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.
June 30, 1995 |
In the forest Many trees Big and small Old and young They are talking To each other Except One tree Alone Silent Deaf. . . . The poem is "The Squirrel and the Tree." The poet is Roxana Hernandez. She is 13 and she is deaf. She's never seen a deaf tree, of course, but she wondered, "What would it be like?" She'd never written a poem, either, until joining a creative writing class taught by deaf actor Bob Hiltermann at Marlton, a public special education school in the Crenshaw District.
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.