January 23, 1991 |
"A play will not yield up its themes if you think you already know the answers." That line from the director's program notes for "Goose & Tomtom" is a clue to the West Coast premiere of this David Rabe play that opened Monday at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Director Charles Otte does well to try to define the undefinable.
December 21, 1989 |
For those willing to seek their open spaces on the plains of the imagination, tiny West Hollywood has whole worlds to explore. Within its 1.9 square miles are more than a dozen bookstores. Even more unusual is the concentration of specialty bookstores in the area around Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards.
December 4, 1989 |
To farmer Stephen Moore, the manufacture of fertilizer is an act of faith, an esoteric ritual guided by spiritual forces and arcane philosophy. Every year Moore takes a small quantity of cow manure and buries it after the fall equinox in the horn of a cow. At the beginning of spring he digs the horn up and empties the manure into a few gallons of water. He stirs vigorously in one direction until a whirling vortex appears, then stirs quickly in the other direction.
June 2, 1989 |
Good manners can get in the way of good art. Demonstrating this are Carole Laventhol's new paintings, "The Gaia Series," on view at Mesa College Art Gallery. The series explores the female/male duality as both a sexual and a metaphysical opposition, but it does so too politely to bring forth anything particularly compelling or new. "Anima-Animus," of 1989, directly states Laventhol's concerns in its title, using terminology for female and male popularized by Carl Jung. It represents this polarity with two stone-like forms, one rounded and one rectilinear.
May 31, 1989 |
The DA.I.S.Y. Age did not dawn as scheduled on Monday. That's when De La Soul, the rap trio that's as subversive in its gentle way as the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy are in their loud way, made its Southern California debut. Appearing as part of a four-act rap package at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim, the group didn't come within a happy-face's diameter of the wonders of its recent debut album. "3 Feet High and Rising" might be the most significant rap album since the Beastie Boys drilled the sound into the heart of the mainstream audience a couple of years ago. It's certainly more ambitious: Intellectual, cosmic, sweet and funny, the LP delivers a call for independence and individuality in a setting that expands rap's sonic horizons.
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February 21, 1989 |
It's part circus and county fair, part trade show for crystals and gemstones, health foods and healing devices. A megadose of metaphysics is thrown in for those who are into spirit communications and getting it all together with the "Universal Cosmic Consciousness."
June 10, 1988 |
"I was speaking the universal language of music and that goes beyond all borders and languages," says pioneering television star Korla Pandit in explaining why he never uttered a word during any of the 900 "Korla Pandit Programs" that ran in the early '50s. "I never spoke, yet I received letters from around the world that communicated as if people knew exactly what was on my mind," says Pandit, who'll be performing on the pipe organ tonight in the Terrace Room of the Park Plaza Hotel.
December 14, 1987 |
If you thought the New Age was only for people, think again. Now comes Critter Crystals, little "pet rocks" for the well-being of your dog or cat. Designed by singer/songwriter Kate Porter of Studio City, the 3/4-inch-long crystals are laminated to a small copper heart that can be worn by the animal on its collar to serve as "a harmonizing factor." Like crystals for people, those for animals are believed to have a healing effect on the mind, body and spirit.
October 4, 1987
To discuss H. P. Blavatsky alongside an article on Shirley MacLaine and thereby suggest parallels between them is as absurd as it is offensive. Madame Blavatsky never took money but instead gave away what she had. She preached against spiritualism and the inherent dangers of the mediumistic practices it relied upon--dangers that are no less real a century later under the name of trance channeling. She taught that wisdom comes through suffering, self- sacrifice, humility and renunciation.
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April 22, 1987 |
From time to time, I get a call from SuSu Levy, an Encino woman who thinks she has found a way to rid the world of pestilence and psychotherapy. Over the phone I learned that Levy was once in MENSA, the society for the super intelligent, but dropped out because she found its functions dull. She has been married, but now considers herself a "recovered doormat." She also used to be an atheist but has become a theist with "a metaphysical channel to an extended level of consciousness."