July 11, 1990 |
The choice of a white actor for the lead in the play "Miss Saigon" has angered Asian-Americans who say the Broadway role should go to an Asian. "It's ridiculous to have a Caucasian actor with taped eyelids play an Asian," Tony Award winner B. D. Wong told the Daily News for a story published today. Jonathan Pryce, the actor chosen for the role of a Eurasian pimp, also did the role in London, and received rave reviews and an Olivier Award for his performance.
April 20, 1995 |
Goose Gossage, whose Fu Manchu mustache and 95-m.p.h. fastball intimidated hitters in the 1970s, has called it a career, after 22 years. Gossage, 43, was a setup man for the Seattle Mariners last season. He was released in October but said the team assured him he would have a job when striking players returned but has not invited him back. "If there's no job out there for me, I can't play," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. "Everybody in baseball faces it sooner or later.
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April 25, 1997 |
Art teacher Bruce Kanegai received the greatest compliment from one of his students not too long ago. She said he taught her mother 20 years ago at Simi Valley High School, and she considers him the best teacher she ever had. "That's what it's all about," Kanegai said. Perhaps the second-greatest compliment came this week when Amgen Inc. named Kanegai one of five recipients of its annual Amgen Award for Teacher Excellence. The prize comes with a $10,000 prize.
September 11, 1997 |
Flush from the success of the Lilith tour, singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, below, will be at the Universal Amphitheatre on Nov. 29. Tickets go on sale Sunday. . . . On sale today: Jars of Clay, Oct. 9 at the John Anson Ford Theatre; Pennywise, Oct. 15 at the Palace; En Vogue, Oct. 16 at the Freedman Forum in Anaheim; Brother, Nov. 1 at the Troubadour; and God Street Wine, Nov. 21 at the Troubadour. . . . Available Friday: the Monkees, Nov. 8 at the Universal Amphitheatre. . . .
November 28, 1997 |
Bertolt Brecht could not have predicted how disturbing his "Jungle of Cities," or "Im Dickicht der Stadte," would be in these PC times. Far worse is that director Frederique Michel does nothing to mitigate the Fu Manchu stereotypes in this City Garage production. Set in Chicago's Chinatown in 1912, the play pits the scheming Chinese lumber dealer, Shlink (Richard Grove), against the rural born and raised George Garga (Justin Davanzo).
April 4, 2004 |
Advance word from England was that the Darkness was a cross between AC/DC and Queen. Cool! Except that what finally arrived here was a lot more like disposable FM rock of the late '70s and early '80s, a throwback to Journey and Foreigner and ... Loverboy. All the stuff you hoped was gone forever. The Darkness seemed like a joke, a new Spinal Tap for rock fans ready to escape from nu-metal, teen pop, hip-hop and the rest.
May 12, 2004 |
Wanting to know what the mostly Asian American class considered desirable, professor Darrell Hamamoto asked: What posters are on your bedroom walls? After an uncomfortable silence, Hamamoto got the names he expected -- celebrities such as Brad Pitt. There wasn't an Asian among them, which reinforced what he has long believed: that cliches and stereotypes about Asian men have rendered them sexual afterthoughts.