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Three writers speaking their truth about God, marriage and power

You won’t find the drama or affairs or subsequent aftermath at the core of other memoirs about marriages, but instead a quiet, lyrical meditation about what it’s like to spend a lifetime with another human being. Shapiro speaks honestly about this rarely examined topic. But her new book, an extraordinary memoir of her 18-year marriage, cements her reputation as a great writer. Shapiro is a wonderful novelist and memoirist who may have become more famous from her appearance on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday than from her nine books combined. “Hourglass” is insightful, compassionate, intelligent, and graceful. It bravely illuminates Shapiro’s long-term relationship, and thus our own relationships, contemplating how our lives evolve, separately and together, when those lives don’t turn out as we planned, or we don’t turn out as we planned. Another gift of truth is one of my favorite books in recent memory, “Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage.” It’s a stretch to write about Dani Shapiro for a column about the SoCal literary landscape; Shapiro has never lived in California as far as I know, but she’s married to a screenwriter and she’s danced with Hollywood herself and, well, she’s another truth-teller with another gorgeous new book.

This Northern California truth-teller, and author of nine books of nonfiction and seven novels, has at least one more thing to say in her new book, “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy.” If you’ve read Lamott previously, then I’m preaching to the choir. When asked about her next book she replied that she might have already said everything she had to say. A couple of years ago I heard bestselling author Anne Lamott speak at All Saints Church in Pasadena. (“You do you,” would be her cheer.) And everyone would benefit from her profound and deliciously funny observations about the human condition, this time through the lens of mercy, what she describes as “radical kindness” to ourselves and to others. Blue skies. A green landscape, the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite awhile. Poppies. Mercy seems to me to be a good idea these days and Lamott reminds us of that truth in this forthright and engaging new book. If you haven’t, don’t let Lamott’s nods to religion and the Old Testament scare off the more secular among you. The purity of spring. Her answer was candid and thankfully wrong. Perhaps that’s what’s been informing my reading lately and what’s led me, not to my usual diverse assortment of recommendations but to a simple list of books by authors who share a mission to speak the truth. She is a badass, born-again Christian and recovering alcoholic who has her God but respects you and yours. Springtime in Southern California.

You can reach Hill at or Truth-tellers are often truthsayers, those who speak a truth that is sometimes difficult or even confronted by opposition. Allison K. As Hemingway said, “The writer’s job is to tell the truth.” All three of these authors, truth-tellers and truthsayers every one, have done their job with these exceptional books. Hill is president and CEO of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena and Book Soup in West Hollywood, and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post book section. Good writing always speaks the truth.

Whether that truth is welcome or not. And finally, I must mention the incomparable bestselling and award-winning author Margaret Atwood and her not new, but definitely noteworthy, novel “A Handmaid’s Tale,” recently adapted by Hollywood as an original television series and set to premiere on Hulu this month. Atwood’s novels have always proven Ralph Waldo Emerson’s point, “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures,” and “Handmaid’s” themes of government, women’s rights, and civil liberties will resonate as hot topics with Americans today, but Atwood is Canadian and she wrote this dystopian novel set in England back in 1985. At the time, Atwood was writing about the dangers of complacency and power in the wrong hands, principles not politics—what seems to me to be an important distinction in this day and age if we are to protect what is most valuable to us and our society. It is that truth that I suspect will be highlighted when “A Handmaid’s Tale” finally airs.

Porn shoots halted in LA, nationwide amid HIV scare

“The test has not yet been confirmed, and we will know whether or not it is a false positive in the next several days” Leue said in the statement. The last significant halt occurred in 2014. “If it is a false positive, the hold will be lifted on Wednesday.”The performer had not worked on an adult set during the window of transmission, Leue noted in the statement.“We will also proactively begin partner notification and retest anyone who might have had contact with the performer since their last clear test,” Leue added.Adult-film production has been halted from time to time by the industry itself when cases of a sexually transmitted infection have either been suspected or confirmed.

“Production holds are an important part of the safety protocols in adult film, but does not signal an actual on-set transmission, nor a confirmed positive test,” Leue said in the statement.
The halt is intended to last until Wednesday, according to a statement issued by Eric Paul Leue, the organization’s executive director. Adult film studios in the San Fernando Valley and nationwide are being asked to stop all production until a performer’s HIV test is confirmed as either positive or negative for the virus.The Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based trade association that represents the adult entertainment industry, called for a precautionary hold on Saturday until the performer’s HIV test is reviewed.
The industry also has said that condoms are impractical because they break and they ruin the aesthetics of sexual fantasy. On most sites, performers are tested every 14 days and are not supposed to work until they receive a clean bill of health. The Free Speech Coalition has said the industry’s own testing protocols for sexually transmitted diseases are effective. Last November, a statewide ballot initiative intended to force adult film performers to use condoms while on set was defeated by voters.


