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February 22, 2013
It's not unusual for philanthropic gifts to come with strings attached, but the $7-million donation that USC's Thornton School of Music is announcing Friday from a longtime professor, violinist Alice Schoenfeld, is a gift attached to strings. The money establishes a new endowment whose earnings will provide scholarships for students studying stringed instruments. The strings department currently has 74 students. It comes on top of a $3-million donation from Schoenfeld that was announced in the fall, for a newly renovated hall previously used by USC's film school that is now a symphonic rehearsal space with recording capabilities.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By James Rainey
A string of actions by state officials and the National Labor Relations Board has strengthened the hand of truck drivers who say they need union representation to improve pay and working conditions for the thousands who transport cargo out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a settlement this week, one major trucking company agreed to post notices acknowledging the workers' right to organize - not previously a given because drivers were treated as contract workers, who are not subject to unionization.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2008 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
What do Hillary Rodham Clinton and George W. Bush have to do with mythology -- and puppetry? They both play a role in an exploration of the power of story and archetype, revealed through an exhibition of puppets at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Tucked into the museum's third-floor gallery, "Mythical Creatures and Characters: Tales From Around the World," running through May 18, offers visitors close-up encounters with marionettes, finger, hand and rod puppets crafted over the decades, from the 1920s to the 21st century.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
When the chamber music revival of the 1960s and early 1970s - a kind of classical music response to the folk music revival a few years earlier - had passed its peak, the string quartet as a medium was still strong. But the progressive musical world had moved on to electronics, the new Minimalism and radical experimentalism. The string quartet stood for stuffy, old-fashioned efforts.  No one could have imagined that two ensembles could change all that, renewing the repertory with well over a 1000 new pieces over the past four decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2009 | By Reed Johnson
Bleak. Misanthropic. Sadistic. Unsettling. That's a sampling of adjectives that have attached themselves over the years to the films of Michael Haneke, whose latest award-winning feature, "The White Ribbon," opens Wednesday in Los Angeles. And those are from writers who admire the beauty, severity and mental prowess of the Austro-German director's work. Haneke's craftsmanship displays a switchblade-sharp precision and sang-froid intellectualism that causes reviewers to utter the hallowed words "Alfred Hitchcock."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Strings Attached A Novel Judy Blundell Scholastic Press: 320 pp., $17.99 It's a truism that opposites attract. Whether it's the generous and the needy, the virtuous and corrupt, it's typically equal and opposite forces that coalesce and force change. It's the underbelly of this perennial truth that shapes the young adult mystery "Strings Attached," where the opposites in question are a mobster and a showgirl. Aging men who chase beautiful young women don't always net their catch, regardless of their bank accounts or social standing.
SPORTS
July 8, 1988
Elise Burgin, trailing 3-0, rallied to defeat Rosemary Casals, 6-4, and help the Strings even their TeamTennis record at 1-1 by defeating the Fresno Sun-Nets, 28-17, Thursday night at the Forum.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Neil Finn says he has something special up his sleeve for his sold out solo show on Tuesday at Largo at the Coronet Theatre. To help him pull back the curtain on several songs from his forthcoming album “Dizzy Heights,” Finn is bringing along seven string players to replicate orchestral arrangements from the album, which finds him exploring strings more expansively than the New Zealand rocker has on previous solo efforts or in his days fronting...
