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March 3, 1987 | MARC SHULGOLD
The concept was cute enough. Five UCLA music faculty members would each create a music-theater piece based on a myth or fable: a sort of "Fairy Tale Theatre" for eggheads. Unfortunately, for the New Music LA festival-goers who crammed into the stuffy little experimental theater next to Royce Hall Sunday night, the cuteness rapidly wore off--replaced by torpor.
March 12, 1996 | JENNIFER FISHER
Orange County-based dancer and choreographer Ramaa Bharadvaj was inspired to create her newest work while trying to interest her young son in the classical Indian dance tradition. What resulted was "Panchatantra: Animal Fables of India," adapted from ancient Sanskrit tales and presented by Bharadvaj's Angahara Ensemble at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Sunday.
Imagination Station, a new children's theater company, kicks off its inaugural three-play season at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre with an uneven but likable "Aesop's Fables." The fox and the elusive "sour" grapes, the nightlife-loving city mouse and his countrified cousin, the slow and steady tortoise and the overly confident hare go through their paces, along with other Aesopian moral tales, played for laughs aimed at both children and adults.
Manoel de Oliveira's "The Convent" is a sly, beautiful enigma of a movie, a reflection upon the eternal mystery of life itself. It's a film full of portents, cryptic asides, insinuations and warnings, all of which may mean something--or nothing at all. In any event, it is the first international venture by the often outrageous, ever-idiosyncratic 87-year-old Portuguese maestro who began his career in the silent era and, as a matinee idol, starred in Portugal's first talkie in 1933.
January 17, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Beloved singer Morrissey has been teasing fans for close to two years with news that he's penned a 660-page memoir. The catch is, it doesn't seem to have a publisher -- or didn't, until an exchange at a concert this week. Is the Morrissey memoir really coming to shelves? How long will it be -- how soon is now? At a concert in New Jersey on Tuesday, Morrissey appeared to nod in assent when asked whethre the book would be published by Penguin Classics. In April 2011, Morrissey told BB4's Front Row that Penguin Classics was the imprint he'd most like to publish his book.
September 23, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Starting with its title, everything about "Erase-E(x)" seems intimidating, but at bottom this hourlong presentation by a Brussels-based company named Joji Inc is a whimsical fable: a story ballet for postmoderns based on an intriguing premise drawn from art history. In 1953, the brash young Robert Rauschenberg erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning, putting his own name on the result and raising all sorts of questions about creation, destruction and the impermanence of just about everything.
January 25, 2006 | Richard Verrier and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Suddenly, John Lasseter is Walt Disney Co.'s $7.4-billion man. Returning to the company where he worked more than 20 years ago as a low-level artist, computer animation's master storyteller faces a daunting task: how to merge his community of hit-making mavericks at Pixar Animation Studios with a more staid Disney animation group that has struggled for much of the last decade to regain its stride.
Peter Westbrook remembers the days when his fellow New Yorkers misunderstood what he was doing in fencing. Westbrook had to explain that he wasn't buying and selling stolen goods. Things are different now, Westbrook said. "Now they say, 'What kind of weapon do you fence with? Saber or epee?' " Westbrook, who claimed a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Games and two golds in the Pan American games, uses the saber, which is larger and heavier than the flexible epee.
April 15, 1993 | CORINNE FLOCKEN
A pint-sized opportunist, a prince with a warty problem and a lion in desperate need of assertiveness training are just a few of the characters that await theater-going families this weekend. In Laguna, the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater Ensemble presents a stage adaptation of the Brothers Grimm's "Rumpelstiltskin."
November 17, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Playwright Georg Buchner, who died at age 23, was a world-class rabble-rouser. Ostensibly a frothy fable, "Leonce and Lena," Buchner's only comedy, is actually a proletarian diatribe about wealth and corruption, as biting as his darkly dystopian masterwork "Woyzeck." Director Bart DeLorenzo and company punch up Buchner's political bitterness in their inventive new adaptation at the Evidence Room, yet wisely keep the essential silliness of the play intact.
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