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March 28, 1986
Although Charles Krauthammer entitles his column (Editorial Pages, March 23), "Greed and Glitz--a Double Insult," I got the impression that classier glitz would have mollified Krauthammer's anger at the Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. "What is most dismaying about the Marcoses' limitless corruption is not its scale but its pettiness . . . corruption without a hint of grandeur." Krauthammer, however, doesn't seem to suffer from a lack of grandiosity. He not only implies that choosing between various brands of corruption is acceptable, he also encourages the reader to place value on its form and grandeur.
June 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to glitz and showmanship, L.A.'s next mayor is taking things down a notch. Since his victory last month, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti has made few major announcements. He abandoned the idea of a transition team studded with big civic names. And he has ruled out plans for a black-tie inaugural ball, opting instead for a public party in Grand Park with music and food. The biggest attention-grabber so far has been Garcetti's "back-to-basics" listening tour, with residents in Boyle Heights, Northridge and elsewhere dutifully gathering in groups and putting their ideas for the city's future on Post-It notes.
July 14, 1985
I couldn't agree more with the Orange County Grand Jury's conclusions (July 5) on the sorry state of efficiency of the Board of Supervisors in recent years. As for the NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) attitude of the public, we feel defeated from the start by the skillful obfuscation of issues in the public interest to camouflage major interest in money, power and prestige. The county board seems to have its head in the clouds of the developing glitz of the coastal area, to the detriment of solutions to more dire problems.
February 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The stage was filled with flowers and gold. The audience was filled with short skirts and diamonds. Davis Gaines elegantly sang "Music of the Night," while, on the screen behind him, there appeared a photo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss crooning karaoke. Several members of the USC marching band played "Amazing Grace," but they did so while wearing their sunglasses. The first song was from "Toy Story," the last song was from Sinatra, and in between, the stage flashed photos of Jerry Buss hanging out with his grandchildren, his buddy Hugh Hefner, and his poker chips.
September 29, 1985
I found it ironic that the brilliant production of "Death of a Salesman" was sponsored by Apple Computers, whose commercials represent the kind of shallow, impersonal glitz that helped kill off a generation of Willy Lomans. Frank Malfitano, Los Angeles
December 4, 1998
Regardless of any explanations, the proposed three-day glitz of Gray Davis' inauguration (Nov. 30) doesn't augur well for the ensuing years of the Democratic administration. It will be the usual free spending of taxpayers' money. I won't be surprised if the state coffers run dry. Happy days are here again. LEONIDES N. AUREA Los Angeles
December 8, 1991
While there may be some disparaging comments made about your choice of Tina Brown as the cover story, I believe they will come from those who lack her perspective on the business. Brown has clearly shown that news and glitz are not mutually exclusive. CLARENCE B. SANTOS Los Angeles
December 5, 1993
Allen Ruppersberg seems to epitomize an artist: one with the ability to shape an amorphous concept, unbound by an era or "style" coined, most likely, by someone other than the artist (" 'Stuff' Is His Middle Name," by Kristine McKenna, Nov. 21). His array of interests, as displayed in his work, keeps the rest of us intrigued as well. Harping on a particular format causes audiences to close their eyes in this age of multimedia glitz. Exploring and adapting art to life outside the museum world leads to expressions we can relate to as well as enjoy--Ruppersberg has it down.
September 15, 1991
Had KCET not been in the midst of yet another interminable pledge drive, I would have enjoyed rewatching "The Civil War" (Aug. 14). Instead, I turned to "The Elvis Files" on KTLA, curious to see if this latest titillating example of tabloid TV could be more absurd than Geraldo's visit to Capone's cellar. And it was, verily: two overblown hours of Las Vegas glitz, pompous pontification and cornball "re-enactments" plus interruptions for commercials, promotions and telephone solicitations at $2 a call.
November 3, 1986 | LINK MATHEWSON
"Glitz, Glamour and Ghouls" were all part of a luncheon fund-raiser held recently at The Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. The event, which was attended by 250 people, raised $6,000 for the Laguna Beach Ebell Club. The benefit's chairwoman was Bunny Pero (listed as "head ghoul" on the program).
January 4, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
The International Consumer Electronics Show next week may be facing questions about its relevance in an Internet world that makes new things seem old in minutes, but it is still the foremost gathering for all things gadgety and geeky. The annual trade show in Las Vegas has a rich past showcasing such groundbreaking devices as the VCR, the CD player, the camcorder, high-definition television and the Blu-ray disc. "It was the singular most important technology event of the year," said Zack Zalon, a longtime show attendee and managing partner at the digital product design firm Wilshire Axon in Westwood.
