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August 2, 2009
Thank Susan Spano for the article about Arthur Frommer ["The Wide World of Arthur Frommer," July 12]. If ever there was a godfather to all of us who travel the world with little money and great expectations, it would be Frommer. He didn't preach politics. He simply showed us how to enjoy the history, beauty and friendliness of the world's people. Viva Arthur Frommer! Mary Medbery Santa Barbara
October 10, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Elvis Presley called him up in the middle of the night to thank him for a song. John Lennon went to a banquet just so he could sit next to him. Dion said meeting with him was like "being inside a cubicle with a piano and a genius. " His name was Jerome Felder, but fame reached him under a pseudonym, Doc Pomus. If you care at all about the early days of rock 'n' roll, you either know who Doc Pomus was or count one of his songs as among your favorites: "This Magic Moment," "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Lonely Avenue," "Little Sister," "Viva Las Vegas," "Can't Get Used to Losing You," "A Teenager in Love.
May 19, 1991
Vista has yet another reason to be proud of its indigenous artists. The recent VIVA La Children, a festival celebrating art made by children, attracted well over 1,000 people. The number of attendees apparently came as a surprise even to the organizers of the event. The sad truth is that over the past few decades, the lives of children have become more and more impoverished, not necessarily in a materialistic sense, but in the lack of opportunities for meaningful self-expression.
August 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The 22nd VivaFest celebrates Mexican music, dance, arts and culture in September in San Jose. This year's featured acts at VivaFest include Sol de Mexico Mariachi Band on Sept. 7 and the Mexican rock band Kinky on Sept. 28. Two Marriott hotels are offering room discounts on festival weekends starting at $74 a night. The deal: The VivaFest package discounts rooms but doesn't include tickets to concerts or events. The deal isn't available online; you have to call and ask for the VivaFest rate.
March 1, 2010 | By Claire Noland
Bobby Espinosa, a keyboard player who helped create the confluence of jazz, R&B and rock sounds for El Chicano, the East L.A. band that had top-40 hits in the 1970s with "Viva Tirado" and "Tell Her She's Lovely," has died. He was 60. Espinosa died Saturday night at White Memorial Hospital in Boyle Heights after a long illness, said the band's manager, Freddie Sanchez. Along with other local Latino bands War and Tierra, El Chicano played a funky, jazzy mix of R&B and pop music tinged with salsa.
June 21, 1991
Anyone who has studied comparative economic systems knows that a dictatorship is the most efficient form of government. Therefore, if we could have all state constitutions and the federal Constitution declared unconstitutional, the problems of our democracy would evaporate. Until that day, viva 13 and viva 140! ROY H. BROWN Placentia
September 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Court records show guitarist Joe Satriani and Coldplay have reached an agreement that ends a copyright infringement lawsuit filed over the band's smash hit "Viva la Vida." Satriani sued Coldplay in December, claiming the band copied "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 song "If I Could Fly." Coldplay won a Grammy Award this year for "Viva la Vida." A federal judge in L.A. last week dismissed the case at the request of attorneys for both sides. No details about an agreement were included in court filings.
August 8, 1999
Kenneth Khachigian's Aug. 1 column is indicative of the collective amnesia that California Republican leaders are experiencing. Khachigian relishes the divisions that have manifested themselves between Gov. Gray Davis and members of the Democratic leadership. He chooses to forget the facts concerning the much more serious divisions that have led his own party to their present position in California politics. George Deukmejian, who he mentions won in 1986 with a 24-point margin, had the support of many Mexican Americans.
December 10, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Coldplay says it's just coincidence if parts of the group's new hit song "Viva La Vida" sound like "If I Could Fly," a 2004 instrumental by guitarist Joe Satriani, who has sued the band for copyright infringement. "[With] the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations," the band said in a statement posted Tuesday on its official website, "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him," the statement said.
June 21, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Coldplay has become the first British act in more than a decade to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "Viva La Vida," the first single from the group's new album. The single logged 246,000 digital copies sold, which pushed it into the No. 1 slot, according to Billboard. The album, "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," was released Tuesday and is also expected to top the national album chart when those figures are finalized next week. The Spice Girls' "Wannabe" was the last single from a British group to hit No. 1, in early 1997.
May 23, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Lopez: actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, and now, mobile phone mogul. The entertainer announced Wednesday that she had teamed up with Verizon Wireless to launch a new mobile brand, including retail stores, aimed at the fast-growing Latino population. Viva Movil by Jennifer Lopez has already begun to sell smartphones, tablets and Verizon wireless plans on its own website. More than a dozen stores in cities with large Latino populations including Los Angeles and Miami are expected to be announced in the next few weeks, with the first to open June 15 in New York.
