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April 12, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
If you're on your way to see "The Jester and the Queen" at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, brace yourselves to be deceived. Also get ready for a multilingual international experience-- autorske divaldo (Czech for "author's theater") at its most extreme. Rarely a good thing in any language; worse when it's in four languages, three of which you may not understand. And nothing in "The Jester and the Queen's" inauspiciously slow start is designed to alter that opinion.
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October 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina, Special to the Los Angeles Times
FRESNO - The smile formed seemingly every time Dwight Howard spoke. As Laker fans at Save Mart Center loudly shouted, "We want Kobe," in hopes Bryant would appear in the second half of an otherwise meaningless 110-83 preseason loss Sunday to the Golden State Warriors, Howard joined in on the cheer. Howard even started his own chant, proclaiming, "We want Somogyi," in reference to 7-foot-3 center Greg Somogyi, who made the training camp roster. Howard sat on the bench wearing a bow tie and tortoiseshell glasses, engaged in small talk with Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1989 | Charles Solomon
Following are capsule reviews of today's screenings in the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas: 'The Jester and the Queen' Czechoslovakia, 1987, 116 minutes 8:35 p.m. In the double role of The Jester/Slatch the Gamekeeper Boleslav Polivka bounces between 15th and 20th centuries so often the viewer gets whiplash watching him. Director-co-writer Vera Chytilova...
SPORTS
June 11, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
At long last, Kings. The game of small-town Canada has just been heisted by Hollywood. A group of bearded beach bums has just stolen sports' most chilling trophy and stuck it where the sun shines. The most popular puck around here is no longer Wolfgang. Our hottest skaters are no longer in bikinis. Heaven has frozen over. The Kings are 2012 Stanley Cup champions. Photos: Kings vs. Devils, Game 6 The first title in franchise history was earned on a monumental Monday in which a team's skittishness became greatness while a city's icy stare melted into tearful slush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1985
Scott Warren must be making a jest in his article, "Marx and the Student Mind" (Editorial Pages, Dec. 18) when he portrays Marxism as a lively, questioning jester versus the stodgy, dogmatic "priests" who demand orthodoxy. Anyone the least bit familiar with the views of social science professors today knows that this priesthood is, as a whole, far closer in spirit and mode of analysis to Marx than to any other single thinker. Warren himself gives us an example of such priesthood thinking and how it can lead to political and moral disaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1985 | TERRY ATKINSON
"SOME OF MY BEST JOKES ARE FRIENDS." George Clinton. Capitol. Funk's father and most festive jester bounces back from a forgettable second solo album to groove again in this solidly entertaining third. Clinton wrote only one song on that last LP, but he has his hand in nearly everything this time, and the difference shows. Side 1 is a three-song, dance-straight-through delight. Clinton weaves voices and instruments in his uniquely inventive way.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
You can't say the program doesn't warn you. There, right under the title of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Yeomen of the Guard," is a quote from a second-act duet: "Tell a tale of cock and bull." Forget about poignancy. Forget about heartbreak. Forget about the dramatic depth and humanity that initially worried poor Gilbert, making him fear he had strayed too far from comic-opera formulas.
NEWS
February 24, 1985 | DARYL KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
They threw a party for Barbara Eselun the other day. It was her 90th birthday, and friends and family pulled her off her job in the kitchen of the Long Beach Bakery to let her know she is something special. "Stinkers!" she exclaimed, feigning surprise and irritation that they would dare honor the woman who had founded their bakery 56 years ago and had taken just one vacation since. She hugged her son and grandchildren and co-workers, some of whom she had known all their lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2009 | Kenneth Turan
How about something different, really different? How about a 1937 Yiddish-language film called "The Jester"? A newly restored version makes its first Los Angeles appearance at 7:30 tonight at the Skirball Center just off the San Diego Freeway. Directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski, the team behind the classic "Yiddle With His Fiddle," "The Jester," like its predecessor, is a musical drama that gives us a glimpse into a world that is no more.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1997
The San Fernando Valley Symphony, under the direction of James Domine, will present Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera, "Rigoletto," Saturday evening at Pierce College. This production features Carlos Oliva, right, in the title role, Deborah Mayhan as Gilda, Michael Wutske as Sparafucile, Linda Escobar as Maddalena and Gabriel Pasos as the Duke. Based on a Victor Hugo drama, "Rigoletto" was first performed in Venice in 1851 and was Verdi's first major success.
