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December 23, 1996
As a native of Ireland and an inheritor of its "unique and passionate culture," I want to thank Martin Landau for his excellent article ("Defending 'Riverdance'--As If It Needs It," Counterpunch, Nov. 25). Landau spoke for all lovers of Irish art and culture when he wrote that " 'Riverdance' is an enthralling expression of the glory of the human spirit and of the power of art to convey beauty." I can appreciate Landau's feelings and the exuberance and enthusiasm of all those who watched "Riverdance" and responded over and over again with thundering applause and standing ovations.
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March 16, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
These might be the best, busiest, most complex weeks of the year in our house, and it's all because of two threads. One red, one green. The most important is the red one - the cultural tether that stretches back to Chengdu, China, where our daughter, Grace, was born in 2004. Grace was 13 months old when my wife, Mary Frances, and I arrived to adopt her and bring her home to Los Angeles. In our early days as a triple-A (Asian American by adoption) family, I thought we might face some cultural barriers, draw stares, confuse people.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1996
I thought Lewis Segal's review of "Riverdance" somewhat short-sighted (" 'Riverdance': Irish Culture on the Hoof," Nov. 18). "Riverdance" is a "show" aimed at entertaining a diverse audience, not an esoteric dance performance. Judging by the ovation it received on Saturday night, I think it achieved this goal. I saw "Riverdance" in London last year and felt that the performance at the Pantages had been modified for L.A. audiences: There appeared to be less dancing and too many breaks to allow time for the audience to applaud, and the stage settings were unnecessarily realistic.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011
Gangster clichés fly like submachine gun bullets in the Italian crime biopic "Angel of Evil," a restless and hollow rundown of '70s criminal Renato Vallanzasca (Kim Rossi Stuart). The Milan mobster robbed, kidnapped and terrorized with a pitiless conviction ("I was born to be a thief," his narration tells us), which earned him a media-friendly cult status all over Italy. But even sporting a centralized figure drawn from a real-life, seesaw reign of lawlessness, notoriety and multiple incarcerations — keeping track of the different prison settings alone is its own story-comprehension battle — director/co-writer Michele Placido prefers quick-n-easy bites of rock-scored ruthlessness and gang-loyalty sentimentality.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010
Hailed as the "Riverdance" of the belly-dancing world (who knew?), Bellydance Superstars presents the premiere of "Bombay Bellywood," featuring a global blend of belly-dance styles, 19 professionally trained dancers and thrilling live percussion. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 8 p.m. $21-$45. (323) 512-4080, http://www.bellydancesuperstars.com .
OPINION
March 16, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
These might be the best, busiest, most complex weeks of the year in our house, and it's all because of two threads. One red, one green. The most important is the red one - the cultural tether that stretches back to Chengdu, China, where our daughter, Grace, was born in 2004. Grace was 13 months old when my wife, Mary Frances, and I arrived to adopt her and bring her home to Los Angeles. In our early days as a triple-A (Asian American by adoption) family, I thought we might face some cultural barriers, draw stares, confuse people.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
Irish step dancing, a traditional performance dance most widely known from the "Riverdance" theatrical franchise, receives exuberant treatment in the superbly crafted documentary "Jig. " Producer-director Sue Bourne (with a strong assist from cinematographer Joe Russell) follows a group of ambitious young hopefuls from the U.S., Europe and Russia as they prepare to compete in the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held last year in Glasgow, Scotland. This highly involving film deftly captures the unique physical, emotional and financial aspects of diving into competitive Irish dance, with the participants' addictive immersion the overwhelming takeaway.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2010
EVENTS Bombay Bellywood Hailed as the "Riverdance" of the belly-dancing world (who knew?), Bellydance Superstars presents the premiere of "Bombay Bellywood," featuring a global blend of belly-dance styles, 19 professionally trained dancers and thrilling live percussion. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 8 p.m. $21-$45. (323) 512-4080, http://www.bellydancesuperstars.com World Cyber Games 2010 The international video game tournament and festival touches down at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the final phase of the competition, with 450 finalists from 60 countries winnowed from the 1.2 million players who had entered.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
"Each man kills the thing he loves," Oscar Wilde once reminded us. But he never mentioned that some do it with a volume-control dial. Case in point: the magnificent South India classical dance idiom Bharata Natyam, which has survived nearly 3,000 years without any help from the amplifiers, loudspeakers and reverberation technology inflicted on it Thursday during a program titled "Inspired Reflections" at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.
