November 15, 2013 |
"Anyone who writes about Druids and mysteriously coordinated landscapes," Graham Robb admits, "must expect to be treated with suspicion. " Indeed, although the Druids were the learned elite of the ancient Celts, they are better known today as the inspiration for such flaky goings on as the gathering at Stonehenge of ersatz Druids in white robes celebrating the summer solstice. (Stonehenge actually antedates the Druids by millenniums.) They seem an odd subject for the critically praised biographer of Balzac, Hugo and Rimbaud, a historian whose previous works seldom look back further than the French Revolution.
November 11, 2013 |
No one should be surprised that the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which began its inaugural season Friday night with an appearance by the Martha Graham Dance Company, is a high-end venue. It's in Beverly Hills. A pop-up Salvatore Ferragamo store is its first attraction, just in case you find that your shoes suddenly feel out of fashion for the promenade from the entrance in the historic post office and past impressive donated contemporary art to the new Bram Goldsmith Theater.
November 6, 2013 |
"It's little known that Los Angeles is the cradle of American modern dance, so if you start with Graham, you've served up the roots of the family tree and can go anywhere from there. " Janet Eilber, talking by phone from New York, should know. The artistic director of Martha Graham Dance Company since 2005, Eilber, 62, began dancing with the troupe while still a junior at the Juilliard School. She also had roles created for her during her 10 years performing with the company. It's fitting that Martha Graham Dance Company is the inaugural presentation of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, giving three concerts over two days. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview It was, after all, in Los Angeles that Graham first became a student in 1915 at the Denishawn School on a hill just west of downtown.
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September 27, 2013
George Bignotti Chief mechanic for 7 Indy 500 winners George Bignotti, 97, who set a record as the chief mechanic for seven winners of the Indianapolis 500, died in his sleep of natural causes Fridayin Las Vegas, his daughter Mary Mendez said. As a mechanic, Bignotti won the Indy 500 with drivers A.J. Foyt in 1961 and 1964, Graham Hill in 1966, Al Unser in 1970 and 1971, Gordon Johncock in 1973 and Tom Sneva in 1983. Bignotti also holds the record for most wins overall in Indy-car history with more than 80 victories.
August 19, 2013 |
"Gilmore Girls" and "Parenthood" star Lauren Graham is writing a TV pilot based on her book "Someday, Someday, Maybe. " The ever-likable actress is writing the TV adaptation of her book about a struggling actress for the CW -- something of a return to the network whose relationship with Graham goes back to her leading role on "Gilmore Girls. " Graham will also be executive producing the series along with friend Ellen DeGeneres, who optioned the book through her A Very Good Production banner.
August 6, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Two senior Republican senators visiting Egypt on Tuesday urged the military-backed government to release jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders and defuse political tensions between Islamists and the nation's largely secular security forces. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined a number of international envoys seeking to end more than a month of deadly violence between backers of the interim government and Islamist supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown in a coup last month.