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March 11, 1990
Regarding the article "Disney Orders Theaters to Drop On-Screen Ads," Feb. 9), why don't theater owners use the same technique in running ads as they do in France? In that country, there is a pre-movie period of 5 to 25 minutes known as a seance, when previews of coming attractions and advertisements are run. The starting times of the seance and the film are advertised in movie guides, newspapers and on the marquee. In this manner the customer can decide when he'll show up for the performance.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Things were starting to go bump in the night in the Houdini Seance Chamber at the Magic Castle, the private club in Hollywood that is the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. Medium Misty Lee, who also appears at the castle as an illusionist, was attempting to contact the legendary escape artist and master magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926 at age 52 of peritonitis, the result of a ruptured appendix. "Harry, we have waited all night to see your face," she proclaimed as creepy, piped-in music got louder in the intimate room.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1996
Hillary Clinton should have a seance with Abraham Lincoln--and discuss honesty. JULIE DUNBAR Rancho Mirage
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The supernatural side of Sin City will be on display as the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference casts its spell May 19-21 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino . Local ghost hunters Robert George Allen and Janice Oberding are hoping for plenty of paranormal activity over the course of three days. A planned seance will try to put participants in touch with Liberace. The legendary entertainer, who died in 1987, was known as Mr. Showmanship, and the seance is to be held in his old dressing room.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1987
Multimedia Entertainment and Tribune Entertainment Co. are planning a two-hour "Search for Houdini" to air Oct. 31. In addition to covering Houdini's life, magic and his promise to return after death, the Halloween night program will include a live seance.
SPORTS
November 13, 2004
'Nobody's going to voice anything to me. We don't hold hands and get in a seance and "Kumbaya, My Lord." I'm not into that. We've got a direction we're going and you're on the train or you're not. Get out. Period.' - Mike Martz, St. Louis Ram coach, who wasn't interested in what his players said about his inflammatory remarks about their play
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The supernatural side of Sin City will be on display as the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference casts its spell May 19-21 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino . Local ghost hunters Robert George Allen and Janice Oberding are hoping for plenty of paranormal activity over the course of three days. A planned seance will try to put participants in touch with Liberace. The legendary entertainer, who died in 1987, was known as Mr. Showmanship, and the seance is to be held in his old dressing room.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1989
Regarding Carol Przybycien's June 11 letter: She worries that attractions such as Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" foster sexism. Her fears are founded. When she claims that it depicts "slave/bride auctions . . . auctions that resulted in rapes," she's only touching the surface. Really, Ms. Przybycien, how could you pass up the opportunity to point out that Peter Pan and his boys think that women, such as Wendy, are good only for being mothers . . . that Alice and her hallucinogenic mushrooms and her pipe-smoking caterpillar pal encourage drug use among our young . . . that the "Haunted House" seance room and scampering ghosts promote belief in the afterlife (worse yet, dare I say, Satanism)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1987
Over the years there has been a great deal of controversy regarding Halloween. Each year articles attempt to educate people about its origins and that Halloween does have spiritual dimensions and implications. Of course, to others, it is just an "innocent" celebration of fun and games. I have experienced a different side to this holiday, and thus, I have strong reservations about the holiday. My problems stem from working with homeless youth and sexually abused children in Portland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2009 | Josef Woodard
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
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.
TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
March 23, 2006 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
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.
TRAVEL
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.
MAGAZINE
May 18, 1997 | Paul Lieberman, Paul Lieberman is a Times editor whose last magazine article was about Zen golf
I must ask for patience, first from those of you who would rush right to the seance in which we speak to Bernard Lafferty, the Billion Dollar Butler, from beyond the grave. Patience, please. Two other nights with spirits come first, one at the doorstep of the great Valentino, the other with Miss Elizabeth Taylor seated in the front row. * I ask for patience, too, from those of you who would scoff at this whole seance business. I understand, I really do.
SPORTS
November 13, 2004
'Nobody's going to voice anything to me. We don't hold hands and get in a seance and "Kumbaya, My Lord." I'm not into that. We've got a direction we're going and you're on the train or you're not. Get out. Period.' - Mike Martz, St. Louis Ram coach, who wasn't interested in what his players said about his inflammatory remarks about their play
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1998 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shakespeare Festival/L.A.'s producer Ben Donenberg had a great idea in "Hauntings--A Shakespearean Seance" at the Pacific Design Center. Borrowing from a tradition of the 1940s and '50s, Donenberg decided it would be fun to revive the old, vaudeville-inspired "spook show"--and perhaps create a new Halloween tradition for his company. Unfortunately, this inaugural effort--an evening of ghostly scenes from Shakespeare, linked by music, magic and patter--falls sadly short of spooky.
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