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May 6, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Doris Curran, who created UCLA's Poetry Reading Series three decades ago and turned it into a nationally recognized program for poets, has died at 67. Plagued by a host of health problems, Curran died April 27 at UCLA Medical Center. The poetry series has attracted a who's who of poets, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Tess Gallagher, Louise Gluck, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell, Stanley Kunitz, W.S. Merwin and Robert Pinsky.
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January 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in Newark, N.J. A gifted student, he graduated from high school two years early and went to college at New York University and Howard University. After serving in the Air Force for more than two years, Baraka -- then Jones -- was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts.
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July 19, 1993 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Festival has finalized its 1993 program schedule and this week will begin distributing its promotional brochure detailing highlights of the monthlong event. The celebration of African, African-American and Middle Eastern cultures begins Aug. 20 and continues through Sept. 19. In 1990, the festival's colorful but confusing brochure was virtually unreadable and the target of many complaints.
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February 12, 1997 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aside from the dozen scholarly tomes he's written, another thing brings USC professor Stephen Toulmin distinction in academia: where he lives. In a dorm. At age 74. What's more, the British-born philosopher and historian has a dining hall set aside one evening a week so he and fellow dorm residents can dine and chat in the intimate style of his days at Cambridge. It's not all highbrow talk over the spinach linguine. At the last dinner, he stood up to announce an upcoming whale watching trip.
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November 11, 2003 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The Holloway Park Veterans' Memorial, which will be formally dedicated today at 11 a.m. in West Hollywood, is considerably different from the plan that originally was chosen for construction in 1999. That scheme suggested a place of contemplative respite within the city. The final design, at the busy intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive, is anything but. What it has sacrificed in quietude, though, it has gained in simplicity.
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April 29, 2000 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you hung out at independent bookstores like Esowon in Inglewood, Dutton's in Brentwood or the Midnight Special in Santa Monica, you might have noticed an older African American man in corduroy slacks and patch-sleeve jacket who wore his silver hair in a ponytail. Toting a briefcase and a worn leather journal, he went to every book-signing by a black author that he could. Often, he was the only person in line for an autograph.
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March 22, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
The world of vaudeville that's evoked in "Rollin' on the T.O.B.A." feels right at home at El Portal Center, which was carved out of a circa 1926 North Hollywood vaudeville and movie palace. By focusing on black vaudeville, "T.O.B.A." also invests in the center's future, seeking a more diverse audience than the one that frequented the place in the '20s. The T.O.B.A. (Theatre Owners' Booking Assn.) was the black vaudeville circuit.
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