Nutrition: Ways to help the Earth with your choices of what to eat

With the celebration of Earth Day coming up, we can take this opportunity to consider how to be more eco-friendly and better protect the environment. The typical American diet, high in calories, processed foods and animal protein, has a major impact on the environment. Food that is healthy and sustainable is good for us and good for the Earth. Eco-conscious eating practices can help reduce our environmental footprint. In fact, our food choices have the potential to make a positive impact on not just our own health, but on the health of the planet.

Although most people are aware of the issues of food waste, we fall short with impactful solutions. Plan meals ahead of time and grocery shop for only what you will need and use. Prepare perishable foods soon after buying. For example, the research of the World Resources Institute demonstrates that eating less meat and more plants can help cut carbon emissions. These are just a few strategies to reduce your own food waste. Here are some different lifestyle choices to consider implementing this Earth Day for a healthier body and environment:Reduce wasteA staggering 30-to-40 percent of the United States food supply goes to waste and nearly half of it is household food that end up in landfills. Store foods properly to prevent them from spoiling too soon. Individuals and families can make a difference by making choices that reduce waste at home.

Local food is not just fresher than food that travels across the globe or the country to get to your kitchen, but when you buy locally produced food you are supporting your local community’s economy. Eating less meat and processed foods and more fruits and vegetables would not only improve our nutrition and health, but would lead to a more sustainable food supply.Shop localOpting to buy food that is grown and produced close to home has numerous benefits. Many scientists and advocates for sustainable food systems believe that a more diversified farm landscape would produce a healthier blend of crops and livestock.

Zero Percent makes it easy for the food service industry to donate surplus foods. Considering the mounting issue of food waste, some innovative companies are creating unique solutions to combat the challenge of food waste in business and on farms. Food productionAlthough we may think of car and industrial emissions as the main threat to our environment, agriculture is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, especially from livestock production. Imperfect Produce is a produce home delivery service that sells fruits and vegetables that don’t meet grocery stores’ cosmetic standards and are totally fine to eat, but would otherwise be thrown out.


Horror hit ‘Split’ arrives on home video, along with fast food ‘Founder’

Set in the future after an ecological disaster, Kate is then relegated to being a Handmaiden in Gilead, the renamed United States, which has become a male-controlled police state.All females wear color-coded dresses to symbolize their roles, and Handmaidens (in red) are valued most because they are the few fertile women left. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’With Hulu about to launch a new series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a restored version of the 1990 movie version is getting released.It starred the late Natasha Richardson as a woman named Kate who loses her husband and daughter at the beginning of the story.

Meanwhile, Barry is seeing a therapist (Betty Buckley), which helps give some perspective to the events in the stone basement where the women are confined. Kroc built his fortune by taking over the brothers Mac and Dick McDonald’s busy burger joint in San Bernardino and turning it into a franchise. The John Lee Hancock film tells an interesting story — how the clever business innovations of the McDonalds made a fortune for Kroc while they were forgotten. Shyamalan’s final twist may seem a bit glib, but at least he wasn’t boring in getting there.‘The Founder’Michael Keaton gives an all-out performance in “The Founder,” a biopic about Ray Kroc, the man who created the McDonalds’ juggernaut. A documentary would have been enough. But there is nothing compelling about dramatizing it.

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The upcoming Hulu series will take a different approach, using the novel as a jumping-off point. It also boasts a distinguished cast, including Robert Duvall and Faye Dunaway.But in order to bring Atwood’s dark story to the screen, some compromises were made, least of which is the main character’s name being changed to Kate from Offred. German director’s Volker Schlondorff’s visually arresting adaptation has a number of admirable qualities — a tense screenplay by Harold Pinter and an unnerving score by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The main problem is the altered ending, which undercuts the story.

There is little of note on DVD this week. The others, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula), are on a roller-coaster ride, panic one moment, ready to fight the next. Night Shyamalan’s “Split.” It is another preposterous horror premise by the director. This one is about a man (McAvoy) with 24 personalities, but credit the filmmaker with enough invention to keep you guessing throughout the movie. Kevin, his real name, though, he goes by others, has kidnapped three young women, classmates. She has some skills. James McAvoy gives an all-out performance in M. One is named Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), who has suffered childhood trauma and is something of a loner and the calmest.


Affidavit: Doc prescribed Prince opioids under friend’s name

Just six days earlier, he fell ill on a plane and had to be revived with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.Associates at Paisley Park also told investigators that Prince was recently “going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication.” The documents don’t reveal answers to that question, but do provide the most details yet seen on Prince’s struggle with addiction to prescription opioids in the days before he died.Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21.

