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June 30, 2011
If there's anyone who knows how to tell a spooky story, it's "Nightmare Before Christmas" spielmeister Tim Burton. He and the exhibit of his artwork are the inspiration for this series of nighttime storytelling that lasts throughout the month of July. The first one will feature "Creation Myths and Other Mysteries of Nature" with storyteller Karen Golden. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. (323) 857-6000. 7 p.m. Fri. and every Fri. in July. http://www.lacma.org
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April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A determined historical sweep masks a small-minded bid for easy outrage and heartstrings-pulling in the schematic World War II drama "Walking With the Enemy. " Set in 1944, when the war was essentially over for the Nazis but their reign of terror in occupied territories was still going strong, the movie focuses on the efforts of a young, displaced Hungarian Jew named Elek (Jonas Armstrong) to find his family after escaping from a camp, which turned into a concerted effort to save many Hungarian Jews.
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April 29, 2010
11th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival Where: Libbey Bowl, Ojai Avenue and Signal Street, Ojai When: Thursday through Sunday Price: Festival pass, $190. Individual events, $5 to $40 Contacts: (805) 646-8907. Complete schedule at http://www.ojaistoryfest.org
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April 5, 2014 | By David Colker
When professional storyteller Leslie Perry was in his prime, his performances were electrifying displays of verbal pyrotechnics, with Perry shouting out passages like a hellfire preacher while sometimes dancing back and forth on the stage, his fists pumping in rhythm with the recitation. In more recent years, with his body sapped by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Perry sat in a chair while telling his stories. And though his movements had to be far more subtle, the vocal colors he brought to his stories made them no less riveting.
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September 24, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Hawaii's rich “talk story” tradition will be shared both locals and visitors on Oct. 18 and 19 during a celebration in Honolulu. The Talk Story Festival , Hawaii's oldest and largest storytelling event, will be in the ballroom of the Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse. Admission is free. The festival, in its 25 th year, draws hundreds of people. Sessions on both days will begin at 6 p.m. Nine storytellers will take to the stage each night, and each will be given 20 minutes.
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September 28, 2001 | Jana J. Monji
The name Ray Bradbury may conjure up visions of burning books and the colonization of Mars, but the author's "Falling Upward! Or to Eire is Human, to Forbid Divine" at Theatre West in Hollywood isn't a dark futuristic tale. Instead, Bradbury has delivered a gentle yarn, an Irish fable that centers on a particular bar in a small Irish town. Minor events--including a visit from some sun-kissed fairies and a humorous funeral--become greatly enhanced by whimsical storytelling.
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November 2, 2000 | SCOTT STEINBERG, steinbergs@hotmail.com
As frightening as it was for the Wayans brothers to be given their own film, something even more terrifying lurks in the shadows of Tinseltown: the "Blair Witch" trilogy. And as with all blockbuster big-screen franchises, a video-game conversion was a must. Tim Gerritsen of Human Head Studios headed the transfer of "The Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows" from film to video game.
TRAVEL
June 17, 2012 | By Jen Leo
Turn your road trip into a laugh fest with this app. Name: Funny Road Trip, http://www.funnyroadtrip.com Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad What it does: Four characters from different parts of the world - Señor Tortilla, McBronx, Sushi Sakura and Emil DaElecktra, the travel robot - ask questions and suggest tasks that can lead to your family telling stories, interacting with what they see along the...
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March 16, 1986 | Sibyl Jefferson
Professional storyteller Ken Haven will conduct a one-day workshop Thursday at Orangethorpe School to train students how to write and tell stories better. The workshop is a prelude to the school's weekly storytelling exercise, said sixth-grade teacher Lisa Friedberg. Each Friday, two sixth-grade classes and one special education class get together and tell stories. Afterward, the students do a follow-up activity that relates to the story--usually an art project.
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February 1, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The stereotypical Sundance movie is thought of as something capital-Q quirky, typically a story of family dysfunction or coming-of-age. This year's festival, across its numerous sections, featured a newfound immersion in genre storytelling that pushed the films to places that were familiar but with unexpected and most welcome twists. Gareth Evans' "The Raid 2," for instance, does for the blood-soaked Asian action film what "The Dark Knight" did for the superhero film, injecting it with a seriousness, a depth of characterization and a scope of storytelling that raises it to a new level of legitimacy.
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April 3, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Krysten Ritter and Brian Geraghty, performers who have delivered striking work elsewhere, are hard to read in "Refuge," a torpid drama about a tentative new romance. Or perhaps they're too easy to read; whatever emotional depths filmmaker Jessica Goldberg hopes to suggest, there's nothing stirring beneath the movie's static surface. The central characters' coupledom might bring them a safe haven, but audiences will be left out in the cold. Adapting her stage play, Goldberg uses wintry Southampton, N.Y., locations to convey a down-and-out working-class vibe.
