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October 19, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"IN YOUR FACE." Fishbone. Columbia. In your face, indeed. Fishbone is as confrontational as any hard-core punk outfit, but with a smirk rather than a scowl. What has made this band one of the most exciting and popular acts on the local scene, though, is that its attitude is backed up by astounding musical verve and versatility. In the year-plus since its debut EP, Fishbone has added maturity and variety to its already enticing rock-funk-ska mix.
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January 28, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Will the Dodger Stadium hangover merely be a 72-hour condition or can the Ducks manage to shake the malaise before it lingers? The Ducks started slowly, and sloppily, not showing the necessary urgency until falling behind by three goals in the third period. Their offensive verve eventually showed up - as expected - but it was that age-old story of a too late arrival. The Wild protected the lead and held on to beat Anaheim, 4-2, on Tuesday night at Honda Center. It was only the second time the Ducks have lost in regulation at home this season, the first time was a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Jan 21. Minnesota star Zach Parise, playing in his third game since returning from a foot injury, had a hand in three of the four goals, recording two assists and scoring on a nifty deflection to make it 3-1 at 6:35 of the third period.
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May 25, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
Following its group shows of area painters and sculptors, Another Year in LA now presents "Drawing (Los Angeles). " Featuring five artists (plus a cameo appearance by non-local Stephen Kaltenbach), the show is a sampler more than a survey but manages to convey, with a good deal of verve, how elastic the category of drawing has become. Materials matter less than manner of approach -- a certain rawness, directness, immediacy. John Knuth's word paintings spelled out using emergency road flares and Christopher Russell's scratched and spray-painted "Framing Exercises" are all tactile energy.
NEWS
December 7, 2013 | By Kari Howard
Every day, the stories I edit bring songs to mind. But this week, two of the stories also brought films to mind. When I started reading Monday's Great Read about two young men's project to map every swimming pool in the L.A. Basin, I immediately pictured Burt Lancaster swimming his way through a string of backyard pools in the unnerving 1968 movie “The Swimmer.” Lancaster, one of the bravest actors of his generation, is haunting as a...
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August 22, 1993 | LORRAINE ALI
* * * Verve, "A Storm in Heaven," Vernon Yard/Virgin. Verve is yet another British band with pouty lips playing trancy tunes, but this debut album makes its mark regardless. Singer Richard Ashcroft's whimsical, occasionally soul-wrenching vocals breeze in and out of delicate guitar interludes and hallucinatory washes of tumbling melody. Verve's "Storm" is a warm, inviting chill-out.
NEWS
October 12, 2008
Labelle: An article in today's Arts & Books section about the vocal group Labelle said its new album, "Back to Now," is being released on the Vanguard label. Verve is releasing the album.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1985
So "antsy" Robert Redford couldn't handle an 18-week African location shoot for "Out of Africa" for a purported $6 million 'cause "he would have gone nuts" ("Pollack's 'Africa' Adventure," by Jack Mathews, Dec. 8). Possibly he could free-up some of that energy for his performances, which he usually "attacks" with the same verve one associates with lying-in-state. On second thought, why tamper with success? This "bundle of nerves" has ridden phlegmatic all the way to super stardom.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1993
The most refreshing attribute of Wendell Jones, David Stanley and Robert Berg's "AIDS! The Musical!" at the Skylight Theatre, is its use of humor to tell its story. When the show is laughing, its bittersweet points are well made. When it gets serious and militant, it falls flat. The lessons of its brightness haven't informed its pamphleteering. Antony Balcena's direction has verve and tenderness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1987
Beloved bandleader Woodrow Charles Herman is dead at 74 of pulmonary and cardiac ailments, his untimely demise doubtless hastened by the humiliating threat of eviction from his Hollywood Hills home. Whenever a jazz luminary passes on (and their ranks are thinning fast!) part of me dies with him, and my sadness this time is exacerbated by the ignominious financial straits of his final years. Woody was a handsome and personable utility man who played fine sax and clarinet, and sang ballads and blues with equal verve and facility.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2000
In spite of Kenneth Turan's put-down ("Branagh's Labor Lost," June 9), moviegoers who long for a good old Hollywood-style musical in 2000 should get to Kenneth Branagh's "Love's Labour's Lost" to see what they have been missing. Shakespeare is barely outlined, but the fresh young cast (and droll Nathan Lane) under Branagh's direction brings such verve and simplicity and style to 10 old standards of the '30s (with verses yet, and marvelous orchestrations) that the film is a fast 93 minutes which prove an unexpected delight.
