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August 26, 2011
'Rebirth' No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Playing at: Laemmle's Royal Theatre, West Los Angeles
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Wearing a dark blue traditional Iranian garment, Roxanna Ameri followed the rhythm of the music as she marched with others outfitted in festive shades of red, green and purple. Ameri, 18, was among hundreds of Iranians who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last weekend for the sixth annual Iranian New Year celebration, hosted by the Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California. March 20 commemorates both the first day of spring and the Iranian holiday Nowruz, which translates to "new day. " The holiday, which ends Sunday in the U.S. and on Tuesday in Iran, is a time for Iranians across the globe to gather with family and friends to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature.
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OPINION
June 29, 2013
Re "Creative destruction," Business, June 27 The demolition of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is certainly the end of an era for Los Angeles. When the hotel opened in 1952 as the Statler, it signaled a change for downtown Los Angeles. The Statler became the place to go for conferences, meetings and business lunches, taking away from the historic Biltmore. In some ways, the Statler signaled the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles, several years before Security Pacific National Bank decided to keep its headquarters downtown on Spring Street rather than moving west to mid-Wilshire, and 15 years before the completion of the Los Angeles Music Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Christopher Knight
Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn't something to be undertaken lightly. Jackson Pollock's mammoth 1943 painting "Mural" - nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede - was something entirely new for American art. The great painting represents...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The affecting "Rebirth" is an ode to the grieving process, a documentary about five people whose lives were knocked sideways by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, but who come to some hard-won truths about what it means to move on. What's galvanizing about director Jim Whitaker's effort is its 10-year trajectory as a project: Whitaker began his interviews in 2002, and caught up with his subjects every year, giving the film a unique glimpse into the recovery mechanism of damaged hearts and bewildered minds, how a visage of hollowed-out sorrow after one year becomes a look of more peaceful acceptance down the road.
OPINION
April 25, 1993
Following the verdicts, it was sadly amusing watching the field reporters from our local TV channels searching in vain for a bad reaction somewhere. One reporter quoted an unnamed person as having said something like "this (verdict) will create a rebirth in L.A." The reporter went on to say there was no news to keep her out on the street much longer. What greater news could L.A. receive than a "rebirth"? The TV news organizations proved once again that they really are the "Bad News Bears."
REAL ESTATE
March 22, 1987
I would like to compliment the Times on the article on Hollywood (March 8). It was a comprehensive and well-researched and accurately summarized the many positive developments. We have, too often, seen an unwarranted emphasis on the negatives of Hollywood. Hollywood is experiencing a rebirth and it is refreshing to see a story that recognizes this positive trend. PHYLLIS HOLZMAN Hollywood Holzman is chief executive officer of Hollywood Exposition.
NEWS
April 15, 1993
The Jewish parents objecting to "symbols of spring" at a Culver City school (Times, April 1) should read the highly regarded "Guide and Commentary of the Jewish Holidays." "Another name for Passover is hag ha aviv-- the holiday for spring . . . not simply by coincidence but by design." Spring is the rebirth of the Earth. The Exodus was the rebirth of a people enslaved in Egypt. Easter celebrates the resurrection--coming back to life. That's why the egg, a symbol of rebirth, is common to both holidays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1996
I applaud Rabbi Jacob Neusner ("Firmly Held Beliefs Often Require Judgments," Commentary, July 26) for having the courage and the insight to portray a different angle to the otherwise-resented quests of the Southern Baptists. Neusner clearly understands that Christianity must remain true to itself by seeking to convert everyone, not just Jews. Otherwise the Christian claim to exclusivity would be irrational. Neusner is absolutely correct when he says, "From such a confrontation, the rebirth of informed and well-considered faith must come as the one sure result."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2009 | Mike Boehm
The financial chickens came home to roost at the Museum of Contemporary Art a year ago, but on the eve of what's being dubbed "MOCA New," a 30th-anniversary celebration centering on the museum's biggest exhibition ever -- drawn almost entirely from its own collection -- museum leaders want to prove to the public that those birds have flown. Nevertheless, as chief curator Paul Schimmel planned the show, "Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years," he and artist Andrea Zittel mulled whether to house eight bantam hens in her conceptual piece, "A-Z Breeding Unit for Averaging Eight Breeds" -- as the sleek, steel-and-glass, climate-controlled henhouse-as-inverted-pyramid did when it first was seen in 1993.
