CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2001 |
When farmer Andres Nunez walks into a store, clerks act as though he isn't there. When Juana Gomez hawks embroidered bags at a marketplace, people brush by her. When Agustin Vazquez pleads for aid, government officials ignore him. The reason, these three and many others say, is simple: They are Indians. "We Indian farmers seem to cause blindness in people because they act like they don't see us," said Vazquez, an elder in Chenalho, a Tzotzil Indian town.
April 23, 1999 |
Mrs. Ethel Savage, an eccentric but lovable millionaire, winds up incarcerated in an elite mental institution by three scheming stepchildren determined to gain control of her fortune. There, among a bevy of endearing lunatics, Mrs. Savage finds true acceptance--and learns that sometimes madness is relative. Written and set in the 1950s, John Patrick's "The Curious Savage," at Actors Co-op, would have us swallow the lumpy chestnut that the mentally ill can be simply adorable.
February 15, 1995 |
Simple Minds' show at the Mayan Theatre on Monday, celebrating its comeback album "Good News From the Next World," was marked not by songs the band played, but by one it did not: "Promised You a Miracle." Back in the mid-'80s, that song heralded the Scottish band as a potential member of the rock elite, just a rung below such fellow inspiring idealists as U2 and Peter Gabriel.
February 12, 1995 |
Simple Minds, "Good News From the Next World," Virgin (**). The Scottish band writes lovely songs, but here again they are smothered by booming production and the hyper-drama of Jim Kerr's singing. Producer Keith Forsey, who crafted the No. 1 "Don't You (Forget About Me)," has reunited with the group (which plays the Mayan on Monday), but the subtlety of that seductive number is nowhere in evidence.
July 24, 1994
The fatal shooting of Demetrius L. Rice in a crowded Los Angeles High School classroom last year prompted the Los Angeles Board of Education to take the appropriate and necessary step of adopting a strict policy toward guns in public schools. Generally students caught with a firearm on campus are kicked out for the remainder of a semester and the following semester before being allowed to apply for reinstatement.
May 19, 1994 |
There's Dweeb, Barney, Shorty, oh, and Bam Bam. They exist for those who "don't want to feel like a dork," says footwear designer Eric Meyer. "They" are the sneakers, clogs and casual shoes (above) that are selling like mad under Meyer's line Simple (about $54). "The idea was to reduce down to the basics rather than add all the gizmos for a marketing appeal," says the former shoe man for Vision Sports.