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November 1, 1998 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, Victoria Looseleaf reviews dance and music in Los Angeles
Yoshiko Chuma has a fondness for metronomes. In her slightly fractured English, the choreographer-dancer explains how, "even if you put them at the same speed, each one is different, like you and me." And then she pushes the life metaphor further, to include the inevitable: "[Wound] metronomes, after half an hour, almost start dying."
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May 24, 2009 | Dan Neil
My ride to RawHyde Adventures' off-road motorcycle school in Castaic is typically heroic: daring and expert lane splitting, fistfuls of throttle and clutch, spectacular knee-dragging cornering. I even pop a wheelie or two. My riding skills astound me. So imagine my surprise when, having left the asphalt to turn into the ranch's gravel driveway and going all of about 10 feet, I fall off my borrowed BMW F800GS in a spray of loose rock and liberated motorcycle parts . . . Hey, whoa, what the . . .
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May 24, 2009 | Dan Neil
My ride to RawHyde Adventures' off-road motorcycle school in Castaic is typically heroic: daring and expert lane splitting, fistfuls of throttle and clutch, spectacular knee-dragging cornering. I even pop a wheelie or two. My riding skills astound me. So imagine my surprise when, having left the asphalt to turn into the ranch's gravel driveway and going all of about 10 feet, I fall off my borrowed BMW F800GS in a spray of loose rock and liberated motorcycle parts . . . Hey, whoa, what the . . .
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January 6, 2008 | William Georgiades, Special to The Times
"Ok, here it is: 'The Graduate, Part 2'! Ben and Elaine are married still, living in a big, old, spooky house in Northern California somewhere. Mrs. Robinson, her aging mother, lives with them. She's had a stroke. And they've got a daughter in college -- Julia Roberts maybe. It'll be dark and weird and funny -- with a stroke." So said Buck Henry, the co-screenwriter of "The Graduate," to an indifferent studio executive in Robert Altman's "The Player."
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September 6, 2007 | Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is an editor at large for The Times.
The start of a new school year inevitably brings a new round of hand-wringing and finger-pointing. Test scores are too low. Classes are overcrowded; facilities falling apart. The budget is inadequate, and standardized curriculums are woefully irrelevant. The Los Angeles Unified School District should be broken up; bureaucrats must be accountable; taxpayers need to know how their money is being spent.
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March 17, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Somewhere deep in the mind of just about every would-be rock star is a secret wish to find a millionaire benefactor to finance the long, hard climb to success. For Orange County hard rock band Citizen Kane, that wish was apparently fulfilled when they met a rich inventor willing to build a multimillion-dollar record company around the group. In this fairy-tale-like story, however, the musicians did not live happily ever after.
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July 26, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS
We are just not doing a good enough job of raising our kids. People today should not have to be told: "That's baseball," but if Rick Monday, Ross Porter and Bill Plaschke have to make a point of saying it or writing it after Kevin Brown plunks Todd Helton in retaliation for Gary Sheffield getting hit, then something's awfully wrong. Because you know none of these stalwarts is the type to just prattle on about nothing. OK, so two out of three are not the types to prattle on about nothing.
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December 11, 2005 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
In the life of an undocumented immigrant college student, finding creative ways to save money can be a job in itself, Luis Perez said Saturday at a conference to assist students like himself. While attending UCLA and unable to get financial aid because of his immigration status, Perez went to all the student club meetings he could find because they served free food. An immigrant from Guadalajara, Mexico, who grew up in Pacoima, he went to Asian American club meetings.
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August 1, 2004 | Nancy Rabinowitz, Associated Press Writer
Building a house in 17th century New England meant chopping down trees, splitting oak planks by hand for clapboard siding, filling the cracks with mortar made of clay -- and doing it all with the rudimentary tools available to early colonists. In a new twist on making history come to life, visitors to Plimoth Plantation will have a chance to pick up similar tools and help reconstruct two houses used in the filming of the public television program "Colonial House."
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April 6, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Liz Murray, whose traumatic but inspiring life is depicted in the new Lifetime movie "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story," endured a childhood that could have been lifted from the pages of a Charles Dickens novel. And like such Dickens' heroes as Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickelby and David Copperfield, Murray has overcome every adversity in her way. She was raised in dire poverty by loving but drug-addicted parents. She rarely made it to school, but when she did she excelled in her classes.
SPORTS
July 26, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS
We are just not doing a good enough job of raising our kids. People today should not have to be told: "That's baseball," but if Rick Monday, Ross Porter and Bill Plaschke have to make a point of saying it or writing it after Kevin Brown plunks Todd Helton in retaliation for Gary Sheffield getting hit, then something's awfully wrong. Because you know none of these stalwarts is the type to just prattle on about nothing. OK, so two out of three are not the types to prattle on about nothing.
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