December 26, 2012 |
At the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, the title of the exhibition "Lost (in L.A.)" pretty much describes how I felt when looking at its many sculptures, installations, videos and a few paintings. Thematic art exhibitions are sometimes puzzling, with the reasoning behind the general selection of artists or juxtapositions of specific works obscure, and that's certainly the case here. A subtitle could be: "Huh?" One of the more enchanting objects on display is a 1946 letter, although in the upper left corner, just above the salutation, it does sport a small, doodle-like ink drawing of an apple wearing a mask.
October 3, 2011
In the director's chair Here's a look at three talents from the "L.A. Rebellion" period: Julie Dash Dash is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her feature "Daughters of the Dust," which is part of the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Charles Burnett The director's lauded first full-length feature, 1977's "Killer of Sheep," was written as his UCLA master's thesis. Haile Gerima The Ethiopian-born Gerima took his 1993 film "Sankofa" to 35 different cities himself when he couldn't find a distributor.
January 12, 2011 |
Inside-the- White House accounts of the presidency have become such a routine commodity in publishing that the genre has its own subsets. One consists of the personal ? usually self-justifying ? reminiscences of disgruntled former staff members or cabinet secretaries. George W. Bush's administration spawned so many of those that you sometimes got the feeling that meetings in the executive mansion must have felt like a mafia sit-down where every second participant is a government informer wearing a wire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2009 |
A Cal State Northridge graduate student who was briefly imprisoned in Iran while working on her master's thesis on women's rights and then prohibited from leaving the country for nine months returned this week to Los Angeles, school officials said Thursday. Esha Momeni, 29, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday and was greeted by friends and family. "It is wonderful news," Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester said in a prepared statement. "All of us in the CSU Northridge community have been looking forward to this day. I have met briefly with Esha, and she appears to be in fine spirits."
October 24, 2008 |
It seemed like a routine traffic stop. At first. Esha Momeni, an Iranian American scholar visiting Tehran, was pulled over Oct. 15. She had allegedly committed a traffic violation while driving along the main north-south highway of the Iranian capital. But instead of writing up a ticket and sending her on her way, the purported traffic cops escorted the Cal State Northridge graduate student to her relatives' home.
July 29, 2008
Re "Finally, a foster care fix," Opinion, July 25 Miriam Aroni Krinsky's thesis seems based on the same old formula of "throw more money at the problem." To sell this program, some decorations are added, such as unknown court reforms. There is no thinking outside the box. Our foster care programs have failed. A day seldom passes in which abuses are not reported in gory detail. A 19-year-old boy once came to my office seeking advice. He had spent more than five years laboring in a lemon grove.