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
It is, at its most basic level, simply plastic cord strung under a skylight. But the brilliance of Brian Thoreen and Brant Ritter's latest design is that it is so much more: light sculpture, optical illusion, creative inspiration. Titled “String Beam,” the installation by Thoreen & Ritter uses about 800 strands of monofilament - about 2 miles of fishing line - running from a skylight to the floor and adjacent wall of the L.A. Web design and video development studio Haus. The translucent strings capture and carry light from the ceiling, forming a clean shaft of illumination that shifts with the sun. The result is ethereal, pure lightness despite the monumental weight required to hold the strings in place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1991
There is a suggestion by one of our liberal legislators that we 1) send the Soviet Union $1 billion for food purchases with no strings attached, and that 2) we get the money from the Pentagon's portion of the national budget. While I might agree about sending food to the Soviet Union on a basis of humanitarianism, I do have some questions on the rest of the idea. The USSR grows all the food it needs internally, but her people still go hungry. Why? Because their rail transportation problems are a self-inflicted wound.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
What does a company do when it retrieves government-confiscated building materials? If that company is Gibson Guitar Corp., it makes guitars from it. Late last year, the 120-year-old Nashville music company released a limited series of Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars with fingerboards made from wood that federal agents had seized in factory raids. The company produced 750 instruments for that first batch, which quickly sold out. Responding to continued demand, Gibson this year released about 1,000 more Government Series guitars, which sold out "in minutes," according to Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz.  PHOTOS: Daughters of rock stars   "We kept getting calls, and we had wood left over," said Juszkiewicz, 60. Those who still want to get their hands on a Government Series Gibson guitar might have to resort to EBay, though.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday to extend the nation's borrowing capacity for another year, all but ensuring that Congress' recent fiscal cease-fire extends through the summer. Republican leaders brought the measure quickly to the floor after the fractious majority failed to agree on what, if any, provisions to attach to the must-pass legislation. The chamber's Democratic minority provided most of the votes needed to approve the measure, with only 28 Republicans voting on the so-called clean debt limit measure.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By David Zucchino
TAMPA, Fla. - As an Army sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gabriel Brown craved danger. Combat satisfied what he called his "adrenaline addiction. " When he returned home to Florida, nothing in civilian life provided the sense of invincibility that made combat so alluring and vital. The sniper was now a nursing student. There was a hole in his life, but he found a way to fill it: robbing banks. He robbed with a military flair. On Feb. 5, 2013, Brown whipped out a gun and tossed an M83 military smoke grenade during a robbery of a TD Bank branch in Auburndale, Fla., that netted $19,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Claudia Luther, This article has been corrected, as indicated below.
Pete Seeger was a teenager in the 1930s when he heard an Appalachian balladeer perform on an old-fashioned, five-string banjo and fell in love with the instrument, the timeless melodies and, most of all, the words. "Compared to the trivialities of most popular songs," he said later, "the words of these songs had all the meat of human life in them.... They seemed frank, straightforward, honest. " In time, Seeger would arm himself with a banjo, a guitar and the transformative power of music to battle injustice in America and become the folk legend behind numbers such as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
So that's what the Wallis sounds like. It's been more than two months since Beverly Hills opened its swank Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. But until Wednesday night the multipurpose Bram Goldsmith Theater in the transformed historic post office building had yet to be purposed for unamplified music (with the exception of a few minutes of a tony gala). The St. Lawrence String Quartet did the honors by inaugurating the Wallis' classical music series. A hall with many uses - music of all sorts, theater, dance, opera and children's shows - can be an acoustician's riskiest assignment.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By David G. Savage and Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's refusal Monday to revive an Arizona law that largely banned abortions after 20 weeks put off for at least another year a clear constitutional ruling on whether conservative states may adopt new restrictions on women seeking to end their pregnancies. The decision, marking the third time this term that justices have declined to take up an abortion case, suggested the closely split court is not anxious to jump into the divide between red states and blue states over abortion rights.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Hot on the heels of the surprise success of "Instructions Not Included," which quickly became the all-time highest-grossing Spanish language film in the U.S., comes another movie aimed at the same audience. "Pulling Strings," also being released by "Instructions" distributor Pantelion Films, looks to do potential crossover audiences one better with a story that allows the language to be split between Spanish and English. Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.
SPORTS
April 2, 1993 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kimberly Po of Rolling Hills, a former Miraleste High and UCLA standout, will play for the Forum-based Strings of World TeamTennis, it was announced Thursday. Po is 63rd in singles and 66th in doubles on the current Virginia Slims rankings. The Strings, who missed the playoffs in 1992 after reaching the 1991 championship match and winning the 1990 title, will field an entirely new team this summer. Robin White, a String in 1990 and 1991, will rejoin the team.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Tomorrow they will wear another face," is how Ralph Waldo Emerson began the closing couplet of his poem "Experience. " And now, the Emerson String Quartet wears, for the first time in 34 years, another face. Founded in 1976, the year of America's bicentennial, this commandingly all-American string quartet, a national symbol of sorts, welcomes a new nationality. British cellist Paul Watkins recently replaced David Finckel. "Succession swift," the Transcendentalist poet and essayist also wrote in "Experience.
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