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January 10, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Lies, damn lies, and statistics all figure in “The Gambler's Daughter,” Paul North's new play about a mathematically gifted career gambler's troubled home life. Unfortunately, numbers don't tell the whole story when it comes to fully realized characters, and the piece battles long odds with limited success in a problematic debut staging at the Eclectic Company Theatre. In a small town two hours outside his Las Vegas stamping ground, professional gambler Lloyd (Edmund Wyson) faces a losing hand trying to mend fences with his estranged daughter, Mary (Laura Michl)
September 16, 2012
Re "A citizens sidewalk brigade," Editorial, Sept. 11 The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services wants to spend $10 million and three years analyzing the state of the city's sidewalks. As every owner of property in L.A. is tied into the Department of Water and Power, a simple solution would be to include a request in every utility bill to have the customer provide a status report of his or her sidewalk with the payment. An appropriate photo could accompany the response. Alternatively, the Neighborhood Councils could provide this information.
September 10, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
The fact that “No Love,” now in its world premiere at the Eclectic Company Theatre, went up 25 minutes late with absolutely no explanation as to why, was undeniably irritating. And a lengthy opening monologue delivered in almost total darkness by an actor who couldn't find her light (granted, in John Dickey's lighting design there was precious little of it to be found), proved almost insurmountably annoying. Yet those glitches faded into insignificance given the accumulated problems of Andrew Osborne's play - a sort of latter-day “La Ronde” in which various loosely connected characters hook up, act out and get kinky, frequently sans clothing.
August 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson and Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Relatives of Stacey L. Schreiber, a Valley Village woman who died trying to save others after a fiery traffic accident this week, remembered her Friday as a warm, loving person who always did her best to help others. "She was just very giving of everything she had to the world," Karina Kausch, 33, said of Schreiber, her older sister. "She wanted it to be a better place and she did that by example. And she did that obviously in this case. " Schreiber, 39, was identified by authorities Friday as one of two women electrocuted when they came into contact with water electrified in the aftermath of the accident Wednesday.
July 24, 2012
Re "Will Carmageddon sequel be worse?," July 20 What the first "Carmageddon" proved to me (as much as the 1984 Summer Olympics before it) is that most car trips in and around L.A. are not only nonessential but downright pointless. When confronted with the World War II-era question, "Is this trip necessary?," I would have to believe that most Los Angeles drivers would say no. One way to combat the L.A. freeway traffic would be to close a few highways down regularly to make people prioritize their travel and their lives.
April 7, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Failing to give city inspectors the brush-off, young artists Wednesday painted over a 75-foot mural they had created after officials issued a $360 citation to the Valley Village woman who had commissioned the artwork to brighten an alley next to her home. Barbara Black, a retired studio costume illustrator, said she reluctantly ordered the mural's obliteration after officials threatened to fine her an additional $1,925 if it wasn't removed. The initial citation was issued last month, shortly after the mural was completed.
March 22, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Longtime artist Barbara Black didn't reach for her paintbrush when she decided a mural would brighten her Valley Village home. Instead, she contacted the art department at nearby North Hollywood High School and invited students to decorate the 50-foot alley wall next to her Otsego Street residence. Black asked the young artists to bring their ideas, and, because she is on a fixed income, to bring their own paint as well. They were happy to oblige. "It's hard to find a place to work where you're not doing it illegally," said Anthony Zapada Green, 19, who hopes to become a professional graphic artist.
January 31, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Corbin Bernsen and his wife, actress and interior designer Amanda Pays, have purchased a 1936 Tudor in Valley Village for $900,000. The home, which was on the market for the first time in more than 60 years, is in need of a complete renovation. Corbin and Pays, who try to bring back old homes' original grandeur, plan to do the same with this house. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has 2,415 square feet of living space and sits on a quarter-acre corner lot. Although Bernsen, 56, is often remembered for his years on "L.A.
October 4, 2010 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
At a busy North Hollywood intersection Sunday, the father of Cheree Osmanhodzic stood under a huge electronic billboard bearing the likeness of the man suspected of brutally stabbing his 34-year-old daughter and setting fire to her home to cover up the crime. When Mike Cameron looked at the billboard at Lankershim and Chandler boulevards, he winced, noting with disgust that the suspect, Omar Armando Loera, and his daughter share the same birthdate. But he hopes the sign, looming above a bus stop and Metro station, will help lead to the capture of Loera and provide some piece of mind.
September 15, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Had it gone according to plan, Adam Culvey and his fiancee, Chere Osmanhodzic, would be spending the next week and a half counting down the days to their Sept. 24 wedding. The couple were to exchange vows on the sprawling grounds of the McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo and then set off to the Caribbean for their honeymoon. But fate intervened in the cruelest way possible. On July 24, Culvey returned to the couple's Valley Village home from the store, put his key in the door and began to push it open.
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