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December 29, 2013
Re "Family's second chance," Column One, Dec. 25 I cried when I read the article about Brooke Mayo and her reunion with Patricia Hamlin, the daughter she gave up for adoption more than 70 years ago. To give a baby up for adoption is one of the hardest things a mother can do (no matter the circumstances). In trying to find the son or daughter, the fear of rejection is so great. I gave a baby up for adoption, and she found me after 45 years. The feelings described in the article are so true, with the similarities my daughter and I have discovered (we talk alike and have the same mannerisms)
April 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
“I don't know if we're a country band,” widely lauded singer and songwriter Jason Isbell said during his set Saturday at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. “But I'm a country person and I wrote all these songs, so I guess we're a country band.” That issue typically arises in various guises throughout the run of the three-day festival, as acts that draw upon rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, bluegrass, folk, soul and other strains vie for fans' attention. The salient point of Isbell's admonition was that when anyone brings a genuinely great song to the table, the labeling becomes irrelevant.
February 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
One hundred elderly North Koreans arrived in Seoul today at the start of reunions for families separated by the Korean War. A similar delegation from South Korea prepared to fly to Pyongyang, the North's capital. The three-day reunions come despite setbacks in bilateral talks over the North's demands for electricity from the South and differences over where to set up a permanent meeting place for future reunions.
April 22, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Courteney Cox cast her vote for no "Friends" reunion in a sit-down Monday night with David Letterman.  So that makes it pretty much, oh, everyone in the cast of the classic sitcom who has come down on the "no freakin' way" side of the reunion argument in recent years. Maybe it's time to stop asking the question, people? At least Cox, who's reportedly now living with  musician boyfriend Johnny McDaid, pulled out a cute example of why "it's not gonna happen": It was the one with the dinner party.  "Let me tell you something: There's six friends and I've been trying to put together a cast dinner for 10 years.
It was like a national family reunion. There were tears, smiles and scenes of unrestrained joy, mixed with disbelief that what was happening was really happening. After three decades as the industrialized world's most penned-in people, East Germans suddenly learned that they were free to come and go as they pleased. And they did.
July 16, 1990 | IRINA EREMIA BRAGIN, Bragin is a Los Angeles writer who teaches at the University of Judaism.
The man in the black suit and wide-brimmed hat now walking hesitantly up the ramp from customs looks Romanian. Is he my father? My heart pounding, I press through the throng of well-wishers gathered to greet arrivals from the Pan Am flight. ' 'Bine ai venit!' I hear a voice behind me and another woman runs up and kisses the man on both cheeks. My mistake terrifies me. What if I don't recognize him?
February 24, 1991
The commander of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf War told his former high school classmates that he hoped to attend their SUMMER REUNION. "If it is at all possible, I promise to be there," Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf said in response to a letter from David Nunn of Oklahoma City inviting him to the event. Nunn said he was a senior at an American high school in Frankfurt, West Germany, in 1948-49 when Schwarzkopf was a sophomore there. "He was a pretty sharp kid back then," Nunn said.
Some mothers came to swap stories about their pregnancies and to offer advice to other expectant women. Others came to hear those tips and to enjoy the support of their experienced cohorts. But all of the women who attended the third annual Fertility Reunion had at least one thing in common: Their children were conceived through in-vitro fertilization or other artificial methods. Friday was a day for them to celebrate their motherhood.
September 14, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A ferry full of South Koreans arrived in North Korea for tearful reunions with relatives they last saw half a century ago, kicking off a weekend that will also include rare North-South military talks. One hundred people from each of the two states met long-lost kin at the Mt. Kumgang resort. South Korean television showed people--many in their 60s--prostrating themselves before their octogenarian parents.
July 1, 1992 | Dana Parsons
We all know about the seductive power of high school reunions. Cue up a love song from the year of the prom, start slow-dancing on the gym floor, and suddenly, otherwise sane and satisfied middle-aged people want to go to Reno with someone they haven't seen in 20 years. I can't explain it, there was this bond between us, your best friend says, breathless as he recounts the reunion.
