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October 5, 2010
Van Snowden Puppeteer for 'Pufnstuf,' 'Pee-wee's Playhouse Van Snowden, 71, who inhabited the costumed character H.R. Pufnstuf in the 1970 film and was the lead puppeteer on "Pee-wee's Playhouse" on television, died of cancer Sept. 22 at a Burbank hospital, said a spokesman for producers Sid and Marty Krofft. After donning the dragon suit for "H.R. Pufnstuf," produced by the Krofft brothers, Snowden worked with them on projects that included the 1970s TV series "The Bugaloos" and " Land of the Lost.
September 9, 2010 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Lead puppeteer Kara Klein is "dino-checking" her ankylosaurus. From a podium at the rear of the Honda Center in Anaheim, she is getting her 12-foot-tall, 34-foot-long dinosaur to move its head, tail and even gently nudge one of the technicians on the floor all by manipulating a small metal claw contraption dubbed the "voodoo rig. " "We take him through every axis of motion to make sure he is working correctly," she says. It takes two puppeteers and one driver for each of the 10 roaring and snarling creatures to make their way through the arena, while five smaller dinosaurs including a baby T. rex are operated by performers inside the suits.
September 5, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
In the annals of odd jobs, this recent listing ranks high. "The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County seeks . . . a full-suit puppeteer for a saber-toothed cat. " "Extremely hot, claustrophobic full-suit puppet with limited sight range. … ," it went on. "Must carry 73 pounds on back in a crawling position, supported by arm stilts for periods of 20 minutes, multiple times a day. " More than 100 people sent in resumes for the chance to face these tough working conditions in a new museum show, "Ice Age Encounters.
June 27, 2010
LONG BEACH BBQ, Brews and Red, White & Blues When, where: July 3 and 4, the Queen Mary Highlights: Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music, a down-home barbecue (including a build-your-own strawberry shortcake station), an impressive fireworks display, dancing under the stars and children's activities, all aboard one of the world's most famous ships. Cost: $25; $22 for military service members and senior citizens; $13 for ages 5 to 11; free for children younger than age 5; overnight packages start at $169; parking is $15 a car. Admission does not include food.
June 27, 2010 | By Jon Caramanica, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's been only a few years since Dr. Drew Pinsky first brought C-list celebrities and invasive video cameras to the Pasadena Recovery Center to film "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," and already it's a punchline. At the beginning of each episode of the crude, fantastical, tragic- comedy series "Warren the Ape" ( MTV, Mondays at 10:30 p.m.), our protagonist, a down-on-his-luck puppet attempting to build a comeback after losing an acting career to addiction, sits with Dr. Drew in the same chair that's held the likes of Heidi Fleiss, Jeff Conaway and Rodney King.
June 11, 2010 | By Sharon Mizota, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The freeway appears regularly in L.A. art — works by Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper and Catherine Opie come to mind — but rarely does art grace the Southland's concrete corridors. There is graffiti, of course, and a smattering of decaying murals, but for the most part, the freeway is an artistic wasteland. Until now. Coming to select rush hour traffic jams this summer: "Superclogger," a mobile puppet theater by Los Angeles artist Joel Kyack. Accompanied by fellow artist Michael Hayden, Kyack performs shows out of the back of his nondescript white pickup truck for anyone who happens to be driving behind it. Commissioned by the Culver City non-profit LAXART, "Superclogger" began its crawl through the Southland's most congested stretches of freeway on June 1, on the 405. (Kyack monitors the flow of traffic on Google Maps to find the slowest spots.
June 6, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Whether or not Kim Jong Il personally ordered the torpedo attack that sank a South Korean warship, the ensuing atmosphere of crisis has given the ailing dictator an opportunity to distract a population that might otherwise be complaining that they're eating weeds instead of rice. The furor over the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, in which 46 sailors were killed, has given Kim an opening to stage mass rallies and conduct air defense drills in a "wag the dog" strategy. "This will distract people from their troubles," said Cho Myong-chol, a Pyongyang-born economist and son of a former North Korean minister.
February 23, 2010 | By DeeDee Correll
Lucy the Slut has proudly displayed her cleavage all across the country, appearing in posters that feature her voluptuous bosoms barely contained in a glittery brassiere. But Lucy, one of the puppet stars of the risque Broadway show "Avenue Q," won't get the same exposure in the conservative bastion of Colorado Springs, Colo., where her ample -- if also pink and fuzzy -- endowment has proved too much for a billboard company. "They said it wasn't appropriate for their market," said Kristy Maple, marketing director for NewSpace Entertainment, which is bringing the touring production to mid-sized cities around the country.
February 18, 2010
Seth Morris of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and special guest Rob Huebel of "I Love You, Man" (filling in for Ed Helms) transform into their puppet alter egos to host this comedic live talk show. Guests perform, then chat with the felt hosts. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave. 10 p.m. Sat. $8. (323) 908-8702.
December 27, 2009 | By Reed Johnson
Bleak. Misanthropic. Sadistic. Unsettling. That's a sampling of adjectives that have attached themselves over the years to the films of Michael Haneke, whose latest award-winning feature, "The White Ribbon," opens Wednesday in Los Angeles. And those are from writers who admire the beauty, severity and mental prowess of the Austro-German director's work. Haneke's craftsmanship displays a switchblade-sharp precision and sang-froid intellectualism that causes reviewers to utter the hallowed words "Alfred Hitchcock."
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