August 12, 2013 |
Gustavo Dudamel keeps a busy professional schedule filled to the breaking point with conducting engagements in Los Angeles and Caracas, Venezuela, plus other major cities. Still, he's managed to find time in recent months to compose and conduct the score for an upcoming biopic of Simón Bolivar. In a recent interview with The Times, Dudamel said he has completed scoring and recording the soundtrack to the movie "Libertador," which stars Edgar Ramirez as the South American revolutionary figure.
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July 10, 2012 |
John Williams, a Los Angeles Rams lineman in the 1970s who went to dental school during his off-seasons and started a dentistry practice in Minneapolis after he retired from football, has died. He was 66. Williams, who had recently undergone a kidney transplant, died Sunday while taking a walk near his home, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office confirmed his death. Born in Jackson, Miss., on Oct. 27, 1945, John McKay Williams was a high school football star in Toledo, Ohio.
January 8, 2012 |
The quietest room in Hollywood may be the office where John Williams composes. In a bungalow on the Universal Studios lot, steps from the production company of his most frequent collaborator, director Steven Spielberg, Williams works alone at a 90-year-old Steinway grand piano, with fistfuls of pencils and stacks of composition paper nearby, and worn books of poetry by Robert Frost and William Wordsworth piled on the coffee table. "My relationship with Steven is the result of a lot of very compatible dissimilarities," Williams said in a late December interview during a week that saw the U.S. releases of both of the duo's latest joint efforts, the comic-book adaptation "The Adventures of Tintin" and the World War I epic "War Horse.
March 1, 2011 |
John Williams, research director for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, was named the bank's new president, succeeding Janet Yellen, who left last year to become the Fed board's vice chairman. Williams, 48, had served as executive vice president and research director since 2009. The economist, who has worked in the Fed system since 1994, joins the central bank's efforts to bolster growth and reverse a jobless rate stuck at 9% or more since May 2009. He represents a nine-state Western region that accounts for about 20% of the economy and has seen more than 60 banks fail since 2004.
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January 16, 2011 |
When outgoing New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson turned down a petition to pardon Billy the Kid (1859?-1881) last month, he obviously didn't have to deliver the bad news to the Kid's face. But when the subject of forgiving another 19th century outlaw arose in Los Angeles in 1933, the suspect claimed to be present. "I'm the original Jesse James," a white-haired gent confessed to officers at the old Central Police Station. The notion that he had been killed in 1882 by fellow gang member Bob Ford (known thereafter in Missouri as the Dirty Little Coward)
May 18, 2010 |
Defying some analysts' predictions of a slow and subpar U.S. recovery, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco are predicting a rapid economic rebound. Citing growth in both consumer and business spending, economists Justin Weidner and John C. Williams said recovery "is likely to be faster than from the two previous recessions" in a report released Monday. Recent wild swings on Wall Street, tepid April retail sales figures and fears of global contagion from the Greek debt crisis have some worried that the improving U.S. economy could easily reverse course.