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February 11, 2013 | By David Pagel
Bernard Piffaretti starts just about every painting the same way: by painting a narrow stripe down the middle of the canvas. Then he uses big brushes and watered-down acrylics to fill in one-half of the canvas with an abstract composition, mostly lines and rectangles, but some circles and triangles. Then he does the same thing again, copying what he has done on the other half. The results are far more fascinating than they sound. The French painter's first solo show in Los Angeles, at Cherry and Martin and organized by artist Matt Connors, introduces viewers to a pleasure-seeking sensualist who doesn't let rules get in the way of a little mystery.
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September 13, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
No need to bone up on the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith before attending "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre. Just know that this exceedingly naughty, though in the end disarmingly nice, show is devised by the minds behind "South Park" and that risqué "Sesame Street" for theater-loving adults, "Avenue Q. " In other words, leave the kids at home with a baby-sitter, or child-protective services might be knocking at your door. Built for the irreverent Gen X faithful, all those aging slackers (myself among them)
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May 25, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
Following its group shows of area painters and sculptors, Another Year in LA now presents "Drawing (Los Angeles). " Featuring five artists (plus a cameo appearance by non-local Stephen Kaltenbach), the show is a sampler more than a survey but manages to convey, with a good deal of verve, how elastic the category of drawing has become. Materials matter less than manner of approach -- a certain rawness, directness, immediacy. John Knuth's word paintings spelled out using emergency road flares and Christopher Russell's scratched and spray-painted "Framing Exercises" are all tactile energy.
SPORTS
February 19, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
The final whistle has sounded. The last goal has been scored. The game is over. And so, in the aftermath of a truly dizzying, 18-year roller-coaster ride of a career, one that soared to unimaginable heights and plunged to staggeringly bizarre depths, what are we to make of Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima? What will we remember now that his playing days are done? Surely it will not be every one of those more than 600 games, although some stand out like pages torn from the scrapbook of the soccer gods.
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November 5, 2009 | CHARLES McNULTY, THEATER CRITIC
Like most teenagers, their blare precedes them. The sound is raucous, almost violent, as though a living room is being invaded by savages and its contents thrown in the air like confetti. These hormonal hoodlums are practically begging an authority figure (preferably one wheeling a vacuum) to step in to impose a little punitive order. Curiously, when the 13 boisterous adolescents eventually appear in Ontroerend Goed's "Once and For All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen" -- a UCLA Live International Theatre Festival offering from Belgium running through Saturday at Freud Playhouse -- they hardly seem to be having the time of their lives.
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February 1, 2009 | Tom Roston
Is football like a grand aria? The thrash of heavy metal? The concussive beat of rap? To director Oliver Stone, it's all of the above -- and more. He implements all three kinds of music in 1999's "Any Given Sunday," in which he depicts the game in much the way he did war in "Platoon" -- as an epic, macho saga of men fighting for their manhood. He said he wanted this film to be to football what "The Godfather" was to the mob. Few directors -- maybe Michael Mann or Ridley Scott -- could come close to bringing the same level of machismo and stylistic verve to the game, but one also quickly gets the sense that Stone truly is a die-hard fan. The movie follows the last games in the season of the Miami Sharks, led by an aging and nearly broken coach, Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino)
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November 12, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, MOVIE CRITIC
Who would believe that the best old-fashioned audience picture of the year, a Hollywood-style romantic melodrama that delivers major studio satisfactions in an ultra-modern way, was made on the streets of India with largely unknown stars by a British director who never makes the same movie twice? Go figure.
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October 19, 2008
Labelle: An article last Sunday about the vocal group Labelle said its new album, "Back to Now," was being released on the Vanguard label. Verve is releasing the album.
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