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March 19, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
LOS OSOS, Calif. - He led an active electronic life, so the cyber silence was ominous. No emails. No posts to any of the thousand-plus friends on Facebook. When word finally surfaced, it wasn't from him. "If you have noticed Jim's absence from Facebook, there is a reason. He has been doing poorly for a week or so ... and yesterday they detected a mass in his brain. Having elected to have no extraordinary medical measures, he is at home in Los Osos and we are waiting for hospice to come.
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March 1, 2014 | By Kari Howard
I'm lucky -- good storytelling isn't only my passion, it's my career. My other passion is music, and it probably won't surprise you that some of my favorite songwriters are wonderful storytellers. One of this week's story soundtracks was written by one of the best narrative songwriters in pop-rock history, Ray Davies of the Kinks. Sometimes he gives us a mini-screenplay, like in “Come Dancing” (see Thursday's Great Read, below). In that song, the arc of the narrator's childhood is viewed through his older sister's dates, and dreams, at the Palais dance hall.
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February 1, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The stereotypical Sundance movie is thought of as something capital-Q quirky, typically a story of family dysfunction or coming-of-age. This year's festival, across its numerous sections, featured a newfound immersion in genre storytelling that pushed the films to places that were familiar but with unexpected and most welcome twists. Gareth Evans' "The Raid 2," for instance, does for the blood-soaked Asian action film what "The Dark Knight" did for the superhero film, injecting it with a seriousness, a depth of characterization and a scope of storytelling that raises it to a new level of legitimacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SAN QUENTIN - The scene was almost indistinguishable from that in any other newsroom. Editors sat around chatting about the next issue and tinkering with stories. Front pages were tacked up on the walls, and family photos were taped to computer terminals. But in fact this newspaper office was unlike almost any other, obvious from the dress code: Staff members wore the standard blue uniform of California prison inmates. When the phone rang, the answer was a crisp, "Hello, San Quentin News.
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December 12, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
In "Sweet Talk," Delilah (Natalie Zea) is an erudite phone-sex worker who besides naming herself after the Biblical escort reads "Anna Karenina" and plays chess during routine calls. One "John" (for they're all named John) gets her attention, though, when he proposes that in lieu of the usual dirty talk, they tell each other tales - seduction by storytelling, a la Scheherazade. And get this: His real name is Samson (Jeffrey Vincent Parise). Scripted by Peter Lefcourt based on his stage play and directed by his wife, Terri Hanauer, the film gradually slips into the sweeping romances they spin for each other by depositing Samson and Delilah in her overalls and oversized sweat shirt in the settings they invent and eventually transporting the couple in full period costume to 1914 Budapest and 1939 Vienna.
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June 9, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
As a landlady sifts through some abandoned belongings of Colleen Applegate's--old Valentines, a high school diploma--you're overwhelmed by sadness. There have been some stirring accounts of the short life of Applegate, a.k.a. porn star Shauna Grant, who died March 23, 1984, at 20 from a .22-caliber rifle shot to the head. (She was the subject of a Calendar cover story May 6, 1984, and her story also is being made into a TV movie for next season).
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March 25, 1999 | DIANE WEDNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It took only a moment for Jessica Fuentes, a fourth-grader at Shirley Avenue Elementary School, to spot the object of her affection. Rushing over to Estelle Busch, who was seated in the front of the school auditorium amid an array of picture books, the 9-year-old threw her arms around the storyteller and gave her a hug. "I love Mrs. Busch," Jessica said. "She reads to us and lets us act out the stories. It's so much fun." Tuesday afternoon in Reseda isn't just story time.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
In his only big-screen film role, Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Executive Bobby Kotick appeared in "Moneyball" as a penny-pinching owner of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. "I'm asking you to be OK not spending money that I don't have," he tells team manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt. The art-imitates-life moment was vintage Kotick, who has earned a reputation for fiscal restraint among Wall Street investors while playing ball in the big leagues with pals such as DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and billionaires Eli Broad and Elon Musk.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The youthful, sweater-wearing Kotick is a non-gamer who heads the world's largest video game company and has a knack for identifying hit franchises - among them the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" skateboarding games, "Guitar Hero" rock fantasy series, "Call of Duty" military simulations and "Skylanders" toys-come-to-life children's titles.
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October 12, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "Unknown Pleasures," "The World" and "24 City" have been celebrated by critics and on the international festival circuit, but his work has yet to break through with a wider audience in America. That might change with his latest, "A Touch of Sin," an action film of sorts set in contemporary China and opening Friday in Los Angeles. Where Jia's earlier works have often blended fiction with documentary, here he overlays the style of traditional martial arts adventure storytelling known as wuxia onto his contemporary four-part tale of loners, revenge and violence based on recent real-life incidents in China.
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