CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1991 |
As recently as two decades ago, mainstream America's perceptions of Asian-Americans were more likely than not a mixed bag of images forged out of "Kung Fu," Don Ho tunes and forays to the local Chinese restaurant. But sparked by the economic rise of the Far East and the influx of Asian immigrants over the last decade, a surprising transformation has occurred that has refocused attention on Asian America--from within and without.
March 19, 1995 |
When the former Los Angeles Theatre Center company was in its heyday in the late '80s, the LATC lobby was famous as a hangout where multicultural mingling took place on a regular basis. The next four months promise to bring back some of that ferment. It will be the busiest chunk of time at LATC since the building's resident company folded in 1991, according to LATC business manager Lee Sweet.
June 29, 1992 |
An even $3 million in cultural grants from the Los Angeles Endowment for the Arts will be announced today by Mayor Tom Bradley and City Councilman Joel Wachs, highlighting a $10.3-million 1992-93 Cultural Affairs Department budget that goes into effect Wednesday.
July 23, 1987 |
L.A. Theatre Works and Beyond Baroque, two Westside arts organizations, are in a deadlock over their use of space in the old Venice City Hall, which is owned by the City of Los Angeles. The nonprofit Beyond Baroque library and bookstore, which renegotiated a 10-year lease with former city councilwoman Pat Russell in October, 1986 (in exchange for maintaining the building and carrying insurance on it), has formally asked L.A. Theatre Works to leave.
June 4, 1989 |
Michael Kearns and AIDS-related theater--the two are rapidly becoming synonymous. And for now, at least, that's OK with Kearns. "I feel a tremendous peace and serenity doing this work--because I'm doing something ," said the Los Angeles actor-director. "Also, there's a certain joy in taking responsibility for your life--as an artist and a gay person and someone who's been heartbroken." In the past few years, Kearns (whose touring repertoire includes "Dream Man" and "The Truth is Bad Enough"--which has played locally and across Europe)
November 17, 1988 |
It has taken some doing, but there may be a resolution coming on the 99-seat theater front--and what a war front it has been. Representatives of Actors' Equity Assn. and theater operators met Wednesday to review a new set of Equity proposals that, for the first time, would alter the union's controversial 99-seat theater plan.
February 9, 1989 |
For the second year in a row, Costa Mesa's Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory tops the list of nominations for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards for distinguished achievement in theater for 1988. Altogether, SCR (whose 1987 production of "Misalliance" was the big winner at last year's awards) leads the number of nominations with a total of 13. The Los Angeles Theatre Center has nine, the Pasadena Playhouse eight and the Taper and the Ahmanson, two each.
December 12, 1997 |
Talk about bad days. A tall, beautiful young Japanese American (Darling Narita) steps out of her L.A. apartment, and her landlord, angrily citing four months unpaid rent, swiftly locks her out, not allowing her to collect any possessions whatsoever. She has little time to argue, for she's off to audition for an important role in an upcoming film. Arriving early at a producer's home in a cul-de-sac below the Hollywood sign, she strikes up a conversation with a young homeless man (Peter Greene).
May 20, 1999 |
A taste of vaudeville, a dollop of dance, a dash of mime and mariachi, heaping helpings of comedy, classics and folklore, a workshop treat from a Tony Award-nominated set designer, a swordplay sampler--if you're hungry for a family theater experience this summer, you can fill up early at the first International Performing Arts Festival for Youth at USC this Saturday.
April 14, 1995 |
Writer-performer Jude Narita has a rare gift of understanding usually reserved for the best poets and novelists. By applying a seemingly boundless human sympathy, she slowly develops epiphanies that linger long after the final curtain. Such moments are frequent in "Stories Waiting to Be Told: The Wilderness Within," Narita's moving one-woman show at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.