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May 19, 2013 | By Marcia Adair
"Celluloid condoms between the audience and the immediate gratification of understanding. " "More like watching Playboy TV than having sex. " Hyperbolic outbursts are not uncommon in opera, but rarely were they so concentrated or, um, vivid. FOR THE RECORD: Opera supertitles: A May 19 article about the history of opera supertitles misidentified director Graham Vick as Graham Vickers. - What riled opera so? Supertitles. Translations usually projected above the stage have driven directors to issue bomb threats.
May 15, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Geza Vermes was a graduate student in Belgium in the late 1940s when he was captivated by news sweeping the globe about a remarkable discovery in the desert east of Jerusalem. He quickly switched gears, penning his doctoral thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient manuscript fragments that would become a focus of his life's work. FOR THE RECORD: The headline on an earlier version of this article said Vermes had died at the age of 89. He was 88. Also in the earlier version, the first name of Mark Goodacre, an associate professor of religion at Duke University, was incorrectly reported as Martin.
May 15, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp. is partnering with Paramount Pictures on a promotional effort for the studio's "Star Trek Into Darkness. " It represents the biggest such undertaking ever for the software giant. The Redmond, Wash., company's campaign isn't short on whimsy: Bing, Microsoft's Internet search engine, was updated Tuesday to include the "Star Trek" language Klingon in its online translation service. But there also is strategic significance to the marketing venture, because it leverages so many Microsoft services, devices and platforms in a way not previously attempted by the company for a movie promotion.
May 13, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Trekkies looking to translate the famous Klingon battle cry Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam ! -- or any other phrase from the fictional alien race's language -- will soon have a new tool at their disposal.  Starting on Tuesday, Bing, Microsoft Corp. 's Internet search engine, will include Klingon in its web-based translation service. The move is part of a broad marketing partnership between the Redmond, Wash., software giant and Paramount Pictures, which will release the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness.
April 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The 10 fiction finalists and six poetry finalists in the running for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award were announced Wednesday. The books were originally published in 11 languages, and were narrowed down from a longlist announced in March. The finalists include a Nobel Prize winner -- Herta Muller -- and a number of authors less well-known in the U.S. One of the goals of the prize is to bring more attention to works in translation, which are sometimes overlooked by American readers.
April 1, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
When Boyle Heights shop owner Arturo Macias hears fellow Latinos use the Spanish word for “wetback,” he doesn't necessarily take offense. Macias, who crossed illegally into the U.S. through Tijuana two decades ago, has heard the term mojado for much of his life and sees it less as an insult than a description of a common immigrant experience. “As a country of immigrants,” he says in Spanish, “in one way or another, we're all mojados .” Macias is very offended, however, when he hears a white person use it. That distinction befuddles his 20-year-old daughter Karina.
March 26, 2013
Re "L.A.'s signs of madness," Column, March 22 I was embarrassed by the example Gale Holland used to show how confusing parking signs can be. Have we lost our ability to read and make simple deductions? Let me explain those signs in Hollywood. "Tow-Away No Parking Anytime" (arrow pointing left) means that you cannot park to the left of the sign at any time. "Tow-Away No Parking 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. " (arrow pointing right) means that you cannot park to the right of the sign during the hours posted.
March 13, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
His offices in Seoul are nearly 7,000 miles from New York - a 14-hour flight made several times a year - but that hasn't deterred Chun-soo Shin from his bid to become a major Broadway player. One of Korea's top theater producers, Shin has already made money off the growing popularity of American-style musicals in his native country. His hits include "Dreamgirls" and "Jekyll & Hyde," the latter of which has become one of the most popular musicals ever produced in Korea. The 45-year-old Shin is now looking to take his success to a global level.
March 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
The singing vegetarian wanted nothing to do with the backwoods ducks. When Morrissey was scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show last month along with the cast of A&E's "Duck Dynasty," the '80s cult rocker issued an ultimatum: Boot the "animal serial killers," as he described the Southern family that made its fortune selling duck-hunting paraphernalia, from the guest list or he would walk. When showtime came, Kimmel's choice was clear. Rednecks 1, Rocker 0. "They have guns," joked the ABC talk-show host in explaining his rationale for standing by the ducky ones.
March 2, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Mounds of juicy meat glisten in hot pans and on nicked carving boards in the dining room of the Mark on Pico Boulevard. Braised sirloin with oregano and onion; Santa Maria tri-tip with garlic, molasses and chutney; rich flank steak tacos with lime and salsa; English roast with horseradish; bone marrow with red wine and olive oil; and piles of filet mignon, New York strip and rib-eye are all on offer. Lining up for service are more than 100 Jews, most of whom have kept kosher for life.
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