April 10, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Nostalgia is a legal but dangerous substance in "Detonator," a repetitive, sluggishly paced nocturnal rumination on why we bother reuniting with old friends we purposefully left behind. Suburban dad Sully (Lawrence Michael Levine) and wastrel bachelor Mick (Benjamin Ellis Fine) used to play in a punk band called Detonator, back when "the music was real," according to Mick. Their third bandmate, a female drummer who has gone on to solo success, is Sully's ex and Mick's obsession. Years after the band break-up, the two former pals reunite for a night of "you've changed so much, you haven't changed at all" - all just a prelude for Mick to ask one last preposterous favor of his exhausted buddy.
April 10, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
One of the major draws of this year's Coachella - and the whole of the upcoming festival season - is the return of the Atlanta hip-hop team Outkast. To a certain generation, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling duo's hits, including "Ms. Jackson," "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move," helped define the late 1990s and '00s. Outkast, which headlines Coachella's opening night Friday, is one of America's great hip-hop exports. A smart, sonically curious Southern concern, the team reveled in pushing the boundaries of a genre that was trying to recover from the twin deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
April 6, 2014 | By Noel Murray
August: Osage County Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning April 8 Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as gritty and exciting as a stage show, but John Wells unkinks Letts' Pulitzer-winning twisted black comedy. The Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have a blast chewing the scenery as a cantankerous mother and daughter who spend an impromptu family reunion snapping at each other and their kin; and the rest of the cast (including Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale)
March 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Tina Fey is working on a "Mean Girls" reunion of sorts, but sadly it won't be in the form of another movie. That is so the opposite of fetch. The 2004 comedy, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in April, was adapted by Fey from Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 book "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence. " PHOTOS: Lindsay Lohan career retrospective The cult classic starred a pre-rehab Lindsay Lohan, now 27,  pre-"Notebook" Rachel McAdams, now 35, and the troupe of "Plastics" - pre-"Veronica Mars" Amanda Seyfriend and post-"Party of Five" Lacey Chabert.
February 28, 2014 | By Melissa Milne Ogata
I had been dating a man casually for four months but hadn't heard from him in three weeks. He was nice and a perfect nonthreatening entry into the dating world, as I had been separated for 2 1/2 years and was just starting to think about dating. But I woke up a few days before New Year's Eve and decided this would be the last one I spent alone. On a whim, I signed up for using a nickname, Milly, so no one would recognize me. I posted a brief profile and two pictures and hit "send.
February 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Child's Pose" sounds like something simple and easy, but don't be fooled. This stunning film from Romania, exceptionally written, directed and acted and winner of the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear, is anything but uncomplicated. A ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, "Child's Pose" combines, as have the best of the Romanian new-wave films, a compelling personal story about mothers and sons with an examination of socio-political dynamics in a way that is both intense and piercingly real.
They were older, grayer and so much in danger of being unrecognizable to one another that their name tags read "I Used to Be . . . ." It also seemed as if they had little in common today--having worked together briefly 23 years ago on the losing senatorial campaign of a clergyman-turned-candidate. Not only that, but their main claim to fame, a fellow campaign worker named Bill Clinton, was not even among them Sunday night.
January 19, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
Gherkin Raucous will play a reunion show tonight at Crawford's in Lakewood, then the band's three remaining original members will jet to London to "hang out" with Rat Scabies, former leader of the early British punk band, the Damned. "We might do some recording there. It depends on how things go," said Gherkin's guitarist, Warren Fitzgerald, who also plays in the Vandals. "We're going there basically on a vacation, but something might come of it."
February 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The NFL Combine is set to begin on Saturday in Indianapolis, and there's going to be a Crenshaw-Dorsey reunion. Former Crenshaw players De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Martin are scheduled to participate, as is former Dorsey receiver Robert Herron . Herron, who went to Wyoming, has a great story to tell about overcoming the odds, but he has terrific speed and figures to make a positive impression. Martin, a standout at USC, is one of the top centers in the draft. And Thomas' versatility should be on display.
February 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
If you felt like there was something missing from the "'Seinfeld' reunion" as it played on Sunday's Super Bowl, it's because there was. Some five minutes were cut from the complete version, a now-available episode of Jerry Seinfeld's Web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," for which the Super Bowl spot served as an ad (and, by extension, as an ad for the series' sponsor, Acura). There are of course reasons, tens of millions of them, why the sketch, I think we can call it, did not run full-length during the football game - "As expensive as a Super Bowl minute" is a phrase I hereby trademark, if I can do that.
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