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In the world of exhibitions, there is a special niche for interesting failures, shows that have many things going for them--fresh ideas, worthy artists--but nevertheless ultimately are disappointing. "The Music Box Project," at the Long Beach Museum of Art through May 21, is one of those. Organized by On the Table Inc.
December 25, 1989 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Perhaps, in our movies, we've grown too accustomed to the slick, the violent and the ersatz. When great pure dramatic subjects come up--evil in our century, brutality vs. conscience--do we know how to handle them anymore? Costa-Gavras' "Music Box" (at the AMC Century 14) focuses on a crisis of conscience within a young Chicago lawyer (Jessica Lange) defending her father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) at a deportation hearing where he is accused of Holocaust-era crimes.
February 16, 1995 | PATRICK MOTT
Ask 10 people to name the funniest Laurel and Hardy film ever made, and most of them will probably be able to articulate the plot, but not the title. Something like: "Oh, definitely the one where they keep pushing that piano up the stairs. Oh, you know. . . ." But no one does.
March 3, 2011
EVENTS Returning to Los Angeles in grand style, the Edwardian Ball promises an elegant turn-of-the-century celebration of music, theatre, circus arts, DJs, ballroom dance, fashion, technology and, of course, the ominous art and stories of beloved author Edward Gorey. The Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater. 6126 Hollywood Blvd. 8 p.m. Sat. $35. (323) 464-0808. .
October 15, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
For the last song of the Head and the Heart's set at the Music Box on Thursday, "Rivers and Roads," the band slowed down to a tense build. The acoustic guitars took on a head of stream, the low-tuned drums pounded like a distant, gathering storm. Finally, at the big payoff crescendo, singer-violinist Charity Rose Thielen took the mic and ripped off a Southern-soul shout that seemed to come from a wholly new well of primal, musical joy for the band. The Music Box crowd went ballistic.
Though he's lived in Paris since the age of 19, Greek-born director Constantin Costa-Gavras can't escape the tragic tradition. "That's the problem with Greeks," he says in heavily accented English. "There's this extraordinary weight behind us--borne of the light, the landscape, the food, Mediterranean passions. It's a weight but also wings. It can go either way. My wings are made out of metal. They're very, very heavy." Those who have followed Costa-Gavras' 25-year career would tend to agree.
November 9, 2011
BOOKS Clive Barker The horror virtuoso behind menacing film fare such as "Hellraiser" signs his new book, "Abarat: Absolute Midnight," the latest installment in his dark fantasy series where the world is in permanent darkness. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. The New Face of the Arctic Henry N. Pollack, a professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan, will discuss the rapid changes taking place in the Arctic, including thawing permafrost, diminishing sea ice and disrupted ecosystems, as well as their potential consequences.
June 7, 2010
Like many things about the British band the xx, the chorus of their single "VCR" sounds small but feels enormous. Over a handspun bit of girl-group guitar pop and brittle drum machines, vocalists Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft plan a big night for a teenage couple. "Watch things on VCRs with me and talk about big love," they sing, in a glancing way that feels like hands pulling closer across a couch on a date. It's a gentle scene, but it doesn't seem like one to them. In fact, "I think we're superstars," they boast to each other.
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