In August 1965, as violence flared in Los Angeles’ African American neighborhoods, Robert Richardson became a part of urban legend. Continue reading
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[LA Times] Watts ‘hackathon’ takes a step toward narrowing the digital divide
Teaching kids at a Watts housing project to code websites and apps could be a step toward easing the digital divide in South LA. Continue reading
[LA Times] Basketball coach accused of sexual battery
A Los Angeles basketball coach who ran a program for aspiring collegiate athletes was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and illegally filming young men in the bathroom of his home. Continue reading
[LA Times] Echoing voices of a sorrowful past
L.A. Opera camp youths will perform ‘Brundibar,’ a Holocaust-era work. This month at Opera Camp, a program of L.A. Opera, children from 9 to 17 will sing, dance and make new friends. They will also learn about a vastly different camp — the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia, that interned 15,000 children from 1941-45. … Continue reading
[LA Times] Isamu Noguchi: A long lost native son
Isamu Noguchi was born in L.A. but kept studios in New York and Japan. Laguna Art Museum honors his California ties. A few years before he died in 1988, artist Isamu Noguchi established a 24,000-square-foot museum to house representative samples of his seven-decade-long career: paintings, ceramics, furniture, sculptures, landscaping designs and set designs. Noguchi opted … Continue reading
[LA Times] Rachael Worby conducts Pasadena Pops in stirring, dry-eyed final performance
“It looks like I’m crying, but I’m not,” vocalist Jodi Benson said after her moving rendition of “The Way We Were” at the Pasadena Pops concert Saturday night. “I’m really not emotional, it’s just that I have eyelash glue in my eye.”
Benson was in fact dry-eyed, as was conductor Rachael Worby, who prepared for the downbeat of the next piece. But tear-streaked faces were evident on many of the 2,000 fans picnicking on the grass outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The song that expresses the nostalgia of memories and lost dreams struck a chord with the crowd attending the final Pops concert conducted by Worby, who announced her resignation as music director in mid-August. Continue reading
[LA Times] Throw these puppets a line
Warning to all nostalgic “Sesame Street” fans: The puppets in “Stuffed and Unstrung” are not the Muppets.
They do hail from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and they do exude childlike charm. An orange-haired girl with spongy purple skin accessorizes her tweed suit with pearls. Another, whose bright yellow nose sticks out 5 inches, wears blue hair tied in pigtails. And a rock-star gorilla sports sunglasses, studded bracelets and hoop earrings. Continue reading
[LA Times] ‘School Pride’ gets mixed grades from L.A. Unified
Local school officials reluctantly allowed a reality television show onto campuses with promises of remodeling, then got stuck with a substandard paint job at one school and at another an embarrassing made-for-TV “reenactment” of an event that never occurred…. Continue reading
[LA Times] ‘Il Postino’s’ route: ’70s Chile to ’50s Italy to Thursday night in L.A.
“Poetry is like bread; it should be shared by all,” Nobel-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once wrote.
Author Antonio Skármeta of Chile agrees. His 1985 novel with Neruda as a central character, “Ardiente Paciencia” (Burning Patience), gave birth to 200 adaptations, including theater, radio and film; a ballet and musical are planned. The 1994 Italian movie “Il Postino” (The Postman) is the book’s most famous iteration. Now, audiences can sample another version…. Continue reading
[LA Times] They came, they saw, they shopped
[Daina Beth Solomon contributed to this report.] Angelenos headed out en masse for some “shopping-tainment” Sept. 10 during second Fashion’s Night Out, a celebration that reverberated from Newport Beach to the Valley and beyond. Designers, retailers and shoppers revved up for an evening centered on style and spending that seems to have paid off. Venues were crowded, sales reportedly brisk. More than 20,000 people went through the doors of the Beverly Center, the night’s official Los Angeles hub, where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed the crowd, telling people to “shop until they dropped.” Continue reading