TRAVEL
January 5, 2011 | By Judy Mandell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Did you promise to get active in 2011? If you have a taste for the offbeat — swamp soccer, anyone? — these one-of-a-kind sporting events can help you keep that promise and travel at the same time. The World Bog Snorkeling Championship If you love to snorkel, you can have a "bog-tastic" experience at the World Bog Snorkeling Championship in August in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, where snorkelers complete two lengths of a 60-yard water-filled trench cut through a peat bog. Competitors wear snorkels and flippers, but they don't use conventional strokes — just their flippers.
WORLD
December 8, 2010 | By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
A worldwide dispute over WikiLeaks' release of classified information raged online Wednesday like a tale from a comic book: The Jester battled a hacker network calling itself Anonymous that claimed responsibility for taking down the websites of several major corporations. Anonymous took credit for disabling the main websites for MasterCard and Visa, among several attacks launched against companies that in recent days announced they would no longer handle donations to WikiLeaks. Cyber attacks also were reported against an attorney representing two Swedish women who have accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault, as well as on PostFinance, the financial arm of the Swiss postal system that closed Assange's account after accusing him of providing false information.
SPORTS
June 18, 2009 | Bill Brink and Mark Medina
NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant had a gift for "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien when he appeared on the show Wednesday night -- game-worn signed sneakers. O'Brien's gift to Bryant: He stole a 25-foot-tall golden statue of a pharaoh from the Universal Studios lot and put it in his studio to make Bryant "feel like a king." "Straight out of 'The Ten Commandments,' " Bryant said of the statue.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2009 | Kenneth Turan
How about something different, really different? How about a 1937 Yiddish-language film called "The Jester"? A newly restored version makes its first Los Angeles appearance at 7:30 tonight at the Skirball Center just off the San Diego Freeway. Directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski, the team behind the classic "Yiddle With His Fiddle," "The Jester," like its predecessor, is a musical drama that gives us a glimpse into a world that is no more.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
AS an 11-year-old growing up on Long Island, Judd Apatow began each week by studying the newspaper's TV section and highlighting all talk show guests of Mike Douglas, Dinah Shore and company. He spent afternoons holed up in his room watching TV, hanging out in his head with Charles Nelson Reilly. "I couldn't have had more fun in the saddest, lonely way," he says. "There was a period when I would get home at 3 and watch TV until 11, and I couldn't be happier."
OPINION
May 11, 2007 | JOEL STEIN
INSULT COMICS, dirty comics, prop comics, impressionist comics, comics who pretend for unclear reasons to work for the cable company -- all these I knew about. But, until last weekend, I had no idea there were comics who play only Renaissance fairs. Two of them, MooNiE the Magnif'Cent and Broon, each are drawing 500 people to shows at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale this month. It turns out that being a Renaissance fair comedian can be a pretty good gig.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 1987 | KEVIN THOMAS
"The Court Jester" (1956), one of the late Danny Kaye's finest films, screens Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the County Museum of Art's Bing Theater as part of the ongoing salute to Paramount. Written, produced and directed by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank--and featuring words and music by Sylvia Fine and Sammy Cahn--"The Court Jester" is a fast and witty spoof of swashbucklers.
OPINION
July 26, 2002
The House of Representatives is losing one of its most colorful figures, and not a moment too soon. James A. Traficant Jr. (D-Ohio) was expelled from Congress this week after a U.S. District Court jury in April convicted him of racketeering, bribery and corruption. Traficant certainly added life to dry congressional proceedings.
WORLD
August 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
English Heritage, guardian of various historic sites in Britain, is advertising for someone to be the nation's first court jester since 1649. An ad in today's Times newspaper laid out the qualifications: "Must be mirthful and prepared to work summer weekends in 2005. Must have own outfit (with bells). Bladder on stick provided if required." Auditions will be held Saturday. The jester's job died with King Charles I, executed in 1649.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2004 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Andy Kindler is a 47-year-old stand-up comedian who assesses the relative progress of his career this way: "I'm not in show business, but I can see the campfires of show business burning in the distance." This isn't exactly true.
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