January 12, 2012 |
The early SoCal punk scene wasn't all guitars, mosh pits and visions of chaos — although there was a good dose of that, thanks to bands such as the Germs and Black Flag. Rather, the music was experimental, arty and all over the map. "Everything from hard-core punk, electro-punk and new wave music all fit together; there weren't those genre distinctions," says Adam Hyman, executive director of the Los Angeles Filmforum, who curated "Strange Notes and Nervous Breakdowns: Punk and Media Art, 1974-1981," a program of rarely shown films from the early scene premiering Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The shorts, part of Filmforum's Alternative Projections exploration of experimental film in Los Angeles and MOCA's ongoing show "Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981," look back at L.A.'s punk roots with a 100-minute collection of rarely and never-screened performances.
August 30, 2010 |
Put a big event in the Big Apple and you get a really big deal. Like the U.S. Open tennis tournament. It began here Monday, the granddaddy of tennis torture chambers. Win here and you either get a spot in heaven or on "Survivor. " The first of the four majors, the Australian Open, is celebrated in summer heat Down Under by mellow people who tackle most situations with beer in hand. It is early in the year and the pro players aren't angry yet. They are the toast of the town, in a town that toasts a lot. The French Open is in Paris and that's all you need to know.
May 30, 2010 |
Missing a Beat The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim Edited and with an introduction by Mark Cohen Syracuse University Press: 296 pp., $29.95 We hear a disproportionate amount from the writers who "made it." The ones who hustled, stroked the right egos and fought their way through the doors of the establishment: It is their books that line our shelves. This doesn't mean these authors haven't experienced resentment, jealousy and bitterness, but one suspects that the multitudes of literary losers — the silent majority that tried again, failed again and failed better — could offer a more caustic point-of-view.
May 13, 2007 |
A Day at the Beach A Novel Helen Schulman Houghton Mifflin: 224 pp., $24 AS noted elsewhere in these pages, novels set in the days following Sept. 11 now form their own literary genre, elaborating on that terrible day and the effects that ripple outward from it. Gerhard Falktopf is a likable (if self-absorbed) fiftysomething choreographer who emigrated from Germany at age 17 and is now in the process of losing control of the dance company he worked so hard to build.
August 14, 2006 |
This is for all those out there with shaky serves and a nagging inability to close out a tennis match. You might say Elena Dementieva is almost one of those people -- her nervous struggles with the serve are often the same struggles of fans. Which is why her performance at the Home Depot Center at Carson on Sunday was especially gratifying for the Russian, as she overcame her nerves, her serve and, more important, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, a woman having a breakthrough tournament.
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December 31, 2003 |
John Gregory Dunne, the journalist, screenwriter and novelist who chronicled the Hollywood movie industry in his book "The Studio," then went on to write for film, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening as he sat down to dinner with his wife, author Joan Didion. He was 71. Dunne died of a heart attack in the couple's New York City home, where the longtime residents of California had been living, his wife said. Dunne's first books were works of hard-hitting journalism: The first, "Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike," appeared in 1967 and followed Chicano labor leader Cesar Chavez.