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February 19, 2011 | Sandy Banks
My heart sank when I saw the phone number on my caller ID. That Toledo, Ohio, area code could only mean bad news. When I put the receiver to my ear, I thought I heard laughter in the din. I let myself hope for a miracle. Then my brother-in-law weighed in. "She's gone," he told me, the upbeat note in his voice at odds with the news. His mother, Rene, had died of lung cancer minutes ago, with her four sons at her bedside. She simply slipped away, stopped breathing, he said, narrating the scene from her bedroom door.
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Opening the door of Rene Holguin's RTH store on La Cienega and stepping into the piñon incense-scented space is like stumbling upon the souvenir shop of your dreams. A native of El Paso, Holguin learned leather crafting from his boot-maker father. He started his label in 2010 with accessories - cowhide leather flower pins and fringe necklaces, bandanna tote bags and felt hats - all evoking treasures you might find on a road trip. That vision has since evolved into a lifestyle collection, including unisex shirts and shirtdresses, shawls, jackets and denim, with a timeless, utilitarian cool.
May 23, 1993 | DIANNE KLEIN
Rene is talking to me from the edge of her seat, in bursts of nervous energy, about things that you just don't talk about with anybody. That's why she asks that I not use her real name. She is a senior in high school with plans for college in the fall. She's a dancer--jazz, tap and funk--and it shows in her body. There's a certain way that it moves. Rene has stopped by a Planned Parenthood clinic in South Orange County on drop-in "Teen Tuesday."
February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
The Seattle Seahawks took home the Super Bowl championship on Sunday, roundly beating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Another big winner for the evening was operatic soprano Renée Fleming, whose near flawless rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" provided a rousing start to pro football's biggest night.  Fleming, wearing a black dress with a white wrap, sang the national anthem to a recording provided by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, with a...
December 31, 2011 | Sandy Banks
Time after time this holiday season, I reached for the phone on the kitchen counter to call my mother-in-law in Ohio. Then I remembered, I'm on my own now making family favorites. For years, her special holiday dishes grounded our family traditions. It's just not Thanksgiving without Rene's dressing, Christmas without her sweet potato pie, New Year's Day without her black-eyed peas. Rene's death last winter left a hole in our lives . I could will myself not to think about her absence, until I sat at the kitchen table pawing through piles of old recipes, searching for some written link to her culinary legacy.
April 20, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In November 2008, as the Great Recession pounded away, Opera Pacific closed its doors. Orange County was suddenly without a major resident opera company. But after nearly four years of drought, the Pacific Symphony is trying to step into the breach with concert opera over three years, one per season. It's a small step, but it's a step. They aren't taking any chances with repertoire, that's for sure. First out of the chute was that guaranteed crowd-pleaser, Puccini's "La Bohème" -- and yes, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall looked almost full on the ground floor Thursday night.
May 1, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
It wasn't the words of Shakespeare that sprang to mind Monday night as I found myself sitting onstage at the $240-million Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, surrounded by members of the Pacific Symphony, my trusty clarinet in my lap, the score to Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" ballet music laid out before me and music director Carl St.Clair wielding his baton in front of us. No, it was the immortal question posed by Talking...
June 23, 1998
"Homeward Bound" (June 18) filled me with inspiration and pride. As surprising as it may seem to most people, what Rene Trabanino chose as a career is nothing new. He is one of the growing number of Latino college graduates with prestigious educations under their belts who choose to give back to their community by the most direct means available, through pedagogical contact. I personally know UC Berkeley, Yale and Harvard graduates with undergraduate and graduate degrees who teach in the low-income communities in which they grew up. This commitment should not be questioned as a poor career choice; rather it should be revered and serve as an example of a growing social consciousness among Latino educators to change the status quo. I wholeheartedly believe that those of us who choose to be teachers are convinced that the social-economic future of our community largely depends on the loyalty and sincerity of our future endeavors.
January 7, 1996
In "Haiti Elected a New President, But Can He Replace Aristide?" (Opinion, Dec. 24), J.P. Slavin completely misses the significance of Rene Preval's election to Haiti's highest office. Slavin questions whether Preval is President Aristide's "protege" or "acolyte." In fact he is neither. It was Preval who convinced a reluctant Aristide to run for the presidency in 1990 and it was Preval who as prime minister and interior minister in 1991 led efforts to eradicate the corrupting influence of the Tontons Macoutes from the governmental apparatus.