The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, cellphone records of Prince’s associates, and Prince’s email accounts to try to determine how he got the fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug 50 times more powerful than heroin. MINNEAPOLIS >> Court documents unsealed Monday in the investigation into Prince’s death suggest a doctor and a close friend helped him improperly obtain prescription opioid painkillers, but they shed no new light on how the superstar got the fentanyl that killed him.The affidavits and search warrants were unsealed in Carver County District Court as the yearlong investigation into Prince’s death continues.
F. He called them low-level offenses that wouldn’t draw prison time. Clayton Tyler, Johnson’s attorney, released a statement saying that after reviewing the documents, “we believe that it is clear that Kirk Johnson did not secure nor supply the drugs which caused Prince’s death.”Schulenberg is practicing family medicine in Minnesota and Conners said there are no restrictions on his license.It is illegal for a doctor to write a prescription for someone under another person’s name.Joe Tamburino, a Minnesota defense attorney who is not associated with the Prince case, said while Schulenberg and Johnson could face charges if the allegations are true, it’s unlikely state or federal prosecutors would pursue them.

She said in a statement that Schulenberg “never directly prescribed opioids to Prince, nor did he ever prescribe opioids to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince.” The documents unsealed Monday allege Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a family physician who saw the musician twice last April, told authorities he prescribed the opioid painkiller oxycodone to Prince but put it under the name of Prince’s bodyguard and close friend, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy,” one affidavit said.Schulenberg’s attorney, Amy Conners, disputed that.


LA’s got a Museum of Ice Cream, and here’s what you need to know

New York got the first scoop, but L.A. “Really the Museum of Ice Cream is this combination of museum, a theatrical experience, ice cream shop and kind of a wild discovery world,” said Manish Vora, who co-founded the pop-up art and food installation with fellow New York ice cream enthusiast Maryellis Bunn. is now getting its own sweet version of the Museum of Ice Cream.And when it opens here on April 22, people can dip into a sprinkle pool, check out a melted popsicle jungle and of course enjoy scoops of ice cream.
“We don’t really give a lot of details, because a lot of the fun is discovering,” Vora said. Of course, eating ice cream will also be part of the experience since the museum will include a rotating “scoop of the week” from various ice cream companies like Salt & Straw and Coolhaus.“I think it’s great that this is bringing such an awareness of what’s happening now in the ice cream world and in L.A.,” said Natasha Case, CEO and co-founder of the L.A.-based Coolhaus.For Salt & Straw co-founder and ice cream maker Tyler Malek, being part of the museum is pretty much a dream come true.

version of the museum, which will mix 10 interactive ice-cream inspired installations with curated ice cream tastings, opens in the Arts District Saturday and runs through May 29. The L.A. “We’re combining all the different elements of ice cream,” Vora said. And if the New York version is any indication, this cool experience will be one hot ticket.The original Ice Cream Museum opened in New York last summer and sold-out its month-long 30,000-ticket run in five days and had a waiting list of more than 200,000 people.

museum, only offering hints of a few highlights like a “banana split” area made up of 10,000 “bananas”, a mint “grow house,” a room dedicated to California and the sprinkle pool. The New York version included things like an ice cream cone room, an ice cream sandwich swing, a chocolate room with a chocolate fountain and the main attraction, a swimming pool full of colorful rainbow sprinkles, although they’re not real edible sprinkles.The L.A version will be four times bigger than the New York version and according to museum officials it will have be made up of mostly completely new installations.But they are being tight-lipped about the details for the L.A.


Korean-Mexican fusion food to love at Seoulmate in Long Beach

By comparison, Seoulmate is downright sedate. I mean, like I said, you can actually eat sitting down, not a perk offered by most food trucks. And it definitely smacks of a cheerful local joint. By that, I mean what’s mostly Guy Food: You eat with your hands, you make a mess, the table looks like a war zone when you’re done, and your clothing looks like a Jackson Pollock, but only if you’ve really enjoyed yourself. This is chow meant to be indulged in with big bites, lots of happy chewing, loud groans of pleasure. This is not dainty food. The restaurant even shut down on Super Bowl Sunday, “So We Can All Watch the Game…Thanks for Understanding Guys,” read the website.Eat with your handsThis is what I like to describe as Slob Food, in a good way, of course.

