of extreme sadness. Contrary to today's "entertainers" who seemingly can't perform without screaming unadulterated filth at their audiences, Fibber and Molly could take the simplest of life's aggravations (a leaky faucet, a squeaky rocking chair, etc.) and build an entire hilarious show around such mundane themes. That was talent. That was entertainment. Rest easy, Mr. Jordan. LANNY R. MIDDINGS San Ramon
December 30, 1985 |
A weekend telethon for the United Negro College Fund raised more than $6 million in pledges, about $2 million less than last year's telethon, a spokesman said today. The event, which featured a telephone call from President Reagan, an appearance by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and performances by such entertainers as Bill Cosby, Diahann Carroll, Ben Vereen and B. B. King, brought in $603,000 from Los Angeles-area viewers alone, spokesman Mike Haynes said.
November 22, 1992
Joseph Kaliff, 80, syndicated Broadway columnist who helped found the Caricaturists Society of America. He sketched every U.S. president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson and entertainers such as Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck and John Wayne. In the 1950s and '60s Kaliff wrote a column called "Magic Carpet Over Broadway," which was syndicated to more than 90 weekly newspapers. On Friday in New York.
August 25, 1985
Sunday night is one of the most dismal for television viewing unless you happen to be into sports and/or religion. Some smart TV executive should resurrect the variety show hosted by one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Sammy Davis Jr. It would be a welcome relief from music videos, mindless sitcoms, violence and bloodshed which dominate the little screen. It also would bring us the best in entertainment without going to Las Vegas. Jim Klein, Los Angeles
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September 15, 1995 |
A measure designed to clarify Anaheim's law regarding sex-oriented businesses received final approval this week by unanimous vote of the City Council. The purpose of the code revision, City Atty. Jack L. White said, is to make it clear that violating the law is more serious than just jeopardizing city-issued business permits that allow nude juice bars and other adult establishments.
June 16, 1985 |
Alexander Hamilton of Inglewood has worked with dozens of well-known entertainers--Aretha Franklin, Ben Vereen and Liza Minnelli, for example--but the performers closest to his heart, he says, are the Voices of Inspiration, the gospel choir he led to first place in a competition last weekend.