CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 |
Announcements of a well-funded research project at a major university often elicit, welcome or not, professional and amateur advice. But those messages usually don't recount a dead cat's spirit flitting into the afterlife. UC Riverside philosophy professor John Martin Fischer has been besieged with hundreds of such unusual missives for the last few months as word spread that he had won a $5-million grant to study something that, in the end, is probably unknowable: immortality. Under his direction, scientists and theologians will be digging into such mysteries as whether humans should even aspire to eternal life in this world or another - and whether everlasting might just prove to be ever-boring.
September 30, 2009
Opera review: A review of Stephen Schwartz's "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" in Monday's Calendar section identified Kim Josephson as a tenor. He is a baritone.
September 28, 2009 |
With the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz's "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" on Saturday night in Santa Barbara's Granada Theatre, various forces came together to make for a gala night at the opera such as this tony town has never experienced before. In one corner, we had the maiden operatic venture by the seasoned man of musical theater song, Schwartz. Now 61, Schwartz, whose hits include "Wicked," "Godspell" and "Pippin," has longed to try his hand at opera, essentially to bump to the bigger leagues in terms of musical seriousness and respect.
March 30, 2007 |
No, that's not Joan Didion onstage recounting the harrowing period in which she suffered the back-to-back losses of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne Michael. That's Vanessa Redgrave, the statuesque English actress who stands almost a foot taller than the iconic California-born author whose brilliantly idiosyncratic writing has provided one of the most reliable barometers of our sociopolitical weather since the late 1960s.
November 19, 2006
I have never understood the male hesitancy about asking for driving directions ["No More Back-Seat Navigators With GPS," Oct. 22]. Some of my happiest memories involve getting lost in different parts of the world. By asking directions from an assortment of nationalities, I have been invited to a 10-course gourmet dinner with a French family in Le Mans, taken to a seance in Thailand and invited to dinner aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga. I once got lost in London. I asked a man with a dog the way to a certain hotel.
March 23, 2006 |
PRODUCERS of a 2003 pay-per-view special that tried to reach Princess Diana via seance are at it again -- this time their moneymaking mystics will try to conjure up the spirit of John Lennon.