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.
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.
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.
July 6, 2008 |
"Do you have a problem with public nudity?" That's what a buddy asked before giving me directions to Deep Creek Hot Springs near Apple Valley, a clothing-optional oasis about a two-hour drive from downtown Los Angeles. Nudity? I was raised Catholic, I said. What do you think? Natural hot springs are rare in Southern California, mainly because of the lack of searing underground volcanic rock to heat subterranean water.
April 1, 2007 |
DO not be fooled into heading for the bathroom or concession stand during the "intermission" that breaks up the double-billed features that make up "Grindhouse" -- "Planet Terror" and "Death Proof."