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December 14, 1986
My utter bewilderment continues week after week as I watch "Spenser: For Hire." Why the producers decided to get rid of the Susan Silverman character is beyond me. The rapport between Spenser and Silverman was characterized by wit, warmth and a kind of playful romanticism that was nothing short of brilliant. And, adding insult to injury, the network decision-makers have replaced Spenser's love interest with a character more resembling a stone than a person. C'mon guys, let's worry less about formula and more about content.
December 23, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
"Hidden Moon" is a two-hour romantic drama that feels like two seasons of a telenovela - not because the story, set in Mexico and Los Angeles, is rich with divergent subplots and intertwining characters, but because the attention it pays to every fluttered eyelash, flared nostril and furrowed brow makes for one long haul of an affair. Devoid of irony or humor, the kind of soapy romanticism that director José Pepe Bojórquez espouses is a tough fit for today's big screen under the best of circumstances.
April 29, 1985 | STEVE POND
You can't really say Eric Andersen's 20-year career is on an upswing. In the '60s, Andersen was in the thick of the East Coast folk boom. In the '70s he made the unjustly neglected "Blue River" LP, then slowly faded from sight, and now he's releasing mail-order records on his own label.
November 16, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Cleve Duncan, whose plaintive tenor captured the heartache of teen love in the enduring 1954 doo-wop hit "Earth Angel," died Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. He was 78. A spokeswoman for the Inglewood Park Cemetery Mortuary confirmed his death but could not provide the cause. "Earth Angel," which reached No. 1 on rhythm and blues charts, was the only hit for the doo-wop act that Duncan fronted, the Penguins. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 But what a hit. "Earth Angel" sold millions of copies through the decades, has been repeatedly covered by other bands and been used in movie soundtracks as a nostalgic evocation of post-World War II youth culture.
January 24, 1986 | COLIN GARDNER
Fusing the geometric properties of the Minimalist grid with the sensuous Romanticism of '70s pattern painting, Merion Estes' highly decorative landscapes exploit a wide variety of historical influences. Thick impasto draws upon the dense, all-over perspective of Abstract Expressionism; vibrant, oscillating colors mine the emotional resonances of Monet and Derain; while a firmly etched, calligraphic line evokes the ornamental/functional synthesis of Japanese screens.
October 21, 2008
Re "All you need is love, and soup," Opinion, Oct. 17 The romanticism of Depression-era life on the Lower East Side and Brooklyn is nothing more than that: romanticism. Visit the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, where women worked at home for the garment industry in tiny apartments with outhouses and no electricity. Visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, now completely sanitized, where thousands of immigrants had to endure tests and quarantines. As a kid of working-class parents in Brownsville, Brooklyn, we did have the love you speak about.
April 23, 1989 | CONNIE JOHNSON
That Snow is back after an eight-year hiatus from recording is cause for celebration among those who find her distinctively quirky voice downright addictive. But while this album is classy and polished, there isn't much that approaches classic Snow territory, aside from "We Might Never Feel This Way Again," with its touching, grab-the-moment romanticism, and the softly tender "I'm Your Girl," which Snow wrote for her late mother. Any record by Snow is worth a listen, but you may have to go back to some of her previous albums to really get a sense of what makes her so distinctively real.
December 21, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS
"DANGEROUS DREAMS." The Nails. RCA. The opening act for Isabella Rossellini's mysterious chanteuse in "Blue Velvet" could very well have been the Nails. The New York band's second album covers much the same emotional territory that that film explores in conventional life and--especially--love turned inside out.
September 29, 1987 | GREGG WAGER
Sunday afternoon, the Pacific Composers Forum gave a concert of five pieces by four of its members at Mount St. Mary's College in Brentwood. A polite, sizable crowd attended. It would be superfluous to describe these pieces individually since, like paper dolls, all five are stylistically and compositionally similar. All but one are scored for clarinet, harp, violin and cello. All sway lullingly to a steady ostinato accompaniment played by the harp.
April 20, 1988 | GREGG WAGER
Monday night at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, Peter Odegard conducted the Irvine Symphony in a varied program that included two substantial works with flute soloists. The most curious piece on the program, Albert Franz Doppler's Double Flute Concerto in D minor, highlighted the talents of flutists James Walker and Marianne Whitmyer.
April 30, 2012 | By Chris Pasles, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Piotr Beczala may be one of the new generation's top three tenors, along with Jonas Kaufmann and Juan Diego Flórez. Each has his specialty - Kaufmann's is drama, Flórez's is bel canto and Beczala's is ardent romanticism. That ardency was evident when the 45-year-old Polish tenor made his U.S. recital debut Saturday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The audience was primed and ready. Already some had loved him as Des Grieux opposite Anna Netrebro's Manon in a Met Opera broadcast this month.
