September 5, 2012 |
The multi-channel miniseries called "The Democratic National Convention" got underway Tuesday night in Charlotte, N.C. Unlike the comparable Republican miniseries, which was subject to some rescheduling (though not, really, shortening) due to the late-breaking news that was Hurricane Isaac, it has been planned from the start to last only three nights. In Charlotte, as in Tampa, much of the convention takes place out of view. The networks' disinclination to air more than an hour of it any night seemingly has been justified by the low ratings for last week's GOP meet, though ratings should not be what decides such coverage.
September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's difficult to find Republicansat the Democratic National Convention unless they are protesting in the free speech zone outside the convention center. But a handful of ex-Republicans are attending the convention, something organizers tried to hit home on opening night Tuesday -- even though some have not voted Republican for some time. First was Doug Stern, a former Republican firefighter who said he was supporting Obama after seeing Republican governors try to cut back collective bargaining rights for first responders and other public workers.
September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The patchwork quilt that is the Democratic Party base -- women, Latinos, African-Americans -- will be on full display at Tuesday night's opening session of the national party convention. The highlight will be a prime-time address by First Lady Michelle Obama who is expected to play the same role Ann Romney did one week ago at the GOP gathering in Tampa: eschewing hard-edged politics for a soft-focus testimonial to her husband. The keynote speech will be delivered by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, marking the first time a Latino has delivered the marquee speech that has sometimes served as a political launching pad to bigger and better things.
August 13, 2012 |
Following Sunday's opening night performance of “Red” at the Mark Taper Forum, theatergoers merely had to stroll down Grand Avenue to see eight Mark Rothko paintings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where the after-party took place. The play is about the artist; the paintings are part of MOCA's permanent collection. The L.A. opening of the Tony Award-winning play, starring Alfred Molina and Jonathan Groff, was packed with celebrities, among them Leonard Nimoy, the artist, art collector and original Mr. Spock of TV's “Star Trek,” and Zachary Quinto, Mr. Spock of the 2009 and 2013 film versions.
July 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama will address the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, the Obama campaign and convention organizers announced Tuesday. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro - like the first lady and the president, a graduate of Harvard Law - will deliver the keynote speech that evening, organizers said. Castro will be the first Latino tapped for a keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention, they said. The convention, held in Charlotte, N.C., will run through Sept.
July 5, 2012 |
When I was with a group of parents earlier this week, watching our kids play in a 14-and-under baseball tournament, I asked them how many of the boys - aged 13 and 14--had gone to see the R-rated movie “Ted.” The answer: Just about all of 'em. But here's what I found really surprising: Nearly all of them went with their mothers. Put simply: Despite its rampant drug use, crude sexual banter and profanity-fueled humor, “Ted” has become a family movie. I have to admit that I wasn't exactly shocked.
June 24, 2012 |
This post has been updated. What better way to usher in summer than by celebrating legends outdoors with a loaded picnic basket, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a night sky streaked with pastel fireworks as though Monet had been dispatched by God to spruce up the heavens? Reba McEntire, the queen of country, and Chaka Khan, the queen of funk - two singers whose genre-crossing talents have impressed connoisseurs from across the musical spectrum - were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Friday.
May 9, 2012 |
With the sound of brass instruments coming from above, scenes of wreckage on the floor and an array of abstract sculpture in between, this warehouse space captures music, art and chaos all on a collision course. That's a fitting combination for a performance piece about post-Katrina New Orleans, but director Yuval Sharon wants to be clear: "Crescent City," the ambitious and unconventional "hyperopera" that opens this week at Atwater Crossing, both is and isn't about the hurricane-ravaged city.
April 6, 2012 |
Thanks to six hits and five runs in the eighth inning, the Angels celebrated opening night Friday with a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals at a sold-out Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Peter Bourjos' infield single started the scoring, and was quickly followed by a three-run triple to right field by Erick Aybar, making a winner of pitcher Jered Weaver, who struck out 10 with no walks in eight innings of work. Weaver finished at 97 pitches. Aybar scored on a single by Torii Hunter, as the Angels withstood a hitless night by star Albert Pujols in his Anaheim debut.
January 28, 2012 |
A thorny rivalry Derrick Rose won't be appearing on a Kiss Cam with any of the Indiana Pacers any time soon. The typically reserved Chicago point guard did not hold back after Indiana handed the Bulls their first home loss of the season Wednesday, criticizing the Pacers for what he felt was an excessive celebration that carried over from the court to their locker room. "I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose said. "I can't wait to play them again.