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December 14, 2007 | Chris Pasles
After years of delays, a nearly $10-million plan has been unveiled to revitalize Vision Theater, the cultural heart of Leimert Park Village in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other civic leaders said that $2.4 million will be financed from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment and more than $7.4 million from the city of Los Angeles.
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December 14, 2007 | Chris Pasles
After years of delays, a nearly $10-million plan has been unveiled to revitalize Vision Theater, the cultural heart of Leimert Park Village in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other civic leaders said that $2.4 million will be financed from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment and more than $7.4 million from the city of Los Angeles.
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February 5, 1994 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Jeffersons--Movin' On Up Tour," which opened Thursday at the Vision Theatre Complex, is a staging of three scripts from the long-running CBS sitcom. But it's not so much a theatrical as a cultural event, treading as it does on nostalgia for the longest-running African American show of the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.
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December 9, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You're going to die. With luck, you might also get old. That's clear whether you live in Orange County or Taiwan, and it's the subject of "Red Sky," tonight and Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. While the Taiwan-based Performance Workshop previously has sold out productions in Orange County to Chinese-speaking audiences, this time the group will use English supertitles. As recently as January, PW director Stan Lai said he was "dead set" against translation.
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April 17, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
We've all heard of new play festivals. But an old play festival? That takes imagination. Which is what the Mark Taper Forum demonstrated it had when it undertook "50/60 Vision," a festival of 13 seminal plays from the '50s and '60s that remain as fresh and immediate today as late-breaking news. Everything about the event is not perfect, but it's hardly the point.
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December 9, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You're going to die. With luck, you might also get old. That's clear whether you live in Orange County or Taiwan, and it's the subject of "Red Sky," tonight and Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. While the Taiwan-based Performance Workshop previously has sold out productions in Orange County to Chinese-speaking audiences, this time the group will use English supertitles. As recently as January, PW director Stan Lai said he was "dead set" against translation.
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June 23, 1991 | ROBERT KOEHLER, Robert Koehler is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
Scene: Late afternoon in a La Brea restaurant known for its desserts and the number of unemployed entertainment-industry types who hang out there during the day. At a corner table, three playwrights try to explain what it is they do. Why, for instance, are they working as a group? Isn't a writer's work solitary by nature? Why is one of their newest plays a Western? Who stages a Western these days? And why this name for the group--"Redwood"?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1996
Activist and comedian Dick Gregory, satirist Paul Mooney and the Mooney Twins will perform at 8 p.m. tonight at Marla Gibb's Vision Theater, 3341 W. 43rd Place, Leimert Park. The benefit will raise funds to buy a hemp oil press used to produce hempseed oil for use by sickle cell disease patients. Advance tickets are $20 and $50. Information: (213) 293-7552.
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March 14, 1997 | PHILIP BRANDES
"Jezebel" at the Vision Theater brings quality theater to Leimert Park with a vengeance--a divine vengeance, you might say. An original musical dramatization inspired by the biblical tale of the carpetbagging hussy who imposed her false religion on the Israelites, this groundbreaking, self-styled "Gospel opera" succeeds in every sense of the term.
TRAVEL
November 29, 1998
It's not quite at the North Pole, but it's pretty close: Santapark opened this weekend within the Arctic Circle, deep in Finland's Lapland territory. A kind of Santa theme park, it features a Magic Sleigh Ride that designers say will let you "enjoy the scents, feel the temperatures and even the wind" of changing Lapland seasons and landscapes. There's also a gigantic Christmas Carousel, a Reindeer Ride, a "multi-vision theater," a cafeteria and, of course, a Santa--or two or three.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1994 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Jeffersons--Movin' On Up Tour," which opened Thursday at the Vision Theatre Complex, is a staging of three scripts from the long-running CBS sitcom. But it's not so much a theatrical as a cultural event, treading as it does on nostalgia for the longest-running African American show of the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1991 | ROBERT KOEHLER, Robert Koehler is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
Scene: Late afternoon in a La Brea restaurant known for its desserts and the number of unemployed entertainment-industry types who hang out there during the day. At a corner table, three playwrights try to explain what it is they do. Why, for instance, are they working as a group? Isn't a writer's work solitary by nature? Why is one of their newest plays a Western? Who stages a Western these days? And why this name for the group--"Redwood"?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
We've all heard of new play festivals. But an old play festival? That takes imagination. Which is what the Mark Taper Forum demonstrated it had when it undertook "50/60 Vision," a festival of 13 seminal plays from the '50s and '60s that remain as fresh and immediate today as late-breaking news. Everything about the event is not perfect, but it's hardly the point.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1996
Expect a new look--and a new name--soon for Tomorrowland, the futuristic but somewhat dated theme area at Disneyland. Starting in March, much of Tomorrowland will vanish behind construction walls for its most thorough renovation ever and its first serious revamping since 1967. When Tomorrowland opened amid the orange groves 40 years ago, it celebrated the idea that opportunity seemed limitless.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1998
11 pm: Pop Music "Kuruption," the debut solo album from Kurupt, contains one CD for the West Coast and one for the East, reflecting the rapper's L.A. base and Philadelphia roots. The former Ricardo Brown, who headlines Club Soho downtown, was a protege of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and then the partner of Daz Dillinger in tha Dogg Pound before striking out on his own. * Kurupt, with Chanel at Club Soho, 333 S. Boylston Ave., 11 p.m. $26 and $55. (213) 480-3232.
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