June 29, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI
* The film, TV and stage actor won a Tony for the musical "Coco" and starred as Odo on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." He plays the Rev. Oliver in the current film "The Patriot." Pedal Pal: Saturday morning I get up early and go to join my friend T.J., who was my college roommate and is now my agent. We do a 17-mile ride on mountain bikes in the hills of Griffith Park. Usually we're done before noon. It's a killer ride--but we take our time.
January 29, 2014 | By David Ng
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife  Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance. The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
October 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The temptation for an orchestra to celebrate the opening of a concert hall by commissioning a major new work is obvious and irresistible. It's also, more often than not, a bad idea. Preparing a premiere is hard enough under normal circumstances. There is never enough rehearsal time, and composers frequently need to make changes once they hear their music in the flesh. A new acoustic environment will only confuse the instrumental matters. On top of that, the logistics of concert hall openings - the endless last-minute construction details and typical gala arrangement - can be crazy-making all by themselves.
September 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show's Top 10 list.  Fleming was on hand to plug her latest album, "Guilty Pleasures," which features an assortment of operatic works as well as popular and rarely heard songs.  The category of Wednesday's Top 10 list was operatic lyrics, though the tunes Fleming performed were spoofs of popular arias....
August 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
For many young baseball fans, one of the biggest thrills in the world is to bring home an actual ball from a big league game. You should've seen the mass of humanity I had to wriggle out of as a lad just to emerge with a foul ball back at Three Rivers Stadium in the '80s. But I still cherish it to this day. So imagine how nice it must have been for a young Philadelphia Phillies fan to simply have a ball handed to him at Citizens Bank Park last week. No wrestling, no struggle, nothing to endure whatsoever.
July 8, 2013 | By David Ng
President Obama is to present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients during a White House ceremony scheduled for Wednesday. Among the winners for 2012 are artist Ellsworth Kelly, soprano Renee Fleming, playwright Tony Kushner and Los Angeles musician and arts philanthropist Herb Alpert. In addition, Obama is expected to award the National Humanities Medal to 12 others, including theater artist Anna Deavere Smith and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara. Wednesday's ceremony is to take place in the East Room of the White House, with the president accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Kelly was the subject of an exhibition that ran at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last year.
February 7, 1995
Huntington Beach, Junior Basketball/Guard At 5 feet 5, Kimoto isn't one of the more imposing players, but Coach Nick Bartlett says she's among the toughest, not at all afraid to take the ball to the hoop. "They knock her down but she jumps right up," he said. Last week, she helped knock down two top teams. Kimoto had 18 points, seven assists and five steals in a 61-46 victory over Esperanza, ranked 10th at the time, and 12 points, six assists and seven steals in a 64-61 victory over then-No.
October 4, 1992
For a biography of silent-screen actress Renee Adoree (1898-1933), who rose from a circus tent in France to Hollywood stardom with "The Big Parade" (1925), I would like to hear from anyone who might have personal reminiscences or other information regarding her life and career. I particularly wish to contact any of her relatives, here or abroad. ROBERT EDWARDS, 275 W. Verdugo Ave. 1, Burbank, CA 91502
June 28, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Matthew Morrison, the "Glee" star who's recently released his second solo album, is planning a duet for the rest of his life: He's newly engaged to Renee Puente, his girlfriend of two years. "An incredible night of LOVE @ejaf Ball," Morrison tweeted Friday, referring to the Elton John AIDS Foundation's White Tie and Tiara Ball, where the news was announced Thursday night. "I'm going to marry my best friend! Happy day for me and @Renee_Puente. " The announcement was made from the stage by John and his partner, David Furnish, according to E!
April 1, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
On April 22, René Redzepi and the team behind the MAD Symposium will be holding the third edition of MAD Mondays at the Grand Teatret in Copenhagen. The event, part of a monthly series of conversations about the future of food, will be presented in English and streamed live. Past MAD Mondays have included "What is Creativity?" featuring panelists Paul Cunningham, chef Erwin Lauterbach , Tal R and Knud Romer, and "Who Will Feed Us?" with Thomas Harttung, farmer and founder of Aarstiderne ; chef Christian Puglisi of Relae and Manfreds ; Arlene Stein, director of Terroir Symposium in Canada; farmer Soren Wiuff; and Henrik Zobbe, associate professor of agricultural economics and policy at the University of Copenhagen.
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