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March 13, 1994
The Latinos of Los Angeles finally came out to the streets to protest the way some conservatives and liberals alike are attacking with racial fury the immigrants of this frontier land. The Valley Edition of the Los Angeles Times did not report this event. The demonstration, which took place on a sunny Feb. 26, was organized by Proposition One Coalition, a network of political, religious and community organizations which have the common objective of reforming the current immigration law and stopping anti-immigrant hysteria of this recessionary time.
April 13, 2014 | By Annalise Mantz
For Susan Straight and Lisa See, their novels are not just their stories. Both authors use their books to tell the stories of the invisible. In a conversation with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison on Saturday afternoon at the Festival of Books, the authors discussed their characters' place in history as well as their own. See's most recent book, “China Dolls,” tells the story of Chinese American nightclub performers “going out...
July 29, 1990
What we as gay people are fighting is invisibility. Recently, ABC bowed to pressure from its sponsors (including Pillsbury and Toys 'R' Us) and will not rerun the episode of "thirtysomething" that includes a humanly dimensioned gay character. This is the kind of attempt at rendering us invisible that created a need for outing in the first place. Ultimately, perhaps just getting people to recognize that a lot of the people around them, including their movie, TV and sports idols might be gay will help to break down prejudices and we can all get on with the important things, like fighting AIDS instead of each other.
April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
September 22, 2003
Shelby Steele's Sept. 18 commentary is ridiculous. As a college grad and a black female, I do not see myself as a victim. I do, however, acknowledge that racism is real and sometimes my education, brains and character are not recognized because someone may have a prejudiced viewpoint. Steele states: "But blacks and other minorities would gain a precious racial invisibility that would only make us more visible as human beings." Oh, please, racial invisibility? And not collecting data is going to make my race invisible?
January 27, 2007 | Larry Doyle and Ben Doyle
"We're carrying out a new strategy in Iraq ... our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options. We discussed every possible approach. In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance for success." -- President George W. Bush, State of the Union address, Jan. 23 "The military calls its new weapon an 'active denial system,' but that's an understatement. It's a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people feel as if they are about to catch fire...
May 26, 2005
Though I find all this talk about Mayor James Hahn's lack of "charisma" a distraction from the discussion of the real issues a mayor faces, I do accept that it is what is needed to capture the media's attention and hence get the message to the public. For the last four years, post9/11, Hahn has kept us safe and we have had relative harmony in the city. Now, I am wondering how did he do it? Was it his "invisibility" or "lack of charisma" that he used so successfully? I guess we will never know.
October 6, 1988
Look . . . Up in the sky . . . It's a bird! . . . It's a plane! . . . It's a campaign issue! Whatever it is or was or may be will have to wait a while longer to be discovered. The Air Force has been told to forget about going public this week with confirmation that it is indeed flying a super-secret "stealth" fighter, a plane that, like the still-not-seen B-2 intercontinental bomber, is supposed to be virtually invisible to radar.
August 31, 2007
Re "California high schoolers show gains on exit exam," Aug. 24 The reason we have a 93.3% success rate for the California high school exit examination is that this number does not account for the double-digit percentage of students who have dropped out. State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell wants to run for governor and needs this statistic to boost his image in a state whose education system ranks near the bottom of the country. He and Gov.
October 1, 1993
In response to "Second Opinion," Voices, Aug. 16: Rafu Shimpo's comment, "Sometimes I wonder if ethnic groups go beyond PC and build fences around ourselves with EC--ethnic correctness," was addressed years ago by Kenneth Clark's description of the "invisible walls of the ghetto." We built fences then, and we continue to build them. Until we understand the walls that have been erected both for us as well as by us, we will never tear them down. We will live our lives inside those invisible, but all too real walls.
March 29, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
On this dark, drizzly afternoon, one could easily miss Helen Pashgian's Pasadena art studio, a converted piano warehouse nestled down an alleyway between a parking garage and a coffee house. Except that Pashgian's brick studio is painted sunny yellow and ocean blue, and it pops against the surrounding blur of concrete and gray sky - a spot of light and levity amid the heavy and the dreary. The 79-year-old artist, a pioneer of Southern California's Light and Space movement of the '60s and '70s, also pops when she appears in the entrance.
March 11, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced its jury awards on Tuesday night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. “Fort Tilden” won the grand jury prize in the narrative competition. Written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, the comedy stars Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty as a pair of hapless Brooklyn roommates on an epic journey to the beach. On the documentary side, the grand jury prize went to “The Great Invisible.” Directed by Margaret Brown, the film tells the story of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
February 12, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
U2 has unveiled the video for its new single “Invisible,” a stylized concert performance directed by Mark Romanek that zeroes in on the sense of community that's long been a cornerstone of the band's appeal. Reviewing the Dangermouse-produced single recently, Times pop music critic Randall Roberts described it as “a prime U2 jam, a snagged-from-the-ether track so logical as to feel somehow fated to exist.” It's the first offering from the new album due later this year.
February 3, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The new single from U2 is called "Invisible," and it was released for free on iTunes on Super Bowl Sunday. Produced by Danger Mouse and taken from the band's forthcoming album, it's both a pleasant surprise and a fairly typical track by the world's biggest rock band. Relying on the Teutonic "motorik" beat as the propellant, it features the kind of grand, aspirational chorus that Bono and buds were born to birth and flies on the wings of a typically sticky guitar melody courtesy of the Edge.  Which is another way of saying, if you're not down with U2's vibe, don't consider "Beautiful Day" to be among the band's best, have made your mind up about Bono or consider them incapable of cruising down roads no other major rock band dare travel, get off the bus at the next stop.  Me, I think it's a prime U2 jam, a snagged-from-the-ether track so logical as to feel somehow fated to exist.
January 30, 2014 | Brady MacDonald
A new hybrid dark ride-roller coaster at Germany's Europa-Park will take visitors through a microscopic universe populated by ants the size of elephants, bumble bees as big as fighter jets and blades of grass taller than skyscrapers. Photos: 'Arthur and the Invisibles' ride at Germany's Europa-Park Debuting in April, the ride will be themed to the "Arthur and the Invisibles" animated movie trilogy directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson. The stories follow the adventures of a tiny race of creatures known as Minimoys who live in peaceful harmony with nature in a secretive underground world.
January 16, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
Even when a design shoot is staged to look natural--fire blazing in the hearth; dad at the dining table, joshing with the kids over Sunday night take-out--there is obviously much that is missing from the picture. The support staff, for instance, who make such a scene (and by extension its real-life counterpart) possible and pristine. Painter Ramiro Gomez has made it his mission to render visible those invisible workers.  In the last year or two, he has placed life-size painted cardboard cutouts of gardeners on Beverly Hills lawns and stood figures of housekeepers outside luxury hotels.
December 28, 2013 | By Susan King
After making his feature directorial debut in 2011 with his fierce, unsparing adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is in the director's chair once again for "The Invisible Woman," which opens Christmas Day. Based on the book by Claire Tomalin, the romantic drama chronicles the relationship between Charles Dickens and actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). The writer of such literary masterpieces as "Great Expectations," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "A Christmas Carol" was married with 10 children when he met the teenager, who toiled on stage with her mother and two older sisters.
December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The numerous works of Charles Dickens, perhaps the English language's preeminent storyteller, have been turned into films and television over and over again for more than a century. "The Invisible Woman," however, might be the first film to be made about the great man's private life, and it turns out to be as compellingly dramatic as anything he put on the page. More than that, as directed by and starring the superb Ralph Fiennes as Dickens and splendidly assisted by Britain's Felicity Jones as the title character, "The Invisible Woman" is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret.
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