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February 24, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 7 p.m. on a weeknight, and the Mid City-area parking lot of the First A.M.E. Church is overflowing. Inside, more than 100 church members--wearing everything from nice dresses to sweat pants--are milling around in a downstairs meeting room, greeting one another and partaking of coffee, cookies and hot chocolate. Then, after a fervent prayer, they begin to sing. Such has been the scene--three hours a night, five nights a week--for the past month. About 185 First A.M.E.
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February 24, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 7 p.m. on a weeknight, and the Mid City-area parking lot of the First A.M.E. Church is overflowing. Inside, more than 100 church members--wearing everything from nice dresses to sweat pants--are milling around in a downstairs meeting room, greeting one another and partaking of coffee, cookies and hot chocolate. Then, after a fervent prayer, they begin to sing. Such has been the scene--three hours a night, five nights a week--for the past month. About 185 First A.M.E.
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August 14, 2011 | By Dan Levin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Thomas Glenn, a bespectacled tenor from San Francisco, waited for the piano bars to swell, took a deep breath and tried again to screech correctly. But what resounded off the walls of a university classroom in the heart of this capital city sounded little like the classical Chinese operatic style he was trying to imitate. Hitting those notes was proving a challenge, but that was part of the cultural learning curve. A gifted vocalist who has graced the Metropolitan Opera's stage, Glenn, 36, was in the middle of rehearsing a song from "The Siege of Tiger Mountain," a Peking opera that originated during the Cultural Revolution and is beloved in China, though perhaps less appreciated in Western concert halls and opera houses.
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April 14, 1996 | Bronwen Hruska, Bronwen Hruska, a freelance writer based in New York, is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Filmmaking legend Franco Zeffirelli is being melodramatic. It's simply his way. "I devote to photographers hours of my life," begins his self-parody. "And I never see a picture. I sit patiently for horrible people like you, who use and manipulate me, take my essence, my life, my looks, and I never get back anything. Please," he begs, coming in for the kill, "break this trend, please."
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