August 24, 2012 | Chris Erskine
1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers: An easy No. 1 based on his Lakers reign and strength of personality. 2. Matt Barkley, USC football: Sports Illustrated cover boy poised to be the top player in America's top sport. 3. Dwight Howard, Lakers: With Steve Nash, brings the Lakers a Dream Team aura. 4. David Beckham, Galaxy: Defines star power; in most cities, he's probably No. 1. 5. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: Immense talent in a hip-hoppy package; bonus points for celebrity dating. 6. Albert Pujols, Angels: One of the greatest to ever play the game; but is he big enough for L.A.?
July 10, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Hey, Kardashians! Make room for the Jonas Brothers and Tim Tebow.E! Entertainment is getting a makeover. Since it launched more than two decades ago, the sassy, celebrity-obsessed cable channel has basked in the glow of Hollywood glitz. For the last five years it has specialized in the high-profile exploits of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and their mom, Kris. Now the channel that once featured a reality show about tabloid train wreck Anna Nicole Smith is widening its lens and trying to leave its trashy elements behind.
August 20, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Jim Thome and the Hall of Fame. If you think the two don't go together, you're not alone. But you're also wrong. Not that he would hold that against you because Thome — with apologies to the Angels' Torii Hunter — is perhaps the nicest and most sincere man in baseball. And has been for 21 seasons. Walk through a ballpark with Thome before the gates open and you'll see him greet the security guards and ushers by name. Sit near the dugout during games and you'll hear him call out to the season-ticket holders.
May 10, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
A bit of the old Jack Valenti pizazz is back at Hollywood's outpost in the nation's capital, thanks to a new silver-haired frontman. More than six years after the legendary lobbyist stepped down, the Motion Picture Assn. of America is reviving his tried-and-true methods of tapping entertainment industry glitz to help the major movie studios make their case to Washington's power brokers. The strategy was on display the night before the recent White House Correspondents Assn.
March 28, 2010 | By Beverly Beyette
"Welcome to Hollywood!" said the man in black who opened my car door. "Welcome to Hollywood!" said the woman in black who checked me in. Even the bellboy in black welcomed me to Hollywood. I hadn't warbled my way into the "American Idol" finals. I was merely spending a night at the W Hollywood, which opened a month ago near Hollywood and Vine. The W doesn't want you to forget you're in Hollywood — the Hollywood of myth, glitz and glamour, not this still-seedy part of town.
May 20, 1990
I was deeply saddened to learn of Edgardo Contini's death. He was far more than an architect. He was a colleague from the UCLA campus. In a development community characterized by glitz and slickness, he personified charm and class. It was always a delight to interact with him, even when he was on the other side of the bargaining table. He brought intelligence, dignity, patience, wit and a quiet strength to the process of development. He will be sorely missed. LAURA LAKE Los Angeles Editor's Note: Edgardo Contini died April 28 at age 76. His obituary was published in Section A of The Times on May 1.
February 13, 1988
Hey, can I join in on this Stephen Sondheim-Andrew Lloyd Webber title fight too (Saturday Letters, Feb. 6 and Jan. 13)? I wish people (critics and the public alike) would stop bashing each other over this silly stew Dan Sullivan stirred up ("A Tame 'Phantom' in New York," Jan. 27). I recently saw my seventh production of "Side by Side by Sondheim" and, as I can tell, it is the definitive "SxSxS." For those who love Sondheim--and for those who hate him, or think they do--I urge you to see the production at the Colony Studio Theatre Playhouse.
January 17, 2010 | By Vincent Boucher
Right about now, in January, as the holiday glow fades and winter boredom sets in, die-hard fans of ballroom, hip-hop, tango and salsa may have a dawning realization: "So You Think You Can Dance" had its season finale the week before Christmas. And "Dancing With the Stars" won't be back till March. We'll miss the shows too -- as much for the highly inventive, undeniably glamorous costumes as for the riveting quick steps and rumbas. The January lull gives us time to ponder and appreciate the work of designers who build the "looks" for both shows from the ground up, in the scant few days between one week's result show and the next week's competition -- with little to go on but a piece of music, a hunch and a ton of Swarovski crystals.
December 14, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
There's real genius at work on a couple of fronts in Garth Brooks' new Las Vegas gig, not the least of which is how utterly anti-Vegas it is. It's got not an ounce of glitz, and that's the selling point: just Brooks -- the top-selling solo act in pop music history -- up close and very personal in the intimate 1,500-seat Encore Theatre at Steve Wynn's namesake hotel and casino. FOR THE RECORD: Garth Brooks review: In Monday's Calendar, photos taken by Henry Diltz —not Dieltz, as the credits said -- accompanied the review of Garth Brooks' Las Vegas show.
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