February 22, 2004 |
In the mid-1980s, Dael Orlandersmith was a struggling actress in New York. But even when she found a casting call for black women, she hated most of the roles she read for. "A lot of stuff I auditioned for I didn't want to do," says the fast-talking New Yorker. "They wanted black junkie prostitutes. How many ways can you say 'ho'? There simply wasn't any work. I'm not America's version of eye candy, and I can't sing or dance."
November 5, 2009 |
This is the land where Larry Gordy was destined to live, until it was made unlivable. The Navajo believe that a person will always be tied to the place where his or her umbilical cord is buried. When Gordy was born in 1968, his father put his in this rust-colored dirt. It was here on the family's ranch on the edge of the Painted Desert that his father dreamed of one day building homes for his children, and of tilling a field where watermelon and corn could grow. But the Gordys were forced to put their dreams on hold.
June 10, 1988 |
It is tempting to say that the best thing about Wednesday's Pablo Moses-Charlie Chaplin show at Club Rex in Santa Ana was that the blasted thing finally started. Even by loose standards of many reggae events, getting the concert under way 2 1/2 hours after the advertised show time was pushing it. Fortunately, Moses was worth the wait. Ambling on stage and plugging in his guitar, he declared himself a "Reggae Warrior" (over the insistent groove of that song)--and it was pretty hard to argue.
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August 3, 2006 |
Harold R. Scott Jr., an award-winning stage director who was the first African American to be named artistic director of a regional American theater, has died. He was 70. Scott died July 16 at his home in Newark, N.J., according to a spokeswoman for Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, where Scott had headed the directing program for nearly two decades. The cause of death was unavailable.
February 8, 1998
MOVIES "Sphere," based on Michael Crichton's bestseller, stars Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone, who are investigating a massive, possibly alien, craft that's been submerged for almost 300 years. Director Barry Levinson's film, with Samuel L. Jackson and Peter Coyote, opens Friday in general release. THEATER Buffalo Nights Theatre Company presents the world premiere of "Featuring Loretta" and the West Coast premiere of "Problem Child," two comedies in Canadian playwright George F.
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July 7, 2000 |
There's a new face beaming down from the walls of the Eclectic Cafe in North Hollywood. More to the point, there is a new series of faces via the peculiar portraits of Pamela Winterbottom. Her recent paintings amount to a parade of faces--stylized, close-up and strange of palette--that stare over diners and loungers in the cafe.
June 25, 1990 |
Barre Toelken will tell you a Navajo coyote story in January, but no amount of prodding will get it out of him in June. "They have to be told in the winter or you will screw up the weather pattern," he says. The traditional tribal moratorium on coyote yarns begins with the first lightning strike in the spring. Then mum's the word until the first killing frost of autumn.
April 1, 1993 |
The Tustin Marketplace is a good example of sociologists' claim that malls and other shopping areas are the centers of America's community life. On a Sunday, families break from shopping and settle around the central water fountain. Kids poke hands and feet into the streams of water shooting from the mouths of four stone frogs. During the evening, couples stroll into Renaissance Coffee for cappuccino and live music. Teen-agers buzz around the ticket booth at the Edwards Theatre.
December 18, 2005
HERE are some notable -- and forgettable -- productions cited by Times reviewers and writers Philip Brandes, F. Kathleen Foley, Lynne Heffley, Daryl H. Miller, David C. Nichols, Don Shirley and James C. Taylor: The true-life controversy at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia provided ripe material for Thomas Gibbons' "Permanent Collection." This glimpse into the internal struggles at an art institution took on issues of race and cultural ownership.