December 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Think insurance regulation is a dull business? Tell that to Eric Weirich, California's top insurance cop. Weirich, a deputy commissioner at the Insurance Department, leads a force of 275 in the fight against crime in the $80-billion-a-year insurance industry. His division investigates and teams up with county district attorneys to prosecute staged auto collisions, arson, bogus workers' compensation claims, fraud against insurers and policyholders, and other crimes.
December 12, 2013 |
The National Endowment for the Arts is helping to fund the Southern California premiere of John Adams' controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," 23 years after it was first performed. The $25,000 grant to the adventurous Long Beach Opera for its March staging of the piece was among $25.8 million in new awards announced Wednesday to nonprofit arts organizations and writers nationwide. “The Death of Klinghoffer," sung in English with a libretto by Alice Goodman, retells the story of Palestinian hijackers' 1985 murder of an Jewish American passenger aboard an Italian cruise ship they had commandeered.
December 10, 2013 |
This review has been updated. Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific - and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two vocal soloists and a solo clarinet, more than 300 performers crowded the stage at Royce Hall. Written in 2010 when the impressively prolific American composer of Palestinian descent was 25, the symphony is a young man's extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East.
December 6, 2013 |
The U.K. premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" took place on the same day that iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela died. Though the film opened in the United States on Nov. 29, actor Idris Elba and Mandela's youngest daughters, Zindzi and Zenani Mandela, joined Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday for its royal film performance at Odeon Leicester Square in London to raise funds for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund....
December 6, 2013 |
The Duchess of Cambridge has been changing things up a bit recently, but jaws dropped in some quarters when she attended the British premiere of the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" on Thursday. It wasn't the elegant Rouland Mouret gown she was wearing that caused double takes. It was the messy casual ponytail. [Cut] In a sad coincidence, it was during the screening that the Duchess and her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, received word that South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, the subject of the film, had passed away . [Express]
December 4, 2013 |
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they've never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance. The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won't be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner who's curating the festival as its music director.
November 29, 2013 |
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Hundreds of demonstrators forced their way into Thailand's army headquarters Friday, the latest building targeted in anti-government protests aimed at unseating Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Shortly after noon, protesters breached the gate of the army compound in central Bangkok and remained inside for about two hours without entering any buildings before drifting off. Demonstrators gave speeches and were heard demanding that the army take a side in the showdown.
November 29, 2013 |
It's a Black Friday sale you don't have to wait in line for. Chevrolet announced this week it will be building a limited run of its all-new Corvette Stingray convertible to commence the car's production. Dubbed the Premiere Edition Convertible, the car follows in the footsteps of the Premiere Edition Coupe that was announced in June. The convertible comes loaded with everything Chevy can stuff in it: performance exhaust system, electronic limited-slip differential, adjustable magnetic ride suspension and suede interior.
November 29, 2013 |
Stateside "Sherlock" fans wary of Season 3 spoilers would be well-advised to steer clear of Twitter on New Year's Day: That's when Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle's creation will make its long-awaited return to television in Britain with an episode called "The Empty Hearse," the BBC announced Friday. The broadcaster touted the news Friday in London with a black hearse decorated with flowers arranged to spell the name "Sherlock" and hashtag in the driver's window reading "#SherlockLives.
November 28, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Thailand's prime minister easily survived a no-confidence vote Thursday, but hundreds of protesters continued to besiege ministries in the capital as her embattled government sought a way out of its political crisis. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai party prevailed in parliament by a vote of 297 to 134. The opposition hoped to unseat the government but members of Yingluck's party held firm in their commanding majority to blunt the challenge. Footage showed her smiling broadly dressed in a dark suit and gold necklace as the vote was announced.