When they hand you your meal at the Korean-Mexican Fusion food stand Seoulmate, you also get a small white package with a chocolate chip cookie in it — and a little poem.Which is so sweet. Great food at two in the morning, if you’re young and immortal. And so typical of the caring, concerned, mildly hip-hop-infused style at Seoulmate, a groovy spot on busy Seventh Street in Long Beach where you order at a window, then find a seat on an outdoor patio, which is surrounded by bamboo plants in barrels with signs on them that say, “Do Not Water.”Seoulmate is a fine reminder that the whole Korean-Mexican Fusion thing got started in the funky Kogi food truck, which would show up at Hollywood clubs late at night to feed burritos to the barely sober.

Seventh St., Long BeachInformation: 562-433-1158, www.seoulmatelbc.comCuisine: Korean-Mexican fusionWhen: Lunch and dinner, Tuesdays through SundaysDetails: Soft drinks; no reservationsPrices: About $10 per personCards: MC, V ★★&#xbdAddress: 4712 E.
Very fillingNot far from The Old Boy is The Running Man, a breakfast burrito that’s good all day long. But it’s once you get away from the fusion burritos, that you recognize the other directions that Seoulmate has gone in, from the world of Kogi. (Since Seoulmate doesn’t open till 11 a.m., it has to be.) Instead of bulgogi or kalbi, it’s packed with scrambled eggs and melted cheesed, along with kimchi and lettuce, once again with avocado if you wish. And there are more burritos, filled with really good spicy pork, pork belly in a soy and sesame marinade, spicy chicken and more.

If only there were beer, it would be perfect.For anyone who’s been to Kogi, or any of its many siblings and clones, the dishes are familiar, though with many a Seoulmate twist and turn. And funny Seoulmate names as well. You have to sort of nibble away, working on The Old Boy like a termite, till the whole thing crumbles to bits and pieces. Why, I do not know, but perhaps for the South Korean film. It’s a monster creation — most of the plates are — a tortilla packed with bulgogi, kimchi, diced onion, cilantro, lettuce and lime flavored rice, with avocado for a few cents more, that’s quite literally too big to take a significant bite out of. Thus, there’s a burrito called The Old Boy. Fun!


‘North Shore’ actor Gregory Harrison still devoted to surfing 30 years after film

He eventually bought a home just above the famous Rincon surf spot near Santa Barbara. He quietly observed when the movie “The Glass Bottom Boat” with Doris Day was filmed on his family boat in 1965. “I was hooked.” At the same time, he was intrigued when film crews came to the island looking for a tropical setting. “Someone had seen him surfing, and word spread in a little town like that in minutes,” Harrison said. “I was 15 years old and I realized what they were doing wasn’t a magical process, it was something I could do.” Harrison moved to the mainland and made a name for himself in television shows such as “Logan’s Run” and “Centennial,” then the series “Trapper John, M.D.” Meanwhile, his passion remained strong for surfing, and he traveled to places such as Bali, Tahiti and Australia. Some of the older men on the island got longboards, He was 9 when his dad took him and a few buddies to surf. “I remember the first wave I bellied in on a board,” said Harrison, now 66.
But it was the surf stars he was acting alongside on this movie, famous surfers such as Laird Hamilton and Gerry Lopez, who made him tongue-tied.“They were my childhood heroes,” said Harrison, who played the fatherly Zen character of Chandler in the cult classic. “I don’t ever get that in professional acting; I don’t feel that way any more. But I’m still a kid when it comes to surfers.” Gregory Harrison already was an accomplished actor when he was cast for the film “North Shore.”He was a celebrity often surrounded by Hollywood’s elite.

I was going to do what I loved to do already,” he said. He was 37 when a friend brought him the script for the role of Chandler in “North Shore.” “It seemed like a dream job. I was obviously right for it. It wasn’t a challenging role … “I had been surfing the North Shore for 20 years when I got cast in the movie. it was an aspect of myself that already exists.”In the film, a young, ambitious surfer named Rick Kane, winner of a wave pool contest in Arizona, heads to Hawaii to take on big waves on the North Shore. Along the way, he meets pro surfers including Mark Occhilupo and comes up against his nemesis, played by Laird Hamilton, in a surf contest.
Harrison grew up on Catalina Island, where his grandfather migrated to start a glass-bottom boat company. The 1987 film turns 30 this year, and Harrison will speak today at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach as part of the new “On the Couch” series, in which Peter “PT” Townend, professional surfing’s first world champion, hosts a dialogue with well-known surfers. In 1959, however, a tourist came to the island with board in arm to ride waves on the south side of the small island, where only about 2,000 people lived. His father ran the boats, and he was in line to take over the family business.


