February 27, 2014 |
The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats her until she runs away to a small town in Massachusetts and marries a man she doesn't love. It is 1953. The man she doesn't love, a widower, has a small child, also very pale and very beautiful, and very beloved by all, named Snow. In time, Boy and her husband have their own child, Bird, who is black; this is how Boy discovers that her husband and much of his family have been passing for white.
April 6, 2012 |
"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," the exquisite sixth feature by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is a police procedural as existential inquiry, set in a remote dreamscape of mystery and foreboding. In the search for a murder victim's body, a caravan of cars makes its fitful way over the rolling Turkish steppes, carrying men of law and science and the confessed killer. The journey begins in darkness and moves into the clear light of day, by which point many things are revealed and nothing is as it seems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2010 |
Smiling docents, green-clad rangers, music piped in everywhere — for Michael Jackson fans, Neverland State Park would no doubt be a thriller. But state park officials say it's an idea whose time may never come. Assemblyman Mike Davis, a Los Angeles Democrat, said Tuesday that he's going to push for a study of the possibility when the Legislature meets again in August. Jackson "was one of the world's preeminent entertainers and California is fortunate to have such a site in its jurisdiction," said Davis, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media.
April 2, 2010 |
A thumbnail report on the Final Four coaches includes one coach who sticks out like a sore thumb. There are three hard-core veterans — Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo and Bob Huggins — and your local grocery bagger. This is the Fab Four of John, Paul, George and Opie. Have you seen Butler Coach Brad Stevens? He's 33 going on his driving learner's permit. It's not a joke that Stevens is often mistaken for one of his players, and there's a rumor afloat that Duke's Coach K shaves more in a day than Stevens does in a week.
January 4, 2014 |
Taylor Swift energetically paced the room of her West Hollywood hotel on a recent visit to Los Angeles. "I'm trying to outrun the jet lag," she said with a smile, looking far from ragged in her matching purple sweater and skirt. Before landing in L.A., she'd flown from Australia to London, then on to Nashville on her way back from the latest leg of her "Red" tour. But Swift, 24, is nothing if not game to be front and center for every facet of her career, so she committed to the schlep to L.A. for a Directors Guild of America screening of "One Chance," the film that's earned her a second Golden Globe Award nomination for her original song, "Sweeter Than Fiction.
June 11, 1988 |
In the Peter Pan Players' version of "Pinocchio," a clown sings "Stand by Me," Geppetto yells "what's a matta you" and Pinocchio break dances. Although the first scenes unfold with "cool cats," singing sheep and other offbeat characters, the fairy tale ends in conventional form: wooden boy makes good by saving distraught father from whale. The cheerful production features 40 children, including the stars: Nick Green as Pinocchio, Nathaniel Dawkins as Geppetto and Adrienne Malena as the Cricket.
February 29, 2008 |
"Penelope" looks like a whimsical, quirky little fairy tale and, every once in a while, sounds like a whimsical, quirky little fairy tale. There's even an obvious but always welcome lesson to be learned here. But there's no real rigor or craft applied to this story -- just mood, tone, neo-gothic imagery and frantic attitude. If only "Penelope" knew what it truly wished to be and how to go about it.
February 12, 1998 |
Once upon a time, there was a magnificent golden castle on a silver cloud high up in the sky, which has nothing to do with anything because our story is about an old woodchopper who lived in a shack, but that's a good way to start a fairy tale . . . . Sound familiar? If you're of a certain age and of a certain twisted frame of mind (or were of such mind a few short decades ago), then you will recognize at once the inimitable opening of yet another "Fractured Fairy Tale."
October 15, 1999 |
An amusing but undisciplined bagatelle, "A Fairy Tale" at the Actors' Gang feels like a Hope and Crosby road picture sent on an abrupt detour through the looking glass. Loosely based on "Hansel and Gretel," this two-person play features Daniel T. Parker and Chris Wells as gay brothers casting desperately about for some direction, not only through the woods where they have been abandoned, but through the even pricklier thickets of their youthful sexual confusion.
September 1, 1987 |
A pinch of "Oz," a dash of "Cinderella," a few dollops of "The Snow Queen" and "Snow White" make up the Glendale Centre Theatre's latest children's offering, "The Popsicle Palace." Billed as a new fairy tale, the show is really a mild fairy-tale hash spiced with good humor.