April 12, 2012 | Meghan Daum
When I was 24 and living in a funky New York City apartment with roommates, roaches and ambitions that were both utterly consuming and utterly unfocused, I was convinced my generation was cursed. It was the early 1990s, and between a recession, the AIDS crisis and the last vestiges of the crack-and-crime epidemic, daily life had a certain apocalyptic quality. Thanks to baby boomers bottlenecking the middle rungs of the corporate ladder, we'd never move up from our entry-level jobs.
April 12, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Catán, an opera composer and librettist whose works including "Il Postino" and "Florencia en el Amazonas" have been praised for their lyrical romanticism and humane generosity of spirit, died suddenly Saturday in Austin, Texas. He was 62. Catán's death was announced by the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas, where he was a visiting artist. The cause has not been determined. A South Pasadena resident, Catán had been commissioned by the Butler School to adapt Frank Capra's 1941 classic film "Meet John Doe" for the operatic stage.
December 31, 2010 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Despite a flurry of publicity and public agonizing, 19th century outlaw Billy the Kid won't be pardoned, outgoing Gov. Bill Richardson announced Friday. The Democratic governor had considered pardoning the Kid since at least 2003, but focused on the issue as his term wound down. Friday was the last day he could act. "It was a very close call," Richardson told "Good Morning America. " "The romanticism appealed to me, to issue a pardon, but the facts and the evidence did not support it, and I've got to be responsible, especially when a governor is issuing a pardon.
February 18, 2010 | By Bob Pool
Students experience a raft of emotions when they float into one UCLA professor's office. They giggle and gush over Tom Wortham's hundreds of glass figurines, fancy dolls, sheet music and scale models of Huck Finn. Wortham's shelves and file cabinets are stuffed with Mark Twain memorabilia tied to the all-American author's best-known work, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The retired English Department chairman insists he has no love for the knickknacks, toys and Huck-themed gadgets and artwork stacked in corners and mounted on the office's walls.
October 30, 2009 | Thane Rosenbaum, Rosenbaum, a novelist, essayist and law professor, is the author of "The Golems of Gotham."
First, a confession: I am Victor Frankenstein. Not the Victor Frankenstein, of course, who was, after all, not a real person but a literary invention from the mind of Mary Shelley. As the godmother of Gothic horror, Shelley conjured a scientist who dared to play God and gave life to a creature who would become a worldwide cultural artifact. Shelley's novel also gave all scientists, novelists and even the Almighty something to think about: What mysterious alchemy drives the spark of creation, and what are the consequences when the life given goes awry and cannot be undone?
June 20, 1986 | COLIN GARDNER
"I don't really paint photographs," says Northern California artist Joseph Raffael, "I use image as a structure. I'm usually painting colors and light forms which flow out of the brush." Variously labeled a Photo-Realist or illusionist, Raffael began painting from photographs in the 1960s, evolving a closely cropped style that Thomas Albright called "intuitive pointillism."
March 14, 1986 | WILLIAM WILSON
They say the tide of Neo-Expressionism is running out in New York. Well, true to the laws of nature, it is still rising in California. The latest defector to its ranks appears to be the talented painter Jim Morphesis. If this is something of a disappointment, at least Morphesis' version of it produces handsome results and beguiling thoughts. The exhibition of nearly 30 paintings and drawings is a numerically substantial affair bristling with energy and suave command of means.
September 10, 2009 | MEGHAN DAUM
On Monday in Sudan, Lubna Hussein, a 34-year-old journalist, was convicted and jailed for wearing pants (long, loose ones) on the streets of Khartoum. Though she was released the next day and, moreover, avoided the 40 lashes with a plastic whip that is considered a standard sentence under Sudanese law for wearing "indecent clothing," her case made international headlines and attracted protesters outside the courthouse, many of whom were women who wore trousers in solidarity (and some of whom were arrested)
May 31, 2009 | Dennis Lim
Although he is barely known in the United States, the filmmaker Philippe Garrel is the subject of a devoted cult in his native France, where he's considered a Rimbaud-like Romantic, a major figure of post-French New Wave auteur cinema. Garrel, now 61, made his first feature, "Marie for Memory" (1967), when he was a teenager, earning the attention of his idol, Jean-Luc Godard. His work can be divided between avant-garde and narrative phases, but almost every Garrel film is a home movie of a sort.
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