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February 21, 1991
So you're the type who is most confident singing in the privacy of your own shower, gripping your Soap-on-a-Rope microphone with both hands as you belt out "I Did It My Way." You sing at the top of your lungs to rock songs on your car radio, becoming the object of concern for other drivers who drop back and allow you to pass. In the privacy of your living room, with curtains tightly drawn, you play air guitar and lip-sync to your only Milli Vanilli album--much as they did.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | Steve Lopez
On my first trip to Valley Village, I was thinking up excuses to turn around and go home. But Kristene Wallis had struck me as a lovely person, and I couldn't turn back after she'd generously offered to give me a bit of training. Plus, it was a chance to enter a world I knew little about. Who were all those people doing voice-overs on radio and TV, and how had they learned to speak that way? I'd met Wallis several months ago when she was working on a documentary about Al Martinez, the legendary former Times columnist.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
Davis Gaines, star of the current production of "Phantom of the Opera" in Los Angeles, took a break from the stage Tuesday to drop in on tiny California Lutheran High School, where he was besieged by questions from admiring students about the entertainment business. Does he ever get bored and just go through the motions while performing eight shows a week for 17 months? a student asked. No, he's never bored, Gaines said. "There's always something new to find out about the character."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt
Those who almost lost bladder control watching "Waiting for Guffman" will love "Voice Lessons," Justin ("Pot Mom") Tanner's satirical portrait of an indefatigable community theater actress. This one-act comedy at the Zephyr Theatre features a performance by Laurie Metcalf that must be seen to be believed. I sat through it and am still not sure what passed before me. The ghost of Andy Kaufman? Nails on a chalkboard? Self-loathing turned utterly inside out into something oddly transcendent?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
When Arnie and Lilly Rubin of Encino learned their second child, daughter Laurie, was blind, they set out to stimulate her other senses with textures, scents and classical music. They didn't know then that their efforts would inspire her. Rubin, now 18 and an accomplished singer, was one of two in the nation to be named a 1997 Very Special Arts Panasonic Young Soloist, a title given each year to talented young musicians with disabilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1999 | SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is an occasional contributor to Calendar
She spins out her mellifluous tones, fine yet strong, like a silken web over the captivated audience. They have fallen into a trance, all eyes focused on this one diminutive woman standing on the podium before them. Sumi Jo has triumphed on opera stages in works by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart, but now she's singing "Kum-kang San," a popular Korean song that evokes the dream of seeing the most beautiful mountain in the world, Kum-kang, in North Korea, just once before dying.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
"Tamara"--still running in Hollywood--now has a New York branch. The show opened early this month at the Park Avenue Armory, and the critics were intrigued. "It is unlike any other show currently in New York," wrote the New York Times' Mel Gussow. "It is a shot of adrenaline for sedentary theatergoers who are accustomed to sitting in the dark and letting the actors do all the work." Gussow admitted that John Krizanc's play was merely a whodunit, or rather 10 of them in one.
NEWS
June 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman John Frohnmayer said today he has been getting free singing lessons from an agency employee since coming to Washington in October and sees nothing wrong with it. Frohnmayer said Arvid Knutsen, a special assistant on the agency's staff, volunteered to give the lessons, which are given "at the end of the day or around the lunch hour." He said he does not pay for the lessons.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt
Those who almost lost bladder control watching "Waiting for Guffman" will love "Voice Lessons," Justin ("Pot Mom") Tanner's satirical portrait of an indefatigable community theater actress. This one-act comedy at the Zephyr Theatre features a performance by Laurie Metcalf that must be seen to be believed. I sat through it and am still not sure what passed before me. The ghost of Andy Kaufman? Nails on a chalkboard? Self-loathing turned utterly inside out into something oddly transcendent?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2002 | Steve Harvey
The Los Alamitos News-Enterprise said that officers checked out a report of a burglar alarm blaring at a building but heard nothing more than a woman singing. Modern living: Today's exhibits (see accompanying) include: A condo whose amenities include a dad (Valerie Anne Bishop). A ship that promises weird lodgings (Charlotte Fournier of Laguna Woods). A ranch that sounds as though it would be a pain to manage (Philip Wickey of Long Beach).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2002 | Steve Harvey
The Los Alamitos News-Enterprise said that officers checked out a report of a burglar alarm blaring at a building but heard nothing more than a woman singing. Modern living: Today's exhibits (see accompanying) include: A condo whose amenities include a dad (Valerie Anne Bishop). A ship that promises weird lodgings (Charlotte Fournier of Laguna Woods). A ranch that sounds as though it would be a pain to manage (Philip Wickey of Long Beach).
