CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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).
July 11, 2002 |
* Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will play the Forum on Aug. 24 as part of their U.S. Tour. Tickets on sale Sunday ... John Entwistle, a.k.a. the Ox, may be gone, but the rest of the Who will be back to rock the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sept. 15. All tickets for the canceled June 29 concert will be honored at this show. Tickets still available for the new date.... The Sprite Liquid Mix Tour starring Jay-Z & the Roc-a-fella Family, 311, Hoobastank, N.E.R.D.
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.
August 5, 2007 |
When you set out to update old serials, as Sci-Fi has done with its amiable new "Flash Gordon" series, you have the advantage, in a way, of a bar set low: Models hung from wires to represent spaceships, a suit of painted cardboard to say "robot," wooden acting -- these are the pillars of your tradition.
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.
February 27, 1994 |
On the underground rock scene, the people who find the hottest acts can become stars almost as big as the acts themselves. Everyone in the record business likes to be associated with a winner. When Nirvana skyrocketed in 1990 on Seattle's Sub Pop label, the company's Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman became known as sages of cutting-edge rock. The same with New York-based Matador and its Gerard Cosloy after Liz Phair become last year's cause celebre in rock.