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October 19, 2010
Stamp of approval on 'Il Postino' Tickets sold: 17,000 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; final four performances sold-out. Audience at two outdoor screenings: 2,500 at California Plaza and 2,600 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Where it goes next: Plácido Domingo and much of the L.A. cast will perform at the opera's co-producers, Theater an der Wien in Vienna (opens Dec. 9) and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (June 20). And then: Inquiries have come in from around the world, including three companies in the United States and companies in Chile, Mexico and Spain.
April 22, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Harvey Milk, the slain politician who became an icon of equal rights not just for the gay community in San Francisco but across the nation, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday. The stamp's issue will coincide with Milk's birthday on May 22. The stamps will be available in sheets of 20 and may be pre-ordered . The image on the stamp comes from a circa-1977 photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Milk in front of Castro Street Camera in San Francisco.
September 13, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
We here at Culture Monster - all right, one of us here at Culture Monster - was a stamp collector as a kid. So the news that the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will be opening what it calls “the world's largest stamp gallery” on Sept. 22 was especially welcome.  The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery - named after its No. 1 benefactor -- will feature stamps as well as historically significant mail in the context of American history and culture, the museum said. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview Highlights of the collection include stamps of Hawaiian kings, before Hawaii was officially a state; an 1868 1-cent Z-grill stamp - one of two in existence; and a letter to John Hancock postmarked July 4, 1776.
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
There was no contesting yet another Russian annexation Monday night. Rather than the supposed 93% majority in Crimea that voted to succeed from Ukraine a week earlier, what appeared to be 100% of the audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall vociferously cheered in favor of Evgeny Kissin Russianizing Schubert. The occasion was a fabulous, if highly personal, performance by the Russian pianist of Schubert's big, outgoing Sonata in D Major, D. 850. That was followed by the most commanding Scriabin playing I've ever heard accorded the Russian mystic composer in concert.
April 25, 2008
Re "Salazar, 4 others on U.S. postage," April 23 Ruben Salazar in January 1961 filed a story about the political movement to incorporate East Los Angeles, describing it as a new era of political awakening. He liked the area and its people. Regretfully, he died covering an uprising of the people of East L.A. during an antiwar demonstration. The U.S. Postal Service stamp in his honor will be a cherished memento for those of us who lived and worked in East L.A. in the 1960s. William G. Hutson Rancho Cucamonga The writer was a member of the Incorporation of East Los Angeles Committee.
September 17, 1995
Thank you for your article on Vickie Tanner ("Back to Old Stamping Ground," by Jan Breslauer, Sept. 3). As she says, "It's especially important . . . because kids will read this and say, 'Hey, I can do that too.' " I want to share her with every kid in school in America. When I took my teen-agers to see Tanner's "Stomp" in New York this summer, her personality made the show sparkle with humor and passion. RICHARD K. MOORE Huntington Beach
November 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
No one expected Congress to step in and avert the sharp cuts in food stamp benefits that kicked in  Friday. We're beyond expecting anything from this Congress on short notice except for grandstanding and spurts of inaction. But it's proper to remind ourselves of what happened to the one-in-five Americans who still depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for help putting food on the table.  We reported earlier  that on Nov. 1 food stamp benefits were to be cut by $5 billion for this fiscal year.
May 9, 1985 | Associated Press
A 9-cent stamp honoring pioneer military educator Sylvanus Thayer will be issued June 7 in his birthplace of Braintree, Mass., the Postal Service said Wednesday.
November 7, 1986 | Associated Press
An oil painting of three redhead ducks in flight has won an annual U.S. stamp design competition. A non-government panel of five wildlife art and bird experts on Wednesday selected the work, painted by Arthur G. Anderson of Onalaska, Wis., from among 799 entries. The rendering of two drakes and a hen flying over a river marsh will grace the 1987-88 migratory bird hunting stamp that the Fish and Wildlife Service will issue in July.
March 24, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Talk about a "poverty trap"! The phrase was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., to suggest that the nation's panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class. Wal-Mart's annual report , issued late last week, puts a different spin on things. Buried within the long list of risk factors disclosed to its shareholders--that is, factors "outside our control" that could materially affect financial performance--are these: " changes in the amount of payments made under the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Plan and other public assistance plans, (and)
February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
IPod. IPad. IStamp? Steve Jobs, the late cofounder and chief executive of Apple, is among several pop culture figures who will be featured on U.S. postage stamps over the next few years. The stamp for Jobs, who led Apple during its creation and then again during its resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will be available in 2015, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Jobs' stamp is currently being designed. VIDEO: Pebble's latest Steel smartwatch is functional and stylish Besides Jobs, others to be honored on stamps in the next few years include Beatle John Lennon, NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, gay rights activist Harvey Milk and musician Jimi Hendrix.
February 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA is certainly Jim Mora's team. His third - and arguably least successful - recruiting day came and went. The players he recruited now outnumber the ones he inherited - although quarterback Brett Hundley is a handy guy to still have around. So where the Bruins are now headed has Mora's coaching DNA. "We talked last year about consistency," Mora said. "Now I'm looking to go win some games that people don't think we can win on a more consistent basis. I don't want to make excuses about going to Stanford and losing or going to Oregon and losing.
February 4, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1-trillion farm bill, a hard-fought compromise that sets policy over agricultural subsidies, nutrition programs and the food stamp safety net for the next five years. The Senate approved the measure, 68-32, as a cross-section of farm state senators from both parties fought opposition from budget hawks and some liberals and sent the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature.
February 2, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Perhaps the U.S. Postal Service should commission a stamp honoring Shirley Familian. For 25 years she has been honoring mail carriers everywhere by turning canceled postage stamps into art. Friends from around the world clip the stamps from envelopes and send them to Familian, who patiently sorts them, stores them in zip-lock pages and then uses them to create fanciful designs that have a nearly hypnotic quality. She's now 93, and a three-month exhibition of her work has opened at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum . Titled "Shirley Familian: 19,275 Stamps," the show features 14 hanging pieces and seven stamp-covered objects, including a skateboard, an iron and a teapot.
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday that U.S. sales figures for its fiscal fourth quarter would probably come in below earlier forecasts when they're announced Feb. 20 due to the effects of volatile weather and cuts to the federal food stamp program. The world's largest retailer said in November that for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, it expected sales at American Wal-Mart stores open at least a year to be relatively flat. So-called same-store sales at its warehouse chain Sam's Club were projected to be anywhere from flat to up 2%. But on Friday the company said that sales would likely miss the mark, pushed down from stronger-than-expected pressure from a government reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that went into effect Nov. 1. Winter storms also caused store closings during the period, according to Wal-Mart, which has more than 11,000 units in its system.
January 27, 2014 | By Richard Simon and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - California's egg law survived a congressional effort to scramble it as key lawmakers from both parties announced an agreement Monday on a multiyear farm bill. That means beginning next year, all eggs sold in California will have been laid by hens that had plenty of room to flap their wings. The compromise farm bill, which could come up for a House vote Wednesday, would avert deep cuts sought by Republicans in the federal food stamp program and end direct payments to farmers - a controversial provision under the previous farm bill in which farmers received federal subsidies regardless of their output.
January 23, 2014 | By Phil Willon
SACRAMENTO - Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings. The law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but not implemented until May 2013, is intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun. Smith & Wesson joins gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. in halting the sales.
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