April 3, 1992 |
Time was when movie FBI men were models of scientific sleuthdom, employing the latest in lab reports to get their men. But if "Thunderheart" is any judge, all that stuff has become passe. The key chapters in a current crime-stopper's textbook are New Age experiences and ceremonial vision quests. It's hard to imagine J. Edgar Hoover nodding his head approvingly at that.
December 26, 2003 |
Given that television is usually content to reflect and flatter only its fattest demographics, ABC is to be congratulated for putting up the money, and no little bit of it, to make "Dreamkeeper," a sprawling, four-hour cavalcade of Native American legends-come-to-life that airs Sunday and Monday nights. Produced by the team of Robert Halmi Sr. and Jr.
August 13, 1998 |
The Cadillac Angels' chief claim to fame has been as hosts of all nine of the annual Santa Barbara "Rockabilly Roundup" gigs--fund-raisers for CALM, an organization fighting child abuse. Besides performing at the annual fund-raiser, the Angels, formerly the Roadhouse Rockers, must be the hardest-working band in the 805 area code. Not only do they play everywhere all the time, they don't mind driving to get there.
December 8, 1994 |
John Wesley Harding, wise-guy British folk singer type, will be cracking musical jokes aplenty, temporarily turning the venerable Ventura Theatre into a laughing academy when he performs tonight. Usually just a guy and his guitar, Harding will be aided and abetted this time by award-winning bass player, Rob Wasserman. Native American activist, John Trudell will open. What would you expect from a guy who names most of his albums after Frank Capra movies?
September 7, 1995 |
Chase Frank describes herself as a musician and writer, but she says her greatest work of art was putting together "When Words Collide," a musician-driven spoken-word festival that will run tonight through Sept. 30 at more than a dozen venues in the Long Beach area. "I'm just using a city as a canvas," says the Long Beach-bred Frank, who has produced several smaller-scale festivals and concerts in her hometown during the last two years. "My art is to bring people together."
November 23, 1995
FOR THE KIDS Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" is certainly a holiday favorite, but not necessarily accessible to all audience members. With the little ones in mind, the Conejo Valley Children's Concert Series will bring Jim Gamble's Marionettes to the Civic Arts Plaza Forum Theatre for unique staging of the fairy-tale classic.
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February 1, 1991 |
An American Indian was convicted Thursday of stealing a whale skull from Crystal Cove State Park so tribal leaders in Los Angeles County could bless it. Municipal Judge Martin Suits placed Louis Steven Maresca, 32, of Huntington Beach on probation for three years and ordered him to serve 40 hours of community service at the park. Maresca said he was happy that he did not receive a jail sentence.
September 20, 1993 |
The WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) Festival--featuring 10 hours of strong performances by a diverse array of artists from five continents, impeccable production values and a crowd estimated at 20,000--was a resounding success on virtually every level. And Sinead O'Connor--making her first public U.S.
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November 21, 1999 |
Standing on the wave-bitten cliffs of Alcatraz, foghorn booming sadly out to sea, poet-performer John Trudell looks into the soft gray sky and sees 30 years into the past. Not much is left of those days when a group of Native Americans staked a claim to national recognition on "the Rock," clinging to its barren slopes for 19 months. A faded red sign--"INDIANS WELCOME"--painted on the old prison walls is a lonely relic of the occupation that began Nov. 20, 1969.