November 4, 2011 |
"Young Goethe in Love" has an awesome array of authentic settings that drench the film in period atmosphere and capable stars Alexander Fehling in the title role and Miriam Stein playing Goethe's great love and muse Lotte Buff. Yet it drowns in swoony clichés. The first half-hour, a foray in increasingly tedious jauntiness, finds Goethe, the struggling poet and playwright, under pressure from his dour lawyer father to follow in his footsteps. About the time Goethe begins to buckle down to law he encounters the raven-haired Lotte, who has the singing voice of an angel and a mischievous manner.
October 19, 2011
MUSIC Foster the People Back in their hometown after a recent performance on "Saturday Night Live," frontman Mark Foster and his indie-pop accomplices — whom you might know from the radio earworm "Pumped Up Kicks" — head to the Wiltern for a night of synth-laced jams. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $19.50-$25. (213) 388-1400. http://www.wiltern.com. Paul Simon Entering his seventh decade as a performer, the legendary folk-rock pioneer is still going strong.
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December 20, 2010 |
Mike Costello sells ice. Nothing but ice. Crushed ice, cubed ice, dry ice. Ice in small bags and big bags and solid, 300-pound hunks. He sells blocks of ice for sliding down hills and ice luges for parties. It's a slow time for business right now, summer being the hottest season for the frozen stuff, of course. But even Halloween and the Fourth of July ? days that would traditionally put the business into the black ? aren't what they used to be, Costello says. "The ice business used to be a good business, but not anymore," he said.
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April 19, 2010 |
When 6-year-old Kristopher Kuerten pricked himself with a syringe found at his school, his Redondo Beach parents had no idea they would end up locked in a complicated dispute over the needle. The school's insurance company seized the needle and won't release it, saying no lab is willing to test it. The family is worried about their son's health and wants the syringe tested. The incident, which happened at Goethe International Charter School, underscores the unusual problems that can be especially challenging for a school with no support from school district bureaucracy.
April 15, 2010
In time to correspond with the L.A. Opera's presentation of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle, this LACMA exhibition "Myths, Legends and Cultural Renewal: Wagner's Sources" will explore the Germanic myths, folk tales and legends that inspired Wagner, Goethe, the Brothers Grimm and other Germanic artists. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. $12. Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; Noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (323) 857-6000; http://www.lacma.org.
November 15, 2009 |
The Case for Books Past, Present, and Future Robert Darnton PublicAffairs: 210 pp., $23.95 It's all a bad dream. You wake up in a strange world with no books, no paper, only screens. The monitors, like the fabled red shoes, cannot be turned off. Book historian Robert Darnton to the rescue: Blam! Take that, Google, you blood-sucking monopoly! You fiend! Kerpow! Down go librarians who hope to save space by throwing away newspapers and even books, relying on not-so-reliable microfilm.