November 9, 2002 |
A mildly retarded teenager was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for the drowning of an autistic 5-year-old boy who prosecutors say was shoved into a canal and left to die. Gorman Roberts, 18, was convicted of manslaughter for the Feb. 10 killing. Prosecutors said he laughed as the boy, Jordan Payne, died in the weed-filled waterway not far from his father's home in Pompano Beach. The defense said Jordan, who was unable to talk or swim, slipped during a tussle.
March 10, 1997 |
Bassist Christian McBride and tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano share the same musical spirit, even though they play different instruments, favor different types of material and were born 20 years apart (Lovano in 1952, McBride in 1972). The two, both natural virtuosos, bring a sincere, childlike enthusiasm to their music that seems unbounded by technique or lack of imagination.
June 21, 1990
In the 22 years since the MPAA installed its current ratings system, the vast majority of publicity has been generated by films rated X. Among the landmark debates * Midnight Cowboy (1969): John Schlesinger's urban drama was X-rated because of a scene implying a homosexual act in a theater, but the X rating didn't hurt films in those days. "Midnight Cowboy" won three Oscars, including one for best picture.
November 4, 2005 |
Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Passenger" doesn't tell the story of David Locke (Jack Nicholson), a reporter who exchanges identities with a gun runner after finding him dead in his Chadian hotel room (with Algeria doing the honors), so much as it gazes impassively as it unfolds. Disillusioned with his job and isolated (we later learn) in his marriage, Locke sheds his work, personal life and identity to begin a new life to which he has no emotional connection.
August 26, 1991 |
A Gato Barbieri performance is not so much a jazz concert as it is a geothermal incident. The Argentine tenor saxophonist certainly has his jazz credentials, having worked with a range spanning Lalo Schifrin and avant garde trumpeter Don Cherry before taking off on his own in 1969. But the sound pouring from his instrument's bell at the Coach House Friday evening was nothing short of a volcanic eruption. The U.S.
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September 9, 1993
It's school time again, and even those without children are reminded of that by the big yellow buses back on the street and the increase in traffic. It's all part of the excitement--and anxiety--that a new school year in Los Angeles brings. Los Angeles Unified School District, still feeling the effects of crippling budget problems and a bitter labor dispute, has openings for 650 teachers. Many teachers left the district after a 10% pay cut.
September 19, 1995 |
It was business as usual at the Monterey Festival over the weekend. The venerable event celebrated its 38th installment with a characteristic array of music that included everything from Dixieland and be-bop to mainstream and acid jazz. What was missing was any real sense of innovation.
September 9, 1993 |
Movie critic Pauline Kael is not known for gushing, but when "Last Tango in Paris" came out in 1972, she went into an uncustomary swoon. In a long piece in the New Yorker that was as much essay as critique, she wrote that Bernardo Bertolucci's film "has made the strongest impression on me in almost 20 years of reviewing." The picture caused more than a sensation with the formidable Ms. Kael.
November 17, 1994 |
Much of the interest in "Loulou," Maurice Pialat's 1980 movie about hard-nosed romance, comes from watching French stars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert at earlier, less commercial plateaus in their careers. Pialat, a former painter known for the earnest realism of his films, tells the story of Nelly (Huppert) and Loulou (Depardieu), a pair of lovers who connect despite the disadvantage of having little in common besides a flash point of sexual attraction.