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February 18, 2002 | JENNIFER FISHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It seems very much as if playing the dual role of good swan and bad swan in "Swan Lake" is more difficult than ever for today's American Ballet Theatre dancers. At least, this is the conclusion following swan sightings at four different performances last week at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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February 18, 2002 | JENNIFER FISHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It seems very much as if playing the dual role of good swan and bad swan in "Swan Lake" is more difficult than ever for today's American Ballet Theatre dancers. At least, this is the conclusion following swan sightings at four different performances last week at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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August 18, 2002
Pop Music "The Rising" finally came out, entering the sales chart at No. 1. The scene-setting interviews and TV appearances are out of the way, and now Bruce Springsteen, right, is back in his element, on the road with the E Street Band. The new album's sober studies of post-9/11 emotions figure to find a counterbalance in Springsteen's customary roof-raising rock 'n' roll release when they play the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday.
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September 20, 1999 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
The last gasp of the Pacific Symphony's 1999 summer season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was a cold one climatically, but musically warmhearted. Guest conductor Barry Jekowsky led a Tchaikovsky Spectacular--still a tradition in Orange County, though abandoned after three decades at Hollywood Bowl--with authority, solidity and a buoyant podium manner.
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February 25, 2002 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No longer gangly, but still boyish, Van Cliburn at 67 remains the charming pianistic icon from Texas, justifiably famous for his smile, his personal magnetism, his Romantic repertory, the major international piano competition he founded in 1962 and his unofficial ambassadorship of all things musically American.
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July 21, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Swan Princess," the German fairy tale that is the basis for the beloved "Swan Lake" ballet, emerged in 1994 as a pleasant animated musical fantasy aimed at children, especially little girls. Its sequel, "The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain," opened Friday without benefit of press preview.
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November 22, 1994 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite favorable reviews from many critics, New Line Cinema's "The Swan Princess" was being viewed by Hollywood on Monday as something of a swan dive. The film's lethargic domestic box office opening of $2.4 million has again raised an age-old question in Hollywood: Can a full-length animated movie be a hit if it isn't made by Walt Disney Co.?
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January 12, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brilliant. Innovative. Wacky. Original. Ernie Kovacs was all of the above and so much more. With his bushy eyebrows, mustache and ever-present cigar, Kovacs was one of the craziest and most visionary comedians to emerge during the Golden Age of TV in the 1950s. He pushed the visual envelope on his comedy-variety series "Ernie in Kovacsland" and "The Ernie Kovacs Show," and in his comedy specials. Kovacs also created the hysterically funny and beloved characters Percy Dovetonsils, Mr.
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November 18, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Swan Princess," the German fairy tale that is the basis for the beloved "Swan Lake" ballet, now emerges as a lavish animated musical fantasy to enchant children, especially little girls, during the holiday season. Sprightly and engaging, it unfolds with clarity and makes excellent use of its voice talents, most notably that of Jack Palance as the villainous Rothbart; the colorful witty, familiar menace of his voice allows him to all but steal the show.
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March 15, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
Thanks to the grandiloquence of a Pittsburgh critic, the Empire Brass quintet likes to market itself as "the foremost of American brass ensembles." But, according to Empire Brass tubist J. Samuel Pilafian, the Boston-based quintet is better known in Japan than in North America. "We're in Japan on tour twice a year," Pilafian said, "and have appeared on national television there a lot.
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May 18, 1997 | Bill Desowitz, Bill Desowitz is a freelance writer based in L.A
The current trend of reissuing film classics in theaters will escalate in the wake of the phenomenal "Star Wars" trilogy grosses, as studios busily dust off their libraries for more "special editions" and anniversaries. A few of the more creative reissues in the works include: * "The Wizard of Oz" in digital stereo with the complete "If I Only Had a Brain" dance footage directed by Busby Berkeley.
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