CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 |
I'm an unrepentant sucker for a good, lively, mixed-use urban market filled with fresh produce, food stalls, good conversation and other assorted necessities of life. If they rented office space at the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax, I'd take a suite next to Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts, although I'd never get anything done with all the people-watching and schmoozing opportunities. My favorite places in Seattle and Philadelphia are urban markets, and if I can be blunt, any city without a good one isn't worth living in. All of which is to say I'm waiting to see what comes of Los Angeles' downtown treasure, the iconic Grand Central Market, which is undergoing a transformation that could either destroy it or revive it, depending on whom you talk to. The changeover has been in the works for almost a year.
October 25, 2012 |
A carjacking goes very wrong in "96 Minutes" and the lives of four young people are all set wildly off-course. The feature debut of writer-director Aimee Lagos, the film feels overstuffed and overcooked, as if the filmmaker were trying to get too much out all in one go. Two female college students (Brittany Snow, Christian Serratos) are overtaken by two teenage boys from the rougher side of town. One (Evan Ross) has been struggling to be better than his surroundings, while the other (J. Michael Trautmann)
July 25, 2012 |
Let us now, in our hearts or with our bodies, do a funky little dance, a cocky little walk, in praise and memory of Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson for a dozen years in the 1970s and 1980s -- and in scattered cameos thereafter -- and died Tuesday at age 74. As a recurring character on "All in the Family," Jefferson served as a kind of counterweight, if not exactly a counterpart, to Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker: an irascible, abrasive,...
February 5, 2012 |
Phylicia Rashad, 63, who became famous playing attorney Clair Huxtable in "The Cosby Show," is director of the Ebony Repertory Theatre production of the classic "A Raisin in the Sun," now at the Kirk Douglas Theatre through Feb. 19. She also rejoins Tyler Perry as his character's mother in his new film "Good Deeds," which opens Feb. 24. After appearing as Lena Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun," which won you a Tony, how did you put your stamp...
December 8, 2011 |
Lydia R. Diamond, whose plays often work the intersection of race and class, remembers once posing a hypothetical scenario she knew would prompt heated debate. The 42-year-old African American playwright and teacher contended that if the Obamas had a son and that son became the fiancé of somebody's white daughter, the young woman's family would not be happy, despite the breeding and connections. "My white friends would say, 'No, no, no, you're wrong! Class would trump race,'" she recalls.
March 31, 2007
Re "AWOL in the real drug war," Opinion, March 24 Arianna Huffington is on the money and exposes what this country is all about. Whites would not put up with sending their children to prison on outrageous drug charges. We are long overdue in having a real conversation on race and class as it applies to our criminal justice system. Americans are basically misinformed or lack courage. Whatever the case, we look like a dog chasing its tail. Let us be smart and bring these drugs inside of the law. This will make life better for all of us. CLIFFORD WALLACE THORNTON JR. Hartford, Conn.