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December 7, 1991
"The Barber of Seville" is a great production despite Martin Bernheimer's review ("Music Center Gags Rossini's 'Barbiere,' " Nov. 25). He probably wasn't feeling well that day. Surreal sets are a delightful way of expressing the humor of Rossini's music, and the sexual temperature of the production seems to flow right from the score. BARRY JABLON, Los Angeles
April 8, 2012 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán hosts "Open Call," KCET's new Thursday evening show featuring performances at Southern California's top arts schools and institutions. The L.A. native maintains an active performing schedule - her next gig is singing the role of Bertha in San Diego Opera's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," opening April 21 - and helps groom young artists as the director of L.A. County High School for the Arts' Office of Community Engagement. Tell me about "Open Call.
February 11, 1989 | Associated Press
Andres Simon of Cuba upset Olympic 100-meter gold medalist Carl Lewis Friday to win the 60-meter dash in the San Sebastian indoor track meet. Simon's winning time was 6.58 seconds. Lewis, making his first European appearance of the year, finished third in 6.60, behind Mark Witherspoon, who finished in 6.59. There was no immediate comment from Lewis, who reportedly was paid $24,560 to run the 60. Ricardo Chacon of Cuba was fourth in 6.62, followed by Joel Isasi of Cuba in 6.
November 14, 2011
What's up, doc? How about the release Tuesday of Warner Home Video's "Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume I" on Blu-ray, which features more than 50 of the looniest Looney Tunes cartoons. The set includes such beloved cartoons as "Rabbit of Seville," "What's Opera, Doc?," Duck Amuck," "Tweetie Pie," "For Scent-Imental Reasons," "One Froggy Evening," "Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century," "Feed the Kitty" and "I Love to Singa. " And that's not all, folks. There are behind-the "Tunes" featurettes, "Chuck Amuck: The Movie," "The Animated World of Chuck Jones," which features nine cartoons from the amazingly fertile mind of Jones, a "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
May 19, 1985
Having just returned from Seville, where I had my own brush with a pickpocket, I would like to add two suggestions to the excellent articles by George Reasons and Dorothy Casperson (May 5). The surest protection is to leave everything of value locked in your hotel safe. Many cities have thieves, but I believe that Seville may be the worst in Spain. Thievery there is a well-established, tax-free industry. Its pickpockets are highly skilled artists at their trade. Do your souvenir buying in other cities, which have the same stuff to sell.
March 1, 1989 | From Reuters
The Japanese government will have a high-tech pavilion at the 1992 World Exposition in Seville, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday. Hiroshi Mitsuzuka, minister for international trade and industry, said the government will spend $48 million on the building. The Seville event will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America in 1492. Spain will also host the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
August 6, 2004 | Associated Press
The Seville International Music Festival, which had been slated for Sept. 2-12, has been postponed indefinitely because conductor Lorin Maazel's doctors advised him not to undertake any physical activity for six weeks following recent eye surgery. Maazel, 74, was to conduct an open-air performance of Bizet's "Carmen," which is set in Seville, with Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura directing at different locations in the city.
May 17, 1994
Gypsies from across Europe will grapple with the problems of discrimination, assimilation and education at a European Union conference beginning Wednesday in Seville, which is called the cultural capital of Spain's estimated 700,000 Gypsies. Participants will come from the 12 EU countries plus Russia, Hungary and Romania. This is the first meeting of Gypsies sponsored by the European Union. Their population in Europe is estimated at 6 to 8 million.
April 14, 1992
The first--and, to Spanish organizers, the most important--half of a multibillion-dollar doubleheader celebration marking the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage west opens in this Andalusian capital Monday as the world's fair begins a 165-day run. Called Expo, the fair features exhibits from 110 countries and 63 specially built pavilions that are expected to draw up to 18 million visitors by Oct. 12, Columbus Day.
