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April 2, 1989
How splendid to read of the luxury of Cliveden and to see those superb photographs. Congratulations, too, on the entire issue. BURKS HAMNER Los Angeles
April 25, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
The night of the lunar eclipse, I was having a late supper at Red Medicine out on Wilshire, a few tables over from a man who had decided to dress as Jesus for the evening, a slender young man with long, straight hair and white robes flowing around his ankles. I can't be sure, but I think he ordered the tasting menu. After dinner, I walked outside in time to see the last sliver of the moon disappear into the Earth's shadow. An elderly man plucked at my arm, eager to know what I was looking up at, and I pointed at the moon, at Mars shining bright and pink in its penumbra.
February 16, 1986
Thank goodness--and thank all the producers and actors who have finally manufactured a splendid one-hour show: "MacGyver." Here is splendid photography, marvelous acting and thrills without number combined with an upbeat message. All those wild cop shows could go down the drain in comparison with the resourcefulness and dignity of MacGyver. Millicent Coleman, Van Nuys
February 21, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
With a population of about 1,500, the 2-square-mile town of Summerland, Calif., epitomizes the cliché "Blink and you'll miss it. " Do your best not to blink as you drive through because this sleepy beach community six miles from Santa Barbara is home to an array of mom-and-pop antiques shops, a handful of local eateries and the sorts of views that make you want to do the good kind of nothing all day. The tab: a king bed at the Inn on Summer Hill begins...
June 11, 1989
"The Phantom of the Opera" takes us flying on wings of splendid, romantic elation. Something the Bernheimer of the Calendar has never done. STEPHEN GROSSCUP Santa Monica
November 30, 1996
The program notes for Opera Pacific's production of "Die Fledermaus" stated, "Even thousands of less-than-splendid performances haven't damaged the work's popularity one whit." Congratulations to Opera Pacific--there could be no performances less splendid than theirs. ("The Struggles of 'Die Fledermaus,' Part 2," Nov. 18). And, yes, they have damaged the work's popularity. It is hard to imagine that the troubled Opera Pacific would turn to Charles Nelson Reilly and Dom DeLuise for assistance in overcoming its current problems.
February 24, 2002
We were in the Italian Alps and Bolzano last October on a 10-day coach trip to Lake Garda at the Italian lakes, where we stayed for a week and took excursions to nearby places. "Enjoying the High Life in Italy's Alps" (Feb. 17) brought back happy memories, and you even had a photo of the marketplace where we walked and saw the splendid flowers and vegetables and the vendor selling bags of hot chestnuts. GILLIAN W. SAMPLES Glendale
February 27, 2000
Bravo! At last a lady like myself who abhors, hates, reviles, is neurotic about, is afraid of, etc., snakes! ("Like Any Phobia, Fear of Snakes Puts a Chokehold on the Wandering Spirit," Her World, Feb. 13). I too have avoided and quaked over the snake prospect while hiking in places even remotely likely to harbor or support these vile creatures. In fact, I had trouble even reading your splendid article. MARGERY BARAGONA Santa Barbara
August 27, 2009
Re "Bringing life to a river that was dead," Aug. 23 How proud and pleased this reader was to read of the worthy work by splendid volunteers in Van Nuys who cared enough about the river environment to spend their valuable time and energy picking up other peoples' trash polluting the river. It is so dispiriting to know that some people do not care to clean up after themselves, and are so lazy and indulgent as to ruin such a beautiful landscape for others. Elaine Livesey-Fassel Los Angeles
April 16, 1989
An "F" to Dan Sullivan for his comment that Los Angeles actors need to "bring in a Brit who likes American actors, and will teach them how to speak Shakespeare in American" ("L.A. Theater: A Report Card," April 9). In the years that Sullivan chronicles, there have been fine productions of "Othello" at the Ahmanson, "Hamlet" at Theatre Exchange, and "Richard II" at the Theatricum Botannicum, to name but a few. Does Sullivan think that any of these splendid mountings would be improved by an English accent?
December 4, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Now it's L.A.'s turn. Having been much intrigued in recent seasons by the burgeoning Brooklyn new music scene, the Los Angeles Philharmonic decided to stick closer to home for new material Tuesday night for the orchestra's New Music Group's Green Umbrella Concert. The theme of a program of four works selected and conducted by John Adams was local young composers working around the corner from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The neighborhood is, after all, now hopping with concerts at loft spaces and galleries downtown and nearby Koreatown and Echo Park.
