October 18, 2012 |
Director Stephen Fung's stylistic hodgepodge "Tai Chi Zero" follows a battle-hardened, impulsive kung fu prodigy who seeks training in a secretive, energy-conserving martial arts style practiced in peaceful Chen Village. He becomes an unwitting warrior in a battle between the town and a Western-influenced prodigal son whose giant mechanical claw-monster threatens to wipe out the residents so a railroad can be built. "Tai Chi Zero" is often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.
September 24, 2012 |
SEATTLE - He was a child prodigy, taking computer classes at Seattle Pacific University at the age of 13 and finishing in the top third of the Junior Olympics in fencing. But Dinh Bowman was earning a different kind of recognition over the weekend, appearing before a judge Saturday in Seattle on suspicion of killing a 42-year-old local man in what detectives believe was a case of road rage. Bowman, now 29, was arrested after an anonymous tipster suggested he was the man driving a silver BMW convertible who opened fire with deadly precision on a fellow motorist Aug. 31 in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood, inflicting fatal wounds before driving off. The victim, Yancy Noll, a popular supermarket wine steward, was stopped at a red light in a line of traffic when the silver BMW pulled alongside his car, came to a halt, and its driver fired several shots, three of which struck Noll in the head.
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August 22, 2012 |
Violinist Ruggiero Ricci held the audience spellbound when he debuted at the Hollywood Bowl in 1932, a "wunderkind" of classical music with marvelous showmanship and beautiful tone. He was all of 13. What he accomplished in the ensuing decades is perhaps even more impressive: He made the rare leap from child prodigy to serious artist. He was regarded as one of the greatest violin virtuosos of his generation. Ricci, 94, died of heart failure Aug. 6 at his Palm Springs home, said Shelley Bovyer, a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic who regards Ricci as her finest teacher.
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April 24, 2012 |
At the age of 8, Curtis Tang, then living in Alhambra was a child prodigy in Go, the ancient Chinese board game that Henry Kissinger recommended as a key to Chinese thinking. Played with white and black stones on a crosshatched board, the game's object is to surround more territory than your opponent. So old, its year of origin is murky, Go is deceptively simple. But in Asia and much of the rest of the world, it's considered the richest game of strategy ever devised, and its mastery is a matter of unmatched prestige.
March 8, 2012
MUSIC Chris Thile's adventurous Americana group Punch Brothers further refined its sound on its latest album, produced by the pop-rock savant Jacquire King. "Who's Feeling Young Now" is an implicit funny allusion to Thile's past as a childhood mandolin prodigy, but its rich and evocative tracks capture a white-hot musical mind coming into his own and collaborating with stellar peers. The El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $22, theelrey.com.
February 19, 2012 |
It's been 18 months since soprano Jackie Evancho charmed the nation as a finalist on TV's "America's Got Talent. " In that time, she's had a gold record, a platinum EP and a PBS special and has managed to sell out Avery Fisher Hall. Not bad for a girl from Richland Township, Penn., who won't turn 12 until April. Perhaps because she is a child ultimately thrust into the spotlight thanks to a public vote, everyone has an opinion on what she should sing, when she should sing it, how talented she really is and her shelf life as a performer.