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January 30, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Where director Anthony Mann is concerned, there are two kinds of people: those who admire him extravagantly (Jean-Luc Godard, who called him "Supermann," is in that group) and those who are unfamiliar with his output. A new UCLA Film & Television Archive series is ambitious enough to pitch its appeal to both groups. Starting Jan. 31 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood, the 22-picture film series "Dark City, Open Country: The Films of Anthony Mann" features both the acknowledged classics that made Mann's modern critical reputation and the early, little-seen Poverty Row programmers he honed his craft on. A director of many parts who closed his career doing historical epics like "El Cid" and "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (neither of which fits into the UCLA program)
January 30, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
If the Seattle Seahawks' ferocious defense isn't enough to make Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sweat on Super Bowl Sunday, how about the prospect of allowing a city's museum-goers to get thrown for another loss? Besides the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver football on a pedestal, and immeasurable bragging rights, the teams will be playing for the artistic gratification of their respective citizens, thanks to a bet between the directors of the Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum.
January 27, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
In Karlheinz Stockhausen's wondrous, strange "Stimmung," six singers sit in a circle, produce otherworldly harmonics, evoke the names of Aztec gods, intone an eccentric hallelujah chorus and interrupt transcendental meditation reciting texts with graphic sexual imagery. There was nothing like it when the visionary German composer wrote "Stimmung" (which translates as tuning and is similar to the word for voice) holed up in a cabin with his new wife in Connecticut the winter of 1968. There is now, and that is only because "Stimmung" was, and remains, a phenomenon.
January 26, 2014 | By Jack Riley
President Obama has announced several significant changes to U.S. counter-terrorism intelligence-collection programs, including an overhaul of the way the National Security Agency stores and accesses telephone metadata. But what has sometimes been overlooked in the firestorm created by Edward Snowden's leaks about the program is a clear definition of what metadata is, and what it is not. On the eve of the president's announcement, I took part in a daylong session of briefings, discussion and debate at the NSA. The session, arranged by Carnegie Mellon University professor Kiron Skinner and Emily Goldman of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, involved a small group of computer scientists and other researchers and the top leadership of the NSA. The meetings were spectacular for their clarity and candor.
January 19, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
There's nothing like attending a concert while traveling. Not only do you experience great music, but you also catch a glimpse of local fashion, dances, drinks and customs. And isn't experiencing life like the locals what traveling is all about? Here's a selected list of 14 places around the globe that offer concert-goers more than just a band on stage. Gypsy Joynt Café, Massachusetts: With a bohemian décor and lively roster of musical acts, this Great Barrington, Mass., venue/restaurant is a trip, man. Don't believe me?
January 17, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Powerful spotlights illuminated a fresh coat of red paint, stately Roman-style columns and a renewed sense of possibility as concert-goers filed into the grand opening of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood. "It's awesome," Leslie Yamamoto, 30, and sister Kristy, 23, said almost in unison. They'd come from Lomita with their parents Wednesday night to see the Eagles open a six-night run. "We used to come here as kids," Leslie said. "A lot of memories are coming back. " Home of the Southland's top concerts and sporting events for more than three decades, the Forum lost its luster, its resident teams and most of its revenue when Staples Center opened downtown in 1999.
January 17, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Newport Beach residents say they are skeptical of a city proposal to outsource lifeguard services for a 1.2-mile stretch of coastline popular with tourists. The city is reviewing proposals from groups interested in patrolling Corona del Mar State Beach, which is currently watched over by city lifeguards who are considered part of the Fire Department. No one is expected to be laid off from Newport Beach's full-time lifeguard staff of about 13. Instead, that number could shrink from attrition as the city outsources positions instead of hiring replacements for retirees, the Daily Pilot reported . At a meeting hosted by the Corona del Mar Residents Assn.
January 14, 2014 | By August Brown
Dance music's newest Member of the Order of the British Empire will now be holding court in Hollywood for a monthly residency. Pete Tong, the influential U.K. DJ and broadcaster, recently relocated to L.A. to further his myriad dance music projects in America. Now that roster includes a monthly installment of his "All Gone Pete Tong" residency series at Sound nightclub , which kicks off Jan. 24. The first night will feature the excellent neo-house guests Benoit & Sergio, with Lee Foss' Modern Amusement joining for a Feb. 14 edition.
January 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Within the space of two years, Rosanne Cash lost her mother (Vivian Liberto), her father (Johnny Cash) and stepmother (June Carter), deaths she wrestled with on her two previous albums: 2009's "The List" and 2006's "Black Cadillac. " She takes the longer view in "The River & the Thread," her sterling new album informed by her nearly 10 years as an adult orphan in the world. In deeply personal and insightful songs, Cash assesses who she is and where she came from as well as what has been bequeathed to her by her parents and by geography on the road to figuring out what truly is her own. The album's title stems from a line in the opening track, "A Feather's Not a Bird," in which she evenhandedly recognizes the forces that shape a person, with the understanding that it's up to each person how those elements direct their lives.
January 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers took to the airwaves Sunday to argue about extending long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans who were cut off last month, a politically sensitive issue in an election year. Democrats urged their Republican counterparts to join in granting emergency unemployment benefits. Republicans countered that they want to explore other options, including new job training initiatives. Both sides intend to highlight the dispute during this year's midterm election campaigns.
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