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September 25, 1993
Comic Lea DeLaria headlines at the Backlot Theatre in West Hollywood in a benefit performance for the Aileen Getty Women's Program, on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. Also featured are musical performances by Tony nominee Sharon McKnight and "Golden Girls" producer Jamie Wooten. Guest hosts include Estelle Getty and J. C. Wendel. The Aileen Getty Women's Program is a project of Homestead Hospice and Shelter. Tickets are $25 or $50 (includes pre-show champagne reception). Reservations: (213) 466-1767.
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May 3, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Mention an area of the entertainment world, and Lea DeLaria has probably been there successfully, working in genres ranging from Broadway and films to television and nightclub appearances. For the last year or so -- largely as a result of her "Play It Cool" album on Warner Bros. -- she has been vigorously promoted as a jazz singer. And Thursday, that aspect of her entertainment persona was in the spotlight at Catalina Bar & Grill.
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July 18, 1993 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Funny woman Kate Clinton sits in the neo-Victorian lobby of the famed Algonquin Hotel, the ghost of Dorothy Parker hovering nearby, and holds forth on Plumbing and Social Transformation. "Every civil rights movement has a bathroom moment," she says. "The women's movement had its bathroom moment, when we couldn't pass the Equal Rights Amendment because (people were afraid that) we'd have to have same-sex bathrooms. In the black civil rights movement, you couldn't share drinking fountains.
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September 25, 1999
Don Heckman may have been only impressed with the pyrotechnics at the Hollywood Bowl's "Party of the Century" finale, but the audience and our gang were superbly entertained by the whole program ("Sparklers, Duds at Fireworks Finale," Sept. 20). Heckman's objection to Ann Miller singing Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" is a puzzlement. The song was an anthem to Miller's own career in Hollywood and absolutely appropriate. He also dismissed Lea DeLaria as having a "modest talent." Sure. That's why she was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in "On the Town."
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September 25, 1999
Don Heckman may have been only impressed with the pyrotechnics at the Hollywood Bowl's "Party of the Century" finale, but the audience and our gang were superbly entertained by the whole program ("Sparklers, Duds at Fireworks Finale," Sept. 20). Heckman's objection to Ann Miller singing Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" is a puzzlement. The song was an anthem to Miller's own career in Hollywood and absolutely appropriate. He also dismissed Lea DeLaria as having a "modest talent." Sure. That's why she was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in "On the Town."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Mention an area of the entertainment world, and Lea DeLaria has probably been there successfully, working in genres ranging from Broadway and films to television and nightclub appearances. For the last year or so -- largely as a result of her "Play It Cool" album on Warner Bros. -- she has been vigorously promoted as a jazz singer. And Thursday, that aspect of her entertainment persona was in the spotlight at Catalina Bar & Grill.
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March 10, 1993 | SUSAN KARLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Tonight Show" is off-limits. "Late Night" won't touch her. Yet during her annual cross-country tour, Lea DeLaria--considered one of the country's top lesbian humorists--regularly draws audiences of up to 2,000 people. So while mainstream comedy venues continue to ostracize her, DeLaria, 34, has built a substantial following of both gay and straight, male and female audiences through shows at gay pride rallies, alternative performance spaces, and college and lesbian cultural circuits.
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March 25, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Lesbian Comedian on 'Arsenio': Lesbian comedian Lea DeLaria, who recently performed her act to sold-out houses at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, will make broadcast history of sorts when she guests on the Arsenio Hall show Tuesday. "This will make her the first openly queer performer, doing queer material, on network TV," said Jordan Peimer, administrative director of Highways, a leading presenter of gay performance work. "It's pretty exciting and important to the gay community."
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September 17, 1999
Music The South Bay Chamber Music Society opens its 1999-2000 series with concerts tonight and Sunday featuring Ronald Leonard and Kevin Fitz-Gerald playing the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven. * Los Angeles Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. (310) 374-2141. 8 p.m. Sunday: Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. 3 p.m. Admission is free.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2003
THE Jazz Police strike again! Don Heckman had to issue a ticket to Lea DeLaria because she had the audacity to have come from the Broadway stage on her path to jazz ("DeLaria's Dabbling Is Surface Stuff," May 3). This narrow but all-too-common vision in conservative jazz circles prevented him from seeing how Lea's Broadway chops only aided and abetted her totally sensational jazz singing. Instead of burying her influences, she used them to take current Broadway repertoire and recast it in new and exciting ways.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1993
Comic Lea DeLaria headlines at the Backlot Theatre in West Hollywood in a benefit performance for the Aileen Getty Women's Program, on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. Also featured are musical performances by Tony nominee Sharon McKnight and "Golden Girls" producer Jamie Wooten. Guest hosts include Estelle Getty and J. C. Wendel. The Aileen Getty Women's Program is a project of Homestead Hospice and Shelter. Tickets are $25 or $50 (includes pre-show champagne reception). Reservations: (213) 466-1767.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1993 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Funny woman Kate Clinton sits in the neo-Victorian lobby of the famed Algonquin Hotel, the ghost of Dorothy Parker hovering nearby, and holds forth on Plumbing and Social Transformation. "Every civil rights movement has a bathroom moment," she says. "The women's movement had its bathroom moment, when we couldn't pass the Equal Rights Amendment because (people were afraid that) we'd have to have same-sex bathrooms. In the black civil rights movement, you couldn't share drinking fountains.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1993 | SUSAN KARLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Tonight Show" is off-limits. "Late Night" won't touch her. Yet during her annual cross-country tour, Lea DeLaria--considered one of the country's top lesbian humorists--regularly draws audiences of up to 2,000 people. So while mainstream comedy venues continue to ostracize her, DeLaria, 34, has built a substantial following of both gay and straight, male and female audiences through shows at gay pride rallies, alternative performance spaces, and college and lesbian cultural circuits.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1993
Regarding "Heard the One About Lesbian Comics?" by Jan Breslauer (July 18): I have to agree with Lea DeLaria when she states that "if gays are making it into the mainstream, don't put them upstairs in their little room." Segregating performers by race, color, sex or sexual persuasion only tends to insulate them from the mainstream. Blacks, women, gays, Latinos and even WASPs (little joke) have always been a part of the Improv's regular presentations. Our only criterion is that they be funny.
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September 20, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pyrotechnics stole the show Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl's "Fireworks Finale: Party of the Century." In a spectacular visual climax the sky was filled with some of the most imaginative sights and sounds of the season. The evening started well, with a performance by the amazing young singer Charlotte Church.
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