SPORTS
November 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Left with an unobstructed path to the quarterback, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr lifted up USC's Matt Barkley and planted him in the Rose Bowl turf. The play, in the fourth quarter of last year's rivalry game, was the exclamation point in a 38-28 UCLA victory. It was also the unceremonious end of Barkley's roller-coaster college career. He sustained a separated shoulder and did not play in USC's bowl game. "That symbolized where this team was and how we had sort of changed," UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley said this week.
OPINION
October 17, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The prospect of restoring the Los Angeles River as wildlife habitat, recreation opportunity and civic amenity may have once sounded like a whimsical notion whipped up on the spur of the moment by a handful of dreamers. If it ever was, it's certainly not now. Yes, there are dreamers, but they have been at it for nearly 30 years and have used science, planning, engineering and advocacy to hammer their dreams into a well-thought-out program to transform an ugly concrete storm drain into the city's vital, and verdant, central artery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
LONE PINE, Calif. - An Inyo County official and an environmental activist stepped into wobbly kayaks on Saturday to gauge the prospects of developing a "paddling experience" that would float people down the eastern Sierra Nevada's Lower Owens River. To Larry Freilich, Inyo County Water Department mitigation manager, and George Wolfe, founder of L.A. River Expeditions, the Lower Owens' lazy loops, oxbows and wetlands - habitat for elk, bobcats and waterfowl - and rugged, wide-open scenery are reason enough to make such voyages worthwhile.
AUTOS
August 30, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. was reeling from its bankruptcy and federal bailout when it launched the Chevrolet Cruze small car - one of the few projects it could pull off amid the financial and political turmoil. That day in September 2010 marked the rebirth of the automaker, says Mark Reuss, president of GM's North American operations. The Cruze quickly became one of the world's bestselling passenger cars. It proved that truck-centric GM could reap big profits on a small car, with no need for profit-robbing incentives and discounting.
OPINION
June 29, 2013
Re "Creative destruction," Business, June 27 The demolition of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is certainly the end of an era for Los Angeles. When the hotel opened in 1952 as the Statler, it signaled a change for downtown Los Angeles. The Statler became the place to go for conferences, meetings and business lunches, taking away from the historic Biltmore. In some ways, the Statler signaled the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles, several years before Security Pacific National Bank decided to keep its headquarters downtown on Spring Street rather than moving west to mid-Wilshire, and 15 years before the completion of the Los Angeles Music Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is preaching a gospel of civic rebirth in appearances across Los Angeles while gently lowering expectations about how much City Hall, and he himself, can do to bring about change. In a city of 4 million, "I can't be everywhere, I won't be everywhere and do a good job," Garcetti told a crowd of about 250 at Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, one in a series of "Back to Basics" forums in the weeks before he replaces outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on July 1. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that Pat Pope voted for Wendy Greuel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sign hanging outside the Sportsmen's Lodge hotel in Studio City Sunday made a gallon-sized promise: "This year's newest trend." Was it collecting old Elvis hotel keys? Mangled manhole covers? How about belly-button lint? No way. It was milk caps. That's right, milk caps--those waxed cardboard thing-a-ma-jobbies that protected the tops of your grandmother's milk bottles way back when.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1997
Re "Key Ingredient in Bronx Rebirth: The Picket Fence," Dec. 11: The area of "rebirth" in the Bronx represents probably 1% of the Bronx. That area was abandoned by the city, state and federal governments and businesses starting in the 1950s and was left to burn off, like unwanted growth in a forest for several decades. All President Clinton and his spinmeisters had to do was check out the rest of the Bronx, and parts of Brooklyn, Queens and upper Manhattan to witness the same burn-off tactics taking place today.
SPORTS
May 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
So about that fire . . . The Dodgers insist that Manager Don Mattingly's now-infamous mini-rant on playing with grit and determination really did strike a chord, though apparently one not loud enough for the rest of us to recognize. The Dodgers have gone 2-2 since Mattingly's one-day benching of Andre Ethier and blunt evaluation before Wednesday's game. Sunday he benched Matt Kemp , as his tough-love campaign continues. Alas, the result was a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals, the last-place Dodgers again falling seven games back in the National League West.
NATIONAL
March 16, 2013 | By Paul West
OXON HILL, Md. - To most of those attending this year's biggest gathering of conservative activists, the messenger - not the message - was to blame for the Republican Party's defeat in the 2012 presidential election. That made Mitt Romney's appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday potentially awkward. But the crowd responded enthusiastically to his first public speech since election night. "As someone who just lost the last election, I'm probably not in the best position to chart the course for the next one," remarked Romney, who also said that "It's up to us to make sure that we learn from our mistakes and my mistakes.
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