May 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon Wireless and Jennifer Lopez teamed up Wednesday to launch Viva Movil, a new brand of cellphone retail store that will target Latino customers. The brand launched its website and a Facebook shopping app Wednesday and will roll out physical retail stores in the next few weeks. The first few stores will launch in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. The stores will be staffed with biligual employees, but the phones and plans sold by Viva Movil are the same as Verizon's.
May 27, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
For a handful of people, Clarice Lispector's "A Breath of Life" being published in English for the first time is very good news. Sadly, that handful is fairly small. Lispector, an extraordinarily gifted writer who revolutionized Brazilian letters, was described as "that rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf. " Ukrainian-born and Brazilian-bred Lispector died in 1977, one day shy of her 57th birthday. Thanks in no small part to the efforts of Ben Moser, translator and author of the 2009 biography "Why This World," Lispector has lately had something of a rebirth in America.
January 28, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony wanted their upcoming talent show, "¡Q'Viva The Chosen!," to stand apart from an already cluttered slate of song and dance reality TV offerings. Instead of judging contestants from behind a panel, spinning around in oversized chairs or rejecting talent with a buzzer, Lopez and Anthony, along with choreographer/creative director Jamie King, traversed Latin America to handpick the talent for "Q'Viva," which premieres Saturday on Univision. The premise of the series has Lopez, Anthony and King vetting singers, dancers, musicians and artists for a Las Vegas spectacle.
October 26, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
The groom wore a blood-red tie, the bride a strapless blood-red gown. The officiant emerged from a coffin. The vampires skulked in the back of the chapel. The guests were dumbfounded. When Jacqueline Seidel and her boyfriend of 25 years decided to get married, she wanted something different. Vegas different. Something more daring than (yawn) dressing as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. A Star Trek-themed ceremony didn't pan out. Nuptials aboard the Treasure Island hotel pirate ship?
June 12, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Grammy-winning salsa star Marc Anthony returns to TNT's "HawthoRNe" as an executive producer and Det. Nick Renata, a guest spot that graduates to a recurring character in the medical drama's third season, premiering Tuesday. Last season, you were a romantic interest of Jada Pinkett Smith's title character, but she and Tom (Michael Vartan) got back together, so now your detective is part of a whodunit. Is this your first recurring TV role? No question. I haven't ever done TV, and I always said if I was ever going to do it, I wanted to play a detective.
March 25, 1991
Thank you for giving such well-written and full coverage in the March 4 article "Conference on Alcohol Use Aims to Form New Coalition" and its accompanying story about discount pricing of beer at the Viva market. The issues addressed are very important, not only to the northeast Valley but to all of Los Angeles. Please continue to inform and educate through articles on all aspects of alcohol use, abuse and alcoholism. LINDA MANN, Northridge
October 4, 1987
I hope this is the last letter you receive regarding Pope John Paul II's meals in L.A. Mrs. Deborah Grumbine wrote a fine letter championing a bit of indulgence (Saturday Letters, Sept. 26). It will renew one's strength to continue the good fight. Anyone who can find quotes in the Bible that counteract this nation's recent obsession with sobriety is my friend. My argument is with her closing in Spanish, " Viva la Papa ." Translation: Long live the potato. Did el Papa eat potatoes while in L.A.?
June 9, 2011 | By Robert Abele
The best crime sagas are stories sparked by the thrill of shortsighted dreams that ultimately lead to a violent, messy end. Congolese writer-producer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's feature debut "Viva Riva!" is one such gangster drama, a nastily effective, sociologically pungent genre piece about a hedonistic, low-level operator (Patsha Bay Mukuna) with a truckload of stolen fuel to sell in corrupt, gas-starved Kinshasa. Pursued by the white-suited, sadistic Angolan (a chilling Hoji Fortuna)
June 9, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Djo Tunda Wa Munga is pretty much the entire film industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly called Zaire. In fact, his acclaimed gangster film, "Viva Riva!," which opens Friday at the Nuart, is the first feature film shot in the country in 25 years. And because there are no movie theaters in the country, Munga has made a deal with the French consulate in the capital of Kinshasa, formerly known as Leopoldville, to screen the film there in September. "When I was a kid, I used to go to the theaters," said Munga, 38, during a recent visit to L.A. "There were two theaters in my neighborhood in Kinshasa.
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