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January 23, 2011 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only half a dozen features since the 1960s (two of which he has apparently disowned), but he is a towering figure in the annals of cult cinema, the man behind the first ? and still the ultimate ? counterculture midnight movie. Jodorowsky's cosmic western "El Topo," which he wrote, directed, scored and acted in, played for months in 1971 to downtown Manhattan crowds that gathered ritualistically for a kind of stoned midnight communion. The filmmaker has contended that "head" movies are more than movies to take drugs to ?
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January 23, 2011 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only half a dozen features since the 1960s (two of which he has apparently disowned), but he is a towering figure in the annals of cult cinema, the man behind the first ? and still the ultimate ? counterculture midnight movie. Jodorowsky's cosmic western "El Topo," which he wrote, directed, scored and acted in, played for months in 1971 to downtown Manhattan crowds that gathered ritualistically for a kind of stoned midnight communion. The filmmaker has contended that "head" movies are more than movies to take drugs to ?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1994
I found something even more provocative than the main thrust of the April 19 Column One, "Setting the Human Clock Back." It was in the first paragraph: "Berkeley--The path to humanity's origins leads through a side door in a divinity school, down a basement staircase and into the laboratory where, by laser's fierce light, Robert C. Walter is prospecting for time." Religion and science; creativity and evolution all living happily under one roof. The case can be made in the Bible itself: Isaiah 6:11 and 65:25.
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October 26, 2007 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
Jeni Spota paints like a cake decorator, spreading, swirling and daubing gobs of viscous oils with spatulas and applicators to create undulating fields of creamy color and supersaturated deliciousness. You find yourself with your nose very close to the luxurious surfaces of her nine small paintings at *sister before you notice that their writhing piles of paint describe horrors of biblical proportions.
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January 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
Thousands of barefoot pilgrims jostling for space atop a holy mountain caused part of a hill to collapse, triggering a stampede that killed 51 people during a Hindu holiday Thursday in southern India, police said.
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March 30, 1997 | JOHN McKINNEY, McKinney writes the Travel section's Hiking column
To most ears, Chalkidiki (pronounced hal-key-dee-KEE) sounds like a remote Greek island. Actually, it's a three-pronged peninsula that dangles about 40 miles southeast of Thessaloniki, the country's second largest city. The city and peninsula are part of the northern region of Greece long known as Macedonia, home turf of a local boy made good--Alexander the Great.
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October 26, 2007 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
Jeni Spota paints like a cake decorator, spreading, swirling and daubing gobs of viscous oils with spatulas and applicators to create undulating fields of creamy color and supersaturated deliciousness. You find yourself with your nose very close to the luxurious surfaces of her nine small paintings at *sister before you notice that their writhing piles of paint describe horrors of biblical proportions.
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December 6, 1987 | GLORIA L. CHARNES, Charnes is a free-lance writer living in Oak Park, Ill.
For the faithful of Catalonia, the annual visit to the sanctuary here is viewed as a righteous, holy obligation. To persons from afar it is considerably removed from the typical travel experience. It is an encounter never to be forgotten, irrespective of one's religious beliefs. Framed by immense stone monoliths high in a jagged mountain range 30 miles northwest of Barcelona, Montserrat (sawtooth mountain) has long been a spiritual focal point, beckoning pilgrims down through the ages.
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May 6, 2004 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
In his seminal anthology "The Art of the Personal Essay," editor Phillip Lopate introduces an essay on walking by Henry David Thoreau by telling us that the essay form itself "is akin to taking a mental stroll." Thanks to its malleability, the essay allows a writer the freedom to saunter about, to take readers along on a sometimes meandering but always thoughtful journey.
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March 16, 2007 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
As the first of a trio of his movies the Nuart is presenting over the next several days, Alejandro Jodorowsky's "El Topo" seems just as pretentious and shallow as it did more than 35 years ago, but, then as now, it is understandable why it caught on as a cult film, helping launch the enduring popularity of the midnight-movie circuit. The theater is promoting the 1971 film as "the most talked-about, most shocking, most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made."
NEWS
May 6, 2004 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
In his seminal anthology "The Art of the Personal Essay," editor Phillip Lopate introduces an essay on walking by Henry David Thoreau by telling us that the essay form itself "is akin to taking a mental stroll." Thanks to its malleability, the essay allows a writer the freedom to saunter about, to take readers along on a sometimes meandering but always thoughtful journey.
NEWS
January 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
Thousands of barefoot pilgrims jostling for space atop a holy mountain caused part of a hill to collapse, triggering a stampede that killed 51 people during a Hindu holiday Thursday in southern India, police said.
TRAVEL
March 30, 1997 | JOHN McKINNEY, McKinney writes the Travel section's Hiking column
To most ears, Chalkidiki (pronounced hal-key-dee-KEE) sounds like a remote Greek island. Actually, it's a three-pronged peninsula that dangles about 40 miles southeast of Thessaloniki, the country's second largest city. The city and peninsula are part of the northern region of Greece long known as Macedonia, home turf of a local boy made good--Alexander the Great.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1994
I found something even more provocative than the main thrust of the April 19 Column One, "Setting the Human Clock Back." It was in the first paragraph: "Berkeley--The path to humanity's origins leads through a side door in a divinity school, down a basement staircase and into the laboratory where, by laser's fierce light, Robert C. Walter is prospecting for time." Religion and science; creativity and evolution all living happily under one roof. The case can be made in the Bible itself: Isaiah 6:11 and 65:25.
TRAVEL
December 6, 1987 | GLORIA L. CHARNES, Charnes is a free-lance writer living in Oak Park, Ill.
For the faithful of Catalonia, the annual visit to the sanctuary here is viewed as a righteous, holy obligation. To persons from afar it is considerably removed from the typical travel experience. It is an encounter never to be forgotten, irrespective of one's religious beliefs. Framed by immense stone monoliths high in a jagged mountain range 30 miles northwest of Barcelona, Montserrat (sawtooth mountain) has long been a spiritual focal point, beckoning pilgrims down through the ages.
NEWS
December 20, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Gold, frankincense and myrrh claimed by their monastic owners to be the gifts of three wise men to the infant Jesus were on public display this week for only the second time in five centuries. The items are being shown at St. Athilios Cathedral in Larissa, a central Greece agricultural service town of 150,000, until Christmas evening.
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September 24, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Frank Lowe, 60, a tenor saxophonist who was part of the wave of free-jazz players influenced by John Coltrane, died of complications from lung cancer Friday in New York City. Raised in Memphis, Lowe learned the saxophone from Packy Axton, who was part owner of Stax Records, where Lowe worked as a youth. Lowe attended the University of Kansas and later studied at the San Francisco Conservatory before moving to New York City.
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