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July 30, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Central Avenue: a long thoroughfare slicing through East Los Angeles from East 1st Street on the north to Del Amo on the south. Not much to look at these days, it was at one time one of America's most legendary cultural arenas. It belongs, first of all, on any short list of America's most vital jazz mainsprings.
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February 13, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington, who has three projects in the 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival running through this weekend, says the fatherly thread in his latest projects is no coincidence. The actor portrays a small-town father who guides a son struggling with his sexuality in "Blackbird," based on the novel by Larry Duplechan. That screening, on Sunday, follows an earlier showing of Washington's star turn in "Blue Caprice," which portrays a twisted father-son-like relationship between John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the men behind the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks around Washington, D.C. For Washington's third project in the festival, he served as co-producer on Stacey Muhammad's Web series, "For Colored Boys," a spin on the popular 1975 poem-turned-film "For Colored Girls…" The series, screening at the festival Friday night, follows a father's yearning to reunite with his family after a lengthy incarceration.
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July 7, 2002 | MARK SWED
Bicycling along the coast one recent morning, I did just about everything wrong. Having predicted that the sun wouldn't break through the gloom, I overdressed. I didn't eat or drink enough. And I miscalculated the crowds, not expecting to have to dodge so many distracted drivers, Roller-bladers, joggers and skateboarders that early.
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October 15, 2013 | By Susan King
The Arab Film Festival, which opens Friday at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles and continues through Oct. 20, is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the United States. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the festival is marking its seventh edition in Los Angeles. Besides San Francisco and L.A., it also visits Berkeley, Oakland and San Diego. "Arab culture is a rich feast of cultures and textures, with many stories to tell," Jordan Elgrably, director of the Levantine Cultural Center, one of the local organizations supporting the festival, said in a statement.
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September 20, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills has transformed itself into a house of horrors with its "Monster in the Box: Horror on Television" festival, which kicks off Friday and continues through Dec. 10. During those weeks, the museum explores five decades of things that go bump in the night on the small screen.
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August 16, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nanri Kentaro, 16, high on horseback, rounded the bend at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center clutching a rainbow-striped banner that rustled in the wind. At a gallop, the many colors of Kentaro's robe caught the sun and sparkled. Yabusame--Japanese ritual archery from horseback--had arrived. Eli Filisov's eyes widened at the sight. The 4-year-old had waited patiently through the long purification ritual that came before the riders. But, like many others gathered, he came for the men on horseback.
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August 11, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
"LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition," a biennial art show that got off to a shaky start last December, will return. The second installment of the citywide celebration of Los Angeles art is planned for November and December, 1994, according to attorney Joseph R. Austin, president of the "LAX" board.
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September 24, 1991 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While many local Latino artists aspire to recognition during the upcoming landmark art exhibit, "Mexico: Splendors of 30 Centuries," Francisco Cisneros and several other Mexican-born artists got the wrong kind of attention early Monday morning. Thieves with a connoisseur's eye for art broke into La Galeria Iguana in the 600 block of South San Pedro Street in Los Angeles' Skid Row and stole $20,000 worth of works by Cisneros and four other artists.
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August 2, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Therese Stein said she came to the Sephardic Arts Festival on Sunday to learn something new and for the sense of community. But her tapping feet showed that the Middle Eastern music was her favorite part of the third annual festival held at the Skirball Cultural Center. "It's beautiful and has a lot of spirit," said Stein, 51, who traveled from Victorville in San Bernardino County to enjoy the hypnotic sounds.
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August 20, 1998 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sure the live music, food and shopping are great at the Sunset Junction Street Fair in Silver Lake. But the best part is probably the incredible mix of people who frequent the annual event. That in itself can be quite entertaining. It's commonplace to find punkers and cross-dressers mingling with moms pushing strollers and boys with shaved heads in lowriding jeans. And there's always a few with full-body tattoos.
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July 5, 2013 | By Susan King
The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, which kicks off Wednesday, will showcase more than 100 independent features, documentaries and shorts at various locales, including the Downtown Independent, the AT&T Center Theater, the Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theater and other venues. The festival , which continues through July 18, opens with the U.S. premiere of Ron Chapman's "Who the *** is Arthur Fogel?," a documentary biopic about the creative force behind the worldwide concert tours of Madonna, U2 and Lady Gaga.  FOR THE RECORD: Downtown Film Festival: An article in the July 8 Calendar section about Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles said the event opens with Wayne Thompson's "Who the ... Is Arthur Fogel?
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March 22, 2012 | By Rachel B. Levin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the recently completed documentary "Kumpanía: Flamenco Los Angeles," narrator Bruce Bisenz opens the film by saying, "Flamenco is a fragile art. It exists on the verges of society, just as the Gypsies once existed in the same way. " But the film, along with this weekend's second Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival in Redondo Beach, may help bring L.A.'s flamenco scene out of the shadows. Both are shining the spotlight on Los Angeles as a hub of vibrant flamenco talent.
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September 9, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
With the critically acclaimed two-part French gangster thriller "Mesrine" still in theaters, the American Cinematheque is taking the opportunity to celebrate the illustrious tradition of the French crime film, which stretches back to the 1930s, with a screening series running Thursday through Saturday at the Aero Theatre. The mystery and intrigue begin with 1937's "Pepe le Moko," starring the inimitable Jean Gabin as a sexy fugitive hiding from the cops. The 1947 Henri-Georges Clouzot thriller, "Quai Des Orfevres," starring Bertrand Blier and French icon Louis Jouvet, follows.
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June 19, 2010
EVENTS Fringe Festival Following in the footsteps of fringe festivals like Edinburgh, Adelaide and Edmonton, the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival brings emerging and established artists together. Participation is open to foster innovative art, music, dance, theater and comedy in unexpected venues. Locations and times vary, see website for details. (866) 811-4111. http://www.hollywoodfringe.com. Los Angeles Film Festival For the last 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has programmed a mix of underground film, box-office hits like "The Devil Wears Prada" and a slew of features and shorts that fall somewhere in between.
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April 20, 2010
What: The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles When: Tuesday through Sunday Where: ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood Price: Regular admission, $12 per film; discounts for ArcLight members, seniors and children younger than 10 For more information: http://www.arclightcinemas.org
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July 27, 2009 | Alex Pham
Julia Scott has negotiated for discounts on clothes, hotel rooms, jewelry, even photocopies and pizza slices. On Sunday, the consummate bargain hunter staged a Frugal Festival to celebrate the art of penny-pinching. By the looks of the crowd that gathered at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for the event, Scott has company these days. About 300 people showed up to snap up coupons, exchange ideas on saving money and swap free items.
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October 29, 1998 | JUDY RAPHAEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You don't usually find the words "bluegrass" and "church" in the same sentence. But at the Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church, deep in San Fernando Valley horse country, bluegrass is a way of life. "Bluegrass and gospel have been an accepted part of our worship for years. Sometimes we even do Bach and Beethoven on the banjos," said 38-year-old Ed Drenten, a 13-year member of the all-ages congregation. It's all part of the open-minded music policy of the church, he said.
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August 14, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was standing in front of a food booth at the Los Angeles Tofu Festival on Sunday, wearing a Hawaiian print shirt, holding a shopping bag and surveying the scene with a perplexed look. Surely, this must be a lost Democratic National Convention delegate. Probably from Houston or Council Bluffs. Try Irvine.
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