April 19, 2013 |
Times have certainly changed in Brooklyn. Streets unsafe last decade now bustle invitingly. Composers born in the borough last century couldn't get away fast enough. Composers from all over now can't move there fast enough. Thursday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall the Los Angeles Philharmonic continued its Brooklyn Festival with three recent or new orchestra pieces by young Brooklyn residents all born in the early 1980s elsewhere. The fourth and final work on the program was by a 24-year-old just returned from studying in Paris and happily ensconced on the Upper West Side, intentionally putting as much New York City distance between himself and his native Brooklyn as was reasonable.
July 19, 1993 |
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 |
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.
November 11, 2003 |
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 |
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.
March 22, 2000 |
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.
July 12, 1998 |
A STRANGER IN THE VILLAGE, Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing edited by Farah Jasmine Griffin and Cheryl Fish (Beacon Press, $24, hardback). The tragic Middle Passage of Africans to America shaped the world and a people's sensibilities. But from the beginning of slavery in what is now the U.S., there have been blacks who managed to escape figurative and literal chains through travel, and to reshape society by writing about what they've seen and done.