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August 24, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
Several artists turned the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum into a studio Saturday, showing off skills used to create gifts for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The daylong courtyard display featured six artists from the western United States. Bringing with them paintbrushes, carving knives, blowtorches and other tools, they chatted with visitors about how presidents can spur creative impulses.
Beauty, soulfulness, humor and great music: The holiday special "'Twas the Night" (not to be confused with the Disney Channel's recent charmless movie of the same name) is special indeed (7:30 p.m., HBO). Created by the team behind HBO's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales," it's a lovingly made tapestry of playful live action and dreamlike, animated holiday songs sung by greats from Doris Day to Frank Sinatra.
August 14, 1998
Aaron Birnbaum, 103, a dress manufacturer who became a folk painter at age 70. Birnbaum, who always sketched the dresses he created, took up painting after the death of his wife and closure of his shop. Often compared to Grandma Moses, he was a "memory painter," depicting the houses, streets and bridges of his Brooklyn neighborhood as they looked in his youth. He worked in oil and acrylic on paper, wood, glass and tin.
March 26, 2004 | Linda Ellerbee
The television executive, who looked almost old enough to vote, explained to me that his network really did not care about anyone over 50. "But we're not aging the way our parents did," I said. "We're reinventing the process. Besides, there are a lot of us out there." To his credit, he didn't actually laugh out loud. Yet it troubled him not one bit that those of us over 50 might have more money to spend than 18-year-olds, or even 35-year-olds.
December 25, 1986 | Gerald Faris, Times staff writer
It's boom time for many South Bay artists, especially crafts people and others whose works make good Christmas gifts or decorations. Maudette M. Ball, executive director of the Palos Verdes Community Arts Assn., calls the holidays an "everybody wins" time: Artists get a market for their work, and buyers get "something that is made by the human hand." Times staff writer Gerald Faris takes a look at what some of those hands have been doing this holiday season.
May 3, 2010
In "Cannibals," a world premiere at the Zephyr, Emmy-winning writer R.J. Colleary examines the rusty inner workings of the Hollywood dream machine. The concept — struggling actors pitted against an unforgiving industry — may be stale, but Colleary has a talent for epigrams, and he zings in hilarious one-liners like a pitching machine on overdrive. The metaphorically ravenous cannibals referenced in the title are fortysomething actresses (make that just plain "actors" in politically correct present parlance)
May 11, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
Once again, San Diego was well represented in the Tony Award nominations, with five nominations for "The Piano Lesson" (the Old Globe was one of its 10 producers), eight for "The Grapes of Wrath," which was produced by the La Jolla Playhouse before the Broadway run, and one nomination for choreography for "Dangerous Games," which was co-produced by the La Jolla Playhouse. Also surprised by a Tony nomination was Encinitas composer Hugh Martin, who has never done a show in San Diego.
February 9, 1986 | Ruth Reichl
"It is time to let the public in on the Real Mike," said Mike McCarty of Michael's (1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, (213) 451-0843) when he inaugurated his new weekend brunch menu on Feb. 1. The Real Mike, apparently, has been spending his weekends feeding his friends dishes like Grandma Moses molasses BBQ pork tenderloin sandwiches with greens and salsa or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and caviar.
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