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October 15, 2013 |
Imagine the book you need to ace the exam showing up at your door, care of your friendly neighborhood drone. A textbook rental company is trying to mimic the instantaneous speed of e-book delivery for printed books by utilizing civil drones in Sydney, Australia. Zookal, a service that rents textbooks to university students, has partnered with Flirtey, an outfit specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles, to aerially deliver print books to customers within minutes after an order is placed.
June 1, 2005 |
"The Mambo Kings" has found its new Fernando Perez. David Alan Grier will portray the nightclub impresario in the Broadway-bound musical opening Aug. 18. He replaces Billy Dee Williams, who withdrew from the production because of an aggravated hip condition. Also starring in the musical, which is based on Oscar Hijuelos' novel and begins preview performances July 20 at the Broadway Theatre in New York, are Esai Morales, Jaime Camil, Albita and Justina Machado.
June 28, 2005 |
"The Mambo Kings" has had its last dance. The lavish $12-million musical will not open on Broadway in August, calling it quits Monday after a critically panned tryout engagement in San Francisco that ended June 19. The musical starred Esai Morales and Jaime Camil as brothers who leave 1950s Havana for the glamorous world of New York nightclubs. Also in the cast were David Alan Grier, Christiane Noll, Latin Grammy winner Albita and Justina Machado.
March 19, 2005 |
Billy Dee Williams, Esai Morales, Latin Grammy-winner Albita and Justina Machado will star in "The Mambo Kings," a new Broadway musical about two Cuban brothers and their journey from 1950s Havana to the posh nightclubs of Manhattan. The musical opens Aug. 18 at the Broadway Theatre. Preview performances begin July 20. "The Mambo Kings" will play an out-of-town engagement at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre, May 24-June 19.
October 8, 1989
Regarding Grace Edwards-Yearwood's review of Oscar Hijuelos' "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" (Book Review, Sept. 3): I am Cuban-born, and when I was a student at Havana University, I threw rocks at the Batista police. Edwards-Yearwood is incorrect, however, in stating that in Batista's Cuba, "White musicians entered through one door and mulatto and black musicians entered through another." I don't know if this statement is in Hijuelos' novel, but in any case there is a need for a correction.
March 1, 1992 |
Salsa nights in clubs like Santa Monica's 5th Av. and Encino's Hola! Barcelona often start with a dance lesson or two, then heat up fast. In a blur of lights, live music and high-energy mambo and merengue, women shimmy in dresses covered with ruffles, fringe, lace and sequins. Their partners sizzle in wide-shouldered jackets, baggy pants and colorful shirts.
October 16, 2013 |
Ed Lauter, 74, a character actor who carved out a niche in the 1970s playing mostly heavies in movies and TV and kept up a busy schedule in recent years with appearances in Clint Eastwood's “Trouble With the Curve” and Oscar winner “The Artist,” died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles of mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects tissue surrounding internal organs. Family spokesman Edward Lozzi announced his death. “A lot of people say, 'I know you,' but they don't know my name,” Lauter told The Times in 2012.
November 28, 2004 |
Tired of stage musicals inspired by movies and pop catalogs? Maybe reality TV series will be the next fertile source of material. Last year, "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" led the way in London. And although its U.S. premiere in San Francisco was recently scratched as its creators were preoccupied elsewhere, it has been announced that "The Opera" will return to its roots on TV. BBC2 is shooting a performance of the musical -- to be televised, four-letter words intact, in January.