‘Last Five Years’ is a wrenching tale of a failed marriage at the La Mirada Theatre

If you want to see the birth, evolution and death of a love affair from heartwarming start to heart-wrenching end, you need look no further than “The Last Five Years.”Jason Robert Brown based the story and characters on his own failed marriage, and in many ways, the play retells a tale familiar to most via “A Star Is Born”: In “The Last Five Years,” Brown tracks the growing fame of novelist Jamie Wellerstein and the parallel professional decline of wife Cathy Hiatt, an actress, from their first date five years earlier to their final separation in the present.
La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Productions’ compelling staging of the 2002 off-Broadway show enhances the musical’s poignancy, a trait underscored by Brown’s structure: While Jamie’s side of the story is told chronologically, Cathy’s take is conveyed in reverse order, starting with her lament “Still Hurting” just after the marriage has imploded.Thus, as we first see Jamie (Devin Archer) as he grows more enamored of Cathy, then watch as his growing fame adversely affects his love for her, we first witness Cathy (Natalie Storrs) as grief-stricken, then struggling with marriage and career, smitten with her soon-to-be husband and, finally, walking on air over having found someone like Jamie.

★★&#x2605When: Through Feb. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.Where: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La MiradaTickets: $20-$70.Length: 1 hr., 15 mins. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. (no intermission).Suitability: Adults and teens (for content and tone).Information: 714-994-6310, 562-944-9801; 12. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m.
images that dissolve into a panoply of photos from the couple’s wedding day.Yet not all of “Last Five Years” is about the extremes of joy and sadness: Brown expertly interweaves the subtleties of every romantic scenario while adding plenty of in-jokes about the theater world.Standout performancesBrown’s triple-threat skills surface in the book’s deft detailing of its two characters, endlessly clever and inventive lyrics, and a score that draws upon a wide range of musical genres, including pop, rock, classical, jazz, folk, Latin and klezmer. They exit the boat and enter a heavily forested glade, showered with heart-shaped petals both actual and virtual.
Key sceneThe single common point at which the story lines intersect is in the key song “The Next Ten Minutes,” in which the couple take a boat ride in Central Park and Jamie proposes marriage. During “Ten Minutes,” the large upstage screen behind the couple first shows the waterway and its banks as the actors ride in a small boat seamlessly blended with the visuals. The absorbing effect of the structure is in itself enough to imbue that scene with complexity and meaning, but director Nick DeGruccio’s staging and the finely calibrated work of Archer and Storrs amplify its emotional intensity.So does Keith Skretch’s video design, as potent as any of this production’s considerably affecting elements.


David Lynch films at the Egyptian among movie screenings in the Los Angeles area

10. Most tickets $11; $9 seniors and students. www.americancinematheque.comAmerican Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre: David Lynch Plus: “Mulholland Drive” (2001) and “Sunset Boulevard” (2001), 7:30 p.m. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (1976), 7:30 p.m. 3; “The Gold Rush” (1925) and “The Kid” (1921), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 323-466-3456. Feb. Feb. 9. Feb. Most tickets $11; $9 seniors and students. “Robocop” (1987), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 323-466-3456. 9 (Spielberg Theatre). 5. American Cinematheque at the Aero: Charlie Chaplin: “Modern Times” (1936) and “City Lights” (1931), 7:30 p.m. 4; Chaplain at Essanay Film Manufacturing Co., 2 p.m. 4. “Dark Night” (2016), 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Feb. Feb. 3; “Blue Velvet” (1986) and “All That Heaven Allows” (1955), 7:30 p.m.

Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 2701 N. www.lapl.orgFilm at Los Angeles County Museum of Art: “It Happened One Night” (1934), 1 p.m. www.lacma.comMovie at Skirball Cultural Center: “Dear White People” (2014), 1:30 p.m. Feb. Tickets $4. 310-440-4500. 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. Movie at Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library: “Gods of Egypt” (2016), 5 p.m. Free with museum admission $12; $9 ages 65 and older. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 818-352-4481. 6. 323-857-6010. Feb. 7. 7. Feb.

