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June 16, 1991 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to The Times.
The oft-quoted business about composer Leos Janacek deriving his musical language from Czech speech patterns may be meaningful to his compatriots, but most of us are forced to take such an observation on trust. And ignoring it altogether hardly suggests a lack of responsiveness to his music. Western audiences and performers are taking with increasing fervor to a composer whose highly original creations were known only to the happy few a quarter of a century ago.
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October 7, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Jermaine Dupri is responsible for some of Mariah Carey's most undeniable hits -- “We Belong Together,” “Always Be My Baby” and “Shake It Off,” to name a few --  and now he will guide her career too. The hitmaker, and Carey's longtime friend and collaborator, will take over management duties, a representative for Carey announced Monday. The singer was previously managed by another longtime collaborator, Randy Jackson. "A multi-talented artist of Mariah's caliber should be doing everything imaginable.
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April 16, 1995 | Lorraine Ali, Lorraine Ali writes about pop music for Calendar
A weathered Chris Whitley looks severely out of place in the sterile new offices of Sony Music in Santa Monica. His crumpled bag of tobacco and stray rolling papers make a mess of the shiny Formica desktop, while his beat-to-hell boots sully the smooth plastic base of the office chair he occupies. But the 34-year-old musician, who has been called everything from a Ry Cooder-inspired folkie to the second coming of Hendrix, has always clashed with his surroundings.
NEWS
December 3, 2011
Melanie Barrow was traveling in New Zealand with her two daughters last summer after spending two years stationed at Camp Walker, a U.S. Army base in South Korea. While visiting Kaikoura, a seaside town on South Island known for its eco-tourism, she happened upon this stretch of jagged, extraterrestrial-like coastline. "The geology itself is fascinating and looks like something out of a sci-fi movie," she said. The Fort Polk, La., resident used a Sony Alpha 330. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 1985
I just read Katherine Mader's attack on "The Jagged Edge" ("A Jagged Portrayal Sets Her on Edge," Oct. 20). She says: " 'Jagged Edge' is a good story. And that's all it is." How terrible! How offensive! How true! Why don't people like Mader lighten up? Why don't they, to quote that renowned philosopher Joan Rivers, "grow up"? I hope you'll print this plea for a reduction in the condemnation of entertainment because it only entertains. TODD TERRES Oxnard
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1986
What snobs your film critics be ("World-Class Feast Amid a Famine Year," by Sheila Benson, Dec. 29)! With the well-deserved exceptions of "Prizzi's Honor" and "Purple Rose of Cairo," Benson, Kevin Thomas and Michael Wilmington ignore all the well-crafted and appreciated films from major studios in 1985: "Witness," "Back to the Future" (the most original of the year), "Cocoon," "Out of Africa," "Mask" (a beauty with one honorable mention), "Jagged Edge," and "The Color Purple."
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October 12, 1985 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
It has been quite a lovely year for actresses. Within recent weeks there have been the pleasures of seeing Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly and Jane Fonda in "Agnes of God," Sonia Braga in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," Glenn Close in "Maxie" and Meryl Streep in "Plenty," to take a quick sampling. Miranda Richardson has been lavishly praised for "Dance With a Stranger" and Patrice Townsend has won part of the acclaim for Henry Jaglom's "Always."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1991 | T.H. McCULLOH
The current fascination with film noir and hard-boiled detective fiction continues with Hollywood Actors Theatre's production of Stuart Gordon and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon's adaptation of Raymond Chandler's "The Little Sister." The bare-bones production, director Ernest Kearney's snail-like pacing and Dennis Garber's Philip Marlowe--who acts more like Willy Loman--do a disservice to Chandler and our memories of the crisp, jagged edge of the genre.
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April 1, 2001 | SOREN BAKER
A Run-DMC album without DMC? Well, that's just about what you get with this much-delayed album, which comes out Tuesday. Although Run (Joseph Simmons) was viewed as the front man of the groundbreaking Queens, N.Y., trio, DMC (Darryl McDaniels) was a rock-solid second fiddle, with his muscular vocals bringing authority and confidence to the group's music.
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January 2, 1986 | JOHN VOLAND
Peter Coyote sits back in his tastefully appointed Los Angeles hotel room and, with a lightly contemptuous leer, indicates a standard "welcome" fruit basket someone has given him. "Ah yes, the ubiquitous basket of fruit," he intones, a la W. C. Fields. "You can always tell when your getting hotter in the business--more people start signing the card you get with it."
