April 25, 1996 |
The stories in this first collection by Elizabeth Tippens are like half-fledged birds. Awkwardness and a fleck of shell are still on them, but also more than a promise of flight; and the reassurance that in writing, as in nature, spring comes regularly around with old songs in a refreshment of new voices. The nine jump-cut segments of "Winging It" present Faith: successively 27, 28, 29 and 30, single in the big city, and struggling to be an actress. She is variously involved with rich, sexy, middle-aged Lenny who will never marry her; poor, loving, poetical Sandy who desperately wants to; and cheerfully appreciative James, who will.
February 13, 1987 |
One issue that doesn't get in the way of watching Sean Michael Rice's "Rounds" at the Cast Theatre is whether or not a white playwright like Rice should write about black characters and black concerns. Of course he should, especially if he has something fresh to say. "Rounds," alas, is fairly stale stuff. To be sure, Rice's instinct for balance in tone and attitude, to give all four of his men a fair shake, is the sign of a humane mind--too often an endangered species on today's stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1986 |
I am sitting in the office of Don Baroda, who sells personalized business gifts from his store in Burbank. The office, in fact, is part of the store, a squat white building with his name in large black letters over the top. Baroda, a curly-haired man of 49, is on the phone. He is talking to someone he calls Lenny-baby, as in, "Hey, how you doin', Lenny-baby!"
April 29, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California's $8-an-hour minimum wage needs to go up, says Watsonville Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo. And he may be getting the votes he needs to make it happen. But don't count on it; Alejo has tried this before. Alejo is the author of AB 10, which would give the Golden State its first minimum wage increase since 2008. The bill would raise it 25 cents an hour next year, 50 cents in 2015 and an additional 50 cents to $9.25 an hour in 2016. In 2017 and annually thereafter, hourly pay would be adjusted upward automatically, based on the state's inflation rate.
December 8, 1995 |
Roxie Roker, the elegant and beautiful actress best known for her role as Helen Willis on the long-running hit CBS television series "The Jeffersons," has died. She was 66. Roker died Saturday in Los Angeles, her publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said this week. The cause of death was not revealed. The actress, also known for her community work, had moved to Hollywood in 1975 when Norman Lear cast her in "The Jeffersons" as part of the upstairs interracial couple.
October 12, 1997 |
Bob Fosse's dark-hued, terrific 1974 film biography of iconoclastic nightclub comedian Lenny Bruce stars a brilliant Dustin Hoffman (pictured) in the title role and a memorable Valerie Perrine as his stripper wife. Shot in moody black-and-white by Bruce Surtees, it is one of the key American films of the '70s (TNT Monday at 10:30 p.m.). Other four-star films airing this week: The Devil and Daniel Webster / Bravo, Sunday, 11 a.m. and Monday, 8 a.m.