June 23, 2000 |
Hershey Felder is a man with a mission. A talented concert pianist, he has performed George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" about 400 times. That long indoctrination in Gershwin's masterwork inspired Felder to try to bring the life of Gershwin to the stage. For the last five years, Felder has immersed himself in the works of Gershwin, gaining unprecedented access to previously private Gershwin papers from Gershwin's heirs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1995
Many of the familiar plants of Southern California such as German Ivy, ice plant, castor bean and Eucalyptus and pepper trees are, in fact, non-native interlopers. By accident and design they are obliterating native plants that often provide food sources for the region's animal life. So it's good to have a sense of humor to accompany a goal as ambitious as restoring the Southern California's natural environment in the next 25 years.
October 29, 2001 |
Rhapsody in Taps, co-founded by Linda Sohl-Donnell and Toni Relin, celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday at the Japan America Theater in downtown L.A. Most of the faces have changed, but the artistic impulse to stretch and test tap's limits has remained constant. The important change now is the attention paid to construction.
December 23, 1991 |
As his 26th film in 48 years, Akira Kurosawa has created in "Rhapsody in August" (at the Royal) the most intimate drama of his career. A film of the utmost simplicity and serene beauty, it centers on three generations of one family. Yet its gentleness is deceptive, for it is through this family that Kurosawa, in adapting a novel by Kiyoko Murata, touches upon the eternal themes of war and reconciliation.
August 14, 1990 |
Pianist Robert Taub's sophisticated resume bristles with world premieres, compositions by contemporary composers such as Mel Powell and Milton Babbitt. The Mel Powell Concerto for Two Pianos, in which Taub performed last year with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was awarded the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in music, and Taub has just made the first recording of Vincent Persichetti's Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit.
January 27, 1995 |
"Miami Rhapsody," a comedy about marital jitters starring Sarah Jessica Parker, is full of funny performers and beautiful Miami scenery and classic pop tunes but it still seems awfully familiar. It's not just that it keeps reminding you of Woody Allen--reportedly it's working title was "Miami." It also reminds you of Neil Simon and a barrage of sort-of-bright TV sitcoms.
February 10, 1992 |
Now in its 11th year, Rhapsody in Taps, a five-woman troupe based in Los Angeles, has built up a loyal audience, as shown by the large and enthusiastic crowd Saturday at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College. It's not hard to see why. The company offers a variety of work, not just tap but modern dance as filtered through an ethnic viewpoint. The dancers are gracious in style, eschewing hard-sell salespersonship, and are willing to experiment with new forms.
June 24, 2002 |
"Cop stories are at root really just family stories, filled with secret conflicts, shame, desire and humor, only dressed up with sirens and flashing lights," Brian McDonald writes in his 1999 memoir of three generations of New York City policemen, "My Father's Gun." "They deserve to be told, no matter the risk."
March 13, 2009 |
In a special-effects bonanza such as "Watchmen," a single effect like Dr. Manhattan's eerie blue look could easily be lost in the tumult of nuclear explosions, flying ships, Martian palaces and Antarctic lairs. But with more than 300 shots totaling about 38 minutes of screen time, the effect had to be executed to perfection. Since digitally adding the blue glow to the superhero character played by Billy Crudup in post-production would be prohibitively expensive, John "D.J."