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May 2, 2010 | By Sarah Weinman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Crime fiction, for good or for ill, adheres to a discrete series of states. Order out of chaos — that's the mystery novel, hard-boiled or cozy, in a nutshell. Chaos out of order — that's the ethos of noir. Those existential constraints are equal parts limiting and liberating. But when the world itself refuses to stick to these scripts (Eyjafjallajökull, anyone?) and a healthy dose of escapism can't quite convince people that God's in his heaven and all's right with the world, something a little more ambiguous, even ambitious, is called for. Emily Mandel's two novels to date are essentially crime fiction viewed through a series of cracked, opaque mirrors.
TRAVEL
October 28, 2007 | Susan Spano
During the summer monsoon season at Grand Canyon National Park, the electrical display can be better than Fourth of July fireworks. But lightning is dangerous. A single bolt carries up to 2 billion volts of electricity and heats the surrounding air to 20,000 degrees. Lightning causes most of the fires on the North Rim and in neighboring Kaibab National Forest, including the recent Roosevelt fire, which forced the intermittent closing of scenic Cape Royal Road and burned about 5,000 acres.
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April 15, 2007 | Jerry Stahl, Jerry Stahl is the author of several books, including "Permanent Midnight: A Memoir" and the novel "I, Fatty."
FIRST off, a confession. I don't usually make it through books in which characters are marched out nameless, described, say, as "the boy" (whose parents, inevitably, are "the mother" and "the father"). Also -- and this won't make me look good, either -- I'm no fan of coming-of-age novels.
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March 3, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
When Cate Blanchett's Hedda Gabler saunters disdainfully through the new home that her husband's aunt has taken great financial risks to elaborately furnish, it's hard not to feel worried about the old lady's investment. Nothing could possibly live up to this Hedda's stylish example -- or be safe around it. One has only to hear her deliver the compliment "lovely" as though it were the word "loathsome" to know that her porcelain-like prettiness is deadly.
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August 31, 2003 | Stephanie Chavez, Times Staff Writer
The last time Charlotte Austin-Jordan listened to the music of gospel singer Kurt Carr she was at her 13-year-old daughter's funeral. Ja'mee was shot 11 times in 1988 by five gang members in a case of mistaken identity. "I can hardly even remember the music. That day was so hard," said Austin-Jordan.
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February 1, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Early in his new band's set at the Troubadour Wednesday, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic jokingly referred to the trio as a "support group." Call it "Guys Whose Old Bands Were Ripped Apart by Drug-Related Tragedies Anonymous." Taking the name Eyes Adrift, the group teams Novoselic with former Meat Puppets singer-guitarist Curt Kirkwood and ex-Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh, each a survivor of that horror.
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October 7, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Jermaine Dupri is responsible for some of Mariah Carey's most undeniable hits -- “We Belong Together,” “Always Be My Baby” and “Shake It Off,” to name a few --  and now he will guide her career too. The hitmaker, and Carey's longtime friend and collaborator, will take over management duties, a representative for Carey announced Monday. The singer was previously managed by another longtime collaborator, Randy Jackson. "A multi-talented artist of Mariah's caliber should be doing everything imaginable.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1998
It's curious how Jerry Bruckheimer could mistake an audience expressing its dismay over "Armageddon's" excessively caffeinated editing as enthusiasm for "the emotion of the movie and the story" (" 'Armageddon' Draws Cutting Commentary," by Jon Burlingame, July 7). But if your only goal is to rev up audiences into a frenzy of agitation (excitement?) over an orgy of images slammed together hyperactively, I suppose the confusion is understandable. Director Michael Bay's editing "style" exists simply to create a false sense of intense activity and momentum, to hide the fact that he and other MTV-inspired filmmakers haven't a clue how to tell a story designed to move an audience without all that flash and thunder.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2001 | SOREN BAKER
A Run-DMC album without DMC? Well, that's just about what you get with this much-delayed album, which comes out Tuesday. Although Run (Joseph Simmons) was viewed as the front man of the groundbreaking Queens, N.Y., trio, DMC (Darryl McDaniels) was a rock-solid second fiddle, with his muscular vocals bringing authority and confidence to the group's music.
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