CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2001 |
Music and singing replaced jackhammers and bulldozers Sunday as West Hollywood residents celebrated the grand reopening of Santa Monica Boulevard after a two-year rebuilding and beautification effort. "It's just been a mess," said Kristin Rey, an art gallery owner who brought her 6-year-old daughter to the party. "I don't think people really believed that it would ever be done, but I'm glad it is."
May 26, 1985
Perhaps the controversy (Calendar Letters, May 19) over the film "The Gods Must Be Crazy" might be resolved by considering that its being a comedy full of "compassion and rare humanity," or a travesty "blatantly racist and paternalistic," may not be mutually exclusive. The film is not without its racist elements, but something else also is happening there that those who can't see past their indignation may have missed. Whatever the film maker's political or moral limitations, by the end of the movie a good percentage of the audience has developed an admiring fondness for the Bushman protagonist.
May 10, 1991 |
A little-known workshop that teams disabled actors with the mainstream theatrical community is staging an inventive show of original scenes loosely inspired by "King Lear" in the Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park. "Available Light," developed by the Available Light Writing Workshop, was written by people with disabilities, and about two-thirds of the 20-member cast is disabled.
February 28, 1989 |
This is the 10th year that the Los Angeles Theatre Center (formerly known as the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre when the tradition of this festival of premieres began) has had one wallop of a "Big Weekend."
October 27, 1988 |
The western end of Santa Monica Boulevard may soon become Comedy Central. Second City, the country's most famous troupe of sketch actors and improvisational comics, plans to open a branch at the Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica, probably in mid-December. It will be across the street from a new 350-seat branch of the stand-up comedy club, the Improvisation, which may open in a few weeks.
June 29, 2002
Re "Make L.A. a Free Art Zone," editorial, June 22: I heartily endorse The Times' call for free access to all museums. As the director of Grand Performances, L.A.'s premier free performing arts program, I can tell you from our experience that cost--not upbringing, not socioeconomic class, not education--determines who will attend all types of performing arts events. Our audiences for ballet, folk and modern dance, opera and theater, in addition to the jazz and world music that we present, are filled with people from all neighborhoods in Southern California.