10; “Much Ado About Nothing” (1993), Feb. Feb. “True Romance” (1993), 11:59 p.m. Feb. 6, with “Eyes of Texas” (1948), 8:10 p.m. 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. 17. Feb. 8-9. Kiddie Matinee: “Paper Moon” (1973), 2 p.m. Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica areaMovie at Studio City Branch Library: “America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West” movie series: “Kiss Me Kate” (1953), 2:30 today; “Big Business” (1988), Feb. 4-5. 6. “Riders of the Whispering Pines” (1949), 6:30 p.m. “Donnie Brasco” (1997), 7:30, with “The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight” (1971), 10:05 p.m. 5 and 7:30 p.m. 323-938-4038. p.m. 5 and 9:10 p.m. Most tickets $8. 3-4. 818-755-7873. Feb. www.lapl.orgBeverly Cinema: “Adrian Lyne’s Lolita” (1997), 7, with “High School Girl” (1974), 9:34 p.m. 12511 Moorpark St. Feb. 3. Feb. Feb. Feb.
818-243-4112. Feb. Feb. The Cinema of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet: “Workers, Peasants” (2000) and “Sicilia!” (1998), 7:30 p.m. 5. Broadway, Glendale. 4; “Hester Street” (1975) and “The Gold Diggers” (1983), 7 p.m. Armenian Film Society: “Autumn of the Magician” (2009, documentary), 7:30 p.m. Feb. www.abrilbooks.comUCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum: Women and Film in the 1970s and 1980s: “Desert Hearts” (1986), 7:30 p.m. Abril Bookstore, 415 E. Tickets $10 online reserved; $9. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 6. 310-206-3456. 3. www.cimema.ucla.ed/billy-wilder-theater Feb.


LA Opera’s ‘Abduction from the Seraglio’ is a ticket-worthy ride

He was young, free of the domination of his Salzburg master, the archbishop, and in love with Constanze Weber, who would soon become his bride. He had also completed a German singspiel (an opera with spoken dialogue) called the “The Abduction From the Seraglio,” commissioned for his newly adopted city of Vienna. And while the work lacks the emotional depth and orchestral texturing that would define his later operas, “The Abduction” abounds in “Turkish” pomp, several stunning arias, and a climactic second-act quartet that is Mozart at his best. And while none of these connections were planned, they became a topic of conversation during the opera’s two intermissions as people checked their smartphones for the latest updates.Meanwhile, back in the 18th century, Mozart was flying high in 1782.
The clever cut-away set design by Allen Moyer depicts the carriage’s interior and servant’s quarters, as station platforms and farmlands glide by the windows. As the opera begins, Belmonte has arrived at the Pasha’s palace determined to rescue his beloved.LA Opera’s production, however, follows a different set of tracks. It is also a classic “rescue opera.” Belmonte and Konstanze, a pair of Spanish nobles, have been separated after the ship carrying her was attacked by pirates, resulting in her being sold (along with her maid, Blonde, and Belmonte’s servant, Pedrillo) to the Muslim potentate, Pasha Selim. Originally produced in 1998 by Houston Grand Opera, the action takes place in the Pasha’s private car aboard the Orient Express as it makes its way from Istanbul to Paris.

★★★&#xbdWhen: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16; 2 p.m. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.Running time: 2 hrs., 55 mins., with two intermissions.Suitability: Not appropriate for younger children.Information: 213-972-8001, Saturday, Wednesday and Feb. 12 and 19.Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N.

Current politics and 18th- century opera collided Saturday as Los Angeles Opera presented Mozart’s “The Abduction From the Seraglio.”Updated to the 1920s and set aboard the Orient Express, it was impossible not to make a connection between Mozart’s “refugees” crossing borders between the Muslim East and Christian West at the same time a similar drama was playing out at airports across the country. It also gave added resonance to the opera’s final proclamation that ultimately, forgiveness is more powerful than vengeance.
Accentuated by the fine, mostly young cast, (costumed by Anna R. Unfortunately, James Robinson’s otherwise able direction at times degenerates into silliness akin to the Marx Brothers on the Orient Express.Tenor Joel Prieto, a dapper college student armed with tennis racket and ukulele, plays the ardent Belmonte. Whether it entirely makes sense proves less important than the antics and abundance of lyricism that accompanies the journey. Oliver) and the pinpoint conducting of James Conlon, the production is a tasty Mozartian confection. He has deduced that his abducted love, Konstanze (sung mellifluously by soprano Sally Matthews), her servant, Blonde (the bright-voiced So Young Park), and his servant, Pedrillo (tenor Brenton Ryan), along with Pasha Selim (a speaking role played by Hamish Linklater), and his harem-keeper, Osmin (imposing bass, Morris Robinson) are all on board.


10 best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time

Write it down: When Lady Gaga wraps her performance at Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday, after the smoke clears and the confetti settles, Gaga will crack the Top 5 on our list of the all-time greatest Super Bowl halftime shows.Call it a hunch, call it an educated guess, but Lady Gaga just strikes us as someone who will bring her A-plus-plus game to this stage sandwiched in the middle of a game that often isn’t as interesting or exciting as the extras that accompany it on television.You might think she’s still the meat-dress-wearing weirdo who burst onto the scene in 2008 with her debut album and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face,” but if you’ve been paying attention she’s gotten much more accessible — singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl a year ago, wowing the world with her performance at the Oscars, releasing her most straight-ahead rock (and almost country-sounding) album “Joanne” in the fall — while not losing any of her quirky artistry and independence along the way.

