January 17, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The Ducks failed to protect numerous streaks Friday, all because the Chicago Blackhawks were hovering over something more treasured. In beating the Ducks 4-2 before a sellout United Center crowd, the Blackhawks put the greatest challengers to their Stanley Cup defense in their place. Gone is Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller's 14-game winning streak, as is the Ducks' run of eight consecutive wins. And they are now 18-2 since their last visit to Chicago on Dec. 6. "We knew how big it was," Chicago forward Marian Hossa said after scoring the game's opening goal short-handed, and its last on an empty net that stopped a furious Ducks' rally of two goals late in the third period.
January 16, 2014 |
Homer, whose epic poems rank with King David's psalms among the longest-running items in heavy rotation on Western civilization's hit parade, keeps making news 2,600-plus years after his initial fame. First up is word that actor Dan Stevens recently has immersed himself in the ancient Greek bard since leaving "Downton Abbey" after his character, heir-to-the-manor Matthew Crawley, had a fatal car wreck in a 2013 episode of the PBS series. It was no tragedy for Stevens, who pretty much forced that plot turn by declaring he was leaving the show.
January 16, 2014 |
Aristotle placed spectacle near the bottom of his list of tragedy's essentials, and anyone who ventures to see "An Iliad" at the Broad Stage will agree that special effects aren't needed to bring to the stage Homer's deathless epic in all its agonizing, heroic glory. The set is largely bare, save for some scattered props and backstage equipment that never let us forget we are in a theater. The cast consists of one actor, Denis O'Hare. Little did we know from his Tony-winning turn as the gay baseball fanatic in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out" that he harbors legions of legendary Greeks, Trojans and immortal deities within himself.
January 12, 2014 |
Denis O'Hare's campaign to write and perform a solo play based on "The Iliad" has now lasted almost as long as the Trojan War itself. He began writing "An Iliad" in 2005 with his director and co-author, Lisa Peterson. Now they're bringing their 100-minute distillation of Homer's 24-chapter poem about the epic ancient struggle to L.A. for the first time, starting Jan. 15 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. O'Hare will make his L.A. stage debut after more than 25 years of acclaim on Chicago and New York City stages, including a 2003 Tony Award playing a baseball-besotted accountant in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out. " PHOTOS: Best of theater 2013 "The Iliad," set in the ninth year of the 10-year siege of Troy, begins with the Greek fighting machine Achilles feeling fed up for his own egotistical reasons.
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January 10, 2014 |
When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him. "If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so lucky," he recalled to a reporter five decades later, "I would come back to my campus … in a pine box. " The black teenager and the three close friends who joined him that day were not arrested - at least not that time. Nor did white Greensboro react violently to their "sit-in," although threats poured in. But that day - Feb. 1, 1960 - proved crucial.
January 7, 2014 |
Calabasas and Westlake play on Wednesday night at Westlake in a Marmonte League game for first place, and the game has taken on new intrigue because of the player swap during the off season. Westlake guard Larry Bush transferred to Calabasas. Calabasas forward Michael Hayon transferred to Westlake. Fans could be booing, which isn't exactly the classy way to react in high school sports. This game will test the sportsmanship of fans from both sides. "There definitely will be administrators at the game," Calabasas Coach Jon Palarz said.
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January 7, 2014 |
Actress Carmen Zapata, who responded to the dearth of challenging roles for Latinos by launching a bilingual theater company in Los Angeles four decades ago, died Sunday at her Van Nuys home. She was 86. The veteran of TV, stage and film, whose extensive credits include appearances on prime-time hits like "Trapper John, M.D" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," had heart problems, said Lina Montalvo, managing director of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts . In 1973, Zapata co-founded the foundation with director Margarita Galban to bring the Hispanic experience to the stage through productions of Spanish-language classics, including works by Federico Garcia Lorca, and contemporary plays by Latin American writers.
January 6, 2014 |
LATEST: More fireworks at CES 2014 -- T-Mobile's chief executive gets kicked out of rival AT&T's event. LAS VEGAS -- Director Michael Bay stopped short of offering an apology for storming off the stage at Samsung's news conference. In a blog post on the director's website, Bay said: "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES. " Bay was blindsided by a malfunctioning teleprompter Monday afternoon while appearing on stage at Samsung's news conference to help tout its new 105-inch curved UHD (see video above)
January 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Congress comes back to session this week with leaders of both parties planning a war of words in 2014 - dueling agendas that promise little substantive legislation but lots of messages aimed at establishing clear contrasts for voters heading toward the midterm election. After they dispatch a few must-pass fiscal measures early in the year, legislators seem unlikely to put together major accomplishments. Rather, the Republican-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate will essentially become something like sound stages for the advertising wars that will unfold in the handful of states and districts that could decide partisan control of the next Congress.
December 26, 2013 |
"I'm just truth telling," says Meryl Streep's Violet, the gorgon mother at the center of "August: Osage County," and in that same spirit I have to confess that (a) I never saw this Pulitzer Prize-winning vehicle by Tracy Letts when it was on stage and (b) nothing about this film version makes me regret that choice. Despite a pedigree that includes five Tonys in addition to that Pulitzer and a cast of gifted actors that is a full dozen deep, "August: Osage County" does nothing but disappoint, with all the talent involved simply underlining how uninvolving this material is. If anything, the cinematic "August" feels related to that branch of reality TV where dysfunctional characters, whether active or passive, make a public display of their wretched lives.