March 12, 2004 |
The Groundlings outwit the FCC with relish in "A Groundlings Family Portrait." The improv troupe's latest outing is emblematic, showing the institution at its certifiable best. Giant Sears-style portraiture of Groundlings dressed to resemble "A Mighty Wind's" New Main Street Singers greets the entering crowd. The neutron-powered band (musical director Willie Etra, Greg Kanaga and Larry Treadwell) launches a TV theme prelude. Madness ensues.
April 19, 1994 |
Shirley, 51, manager at a clothing factory Patience, 30, organizer for a retail trade union Churchill, 28, teacher Audrey, 21, unemployed Nathan, 17, student * Home: Soweto * Politics: Member of the African National Congress * Background: Shirley's parents were born in Johannesburg of parents who had migrated from rural areas.
August 29, 1994 |
Winning the Little League national championship requires more than ability from the players and coaches. Tolerance and understanding, dedication and determination are equally important. And a strong dose of humor doesn't hurt, either. Northridge players and coaches virtually lived together for two months, practicing every day from the last week of June until the World Series championship game Saturday. The team became a family, with each member contributing.
February 7, 1993 |
When Gregory Peck teams up with Lauren Bacall for a new TV movie, they don't have any trouble fitting together as a family. To add to the family dynamics, Peck's daughter Cecilia co-stars as their daughter. Peck co-starred with Bacall 36 years ago in "Designing Woman," and has remained friends with her over the years. Last month he presented her the Golden Globe's Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement. "I first became acquainted with Betty when she was 17," Peck said.
September 1, 1996 |
Amid the roar of tractors and the aroma of fresh-cut lumber, home builder Paul E. Griffin III surveyed his newest project with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. The fifth-generation construction executive would soon start selling homes at his Park Lane development in Simi Valley, and the results could determine whether his fledgling company survives. But more than just money is tied up in Park Lane. There's also family pride.
May 15, 1988 |
For every decade since they were born, baby-boomers have inspired books, movies and television shows that examine and explore their lives. As college students during the '60s, "The Graduate" set out to define their questions and doubts. In the '70s, hippies were out and "Saturday Night Fever" was in. Now, after "In Search of Excellence" and "Iacocca" have left the best-seller lists and after baby-boomers have their careers in order, they are having babies.
March 16, 1993 |
Their badges wrapped in black bands of mourning, police officers from throughout the West gathered Monday for a tearful tribute to Officer Howard Ellsworth Dallies Jr., who was gunned down last week during an apparent routine traffic stop. Dallies, a veteran officer who helped train recruits and was soon to be promoted to sergeant, was remembered as a "fallen hero" in a moving ceremony at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.
March 27, 2007 |
PLEASE put down whatever else you might be doing. This review demands your undivided attention. If you're still defiantly checking your BlackBerry, you might want to consider squeezing into your schedule Lisa Loomer's new play, "Distracted," which had its world premiere Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum. The drama revolves around a mother (Rita Wilson) whose 9-year-old son, Jesse (Hudson Thames), has all the symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD).