January 18, 2004 |
What is the appropriate form of storytelling for Los Angeles? L.A., after all, is a city that defies traditional narrative, even as it requires us to impose our own structures on the chaos of the place. It's no coincidence that some of the most iconic Southern California art has not been narrative but imagistic, as are the Light and Space creations of Robert Irwin and David Hockney, or aggressively elusive, like the barely controlled bombast of the 1970s punk scene.
February 11, 1988 |
Teaching Russian may be the loneliest job in town. As few as five of the 200-plus high schools, public and private, in Los Angeles and Ventura counties offer programs in the language of Gogol and Gorbachev. In Pasadena, Long Beach, West Los Angeles, Camarillo and Studio City, five Russian teachers instruct handfuls of students, exotics in a world where more and more study Spanish. There are 11 Russian teachers in all of California's public schools, a state education department spokesman said.
April 21, 2010 |
Kevin Tighe doesn't mention "Emergency!" in his biography in the program for the Mark Taper Forum's production of the acclaimed dark comedy "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo." The 65-year-old actor originated the title role in Rajiv Joseph's audacious, Iraqi War-themed play when it premiered last year at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Currently in previews at the Taper with the original cast, the Pulitzer Prize finalist officially opens April 25 and continues through May 30. So is Tighe embarrassed over his starring role as L.A. fireman-paramedic Roy DeSoto in the 1972-77 series from producer Jack Webb that also starred Randolph Mantooth as his partner, along with singer Julie London and her husband, "Route 66" composer Bobby Troup.
February 11, 1986
John R. Curry has been named vice president-budget and planning at the University of Southern California.
March 26, 2005 |
Poor people are invisible, especially African Americans and Latinos who live in South-Central Los Angeles. This is not new; it has existed for decades. I grew up there and saw the injustices of poverty, poor housing, inadequate and unsafe school facilities and police brutality. But in the Los Angeles mayoral runoff election in May, African Americans and Latinos can finally play a key role in being the swing vote.