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December 8, 1985
Your Dan Sullivan seems to think that the cure for theatrical longevity is euthanasia ("Long-Runs: the Down Side," Nov. 10). We all know that shows run long because they're popular, but to Judge Sullivan, this is a capital crime. His verdict in the case of an actor who has become stale and mechanical is to kill the show--rather than to replace the actor. Unfortunately, this is all too typical of Sullivan's covert hostility toward any form of theatrical success (unless, of course, he has created the success by lavishing praise upon something obscure and unworthy)
December 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant returned, and that was the only kind phrase to be written Sunday about the Lakers, who sputtered and flopped against the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors. The career night belonged to Amir Johnson, a previously docile power forward who nailed the Lakers for 32 points in Toronto's 106-94 victory, ruining Bryant's comeback from a torn Achilles' tendon and silencing a Staples Center crowd that went from anticipatory to antagonistic faster than you could say "Mamba's Back.
July 20, 1996
KPCC-FM (89.3) recently took a giant step backward into the '90s when it changed its lively and fresh "Classic American" format to dull, dull, dull talk radio by day and stale, re-breathed, ersatz KSCA three nights a week (Morning Report, July 1). Station officials said the Corp. for Public Broadcasting told them to change, to bring their numbers up, and they believed it. To effect this change, KPCC hired Shana, a "personality," formerly of KLSX: the vanguard of "trailing edge" broadcasting.
July 10, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Sister Act" has been on quite the pilgrimage since its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006. Retooled for London's West End after a run at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, the show underwent further revision before making its way to Broadway, where it received five Tony nominations in a season dominated by another musical shimmying insouciantly to the Lord, "The Book of Mormon. " Those soulful (in the R&B sense) nuns have returned to Los Angeles in this touring Broadway production, which opened Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre.
July 30, 1989
I read your piece ("Club Doors Still Only Slightly Ajar," Part I, July 15), about the women's struggle to crash the all-male clubs with morbid fascination. I've attended most of the clubs your writer mentions and found them--and their membership--dull. In fact, had I wandered into similar bars during happy hour, I would've ordered a short beer, suffered through one or two of the stale male jokes, and wandered out. What these women are assaulting is a "tree-house" mentality, perpetuated by a gang of 60-year-old kids who imagine they've reached the pinnacle of their careers as "regular fellas" because their pals invited them to join the club and they don't need no "sissy girls" around to screw things up. So why bother?
May 22, 2008
Re "GOP torn by change it can believe in," May 18 Congressman Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) is wrong when he says the GOP message is stale and that "if we were a dog food, they would take us off the shelf." Staleness is not the issue. The recent dog-food recall was because of the product being toxic and causing death to living things. Davis is correct: The Republican brand is suffering. But it appears that he, like others in his party's leadership, still fails to understand the toxicity of his politics.
November 18, 1998 | RUSS PARSONS
Eleven months of the year, stale bread is pretty much a bad thing--the occasional bread pudding, croutons and French toast excepted. But when the holidays approach, cooks begin to hoard it like gold. You can even pay exorbitant prices for somebody else's stale bread, just because it's been cut up into cubes for you. Why? The simple answer, of course, is stuffing. But why stale bread in stuffing? The process of cooking bread is, at bottom, one of drying.
November 14, 1999
So R. Daniel Foster assumes that every resident of the Berkshire Apartments--except him!--has a "stale" life ("The Staircase Between Us," Very First Person, Oct. 3). Give me a break. Foster jettisons a potentially interesting observation about apartment-dwelling souls with his outsized ego and his lack of compassion. He purloins coffee-shop signs, childishly thumps ottomans and assumes that the only interest neighbor Nadine has is in him. ("Nadine has constructed a whole life for me")
March 26, 1995
Having seen "Cracker" ("Men Should Weep," March 7, A&E) it's obvious why there was widespread protest from black and anti-rape groups in Britain when it was broadcast. It promoted the classic racist stereotype of black rapist and white victim. Black Women's Rape Action Project (BWRAP) and Women Against Rape (WAR) led the protest. "Cracker's" reputation for gritty realism is about the writer playing with his prejudices in front of viewers. The result is a throwback to myths about race and rape which black communities and women have spent many years campaigning against.
