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June 30, 1991 | ABBY MANDEL
The best thing about barbecues--wonderful smoky flavor aside--is the easy informality that comes with grilling. A barbecue makes a great party because it involves team cooking, and everybody can get in on the act. This menu makes the most of the team aspect of barbecue cooking: One person is in the kitchen while the other tends the grill. This is a perfect meal for a 4th of July party: it's an updated All-American menu that would make almost anybody happy.
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FOOD
June 28, 2006 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
IN the beginning, there was wood. And it was good. But it was awfully inconvenient. The appeal of wood smoke is almost primal. In fact, just those two words by themselves are enough to make you hungry. Along with the smells of ripe tomatoes and perfect peaches, wood smoke is an integral part of summer's sweet perfume. It lends depth to the flavor of chicken, sweetens the taste of pork and helps give steak its sizzle. It's so delicious that some restaurants even build their menus around it.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1988
The charge for student and senior citizen seats in the Ahmanson Theatre's upper balcony for the run of "Summer and Smoke" is $5, not $15 as reported in some editions of Sunday's Calendar.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
The touring company of "Cabaret," which transformed the seldom-used Wilshire Theatre into a slice of Weimar Republic night life, received nine nominations for this year's annual Ovation Awards--more than any other production. Nominees in 26 categories were announced at a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Coronet Theatre. The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at La Mirada Theatre. Jason Alexander will emcee.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1988
Christine Lahti, star of the film "Housekeeping," who won a New York Film Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination (best supporting actress) for "Swing Shift," will play the pivotal role of Miss Alma opposite Christopher Reeve in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke" at the Ahmanson Theatre, Feb. 18 to April 10. Lahti's Broadway credits include Steve Tesich's "Division Street," "Present Laughter" with George C. Scott and "The Country Girl" with Hal Holbrook.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1985
Arthur Krams, an Academy Award-winning set designer and well-known Los Angeles decorator, died Sundayin the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 73 and had been suffering from uremia for some time, a hospital spokesman said. Besides winning an Oscar for "The Rose Tattoo" in 1955, he was nominated five other times: for "The Merry Widow," "Lili," "Visit to a Small Planet," "Summer and Smoke" and a career nomination in 1959.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
In Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke," the protagonists undergo remarkable transformations. By play's end, the spinsterish, moralistic Alma becomes a loose woman, and the hunky, hedonistic Dr. John takes a walk on the saintly side. These changes might seem incredible, if not ridiculous, were it not for Williams' rich language and intuitive feel for complex people. He's the master of making the preposterous seem human, genuine. But "Summer and Smoke," despite its resonance, is still a tipsy journey between insight and conceit.
NEWS
June 14, 1987 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Geraldine Page, the movie and theater star who won a best-actress Oscar last year for her portrayal of a widow searching for her Texas roots in "The Trip to Bountiful," was found dead in her Manhattan home Saturday. She was 62. She was found by her son, Anthony, and apparently died of natural causes, police said. Page, best known for bringing depth to simple, small-town characters, had been nominated for an Academy Award on seven occasions without winning before her victory in 1986.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The more you see of Tennessee Williams' plays, the more you sense that soft, sickly, static, dream-like quality that's so evocative of the playwright. Good productions convey this mood, and the revival of "Summer and Smoke" at the Odyssey is substantial: tremulous, genteel and smoldering. Initially performed in a workshop run at Pacific Theatre Ensemble in December, this guest production catches the atmosphere of a drowsy summer in a Gulfport town just before World War I.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1986 | CLARKE TAYLOR
Geraldine Page peered out from behind her dressing room door, her shrewd eyes brightening, her expressive mouth widening with a smile at the sight of a familiar face. . . . "How have you been all these years?" she asked a reporter of long acquaintance. The "dressing room," a skimpy cubbyhole of a backstage space at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theater, where Page now is appearing with an ensemble cast in Sam Shepard's latest play, "A Lie of the Mind," did not live up to the image of stardom.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 1993 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Playwright Tennessee Williams was the poet of the dispossessed, the desperate, the souls trapped between the longings of the soul and the flesh. For the 16 years that stretched between "The Glass Menagerie" in 1945 and "The Night of the Iguana" in 1961, no one equaled his grasp of how brutal the battles between the forces of heaven and earth could be.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The more you see of Tennessee Williams' plays, the more you sense that soft, sickly, static, dream-like quality that's so evocative of the playwright. Good productions convey this mood, and the revival of "Summer and Smoke" at the Odyssey is substantial: tremulous, genteel and smoldering. Initially performed in a workshop run at Pacific Theatre Ensemble in December, this guest production catches the atmosphere of a drowsy summer in a Gulfport town just before World War I.
FOOD
June 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
The National Pork Producers Council has the following tips for grilling safety: --Always read the owner's manual before using a new barbecue grill. --Never use gasoline or other highly volatile fluids as a starter; they may explode. --Barbecue grills should not be used within 5 feet of any combustible material. --For fewer hazardous sparks, experts recommend using a covered grill. --Never use a barbecue grill unless all parts of the unit are firmly in place.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
In Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke," the protagonists undergo remarkable transformations. By play's end, the spinsterish, moralistic Alma becomes a loose woman, and the hunky, hedonistic Dr. John takes a walk on the saintly side. These changes might seem incredible, if not ridiculous, were it not for Williams' rich language and intuitive feel for complex people. He's the master of making the preposterous seem human, genuine. But "Summer and Smoke," despite its resonance, is still a tipsy journey between insight and conceit.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1988
The charge for student and senior citizen seats in the Ahmanson Theatre's upper balcony for the run of "Summer and Smoke" is $5, not $15 as reported in some editions of Sunday's Calendar.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1988 | ROBERT KOEHLER
"In Alma's voice and manner there is a delicacy and elegance, a kind of 'airiness,' which is really natural to her as it is--in a less marked degree--to many Southern girls. "Her gestures and mannerisms are a bit exaggerated but in a graceful way. . . . She seems to belong to a more elegant age, such as the 18th Century in France. Out of nervousness and self-consciousness she has a habit of prefacing and concluding her remarks with a little breathless laugh.
FOOD
June 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
The National Pork Producers Council has the following tips for grilling safety: --Always read the owner's manual before using a new barbecue grill. --Never use gasoline or other highly volatile fluids as a starter; they may explode. --Barbecue grills should not be used within 5 feet of any combustible material. --For fewer hazardous sparks, experts recommend using a covered grill. --Never use a barbecue grill unless all parts of the unit are firmly in place.
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