SPORTS
October 18, 2005 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Baseball still struggles to find a foothold in many corners of the globe, as American-based freelance writer Steven Wells outlined bluntly last month in England's Guardian newspaper. "Most American males over the age of 30 will parrot the line that soccer is 'deadly' to watch," Wells wrote. "And yet, every week throughout the summer, hundreds of thousands of Americans ...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
Irish step dancing, a traditional performance dance most widely known from the "Riverdance" theatrical franchise, receives exuberant treatment in the superbly crafted documentary "Jig. " Producer-director Sue Bourne (with a strong assist from cinematographer Joe Russell) follows a group of ambitious young hopefuls from the U.S., Europe and Russia as they prepare to compete in the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held last year in Glasgow, Scotland. This highly involving film deftly captures the unique physical, emotional and financial aspects of diving into competitive Irish dance, with the participants' addictive immersion the overwhelming takeaway.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2010
EVENTS Bombay Bellywood Hailed as the "Riverdance" of the belly-dancing world (who knew?), Bellydance Superstars presents the premiere of "Bombay Bellywood," featuring a global blend of belly-dance styles, 19 professionally trained dancers and thrilling live percussion. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 8 p.m. $21-$45. (323) 512-4080, http://www.bellydancesuperstars.com World Cyber Games 2010 The international video game tournament and festival touches down at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the final phase of the competition, with 450 finalists from 60 countries winnowed from the 1.2 million players who had entered.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010
Hailed as the "Riverdance" of the belly-dancing world (who knew?), Bellydance Superstars presents the premiere of "Bombay Bellywood," featuring a global blend of belly-dance styles, 19 professionally trained dancers and thrilling live percussion. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 8 p.m. $21-$45. (323) 512-4080, http://www.bellydancesuperstars.com .
NEWS
October 4, 2007 | Elijah Wald, Special to The Times
WANG Xiaojing was a man with a dream. One of China's most successful rock producers, he was inspired by the international success of New Age artists such as Yanni to believe that something similar might be done with Chinese artists. "I thought if it would be possible to combine traditional Chinese music with Western music, that might be fantastic," Wang says, speaking through a translator from his home in Beijing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2006 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
A lawyer for a woman who accused Irish dance entertainer Michael Flatley of rape committed extortion when he threatened to go public with the allegation unless the "Riverdance" star paid him at least $1 million, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. "That the threats were couched in legalese does not disguise their essential character as extortion," Justice Carlos R. Moreno wrote for the court. The ruling permits Flatley to pursue a lawsuit against former Illinois lawyer D.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2006 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
IT'S close to midnight when British-born dance director Richard O'Neal finally confides his fears about the risky career gamble that brought him to this ancient mountain town in southern Mexico. Almost five years ago, O'Neal gave up his job as the globe-trotting assistant director of "Riverdance," the popular stage show based on Irish folk dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011
Gangster clichés fly like submachine gun bullets in the Italian crime biopic "Angel of Evil," a restless and hollow rundown of '70s criminal Renato Vallanzasca (Kim Rossi Stuart). The Milan mobster robbed, kidnapped and terrorized with a pitiless conviction ("I was born to be a thief," his narration tells us), which earned him a media-friendly cult status all over Italy. But even sporting a centralized figure drawn from a real-life, seesaw reign of lawlessness, notoriety and multiple incarcerations — keeping track of the different prison settings alone is its own story-comprehension battle — director/co-writer Michele Placido prefers quick-n-easy bites of rock-scored ruthlessness and gang-loyalty sentimentality.
NEWS
March 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
"Riverdance" star Michael Flatley is being sued for $35 million by a woman who claims he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel. The lawsuit was filed in Illinois on Tuesday on behalf of a Chicago-area real estate agent who says she flew to Las Vegas to visit Flatley in October. The suit alleges the woman, whose name was not revealed, was in her private bedroom area of Flatley's suite at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino when he raped her.
SPORTS
October 18, 2005 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Baseball still struggles to find a foothold in many corners of the globe, as American-based freelance writer Steven Wells outlined bluntly last month in England's Guardian newspaper. "Most American males over the age of 30 will parrot the line that soccer is 'deadly' to watch," Wells wrote. "And yet, every week throughout the summer, hundreds of thousands of Americans ...
NEWS
March 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
"Riverdance" star Michael Flatley is being sued for $35 million by a woman who claims he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel. The lawsuit was filed in Illinois on Tuesday on behalf of a Chicago-area real estate agent who says she flew to Las Vegas to visit Flatley in October. The suit alleges the woman, whose name was not revealed, was in her private bedroom area of Flatley's suite at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino when he raped her.
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