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January 19, 1999 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What kind of future could you envision for a guy from a small town in Iowa who founded a funky theater as a college undergraduate, became--in fairly rapid succession--an actor, director, dancer and choreographer in Great Britain, got a master's degree in fiction writing and then chucked all this creative activity to burrow into the arcane world of literary theory?
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January 19, 1999 | CATHY CURTIS
Stephen Barker, faculty assistant to the UC Irvine chancellor, leaned back in his chair during a recent interview to reveal a small can of orange paint tucked away in a corner, a memento from the team that installed Mark di Suvero's steel sculpture "Aesop" in front of the administration building. "If we have a little midnight graffiti, I can go down in the morning and touch it up," Barker said. He wasn't kidding.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1999 | CATHY CURTIS
Stephen Barker, faculty assistant to the UC Irvine chancellor, leaned back in his chair during a recent interview to reveal a small can of orange paint tucked away in a corner, a memento from the team that installed Mark di Suvero's steel sculpture "Aesop" in front of the administration building. "If we have a little midnight graffiti, I can go down in the morning and touch it up," Barker said. He wasn't kidding.
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January 19, 1999 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What kind of future could you envision for a guy from a small town in Iowa who founded a funky theater as a college undergraduate, became--in fairly rapid succession--an actor, director, dancer and choreographer in Great Britain, got a master's degree in fiction writing and then chucked all this creative activity to burrow into the arcane world of literary theory?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1995
You begin your Aug. 28 profile of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) with the assertion that "as a White House speech writer, he put words in the mouth of the Great Communicator. From John Wayne, he learned that a squeeze of lime helps the tequila go down. Like compatriot Oliver North, he sneaked into foreign countries with Indiana Jones derring-do to spur on freedom fighters." A fair number of us out here are still more than concerned about the world these role models, including Rohrabacher, champion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
A proposal designed to keep the city free from social ills brought by sex-oriented businesses includes a ban on nudity that could result in censorship of mainstream theater, arts administrators said Friday. "I am incensed by such an ordinance," said Stephen Barker, chairman of the UC Irvine drama department. Although UCI rarely stages performances with nudity, banning nudity would restrict artistic exploration of legitimate social themes, Barker said.
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February 12, 1989 | JAN HERMAN
The Cocteau Centenary Festival, devoted to French artist and writer Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), continues this week at UC Irvine, with lectures, performances, films, gallery exhibits and a symposium. "The program (is) an attempt to explore every facet of his work," said Tony Clark, executive director of the Severin Wunderman Museum, who is coordinating American participation in the international celebration.
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October 27, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
A fake spawned by a bigger, more successful fake, "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2" was doomed to be inconsequential and forgettable, and it is. Despite grossing $250 million worldwide on a $30,000 budget, the original "Blair Witch Project" was no more than a mildly spooky charade powered by a brilliant marketing campaign.
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April 1, 1991
Stephen F. Barker takes over today as chairman of the UC Irvine drama department, succeeding department founder Robert Cohen, who has been chairman since 1969. Barker, whose five-year appointment coincides with his elevation to associate professor of drama, came to UCI in 1987 from a teaching post at the University of Arizona, where he received his doctorate in literary theory and criticism.
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January 23, 1992 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
UC Irvine is taking chances by presenting two plays by contemporary German writer Heiner Muller: This postmodern dramatist is more polemicist than storyteller. But these stagings of his poetic dissertations aren't altogether up to the Herculean task of rendering entertainment in defiance of conventional narrative. The two pieces, "Despoiled Shore/Medeamaterial/Landscape with Argonauts" and "Hamletmachine," are saturated with images meant to disturb, electrify and enlighten.
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January 5, 1999
Theater * Laguna Playhouse offers a preview of Jon Marans' play "Old Wicked Songs" at the Moulton Theater, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 8 p.m. $19. Also Wednesday. Opens Thursday and continues through Jan. 31. (949) 497-2787. Pop/Rock * Doom Kounty Electric Chair, Street Walkin' Cheetahs and 4-Boltmain play at Club Mesa, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. 9 tonight. $4. (949) 642-8448. * The All Star Trio plays at the Canyon Inn, 6821 Fairlynn Blvd., Yorba Linda. 9 tonight. Free.
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