August 15, 1985
The UCLA Folklore and Mythology Center has published its first Irish Cultural Directory for Southern California. The 150-page book, the result of more than a year of research, lists sources of Irish culture, art, education and commerce. America's largest Irish community lives in California, according to researchers.
November 23, 1996
I thought Lewis Segal's review of "Riverdance" somewhat short-sighted (" 'Riverdance': Irish Culture on the Hoof," Nov. 18). "Riverdance" is a "show" aimed at entertaining a diverse audience, not an esoteric dance performance. Judging by the ovation it received on Saturday night, I think it achieved this goal. I saw "Riverdance" in London last year and felt that the performance at the Pantages had been modified for L.A. audiences: There appeared to be less dancing and too many breaks to allow time for the audience to applaud, and the stage settings were unnecessarily realistic.
November 25, 1996 |
Some things are incontrovertible. The sun rises in the east, a triangle has three sides and "Riverdance" is an enthralling expression of the glory of the human spirit and of the power of art to convey beauty. Concerning his review " 'Riverdance': Irish Culture on the Hoof" (Calendar, Nov. 18), I would like to ask Times dance critic Lewis Segal . . . in the immortal words of Jay Leno's greeting to Hugh Grant . . . what the hell were you thinking? I cannot sit quietly and allow Mr.
March 17, 1986 |
There was a man from Roscommon who used to get lonely for his brothers in America around St. Patrick's Day, so he'd go to the pub each year and have three drinks--one for him and one for each of his brothers. Well, one year he came in and ordered just two drinks. The bartender, puzzled, asked him: "John, why are you having only two drinks? Did one of your brothers die?" John replied, "Oh, no. I gave it up for Lent."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2001 |
Irish-born William Mulholland probably never imagined that 40,000 people would be celebrating Irish culture and heritage in the San Fernando Valley nearly a century after the city engineer established Los Angeles' municipal water system. Mulholland is a prime example of Irish American contributions to Southern California and one of the reasons that 1.
March 19, 1999 |
The "Spirit of Ireland" show at Royce Hall on Wednesday night was a pleasant view of Irish culture beyond the high-powered production potency of "Riverdance" and "Titanic." Instead of massed dancers and nautical romance, the production--which featured the RTE Irish National Radio Orchestra and a supporting cast of dancers, a piper, a soprano and a narrator--kept it simple, liberally mixing traditional tunes, a few popular ballads, a sprinkling of Irish humor and some vigorous step-dancing.