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February 15, 2012
Nina Menkes: Cinema as Sorcery When: Saturday through March 7. All screenings at 7:30 p.m. Where: Billy Wilder Theater in the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood Tickets: $9 general, $8 students and seniors Info: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu or (310) 206-8013
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February 28, 2014 | By Mindy Farrabee
Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by British author Sally Green, readers learn that the protagonist's favorite book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the 1962 novel about life in a Soviet gulag. Why does he like it so much? another character asks him. "Because [Ivan] survives," he answers flatly. Likening the psychic terrain of young adulthood to a prison camp (where illusions die ignoble deaths and defying authority is a prerequisite for forging one's identity)
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NEWS
August 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 350 people have been killed by villagers in Tanzania in the last year and a half after being accused of being witches or wizards, a police report said. The killings, which took place between January 1998 and May this year, mean that an average of 21 killings a month are linked to superstition, said the report by Tanzania's Criminal Investigation Department. Witchcraft slayings have been reported recently in Mbeya, southern Tanzania, linked to trade in human skin. The superstitious think that the skin can protect homes from demons and evil spirits and that it can increase harvests and lure clients to local bars and shops when it is used in certain rituals.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012
Nina Menkes: Cinema as Sorcery When: Saturday through March 7. All screenings at 7:30 p.m. Where: Billy Wilder Theater in the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood Tickets: $9 general, $8 students and seniors Info: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu or (310) 206-8013
WORLD
October 30, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
At the end of a dirt road deep in the mountains, Consolacion Acay hobbled onto her porch and picked up her tools of the trade: a glass cup, a bamboo straw, a stone the size of an apricot pit and a bottle of potion. Then she began casting spells to heal her client. "I found this stone while I was swimming near waterfalls in the middle of the island," the unassuming 86-year-old said later. "That night I had a dream that taught me how to use the stone to heal people, and I've been doing it ever since.
SPORTS
July 10, 1986 | Associated Press
The Seattle yacht Citius, after averaging 12 knots for a 284-mile, one-day run, was expected to be the first-to-finish in the 1986 Victoria-Maui International yacht race late Wednesday night. At the daily noon radio report, the Santa Cruz 70 was 98 miles from the finish, trailed by the Lahaina Yacht Club entry Sorcery, 132 miles behind. Sorcery was expected to finish this morning. The Division III yacht Madrugador from Seattle continued as the corrected time leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999
Re "Harry Potter's Ventura County Adventure," Ventura County Life column, Oct. 15. It would be interesting if writer Steve Chawkins had even a passing knowledge of the exhaustive, extensive research on the influence of similar material on susceptible youth. Without such information, his article seems extremely sophomoric, hypocritical and riddled with ridiculous, specious arguments like, "I'll trust America's children to realize dragons don't exist." Perhaps reading "Catcher in the Rye" did ruin Mr. Chawkins for life, as he writes in this article.
OPINION
March 31, 2002
Re "Senate Strikes a Blow in the Energy Battle," March 22: Those cowards in the Senate. Why don't they just repeal the laws of thermodynamics once and for all? Then we could have perpetual motion, and all our energy needs would be taken care of. I believe King Canute once did something similar. James F. Glass Chatsworth
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1989
I was sorry to read on the front page of Calendar ("O.C. 'Sorcery' Fund-Raiser Goes Poof" by Mark I. Pinsky, June 15) that once again the religionists were allowed to dictate what others can do, think and see. I was sorry to read that the Laguna Playhouse decided that the Rev. Jerry Tankersley knows more about what is good and righteous for adult, intelligent theatergoers than they do. The Laguna Playhouse should have had a little more courage and...
NEWS
November 5, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Police arrested 150 people for spreading rumors that sorcerers have been stealing men's genitals--rumors that led to at least three deaths, police said today. Deputy Police Commissioner James Danbaba announced the arrests after rumors about the purported thefts swept the West African capital. Mobs killed at least three people accused of stealing the organs. One policewoman who rushed to the aid of an alleged sorcerer was beaten by the crowd and remained in a coma.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012 | By Kevin Thomas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For three decades filmmaker Nina Menkes has made poetic, evocative films that have placed her in the forefront of American experimentalists. She's a visionary who trusts in the power of image, movement and composition to communicate narrative, meaning and emotion. Her work has received awards and acclaim in international film festivals, but only her most recent film, "Dissolution," has received a theatrical release. On Saturday that film kicks off a UCLA Film and Television Archive retrospective of her work, "Nina Menkes: Cinema as Sorcery," that runs through March 7 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater.
WORLD
October 30, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
At the end of a dirt road deep in the mountains, Consolacion Acay hobbled onto her porch and picked up her tools of the trade: a glass cup, a bamboo straw, a stone the size of an apricot pit and a bottle of potion. Then she began casting spells to heal her client. "I found this stone while I was swimming near waterfalls in the middle of the island," the unassuming 86-year-old said later. "That night I had a dream that taught me how to use the stone to heal people, and I've been doing it ever since.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Frank Frazetta, the fantasy painter and illustrator whose images of sinewy warriors and lush vixens graced paperback novels, album covers and comic books for decades and became something close to the contemporary visual definition of the sword-and-sorcery genres, died Monday after suffering a stroke the night before. He was 82. Frazetta had gone out to dinner with his daughters Sunday and then had a stroke at his home in Boca Grande, Fla. He died at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., his manager Rob Pistella told the Associated Press.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
A parody of a genre that itself regularly approaches -- even embraces -- self-parody, "Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire" brought rippling pecs and flashing blades to Comedy Central Thursday night. A co-production between the home of "Reno 911!"
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2004 | Nick Owchar, Times Staff Writer
Stranger in the Village of the Sick A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery, and Healing Paul Stoller Beacon Press: 228 pp., $23 * "Harmonizing the bush" -- the phrase refers to a practice of the sorcerers of Songhay, a tribe in West Africa. The bush is the wilderness beyond the village, beyond the safe cluster of huts, that contains all the destructive forces (animal, elemental, supernatural) that can menace humans.
NEWS
May 18, 2003 | Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer
Hiring sorcerers. Lighting firecrackers. Following advice reputed to be from a mystical talking baby. While China's government promotes science, thousands of people are turning to superstition to fight SARS. The resort to tradition has prompted efforts by China's state press and the officially atheist communist government to discourage it.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2002
Wednesday Femme Fatale Thriller Warner Bros. With: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Gregg Henry, Rie Rasmussen, Eriq Ebouaney. The idea: Con woman adopts new identity, but a photographer complicates matters. Writer-director: Brian De Palma. So? Pretty steamy, De Palma's best in a while. Friday Derrida Documentary Zeitgeist With: Jacques Derrida.
OPINION
March 31, 2002
Re "Senate Strikes a Blow in the Energy Battle," March 22: Those cowards in the Senate. Why don't they just repeal the laws of thermodynamics once and for all? Then we could have perpetual motion, and all our energy needs would be taken care of. I believe King Canute once did something similar. James F. Glass Chatsworth
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