April 24, 2009 |
What does it mean to celebrate the written word? It means getting excited about, well, everything. At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA this weekend, authors will talk about cooking and former Vice President Dick Cheney, baseball and literature, poetry and politics, even life after Marcia Brady. Maureen McCormick, former cast member of TV's "The Brady Bunch," joins celebrity memoirists Cloris Leachman, Alonzo Mourning, Marlee Matlin, Diahann Carroll and Michael J.
April 19, 1998 |
Editor's Note: The following essays by Sherman Alexie, J.D. McClatchy, Robert Pinsky, Mona Simpson and Ted Kooser are included in a recent anthology published by Milkweed Editions, entitled "The Most Wonderful Books: writers on Discovering the Pleasures of Reading." They are reprinted here with the kind permission of the publisher and the authors. * I long sometimes for that early, ardent perception when all narrative provided one engulfing reality.
September 8, 2002 |
I have read many poems responding to the Sept. 11 attacks. Most of them seem rooted not in a response to the event itself but in the poet's sense of what one should feel or say about such an event: something large-minded, or patriotic, or loyal, or insightful, or moral. Contrary to that procedure, the art I admire most begins with some real experience. Frank Bidart's poem "Curse," in a way shockingly, comes from the poet's actual response to a terrible and terrifying reality.
June 5, 1992 |
Matching an art form of the ages with the technology of the '90s, an entrepreneur has come up with "Off the Page: The First Video Poetry Magazine"--a videocassette featuring some of America's best-known poets reading and discussing their work. The mail-order "magazine" is the brainchild of New York actor Norman Rose, whose enthusiasm is palpable in his filmed introduction to the first edition.
December 14, 1998 |
Banished from his beloved Florence in 1302, Dante Alighieri knew what it was like to be flung into the outer circles of darkness. Dante's enduring sense of loss richly informs Robert Scanlan's staging of "The Inferno," which closed Sunday after a three-day run at the Getty Center's Harold M. Williams Auditorium. But Dante's vibrant humanism, the sheer sweep and vulgarity of his epic vision, largely eludes Scanlan and his cast.
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April 9, 1992 |
Before launching into "Finlandia" by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius,the tuxedo-clad musicians seated in the back row of the brass section hoisted their French horns skyward, appearing more like members of a marching band than a symphony orchestra. But there was good reason for unusual lack of decorum. Many of the members of the audience had probably never seen a real French horn--or a cello, or a viola, or a bassoon, for that matter--and they wanted to be sure that everyone got a good look.
May 20, 1998 |
The North American debut of contemporary dance company Ballet Preljocaj's "Romeo and Juliet," appearances by seminal 20th century music artists the Kronos Quartet and pianist Terry Riley, and the New York Philharmonic's first visit to Los Angeles since 1986 highlight the schedule for the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts 1998-1999 season.
February 26, 2002 |
There's a debate going on as to whether classical musicians should show more involvement when they play. One side feels that audiences would relate better to the music if they did. Classical music might even become more popular. The other side feels that music should be left to speak for itself, without any enhancement of personality.