Will there be a guest performer or two? Tony Bennett, with whom Lady Gaga has recorded an album of standards and toured will be present in a prerecorded bit before the halftime show — possibly with Lady, as he’s known to call her — and Beyoncé could make it two years in a row as a scene-stealing guest, but we’ve got a feeling it will be mostly a solo set.Time will tell whether we’re right about how good this will be, so for now, let’s go to the list of the Top 10 halftime shows in the first 50 years of the Super Bowl, with a bit more movement in the rankings this year than in recent years given our changing views on what rocked and what did not.

25-1. Gaga’s bellybutton being visible when she comes on stage? After all, she can make any points she wants through the selection of her songs. Think someone is going to fall off the stage? That’s a 5-8 bet. “Born This Way,” which oddsmakers have as a 13-2 pick to show up in her set, is an anthem of freedom and empowerment for oft-oppressed groups such as women and members of the LGBT community, for instance.And yes, you can bet actual money on elements of the halftime show: Odds that Gaga makes an anti-Trump statement either visually or vocally are a fairly short 10-13. Someone on stage catching on fire? That’s a 12-1 bet.

In other words, she’s poised to reach everyone from her adoring Little Monsters, some of whom will no doubt be present as fans on the field while she sings, to the Bud drinkers at home who’ll pause mid-dip-of-the-chip and wonder how she won them over.The question of whether Lady Gaga will get political at the Super Bowl created a minor stir recently when one TV show reported that the NFL had banned her from saying anything controversial while in the spotlight. The NFL and Gaga’s camp both said that wasn’t so and it doesn’t seem like the kind of thing she’d force into her set even given her support of Democrat Hillary Clinton before the presidential election and her protesting of President Donald Trump after it.


Get the first look at the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra leader

When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.Tickets: $25 and up.Information: 562-436-3203 Ext. 1, www.long Saturday.Where: Terrace Theater, 300 E.

concert. When the German-born conductor takes over the position for the 2017-18 season under a three-year agreement, he will be in charge of programing and conducting all six Classical Series concerts, Youth Concerts and one Pops! Saturday’s concert, however, is part of the 2016-17 season that includes five other guest conductors with music programed by Kelly Lucera, the symphony’s executive director. Preu was named as the new conductor and musical director of the Long Beach Symphony in August following a more than two-year search that included nine guest conductors who took the stage in hopes of earning the job of musical director.
You can say that after they had written those pieces or performed those pieces, the musical world was a different place,” he said referring to Debussy’s “The Afternoon of a Faun” and Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique.” The night of music features Camille Saint-Sean’s “Danse Macabre,” Paul Dukas’ “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which many will recognize from Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia,” Claude Debussy’s prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun,” and Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”Preu described the repertoire as a collection of music “programed for the audience to love you.”“When you have the Debussy and the Berlioz, these are two pieces that are truly revolutionary.
“While we’ve seen him perform here before and we were so excited about him as part of the guest conductors during the search, to actually have him return as the music director at this event is a dream come true,” she said The night of music comes after a busy week in Long Beach, where the new music director met with residents, seniors, symphony volunteers and patrons.Before the main show, Preu also was scheduled to lead four free Symphony Concerts for Young People on Wednesday and Thursday.Those shows were projected to bring 12,000 Long Beach fourth- and fifth-grade students to the Terrace Theater for a free concert.


While his new job doesn’t officially begin until October, Maestro Eckart Preu will return Saturday to lead the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra onstage, but this time it’ll be as the organization’s new music director designate in a night that features a repertoire of energetic, fun and celebratory music by French composers.“This is an exciting program for the orchestra to play and also for the audience and the conductor,” Preu said during a phone interview. “It’s a program that’s fun for everybody, and I hope that will translate into a very joyful exciting atmosphere.”


