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March 2, 2011
ART George Baker on Richard Hawkins Author, critic and art history professor Baker will discuss the work of Hawkins, whose unique collages are on display in the exhibition "Richard Hawkins: Third Mind. " The exhibition, which is the artist's first American museum survey, is on display at the Hammer through May 22. Hammer Museum , 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography With rarely seen images of landscapes and architectural sites, more than 100 19th century photographs of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Bethlehem, Petra and Jordan will the focus of this exhibition, drawing from the Getty's own collections.
March 21, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - It was easy to get lost on Darren Aronofsky's ark. Inside a converted Brooklyn armory in late 2012, Aronofsky was shooting "Noah" on a massive vessel that matched the biblical dimensions of the boat, its rough beams lashed together and the hull sealed with pitch. In every corner of the three-story structure rested packs of ersatz animals - insects on one level, snakes and turtles in another corner and, around the bend, lions quite literally lying with lambs. "Animals are fragile.
October 3, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Swan Poems and Prose Poems Mary Oliver Beacon Press: 96 pp., $23 "What can I say that I have not said before?" the poet Mary Oliver wonders on page 1 of this, her 20th collection. "So I'll say it again./The leaf has a song in it. " She is a little weary, at 75. She is still in mourning after the death of her beloved, photographer Molly Cook. And she is not melting fast enough into the ease of animals. Try as she might to be alone, to be "motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned," she is called back into the world.
March 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Sensitively observed, the indie drama "A Birder's Guide to Everything" concerns a gangly 15-year-old birder prodigy named David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) with a timely distraction on the eve of his widower father (James Le Gros) marrying his girlfriend: the sighting of a supposedly extinct duck unseen since the 19th century. Spurred by a local ornithology legend (a sublimely eccentric Ben Kingsley) to find it before it migrates, David, his Young Birders Society chums (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen)
April 15, 1986 | CRAIG LEE
Scientists have theorized that there's a low-frequency sound wave that can cause a person to lose control of assorted bodily functions. At the Roxy on Sunday, the Swans came close to finding that sound. The New York septet pummeled its audience into submission with a steady, stark, sonic assault. Playing music as slow as a slug crawling down a slimy wall, the Swans were about as much fun as watching gangrene set in. But fun isn't exactly what the Swans are all about.
April 17, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Swans have a seemingly placid demeanor, and their monogamous mating habits have made them a symbol of lasting love. But the creatures — generally white, with long graceful necks and a black "mask" around their eyes — are territorial and can be quite aggressive. That makes them good at driving off geese, but can also lead to disaster. Anthony Hensley, 37, encountered the uglier side of their personality last weekend in a horrific way. He tended swans that helped keep geese away from a condominium's pond near Des Plaines, Ill. Witnesses told police that a nesting swan circled Hensley's kayak early Saturday, then attacked him, toppling the kayak and tossing him into the water.
December 20, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Majestic trumpeter swans returned Friday to Chesapeake Bay, ending an absence of nearly 200 years. Three female swans followed an ultralight plane, whose pilot they think is their parent, from Warrenton, Va. The black-beaked white birds, named for their melodious call, have 8-foot wingspans and once lived throughout North America. Hunted nearly to extinction by the 1930s--for food, feathers and powder puffs--they now number about 19,000, mostly in the West, because of legal protections.
December 10, 1986 | GORDON GRANT, Times Staff Writer
Two Newport Beach men have been ordered to appear in a Riverside County court next month to to answer charges that they shot and killed a whistling swan in violation of state law, a spokesman for the Department of Fish and Game said Tuesday. The men were identified by Fish and Game Department spokesman Pat Moore as Bernhart Robert E. Pautsch, 66, and Lawrence R. Harris, 58. They were arrested by wardens on Nov. 26 at a hunt club near Hemet, Moore said. Fish and Game Lt.
March 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A long love story is over at a German zoo: Petra the swan and her swan-shaped paddle boat are parting ways. Petra, a black swan, became a minor celebrity in 2006 when she became so attached to the boat, which is shaped like an oversized white swan, that she refused to leave its side. Officials in the northern city of Muenster decided to let her stay with it over the winter, bringing both bird and boat into a city zoo. This winter, however, Petra met a live swan. Zoo director Joerg Adler says she and her new mate -- a white swan -- are building a nest together.
