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April 20, 1986
The UCLA Student Alumni Assn. will hold its Spring Sing '86 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Royce Hall, with 14 campus musical groups competing in five categories. Entitled "Rhapsody in Bruin," the contest will be judged by Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith, "Star Trek" movie producer Harve Bennett, actor Brian Patrick Clark of "General Hospital," actor Gordon Jump of "WKRP in Cincinnati" and Academy Award-winning composer Bill Conti.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2001 | SASHA ANAWALT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1990 | KENNETH HERMAN
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 1995 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Best Buy Co. has given up on the increasingly crowded digital music market, selling its struggling Napster online music service to competitor Rhapsody in exchange for a minority stake in the combined company. The deal comes three years after Best Buy paid $121 million to acquire Napster Inc., the first wildly popular source of Internet piracy that morphed into a legitimate paid music service. It gives Rhapsody more power to compete against hot digital music upstarts such as Spotify, MOG and Rdio.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2002 | SCOTT SANDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
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."
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