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1999 | SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is an occasional contributor to Calendar
She spins out her mellifluous tones, fine yet strong, like a silken web over the captivated audience. They have fallen into a trance, all eyes focused on this one diminutive woman standing on the podium before them. Sumi Jo has triumphed on opera stages in works by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart, but now she's singing "Kum-kang San," a popular Korean song that evokes the dream of seeing the most beautiful mountain in the world, Kum-kang, in North Korea, just once before dying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
When Arnie and Lilly Rubin of Encino learned their second child, daughter Laurie, was blind, they set out to stimulate her other senses with textures, scents and classical music. They didn't know then that their efforts would inspire her. Rubin, now 18 and an accomplished singer, was one of two in the nation to be named a 1997 Very Special Arts Panasonic Young Soloist, a title given each year to talented young musicians with disabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
Davis Gaines, star of the current production of "Phantom of the Opera" in Los Angeles, took a break from the stage Tuesday to drop in on tiny California Lutheran High School, where he was besieged by questions from admiring students about the entertainment business. Does he ever get bored and just go through the motions while performing eight shows a week for 17 months? a student asked. No, he's never bored, Gaines said. "There's always something new to find out about the character."
NEWS
February 21, 1991
So you're the type who is most confident singing in the privacy of your own shower, gripping your Soap-on-a-Rope microphone with both hands as you belt out "I Did It My Way." You sing at the top of your lungs to rock songs on your car radio, becoming the object of concern for other drivers who drop back and allow you to pass. In the privacy of your living room, with curtains tightly drawn, you play air guitar and lip-sync to your only Milli Vanilli album--much as they did.
NEWS
June 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman John Frohnmayer said today he has been getting free singing lessons from an agency employee since coming to Washington in October and sees nothing wrong with it. Frohnmayer said Arvid Knutsen, a special assistant on the agency's staff, volunteered to give the lessons, which are given "at the end of the day or around the lunch hour." He said he does not pay for the lessons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | Steve Lopez
On my first trip to Valley Village, I was thinking up excuses to turn around and go home. But Kristene Wallis had struck me as a lovely person, and I couldn't turn back after she'd generously offered to give me a bit of training. Plus, it was a chance to enter a world I knew little about. Who were all those people doing voice-overs on radio and TV, and how had they learned to speak that way? I'd met Wallis several months ago when she was working on a documentary about Al Martinez, the legendary former Times columnist.
MAGAZINE
January 28, 2007 | Kateri Butler, Kateri Butler has written for Details and L'Uono Vogue.
To describe a performance by Ron Athey is, at least in part, to sensationalize it. Double-headed dildos, "castration" by tuck with surgical staples, a crown of steel thorns, suspension by hooks through the back, a baseball bat. Blood flows. But a sacredness infuses. Ritual. Exorcism. Taboo. Transcendence. The body invaded. The body politic. AIDS, homophobia, addiction. Religious fanaticism, identity, oppression. Scenes from a harsh life. Pain as transformation, as a way to an altered state.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
"Tamara"--still running in Hollywood--now has a New York branch. The show opened early this month at the Park Avenue Armory, and the critics were intrigued. "It is unlike any other show currently in New York," wrote the New York Times' Mel Gussow. "It is a shot of adrenaline for sedentary theatergoers who are accustomed to sitting in the dark and letting the actors do all the work." Gussow admitted that John Krizanc's play was merely a whodunit, or rather 10 of them in one.
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