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May 22, 2000
Re "Freud Slips as an Icon of Science," May 15: Freud's relevance has faded as Pasteur's has in microbiology, the Curies' in physics, Mendel's in genetics, et al. Wouldn't it be sad 100 years later if icons didn't slip? SAUL ISAAC HARRISON MD Pacific Palisades
April 11, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - They are asking all the wrong people here to predict the outcome of Saturday night's fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. Sportswriters? Are you kidding? This analysis demands a bit more depth than arguing the merits of the designated hitter. Too bad Sigmund Freud has departed us. His insights into these two fighters could be both learned and insightful. In the blue corner, from the Philippines, is the congressman from the Sarangani district, Manny Pacquiao, with a record of 55-5-2 and 38 knockouts.
November 29, 1997
I would like to set up a session with Nick Van Exel's shrink. It looks like it's working so far. DANNY MARTINEZ Rosemead
January 15, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Thieves who attempted to steal a priceless Greek urn containing the cremated remains of Sigmund Freud from its resting place in London failed to make off with the ashes but badly damaged the 2,300-year-old receptacle, Scotland Yard said Wednesday. The botched break-in occurred on New Year's Day at a crypt preserving and displaying the remains of artists, intellectuals and political leaders who span the social spectrum, from wartime capitulator Neville Chamberlain to doomed songstress Amy Winehouse.
Freud was brilliant but he wasn't perfect. In "Hysteria," by British playwright Terry Johnson, a woman armed with 1980s notions confronts Freud about mistakes he made in his treatment of female patients, mistakes with tragic results. She does this with anguish and heart--and yet the play is a boulevard farce, one in which Freud gets caught pulling down the pants on a supine Salvador Dali. In its American premiere, "Hysteria" opened Thursday night at the Mark Taper Forum.
April 6, 1993
The Catholic Church's impotence to credibly address its sexual scandals ought not surprise anyone as well-informed as Buckley. The church's knee-jerk conservativism on every issue to come out of the bedroom has prompted more than a few of us to look elsewhere for--or despair of--the guidance it promises but fails to deliver. Don't "leave Freud out of it." A classic Oedipus complex beats at the heart of all Christianity. Catholic priests follow the lead of Christ himself, whose apparent lack of a sex life and sacrifice to his father reflect a primal myth Freud tried to define in theories so disturbing to Christian thought.
July 1, 2001
A perfect local example of Michael Phillips' "Coming Soon to a Barn Near You" (June 17) was the staging of Julie Taymor's "The King Stag" at UCLA's Royce Hall. The show was lost on the big stage. The Freud Playhouse would have been the perfect venue, as it has been for other similar puppet and people shows. But, hey, think of all the revenue they would have missed out on! AUDREY KOPP Marina del Rey
July 22, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If ever there were a movie betting on the idea that sex sells it is "Friends With Benefits," emphasis on the "benefits. " The naked truth? Slipping a buff Justin Timberlake and a toned Mila Kunis between the sheets as the naughty but nice romantic pair turns the heat up considerably in this happily never after tale. And yet, even with all their huffing and puffing, this very salty, often funny affair is never quite as satisfying as it should be. There was certainly the prospect of pleasure with Will Gluck in the director's chair.
In a game marred by turnovers, it was fitting an interception helped seal Santiago's 15-12 victory against Magnolia Thursday at Western High School. With the Sentinels (0-1) driving for the go-ahead score with less than a minute to play, Eric Bautista intercepted a pass from Magnolia quarterback Eric Freund to stop the threat and give Santiago (1-0) the victory. It was Bautista's third interception.
May 2, 1989 | LEE DEMBART
Understanding Psychotherapy: The Science Behind the Art by Michael Franz Basch (Basic Books: $19.95; 329 pages) Let me put my cards on the table: I saw psychiatrists for many years, and I got nothing out of it. It was a waste of time and money. I lay on a couch, I sat up straight, I talked and I talked, and I free-associated and I free-associated, and nothing happened. I kept waiting for "The Breakthrough," but the breakthrough never came. Psychiatrists take this as proof of how repressed I am. I take it as proof that psychiatry is not all it's cracked up to be. Take your pick.
