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September 3, 2006 | Chris Pasles
WHEN he's not writing or translating opera librettos, Richard Sparks is probably playing poker. Or maybe writing about poker. His book "Getting Lucky: The Education of a Mad Poker Player" will be launched next at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dutton's Bookstore in Beverly Hills. He'll be on hand to sign copies. "Everyone in Hollywood is a hyphenate," Sparks says. "You know, actor-waiters and such. I've met someone who calls himself a location scout-conductor." But seriously ...
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May 14, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Composer Lee Holdridge says his new opera, "Dulce Rosa," hits "very close to home" for him in several ways. First, as a native Latin American. Second, as the son of a passionate, indomitable woman. And, third, as a lifelong aficionado of stage drama - generally the more dramatic, the better. FOR THE RECORD: "Dulce Rosa": In the May 14 Calendar section, an article about the new opera "Dulce Rosa" at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica said it would be opening Sunday. It opens Friday.
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May 14, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Composer Lee Holdridge says his new opera, "Dulce Rosa," hits "very close to home" for him in several ways. First, as a native Latin American. Second, as the son of a passionate, indomitable woman. And, third, as a lifelong aficionado of stage drama - generally the more dramatic, the better. FOR THE RECORD: "Dulce Rosa": In the May 14 Calendar section, an article about the new opera "Dulce Rosa" at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica said it would be opening Sunday. It opens Friday.
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September 3, 2006 | Chris Pasles
WHEN he's not writing or translating opera librettos, Richard Sparks is probably playing poker. Or maybe writing about poker. His book "Getting Lucky: The Education of a Mad Poker Player" will be launched next at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dutton's Bookstore in Beverly Hills. He'll be on hand to sign copies. "Everyone in Hollywood is a hyphenate," Sparks says. "You know, actor-waiters and such. I've met someone who calls himself a location scout-conductor." But seriously ...
OPINION
May 18, 2013
Re "FBI probes death in Kern County," May 15 Why do we allow mad dogs like those accused of beating a Bakersfield man to death and tampering with evidence on our police forces? If guilty, they should be sent to jail. Richard Sparks Santa Monica ALSO: Letters: Pot's place in medicine Letters: It's UC, not McDonald's Letters: America's well-paid workers
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2006 | Chris Pasles
Los Angeles Opera will premiere a multimedia work commissioned to honor famed trumpeter Rafael Mendez, "Concierto para Mendez," on Oct. 14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 50-minute piece, with music by Lee Holdridge and libretto by Richard Sparks, will be presented free twice, at 1 and 2:30 p.m., as part of National Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month. The work follows Mendez from his birth in rural Mexico in 1906 through his immigration to the U.S.
NEWS
November 16, 2006
Los Angeles Opera's new production of the holiday favorite "Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck includes 12-foot-tall forest creatures and special effects designed by visual artist Douglas Fitch, who also serves as the stage director. Fitch sees the children's fairy tale as "a collective dream that's still evolving," in which adults as well as children must "face what we most fear to grow a step more confident about who we are becoming."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1996 | TIM MAY
For two months, about 40 students at Phoenix Academy, a residential school and drug rehabilitation center, have built sets, designed costumes and rehearsed scenes and choral numbers for a performance of "Journey to Cordoba" planned for today at Fenton Avenue Elementary School in Lake View Terrace.
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May 19, 1995 | MICHAEL ARKUSH
They packed the Reseda High School gym, but it had nothing to do with sports. And everything to do with sentiment. Students came to see "Journey to Cordoba," which, for them, was a journey to a mostly unknown world. Opera. Members of the Los Angeles Opera Company, backed by a chorus of Reseda High students, performed the story of a teen-age girl sent by her father in the United States back to Mexico to learn about respect.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2012
BOOKS Richard Sparks The choral conductor and co-author of "Along the Cherry Lane" discusses the music industry memoir he penned with father-in-law Milton Okun, the music producer and founder of Cherry Lane Music. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com Norman Lebrecht The author of "Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World" will discuss the life, work and legacy of Gustav Mahler. Lebrecht will be joined by Deborah Borda, president and chief executive of the L.A. Philharmonic.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2009 | Tom Petruno
Wall Street followed last week's pullback with a sharp advance Monday as bulls regained control. But trading was thin, indicating that many players were staying on the sidelines. Buoyed by some upbeat reports from the housing and financial sectors, the Dow Jones industrial average surged 235.44 points, or 2.8%, to 8,504.08, and broader indexes mostly scored bigger gains. The Dow slumped 3.
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September 25, 1994 | Daniel Cariaga, Daniel Cariaga is The Times' music writer
Like novelists and football teams, operatic composers have good and bad seasons. Sometimes the commissions arrive and are fulfilled, only to be followed by fallow periods. From this vantage point in hopeful autumn, the 1994-95 concert year looks promising, operatically. Recently at San Francisco Opera, we had the much-heralded premiere of Conrad Susa's "The Dangerous Liaisons." Now, two more brand-new works for the lyric stage are set to be introduced. In February and March, L.A.
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