March 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reconsider its decision to let hunters shoot a limited number of trumpeter swans during an annual hunt for tundra swans. The agency said it would conduct an environmental study to determine whether hunting might harm the trumpeter swan flock that lives in a bird refuge on the northern end of the Great Salt Lake. The decision settled a lawsuit contending that the flock is endangered and needs special protection.
February 21, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This is a very pleasant urban oasis in the midst of what is, for many Angelenos, a freeway flyover zone in South El Monte. This section of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area features several lakes, abundant waterfowl, picnic tables, public restrooms and well-tended walking and jogging trails. INTERACTIVE MAP: Whittier Narrows Recreation Area 1. Start at Parking Lot D, off Santa Anita Avenue, and head north in the county park, following the paved path with the lake on your left.
February 4, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Rapper 50 Cent, who caused a minor sensation at last year's Daytona 500 with his awkward attempt to kiss Fox reporter Erin Andrews, is back with NASCAR in a more conventional way. Swan Racing, a team that fields two cars in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, said Tuesday that it has a new associate sponsor in SMS Audio, a maker of headphones and other audio gear owned by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson III. The team, whose drivers are Cole Whitt and...
November 7, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last. Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the world's preeminent animator, beloved for "My Neighbor Totoro" and an Oscar winner for "Spirited Away," has announced his retirement. If he holds to that, it's fitting that this final film, inspired by but not limited to the life of brilliant aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, is quintessentially his: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.
June 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took over downtown's Grand Park on Friday night for a boisterous block party that was largely about celebrating him. On a giant podium erected on the steps of City Hall, a group of elected officials stood and praised Villaraigosa, who steps down this month after serving two terms as mayor. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest called him a dear friend "who loves Los Angeles. " Former President Bill Clinton, a longtime political ally, said "he's a good-looking guy" who made the city safer and greener.
April 5, 2013 | By Shannon Ryan
Ask Louisville Coach Rick Pitino or Syracuse's Jim Boeheim about Madison Square Garden or Big East Conference founder Dave Gavitt. Even the tight-lipped Boeheim becomes sentimental and is apt to weave a story about a Big East classic. "I would have been happy if someone said, 'Coach, you're going to coach Syracuse and be in this league 10 years,'" Boeheim said. "'We'll give you 10 pretty good years, but that's it.' I'd have said, 'OK, I'll take it,' right then. It just has been unbelievable.
April 4, 2013 | By David Ng
New York theater institutions don't come much feistier or more dynamic than Elaine Stritch. The tart-tongued, 88-year-old force of nature -- whose stage career includes memorable collaborations with Stephen Sondheim and Edward Albee -- kicked off her farewell series of cabaret performances this week at the Cafe Carlyle. Stritch announced last month that she would be retiring from the stage and moving back to her native Michigan. The actress cited her failing health for her decision.
May 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Maryland has agreed to stop shooting mute swans, a nonnative bird that state officials contend is destroying the Chesapeake Bay habitat. A spokesman for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said the state will honor a request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suspend the shootings, which began April 25. The federal agency had issued a permit allowing the state to kill up to 1,500 of the roughly 3,600 swans in the bay but reconsidered after the New York-based Fund for Animals sued Tuesday.
Those who live around this remote Rocky Mountain hamlet cherish the trumpeter swans that winter here by the hundreds as living symbols of free-flowing rivers, natural beauty and grace. Some love them so much that they rushed to their rescue a year ago, when a severe blizzard and sub-zero cold froze nearby Henry's Fork and the huge white birds were cut off from their diet of aquatic plants.
March 7, 2013 | By David Ng and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - The acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was shocking when it happened and turned even more bizarre when police said it elicited a confession from a Bolshoi dancer known for playing the Evil Genius in one of the most beloved ballets of all, "Swan Lake. " Details came to light early Wednesday when Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to organizing the January attack, and police announced two other men confessed to carrying it out. "I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened," Dmitrichenko said to Russia's Channel One. The dancer planned the assault for "personal resentment related to his work," the police said, according to reports in the Russian media.
February 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
A vibe in no particular search of a plot, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" channels '70s mellow and '30s style through a prism of California dreamin'. In this Charlie Sheen vehicle, the fizzy mood and visuals are often, well, winning. For his second stint in the feature director's chair (after 2001's "CQ"), Roman Coppola has fashioned a noodling indulgence that's alternately freewheeling and dead in the water. The on-screen action never matters or fully engages, but for Sheen fans who are tracking his ongoing image rehabilitation, and those willing to go with the cinematic flow, the self-conscious exercise in low-budget dress-up offers some rewards.
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