February 2, 1986 | ANNE-MARIE NILSEN, Nilsen is an Ann Arbor, Mich., free-lance writer. and
Any time is a good time to be in Spain, but, if you're lucky enough to be in Seville in April, count your blessings. It is the time when Sevillanos pull out all stops to put on a pageant more than 130 years old. It's the time when Lenten vows are forgotten and women decorate a city already beautiful by wearing flamenco dresses with polka-dotted flounces. April is when men wear the flat Cordoban hats, embroidered boleros and red cummerbunds. This is the week of the famous Feria.
May 13, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Weeks after stepping down as chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District's $20-billion construction program, James D. Sohn took a job at a company that has profited from public contracts he approved. Sohn's hiring by Seville Construction Services Inc. of Pasadena highlights the tight bonds between the public officials in charge of building Los Angeles schools and the companies they hire to manage construction. Sohn, now executive vice president of Seville, is the third consecutive chief facilities executive at L.A. Unified to resign and go to work for a construction management firm whose work he had overseen for the district.
April 25, 2011 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
On a chilly day in March, a U.N. human rights lawyer came to this tiny farm town to investigate unsafe drinking water — part of a world tour that also included Bangladesh and Namibia. Advocates who had long been trying to call attention to Central California's increasingly tainted groundwater were elated. Ruben Tavarez, a school board member, was miffed. "It makes it sound like Seville is a Third World country!" he said. "There's nothing wrong with the water. The pipes are just bad. " Indeed, when students in the city of Visalia, where Tavarez works as a substitute teacher, asked about nitrate contamination in Seville, he drank a big bottle of water in front of them, making a point of telling them he'd filled it from his tap at home.
November 7, 2010 | By Scott Kraft, Los Angeles Times
The beige notice appeared on Becky Quintana's doorstep one recent morning here in Seville, a century-old settlement nestled amid fruit and almond groves in the Central Valley. "Boil your water," it warned in bold, capital letters. Alarming as that was, the blue "unsafe water alert" that came the next day was more worrisome: Don't drink, cook or even wash dishes with the water ? and don't boil it, because that just concentrates the nitrates. But, a day later, more pastel-colored circulars arrived.
January 13, 2010 | By David Karp
Tucked away along a canal beside an imposing mountain grows an 80-acre orchard of oranges so enchanting that each winter I make a pilgrimage to its secluded site. What I find so special is not just the beauty of the grove, typically shrouded in tule mist, with sticky, reddish-brown clay soil, and dark green trees radiant with neon-orange, intensely aromatic fruits. It's also the curious history behind this planting, little known even to longtime locals, though it recently has become California's primary source for sour oranges, the kind used in marmalade.
January 13, 2010
In addition to the classic Seville sour oranges, there exist many variant or hybrid types and mutations, a few of which are available commercially in small quantities in California. Here's a guide to some of the most important or interesting of these. Bittersweet. Compared with standard sour oranges, varieties of this type, such as Paraguay, have lower acidity and bitterness, so they can almost be eaten fresh with pleasure. An odd sidelight: After the War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70)
November 29, 2009
'Barber of Seville' What: LA Opera Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: Today through Dec. 19. 2 p.m. today, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16; noon Dec. 12, 1 and 8 p.m. Dec. 19 Cast: Nathan Gunn and Joyce DiDonato appear in all performances except 7:30 p.m. Saturday, noon Dec. 12 and 1 p.m. Dec. 19. (On those dates, Lucas Meachem...
October 24, 2008 | Richard S. Ginell, Ginell is a freelance writer.
Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" is one of opera's miraculous rush jobs: It took only three weeks to write and hasn't lost its freshness in the nearly two centuries since. Yet it isn't foolproof. The vocal writing can be as arduous for the singers as it is pleasing to the ear, and the temptation to indulge in too much monkey business onstage can obscure the streaks of musical genius that flit by in unbelievable profusion.
May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Scientists said Friday that they had confirmed that at least some of Christopher Columbus' remains were buried inside a Spanish cathedral, a finding that could help end a century-old debate over the explorer's final resting place. DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers could contradict the Dominican Republic's competing claim that the explorer was laid to rest in the New World, said Marcial Castro, a Seville-area historian and high school teacher who devised the study that began in 2002.
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