December 31, 2005
RE "Hollywood Should Rewrite Own Script," [by John Horn, Dec. 26]: Today I forked out some hard-earned cash with my family at the movie theater. We were, as usual, bombarded with a string of previews and ads prior to the show, and I couldn't help but notice that only two of them were for original movies. In fact, we were there to see another remake, Peter Jackson's "King Kong." On the way out, posters enthusiastically announced what else was in store for us: "Miami Vice," "M:I:3," "Superman," "Underworld II," "The Pink Panther," "Ice Age 2," "The Producers," the list goes on. I had no urge whatsoever to go back, and I was saddened to feel that way. Going to the movies is what inspired me to make my own. I certainly hope that the studios really are reflecting on why the same old formula isn't working anymore.
March 18, 2013 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Republican Party is smug. Uncaring. Rigid. An immovable collection of "stuffy old men. " The assessment did not come from Democrats still gleeful about November's victory - the fifth time Republicans have lost the popular vote in the last six presidential elections. It came from the Republican Party itself. An unflinching analysis commissioned by the Republican National Committee and released Monday said female, minority and younger voters have been alienated by what they see as the GOP's stale policies and image of intolerance.
February 14, 2013 | By David Horsey
It is no wonder Florida Sen. Marco Rubio needed to grab a bottle of water in the middle of delivering the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address. The speech he was given to recite was like a hunk of stale, dry sourdough and it surely caught in his throat.  For 30 years, Republican aspirants to the presidency have been giving variations of the same speech. It sounded fresh and bold when Ronald Reagan first spoke the words as a candidate in 1980. At that point, the liberal era that began with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 had pretty much run out of gas. Democrats had grown too comfortable with their seemingly permanent lock on the House of Representatives, while their ideas about the creative use of government had devolved into a system of doling out federal dollars to clamoring interest groups.
December 26, 2012
Mitt Romney, who opposed government subsidies for clean power and thought all energy production technologies should compete equally in the free market, did not win the election. That's the good news. The bad news is that his backward policies are still popular among many congressional Republicans, posing a threat to a wind-energy tax credit that is creating jobs and helping to wean the country off fossil fuels. Unless it is extended, the tax credit will expire at the end of the year.
July 16, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
The Lower River A Novel Paul Theroux Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 336 pp., $25 When Ellis Hock's wife gives him a smartphone for his 62nd birthday, he shrugs it off, saying he's fine with his clamshell-style one. To bring Hock, the third-generation proprietor of a men's clothing shop in Medford, Mass., up to date, his wife of 30-some years sets up the smartphone for him. Downloading his email, she discovers piles of warm, intimate...
December 2, 2011 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
Three Clubs, the rocker bar tucked inside a nondescript building on Vine near Santa Monica, opened in 1991. In regular human time, that makes it 20 years old; in bar years, it's somewhere around Keith Richards' age. If the club had a face, it'd look like his — with deep laugh lines carved around that crinkly smoker's mouth. It started as a lounge-style slinger of classic martinis, once featured in "Swingers," but when that scene ran its course, Three Clubs evolved into a swank rocker den with just a lick of seediness.
October 2, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
For MTV, the situation was more than awkward . In fall 2008, the network was bingeing on manufactured reality shows that celebrated wealth and excess just as the country was staggering into a recession. Banks were failing, people were losing their jobs and college students were facing uncertain futures. But on MTV, the glamorous clique from "The Hills" was indulging in West Hollywood shopping trips and getaways to Cabo San Lucas. And on "My Super Sweet 16," the parents of a South Carolina beauty queen spent tens of thousands of dollars to give her the perfect birthday party, complete with a baby-blue Hummer.
October 31, 2001
"Bachelor Loaf" breads from Oliver's Backerei are a nice size for singles or small families. Each has seven or eight slices and weighs just less than a pound. Use the bread for sandwiches or toast. Seeded six-grain, whole-wheat and country white bachelor loaves, $1.29 to $2.39, from Trader Joe's and Wild Oats stores, and Erewhon, 7660 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 937-0777.
September 30, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If you're hoping that the new documentary "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!" has at least a little of the humor and bite of Michael Moore's stinging "Roger & Me" — the take-down of General Motors executive Roger Smith that seems to be its inspiration — you'll be sorely disappointed. If you're looking for a paean to the once and future political career of Palin — as John McCain's vice presidential running mate in 2008 or a possible Republican presidential contender in 2012 — you'll be disappointed as well.
September 1, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Being a creature of habit may mean mindlessly eating food, even when it's stale. An online study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin looking at how certain cues and adjustments can affect our habits used two experiments involving mindless eating. In the first, 98 people were recruited to watch movie trailers and were given water and boxes of popcorn. The popcorn was either 1 week old and stale, or freshly popped. It was randomly doled out to the participants who had also been surveyed about how often they typically eat popcorn in movie theaters.
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