April 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - New Yorker drama critic John Lahr set off a social media firestorm in December with a blog comment that called for a moratorium on those "infernal all-black productions of Tennessee Williams plays unless we can have their equal in folly: all-white productions of August Wilson. " The theater community, as viewed from my portal on Facebook, found the comparison not just inept but inflammatory. Emily Mann, who happens to be directing the multiracial Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker that opens later this month at the Broadhurst Theatre, however, refused to take the bait when we spoke during a rehearsal break in March.
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October 9, 2002 |
As an attorney, Roger Lowenstein defended some notorious characters, including a mobster, a group of political radicals accused of inciting riots, a Russian spy and, most notably, a widely despised New Jersey cop-killer. Last month, however, Lowenstein took on a new, rambunctious batch of clients: nearly 120 Los Angeles middle-school students. Under his charge, a charter school with a focus on social justice opened in Koreatown.
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January 15, 1996 |
What would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. do if he were alive today and living in Los Angeles? While we view King as something of a saint, in his day, the establishment considered King a dangerous troublemaker. While he began as a crusader against the nation's racial caste system, the struggle for civil rights radicalized him into a fighter for broader economic justice.
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April 12, 2010 |
Second of two parts In San Antonio, the Catholic Church has long been a political force, often providing a voice to poor neighborhoods that can feel like an entirely different metropolis from the upscale communities in the north end of town. "It's like you need a passport to go from one side to the other," said Father Virgil Elizondo, a San Antonio vicar. For a quarter-century, the archbishop was Patrick Fernandez Flores, whose remarkable journey -- he was the seventh child of migrant farmworkers and a high school dropout -- resonated deeply.
September 29, 1995 |
With emotions cresting inside and outside the courtroom, lawyers for O.J. Simpson made their final pitch to the jury Thursday, a multitiered closing argument that disparaged the prosecution's evidence, compared Detective Mark Fuhrman to Adolf Hitler and derided him and another police officer as the "twin devils of deception."
December 1, 1995 |
Pastor Gabriel Varga takes the pulpit on the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving in a Daytona Beach district called the Bottoms, the prettiest bad neighborhood you'd ever want to see. He is here this day as a visiting preacher to beg, plead and rally the congregation of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, so that together they might feed the city's poor and battle the city's mighty.
September 12, 1993 |
Ruben Blades' concert Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl with Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri is part of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's farewell--at least for now--to pop music. He hopes to record a long-awaited reunion album with Willie Colon. Then Blades--one of the most innovative and influential Latino musicians ever--will return to his native Panama, where he tops the opinion polls for next year's presidential election.
September 7, 2011 |
The tent camp along one of Tel Aviv's trendiest streets that symbolized a large-scale social protest movement is coming down, leaving some to wonder if it was all just a summer fling. As more sections of the Rothschild Boulevard camp were dismantled Wednesday, protesters tried to keep spirits up, saying the tents may be folding but their efforts are not. The time has come, they said, to move to the next phase of their social justice movement. City officials have been pushing the process forward.
November 16, 2003 |
Liberalism is "living on borrowed time -- taking for granted the spiritual and cultural resources that liberals depend on but do nothing to replenish," writes historian David L. Chappell, revivifying an old argument in his stunning reinterpretation of the American civil rights movement as a profoundly illiberal undertaking.
March 28, 2014 |
When people say that Los Angeles is hard to read, as they often do, they're usually not talking about books. They're talking about the city itself or rather the megalopolis, made up of dozens of cities. It is this sprawling, tangled, confusing, seemingly homogenous but in fact diverse, mixed-up urban and suburban landscape that people describe as illegible. Edward Soja, a geographer at UCLA, has spent much of his long career trying to read Los Angeles. Along the way, he developed innovative and sometimes controversial theories of urbanization and became a founder of a dynamic "L.A.