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December 16, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
GREAT clowns appeal to the child in all of us, though little kids make the best judges of them. By the sound of the squeals at the opening of "Slava's Snowshow" at UCLA's Royce Hall on Thursday night, Slava Polunin would have to be considered world class. But then he and his comic cohorts work the crowd unusually hard. Put it this way: There's no safety in your seat.
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December 16, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
GREAT clowns appeal to the child in all of us, though little kids make the best judges of them. By the sound of the squeals at the opening of "Slava's Snowshow" at UCLA's Royce Hall on Thursday night, Slava Polunin would have to be considered world class. But then he and his comic cohorts work the crowd unusually hard. Put it this way: There's no safety in your seat.
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December 10, 2006 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
THINK of it as a pre-Internet "flash mob." In 1987, the celebrated Russian clown Slava Polunin spirited 200 like-minded souls to an uninhabited island off the Gulf of Finland to school them in the art of street theater. Their target was nearby Leningrad and its environs, which the motley assembly reached by boat for a series of unannounced sorties. "We would suddenly occupy a little town, and the people wouldn't know where we came from," Polunin recently recalled with mischievous pleasure.
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December 10, 2006 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
THINK of it as a pre-Internet "flash mob." In 1987, the celebrated Russian clown Slava Polunin spirited 200 like-minded souls to an uninhabited island off the Gulf of Finland to school them in the art of street theater. Their target was nearby Leningrad and its environs, which the motley assembly reached by boat for a series of unannounced sorties. "We would suddenly occupy a little town, and the people wouldn't know where we came from," Polunin recently recalled with mischievous pleasure.
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January 4, 2007 | Charles McNulty
"Slava's Snowshow": Clown Slava Polunin and his comic cohorts work the crowd unusually hard. Put it this way: There's no safety in your seat. If you don't want to be squirted with a water bottle, covered in a sticky spider-web-like substance or blinded by bright lights and a windstorm of confetti, this isn't the show for you.
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October 8, 1994 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Cirque du Soleil is back in town with its new show, "Alegria," under the big top at Santa Monica Pier. AT&T is producing, and, since the company makes its way rather prominently into the show's introduction, I thought I'd stick it in my introduction, as well. The opening-night crowd on Thursday was half expecting a raffle for free phones by the time the show finally started. The postmodern, Montreal-based circus first stormed L.A.
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December 7, 2006
TODAY MUSEUMS Sensory San Diego Drawing upon the museum's collection of sculptural pieces and works on paper, the exhibition "Material Actions" focuses on how artists engage in their craft through their bodies' sensory experience. Works by artists Bruce Conner, Martin Pruyear, David Hammons, Petah Coyne, Sophie Calle and Nigel Poor contribute to this dialogue on handmade objects as a form of identity. "Material Actions," Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown, 1001 Kettner Blvd.
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October 2, 1994 | Irene Lacher, Irene Lacher is a staff writer for The Times' Life & Style section
Looking like a star is one thing. Acting like one is something else entirely. And so when Cirque du Soleil's very own Flying Fabio, more prosaically known as Vladimir Kekhayal, and his chair-balancing compatriot Vassily Demenchoukov arrived from Russia with all the attitude they could pack in their bags, their star quality was considered, well, a bit de trop . "It was like 'If I'm here, I'm the star, so you have to treat me as a star,' " says Gilles Ste-Croix, Cirque's artistic director.
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November 23, 2006
For a more complete list of holiday events, regularly updated throughout the season, go to calendarlive.com/holiday. CONTINUING Bob Baker's Nutcracker! A holiday extravaganza presented at this oldest continuously running puppet theater in the country. Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St., L.A. Through Jan. 28. (213) 250-9995. Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival Mile-long stretch of lighted displays can be viewed from your vehicle or by foot. Griffith Park, 4800 Carousel Drive, L.A.
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