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November 8, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Magic buffs, take heart. The 41st annual production of "It's Magic!" is back at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. But magic buffs should also take heed: The show only plays through Sunday. First produced by magician and impresario Milt Larsen in 1956, "It's Magic!" went dark for a decade or so in the mid '80s. Four years ago, it reopened at the historic Alex, the perfect setting for this venerable--but in no way musty--institution.
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November 8, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Magic buffs, take heart. The 41st annual production of "It's Magic!" is back at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. But magic buffs should also take heed: The show only plays through Sunday. First produced by magician and impresario Milt Larsen in 1956, "It's Magic!" went dark for a decade or so in the mid '80s. Four years ago, it reopened at the historic Alex, the perfect setting for this venerable--but in no way musty--institution.
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June 29, 1991 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventriloquist Ronn Lucas' delivery can be so rapid-fire that sometimes it seems that the voices of his Muppet-like puppets are actually overlapping. Such technical abilities, and his sense of humor, have been earning Lucas rave notices. The New York Times says he's "taking ventriloquism to a new level," much like David Copperfield has with magic acts. "It didn't used to be hip to be a ventriloquist," Lucas, 37, said during an interview at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel this week.
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June 29, 1991 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventriloquist Ronn Lucas' delivery can be so rapid-fire that sometimes it seems that the voices of his Muppet-like puppets are actually overlapping. Such technical abilities, and his sense of humor, have been earning Lucas rave notices. The New York Times says he's "taking ventriloquism to a new level," much like David Copperfield has with magic acts. "It didn't used to be hip to be a ventriloquist," Lucas, 37, said during an interview at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel this week.
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December 22, 2005
More than 40 musical ensembles, choirs and dance troupes will perform Saturday at the 45th annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center. Six celebrity hosts will take turns as master of ceremonies at this free six-hour seasonal extravaganza: singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka, dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen, television personality Mark Walberg, singer-actress Gloria Loring, ventriloquist Ronn Lucas and pianist-composer Jim Brickman.
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December 19, 2005 | Lynne Heffley
The annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a Christmas Eve tradition at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for 46 years, is upon us. This year, though, the marathon of free, live entertainment is returning with some big changes. "We threw all the performance chips up in the air and let them fall in a whole new way," says Laura Zucker, executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
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October 21, 2001 | Patt Diroll
To old Hollywood, he was the Tin Man's son, but to new Hollywood, Jack Haley Jr. was known as the prince of Tinseltown, a title he relished. Haley, who died in April at age 67, was a movie buff whose productions included the 1974 hit film "That's Entertainment." The Thalians, a show-biz philanthropic group Haley helped establish in 1955, paid tribute to his memory at its 46th annual ball Oct. 13 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
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February 28, 1987 | Paul Dean
The complexion of Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon melds the sweaty severity of Pheidippides' first 40K to the sweet levity of the last Doo Dah Parade. "We do have our collection of special runners," spokeswoman Jan Sheehan said. "New York has a man who runs in a Mets uniform while tossing a ball in the air . . . but they don't have a 'joggler.' Or le garcon plus rapide. " Le garcon is rapid Roger Bourban, the French manager of Nicky Blair's bistro.
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May 17, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Jerome (Jerry the Priest) Dunn seems to laugh a lot for one who claims to preside over the "Church of Extreme Despair." His good humor, however, is evident only when he's off stage. On stage, the singer-poet-performing artist is anything but saintly. Nevertheless, the lanky City of Orange resident has become something of an underground hero through his wildly theatrical performances at local clubs over the last eight months. "A lot of my act is crass because it's hard to shock people any more.
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August 23, 1998 | Paul Brownfield, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer
"Ladies and gentleman," said emcee Jimmy Caesar, a tuxedo-clad holdover from a distant era, "this man needs no introduction." Out came Jim Teter, tuxedo-clad himself and fresh from his latest cruise ship appearance, where he delighted audiences with his "presidential dummies" Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. What followed was something out of a vaudeville dream, at once endearing and awful.
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December 21, 1993 | KEN WILLIAMS and MARISA LEONARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
New Year's Eve is the biggest going-out night of the year, but you may have trouble deciding where to go--or even what kind of night you want to spend. Luckily, there's a New Year's Eve bash for every taste, from jazz and zydeco to Barry Manilow. You can choose food from Morocco or the American South. And you can dance retro several different ways, from a concert co-starring the Village People to a Roaring '20s party. Music Pop-rock singer Mark Cohn will play four shows Dec. 31 and Jan.
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