August 7, 2005 |
AS operas by Handel, Vivaldi and other Baroque-era composers become increasingly popular, more people wonder about the castrati -- the emasculated singers who were often the richly paid stars of these works. Now, the Handel House Museum in London is planning an exhibition, to run from March through September 2006, that will focus on the castrati who worked with George Frideric Handel.
May 9, 1990 |
This is the full English text of a tribute by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel to Holocaust victims that was read Tuesday at a ceremony at the site in Berlin where Nazi leaders planned the "Final Solution." Wannsee--a warning. Wannsee--the end--the final solution. The target: Jews, all Jews, everywhere. Only Jews. What does a Jew today feel in this place, marked by evil and malediction? Fear and trembling, anger--incommensurate anger, helplessness and grief--infinite grief. Cry?
March 15, 1986 |
When Morton Subotnick conceived the idea of a musical ode to Halley's Comet, he knew from the start that an old-fashioned concert hall setting was simply out of the question. "I just love the fact of the sky and all the stars being right there overhead and all around," the New Mexico-based composer commented about the setting for the world premiere of "Return," which he will oversee on Monday night as part of the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2000 |
We made it through this year just gone, We wrote "2000" on our checks, Survived twelve months of news reducing All of us to nervous wrecks. Before the gloom, hand out the cheer: For, knock on wood, disaster has In nature's forms from floods to quaking Given us--this once--a pass. The LAPD filled the news: Three Rampart "guilty" verdicts tossed, Millions paid to frame-up victims-- Dollars and morale the cost.
January 28, 1986 |
--For the second straight year, cowboys from across the West are headed for the Nevada town of Elko for a three-day celebration of their tall tales, trail songs and poetry of "light and smell and open places, hard times and soft evenings. It's a language coded with insider's words, special phrases and meanings, and shared values," said Hal Cannon of the Western Folk Life Center in Salt Lake City, who worked with other folklorists for several years to start the first gathering in 1985.
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November 1, 1997 |
When my 4 1/2-year-old daughter started preschool this fall, it marked the end of the easiest day-care arrangement I'll ever know. Today, our little family is adjusting to a new daily mad scramble--to assemble her lunch, get her to school and me to work, and arrange an intricate schedule of friends, neighbors and relatives who can fetch her by 6 p.m. each evening so that I don't have to pay dollar-a-minute late fees.
March 26, 1992 |
Listen up, all you cooks and eaters: March is National Nutrition Month, and it's almost over. So let's hope you've been good: No carping about the absurdity of having any such thing; no complaints about the waste of congressional time and federal money inherent in these official declarations. Ours has been but to eat more broccoli and less cake (at least during March). Dietary guidelines come and go; things like oat bran enjoy their 15 minutes of fame, then more or less vanish from view.
April 15, 2002 |
There's no point in reviewing Maguy Marin's "Points de Fuite," a puzzling, complex, 80-minute postmodern abstraction performed at UCLA on Friday by her 10-dancer Compagnie Maguy Marin. Obsessed with fugal structures and individual action within a group, the piece continually recycles a spoken text by poet Charles Peguy that makes any criticism pointless by insisting that "the stock of ideas is exhausted," and "everything has been said...."
March 16, 2009
Re "They're well-versed in hard times," Column One, March 12 Cattle folks face life with good humor and resilience, as reflected in their poetry. They don't receive the kinds of government subsidies that many farmers do. Nor will they get anything from the new bailout money for Wall Street. The cattlemen and women of our nation have always been fiercely independent. It is terribly unfair that the politically connected can receive taxpayer bailouts but small family ranchers (and small-business people)
January 14, 1989 |
Lou Adler, one of the most successful pop music producers of the '60s and '70s, is returning to active duty after a 10-year sabbatical. Adler, a key force behind such landmark projects as 1967's ground-breaking Monterey Pop Festival, Carole King's Grammy-winning 1971 "Tapestry" album and the 1975 cult musical film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," is reactivating his respected Ode Records label. The first release, due Jan. 24, is a single by a new Portland-based R&B quintet, Cool'R.