CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2010 |
" Habarigani ," came the call from Leon Mobley, the globe-trotting djembe drummer. " Umoja ," was the reply from the collection of local percussionists who had joined him in a spontaneous session of West African drum rhythms. Mobley, who was recently on tour, returned to his old Leimert Park stomping ground Sunday to launch Kwanzaa, the seven-day African American celebration of family, community and culture. His message was unity through drums. "What does ' Umoja ' mean?"
December 3, 2010 |
Holiday time means a whole lotta "Nutcracker" around L.A., but it's not all exactly what you'd expect. Besides the tried-and-true versions, there's a hot chocolate "Nutcracker," a swing "Nutcracker," a marionette version and more ? plus great shows from the Radio City Rockettes, the county's 51st annual holiday celebration, film screenings and more. The following list should help you get out with the kids to see some live entertainment. Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker Debbie Allen's "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" offers plenty to satisfy that sweet tooth ?
November 21, 2010
SUNDAY Overload! Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Kid Rock and just about any other pop act you can think of are among the performers slated for the "2010 American Music Awards. " (ABC, 8 p.m.) In the gospel according to "Futurama," Christmas is simply "Xmas," Hanukkah has become "Robanakah," and Kwanzaa is, well, still Kwanzaa. The animated sci-fi comedy celebrates all three with a special holiday episode. (Comedy Central, 10 and 11 p.m.)
December 12, 2009 |
'No God? No problem!" That's one sign of the season. The American Humanist Assn. is pasting it all over Southern California buses to make the point that you don't have to be godly to be good. Atheists United, headed by Bobbie Kirkhart, had a different holiday sign for last Christmas. It read, "Reason's Greetings," and it was accompanied by one of those stylized Darwin fish, this one wearing a jaunty Santa Claus cap. It went on display, legally, in a Westside park, outnumbered by creches -- and someone stole it. Kirkhart's not surprised.
HOME & GARDEN
January 1, 2004 |
At Dawn Sutherland's contemporary ranch-style house high up in Baldwin Hills, a large teak kinara, the special candleholder for Kwanzaa, dominates the dining room table not far from a Christmas tree that fills a corner of the outdoor atrium. "For years, I have celebrated Christmas," she explains, "and I have also celebrated Kwanzaa because it's a good time to reflect on the [seven] principles. It makes a good transition to the new year." There is no conflict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2002 |
Jah-Anen Mobley and his two sons are pounding their drums, his wife a whirling blur in a rainbow garment. When the Orange County members of an African music ensemble are staging a performance, one Anaheim family is all the audience gets. To celebrate the African American holiday of Kwanzaa in Orange County, where only 2% of the population is black, organizers have to work a little harder to get the point across.