January 2, 2014 | By Alice Short
Minna Bernays may not be a household name, but her brother-in-law -- Sigmund Freud -- is. Bernays, who was rumored to have had an affair with the psychoanalyst at the end of the 19th century, is the main character of  Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman's 2013 historical novel “Freud's Mistress.” Novelists can't seem to leave Freud and his entourage alone. D.M. Thomas had him on the brain in “The White Hotel” and “Lying Together”; Freud also inspired Thomas' “Eating Pavlova” and Goce Smilevski's “Freud's Sister”; and his wife, Martha, takes center stage in Nicolle Rosen's “Mrs.
November 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
A three-panel painting by British artist Francis Bacon broke auction price records Tuesday at Christie's in New York, garnering the most money --$142.4 million -- of any work ever sold at an auction. Until now "The Scream" by Edvard Munch held the top spot for highest auction price tag; it sold at Sotheby's in 2012 for almost $120 million.         The Bacon work, a triptych from 1969 titled “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” depicts another painter, Lucian Freud, a friend of Bacon's -- and ultimately an artistic rival -- sitting in three different positions on the same chair.
October 17, 2013 | By Heller McAlpin
"Breakfast with Lucian," Geordie Greig's juicy, eye-popping book about Lucian Freud, the notoriously priapic painter best known for raw portraits that stripped his sitters bare in every sense, doesn't pretend to be objective or comprehensive. Greig offers a fond but by no means whitewashed account of how Freud's spectacularly messy life relates to his extraordinary body of work as "the greatest realist figurative painter of the twentieth century. " A grandson of Sigmund Freud, the budding artist escaped from Nazi Germany to England with his family when he was 10, in 1933.
May 18, 2013 | Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Hedda Bolgar, a psychologist old enough to have attended Sigmund Freud's lectures in Vienna but youthful enough to have treated patients until just a few weeks ago, has died. She was 103. Her mind was sharp, her zest for work keen, and her social calendar full until shortly before her death on Monday, said Allen Yasser, her longtime friend and colleague. "It took me a month to get a dinner date with her, and we were virtually family," said Yasser, a psychologist and psychoanalyst.
January 25, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Many of the elements that make up "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich," the internationally acclaimed offering from the Australian company Back to Back Theatre, will be familiar to theatergoers of an avant-garde bent. There's the mixing of Eastern and Western iconography. There's the metatheatrical high jinks in which a good portion of the show is about the making of the show. And then there's the old standby, the close scrutiny of ever shifting power relations. But it's unlikely that you will have ever seen anything quite like this production, which is being presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA's Freud Playhouse through Sunday.
January 21, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Meredith Monk - composer, pioneering vocalist, choreographer, dancer, theater maker, filmmaker, mythmaker - has long been an art-world force of nature. Now Monk, 71 and with a rapturous new work, is Mother Nature. If you don't find that formidable, then perhaps I could interest you in a fixer-upper on the New Jersey shore The title is "On Behalf of Nature," and the first performance was Friday night at the Freud Playhouse on behalf of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, which commissioned it. Every one of its enrapturing 73 minutes was a minute well spent.
A father-and-son team, exorcising personal ghosts, brings passion to a drama of survival in "Thanksgiving Cries" at the Flight Theatre in the Complex in Hollywood. The production takes junkies and twisted kids and makes us care about them. The subject is ripe for indulgence because the material is so close to the bone of director Bruce Malmuth and his son and co-writer Evan James.
April 8, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
From our car keys to our hearts, we all lose things. But this universal fact of life has never had the kind of offbeat scrutiny it receives from the Civilians in "Gone Missing," the hit collaborative performance piece that began its Southland tour Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara's Campbell Hall. The Civilians' unique brand of experience-based musical theater begins with real-life stories -- in this case, interviews with New Yorkers about the loss of their most treasured objects.
January 18, 2013
Classifying Meredith Monk's music is a fool's errand. Her work blends art song, dance, theater and set design into a total experience centered on her rare and powerful voice. Her newest work, "On Behalf of Nature," explores our relationship and ties to the natural world. Freud Playhouse, UCLA. 8 p.m. Fri. $40-$45. .
January 18, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Sigmund Freud considered religion a mass delusion, a sort of group neurosis ideally suited to obsessive types. C.S. Lewis was a literary intellectual who found ways of channeling his devout Christianity into even his nontheological writings, "The Chronicles of Narnia" most famously among them. In "Freud's Last Session," the popular off-Broadway play now at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica starring Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh, playwright Mark St. Germain imagines a meeting between these titans in Freud's London home just as the Second World War is erupting and the father of psychoanalysis is dying a painful death from oral cancer.
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