December 25, 2005
It's unfortunate that the Associated Press story The Times printed was unable to find the truth of Focus on the Family's disassociation from Wells Fargo Bank ("Focus on Family Pulling Funds From Bank Over Gay Issue," Dec. 5). What it failed to highlight -- conveniently -- is that Wells Fargo actively supported a pro-gay group's efforts to oppose organizations like ours by using proceeds from our business. We certainly don't expect corporate America to do our bidding, but the line must be drawn when our own money is used to fund the fight against the "anti-gay industry" -- better known as those organizations dedicated to the nurture and defense of the family, of which Focus on the Family is one. Tom Minnery Senior vice president, government & public policy Focus on the Family Colorado Springs, Colo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 |
Area children between the ages of 5 and 17 can audition for the "Catch the Spirit" singers at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Music Room, 3514 E. Chapman Ave. in Orange. The musical group was formed in 1992 by Villa Park resident Paula Burton as part of an overall mission called Celebration USA, to help reinvigorate patriotism for schoolchildren through song and education. A CD of the group's music will be distributed to schools statewide this fall. Please call in advance of auditioning: (714)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1991
Jim Trelease, author of "The New Read Aloud Handbook," will lecture Thursday on how to "turn kids on to reading" in just 15 minutes a day. Trelease's presentation at Chapman College will suggest that reading to children is the most important factor in raising a successful reader. Using storytelling and statistics, Trelease's talk is "like a live version of his book," said Pamela Perkins, director of the Kathleen Muth International Reading and Learning Center.
September 4, 1997 |
If our family goes flailing down the slippery slope of compulsive gambling, I won't blame James Dobson--even though it was after listening to his cassette tapes that we first broke out the poker cards. Likewise, if our family remains strong and relatively vice-free (by Los Angeles standards, anyway), I won't give the credit to Dobson--although I have come to appreciate his efforts more than I'd be comfortable acknowledging to most of my city-slick friends and relations.
March 16, 2007 |
It looks like Ice Cube will be keeping it real on A&E. The rap icon and star of such films as "Barbershop," "Three Kings" and "Are We There Yet?" has signed a deal with the cable and satellite television network to produce "Good in the Hood," an hourlong pilot for an unscripted drama series about gang members and urban criminals who have changed their ways and are looking to help other people do the same.
February 27, 1998 |
A director might have helped matters at the Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica on Wednesday evening. A writer could have contributed as well. And there's certainly much to be gained from sound design. Unfortunately, Rick Lepore and Alistair McCartney chose to execute their dance/performance-art piece "Raw" relying only on themselves.
June 10, 2001 |
* * * BLINK-182 "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket" MCA Despite its crass, juvenile jokes -- including the say-out-loud-to-get-it title of this new studio album (in stores Tuesday) -- the superstar punk-pop trio with the never-grow-up attitude accurately articulates the pain and absurdity of adolescence. Indeed, the horror-humor of its songs mirrors how blurred the lines are for young people dealing with a world they don't control.
November 25, 2011 |
Quiet and naturalistic in the best way, the French film "Tomboy" rolls out a tale of malleable pre-adolescent identity with a marked absence of sensationalism. With possibility in the air after her family moves to a suburban apartment enclave, 10-year-old Laure (Zoé Heran) — a gangly figure with pinched features and short, cowlick-y hair — passes herself off as "Mikael" to the local cluster of boisterous kids, one of whom is a girl (Jeanne Disson) who develops a crush on this strangely vulnerable-looking new boy. As Laure adapts to her gambit — teaching herself to spit, going shirtless if necessary, working with, ahem, a clay model for swimming shorts' sake, and eventually recruiting her 6-year-old sister (Malonn Lévana)
September 23, 2009 |
Noisettes "Wild Young Hearts" Mercury The Noisettes sometimes sound like a 1960s girl group (maybe the Cookies) but different; or like a 1980s New Wave band (hello, Blondie) but different; or like a turn-of-the-'90s electro-pop outfit (oh, Snap!) but different. This young London band has no shame about mining, mixing and matching influences, but the wit and panache of its star, the singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa, lifts the trio out of its costume trunk. The first Noisettes album, 2007's "What's the Time Mr. Wolf?"