September 1, 2013 | By Avital Andrews
When friends invited my husband, Tim, and me to their wedding in Occidental, Calif., I had to look up the place, even though I'm the author of a guidebook that covers much of Sonoma County. Occidental, I learned, is a postage stamp-sized hamlet (population 1,115) about 70 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles east of the coast. As we drove in, I was surprised by its Old West flavor. In a region obsessed with all things French and Italian, Occidental is pretty darned American. It has saloons, checked-tablecloth restaurants and a white-steepled church built in 1876.
January 28, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves her post as secretary of State next month with a split judgment on her diplomatic career: She's won rave reviews from the American public and the president, but maybe not a prominent place in the diplomatic history books. Job approval ratings for the former senator and first lady are at stratospheric levels, suggesting that her four years as chief U.S. diplomat could be an important asset if she runs for president in 2016. But scholars and diplomatic insiders say she has never dominated issues of war and peace in the manner of predecessors Dean Acheson or Henry Kissinger, or laid down an enduring diplomatic doctrine.
November 24, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Vasily Petrenko is a slender, stylish Russian conductor dashing enough for Hollywood - he could have easily have pranced on camera in “Anna Karenina.” As an unknown 30-year-old in 2006, he took over the struggling Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, not a glamorous post. Now he is a local hero who has made Merseyside into Shostakovich central. Unfortunately, Petrenko has become associated with a limited Russian repertory, something not about to stop, what with the deserved popularity of his growing Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich discographies.
September 9, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Eight Summer Olympics ago, it was Los Angeles' turn. We did well with the Games (traffic and weather cooperated). We built no monuments, no starchitect stadiums or the like. But a progressive Olympic Arts Festival gave a lasting boost to our modern dance and international theater scene and stimulated the creation of Los Angeles Opera. Then there was director Robert Wilson's "the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down," the centerpiece of the festival. It was meant to be the grandest of grand operas and proved the Olympics' great letdown.
September 2, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
VF Corp., one of the world's largest apparel companies, will move the headquarters of its Splendid and Ella Moss clothing lines to a historic industrial complex in downtown Los Angeles. The clothier agreed to lease 80,000 square feet in Alameda Square near the intersection of Alameda Street and Olympic Boulevard, said real estate broker John Zanetos of CBRE Group Inc. The 10-year deal is valued at about $18 million. VF will convert raw warehouse space into offices in preparation for a move early next year.
October 20, 1985
The much-touted "new season" has arrived with the usual thud. I am a script typist and I want the world to know that the lack of good programming is not due to the lack of good material. There are innovative, imaginative writers doing splendid stories that never sell simply because these writers do not have the contacts with the insiders, and the insiders do not have the fortitude to attempt anything different. So we are deluged each fall with the hype about the "new season," only to find it's the same boring detective/doctor/sitcom mindlessness.
September 20, 1992
What a pleasure to come upon the name John Sanford in your letters column (July 26). That his note (on Archibald MacLeish) was one of shrewd judgment expressed lucidly was no surprise. Though John Sanford did not write the superb poem he mentions, he is surely entitled to die happy. He is one 20th-Century author whose work is certain to survive. For years his work has been rich with passionate honesty, compelling alertness, exalting diction. And we should all thank him for inducing us to re-experience the splendid MacLeish poem "You, Andrew Marvell."
March 4, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Tribune Newspapers
Extra Virginity The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Tom Mueller W.W. Norton: 238 pp., $25.95 In 1985, when I was a fledgling food writer, I got a tip on a big story. A friend had just come back from a winter trip to Tuscany. There had been a freeze, he told me. Not just a little "whoops, we lost some leaves" chill, but a mega-momma that had devastated the region. Olive oil, which was just becoming a part of the American gourmet lexicon, had been particularly hard hit. I reported out the story, calling importers, other experts with contacts in Tuscany, and even olive growers in the region itself.
September 2, 2011 | Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" finds Tsui Hark, a genre wizard, in top form in this splendid, action-filled period epic. It has opulent, stylized settings of elegance, grandeur and scope, flawless special effects, and awesome martial arts combat staged by the master, Sammo Hung. Yet bravura spectacle never overwhelms either the plot or the key characters. Chang Chia-lu's intricate script bristles with wit and suspense; the film from start to finish is a terrific entertainment.
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