CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2009 |
For as long as he can remember, Dario Serrano's life was all screeching tires and echoing gunshots, babies' cries and barking dogs, a symphony, as he puts it, of "hood rats and gangsters," of "vatos and payasos" -- dudes and numskulls, loosely translated. By high school, he'd pretty much given up on himself. He bounced around between three schools. He started selling pot, though he always seemed to smoke more than he sold. His GPA fell to 0.
March 13, 2005 |
Police shoot dead an unarmed 13-year-old, and those of us who lived through the riot/uprising that set the city ablaze 13 years ago wonder if Los Angeles isn't again about to explode. Me? I don't think we are back to that flash point of rage that poet Langston Hughes once pondered. Yet. But the conditions that helped some rioters justify throwing flaming bottles through store windows, engaging in gunfights with grocers and beating a trucker with bricks haven't changed much.
December 4, 2002 |
For 30 years, Altadena resident Edward Miller, a 57-year-old retired court reporter, had tucked away his late father's files on a family friend, papers that included handwritten notes signed "Lang." Finally, at the suggestion of his wife, Miller pulled the old briefcase full of files from the closet and took it to the Huntington Library in San Marino. Sue Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts, took one look and got goose bumps.
January 25, 1998 |
For the first time in nearly three years, all three of the larger stages at Los Angeles Theatre Center are coming to life at the same time. The event has been dubbed "Three Plays Running" by L.A.'s Cultural Affairs Department, which runs LATC. All three productions have a connection to the work of Langston Hughes, and all are billed as events marking African American Heritage Month.
July 19, 1996
Thomas Allen Harris' "Vintage: Families of Value," a documentary on gay siblings in African American families, and Isaac Julien's "Looking for Langston," a controversial study of African American writer-poet Langston Hughes as a gay man, will be presented beginning Saturday as films on video at the Margo Leavin Gallery, 812 N. Robertson Blvd. The showings are part of a photo exhibition, "Hotter Than July," which runs Saturday through Aug. 17.
February 18, 1996
diamonds are mined . . . oil is discovered gold is found . . . but thoughts are uncovered wool is sheared . . . silk is spun weaving is hard . . . but words are fun highways span . . . bridges connect country roads ramble . . . but I suspect if i took a rainbow ride i could be there by your side metaphor has its point of view allusion and illusion . . . too meter . . . verse . . . classical . . .