Why the team behind BET’s ‘Madiba’ says it’s unlike other Nelson Mandela biopics

• RELATED PHOTOS: Laurence Fishburne stars as Nelson Mandela in BET’s ‘Madiba’“Madiba,” a term of endearment based on Mandela’s tribal clan, spans several decades from the South African leader’s childhood to his imprisonment and later becoming the country’s first democratically elected head of state.The six-hour, three-part miniseries premieres tonight and kicks off BET’s Black History Month lineup. “I’m originally from South Africa and Nelson Mandela is the greatest story that our country has.” According to Samuels, it was important that the story span more than two hours.“It’s very difficult to tell the story of Nelson Mandela and the ANC and all the various people who contributed to dismantling apartheid in two hours,” he said.
The story of Nelson Mandela’s fight to end apartheid has been told many times, but the team behind BET’s “Madiba” says the miniseries differs in many ways from other biopics on the late South African leader.“There’s been a lot of stories told about this, but none of them have truly covered the scope,” said Orlando Jones who co-stars in the miniseries. “This is covering 70 years, 75 years — we’re playing people over their entire lives.” Jones recently joined the film’s lead actor Laurence Fishburne along with director Kevin Hooks and executive producer Lance Samuels for a round of interviews in Pasadena at the 2017 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
“There’s only a handful of them, so it’s a huge honor to be asked to do something like this.” • RELATED STORY: Here’s a list of African-American Heritage Month celebrations in the Los Angeles areaThe miniseries was shot on location with local crews in Johannesburg, Soweto and Robben Island, where Mandela was jailed for 18 years. Emmy-winning actor Fishburne, who currently stars in the ABC drama “Black-ish,” was handpicked by the film’s creative team to play Mandela.“As an actor, it’s rare that you get to play a person that has had this kind of impact on the world,” Fishburne said.

“His family was a huge part of his life, so getting to know Adelaide, his wife, the role that she played in their relationship, I really think I learned more about him from his family than I did from his intellectual ideas,” Jones said. speeches was also a huge part of the process.” The creative team also hired South African extras and local dialect coaches for the actors to make the film more authentic.British actor and “Homeland” alum David Harewood co-stars as anti-apartheid activist and African National Congress member Walter Sisulu. “Reading his U.N. While “Sleepy Hollow” and “Everybody Hates Chris” actor Jones plays former ANC president Oliver Tambo.


Fans are excited for Beyonce’s pregancy but worried about their Coachella plans

Beyoncé surprised the world by announcing her pregnancy late Wednesday morning. She’s having twins!Many fans and celebrities were happy for her.She even broke the Internet.However, the big news comes months before her headlining gig at Coachella, which begs the question: Will she still perform this year?Some are assuming the show will go on.Others weren’t as optimistic.If you’re reading this on a mobile device, use this link for the full story. And, yes.


Coachella headliner Beyonce announces she’s pregnant with twins

“We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.”The message was accompanied with a photo of Beyonce with a visible baby bump.The star is one of the headliners of the sold-out 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 14-16 and April 21-23. Singing superstar Beyonce announced Wednesday, Feb. Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar are the other artists topping the bill. 1, that she’s pregnant with twins.“We have been blessed two times over,” Beyonce said in a post on Instagram around 10:45 a.m.

She didn’t say how far along she is, or if she is still planning to perform at Coachella.Beyonce is scheduled to headline the second day of the festival on April 15 and April 22.As of Wednesday morning, Coachella still had the star at the top of the poster on the festival’s website.Beyonce and husband Jay Z are also the parents of daughter Blue Ivy, 5.


Beer and beer food galore at the Weiland brewpub in Long Beach

Malloy’s and Bixby’s Brooklyn Deli, among others. Their beer is a Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout, which is exactly as it should be.Weiland sits on a restaurant-intensive block in Bixby Knolls, just down from E.J. There’s Belching Beaver Brewery as well, just because. It’s got a good corner location, with easy parking in the back, lots of big screens for the sports of the moment (you know, beer and sports, they’re made for each other), and a menu of drinks and dishes that can be consumed casually, or seriously, as you wish. And the collection is just fine, with plenty of the best-known names in craft brewing: AleSmith, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas and Stone. Or, if your taste is even more eclectic, there are a score of other brews on the menu, which are offered as a beer sampler of three tastes for $7.
★&#x2605Address: 4354 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach.Information: 562-595-5700, Brewpub.When: Lunch and dinner, every day.Details: Full bar. (But mostly beer.) No reservations.Prices: About $20 per person.Cards: MC, V.
This strikes me as beer food. And there’s a big menu, that includes a generous happy hour from three to seven every day, a long happy hour during which to knock back $5 cocktails, $5 beers, and a sundry of easy-does-it dishes priced from $2.95 for kettle chips, to $7.95 for wings, Buffalo shrimp, ceviche, pulled pork sliders or a grilled chicken quesadilla. But then, most things strike me as beer food.In a world of Beer Ice Cream Sundaes, there are few limits to the mix.For those coming here for a proper meal, the choices are many, and then some: three pages of dishes, ranging from the casual, as in Korean steak tacos, Kobe beef cheeseburger sliders, and a chile verde mac ’n’ cheese, to serious sit-down dishes like the rib eye, the hanger steak, the grilled salmon and the braised short ribs. Mostly, I lean toward the more casual side of the menu at Weiland, which brings me to the rather madcap options for burgers here.
And for them, there’s a mess o’ mixology here, fancy drinks with lively names such as Mercy Me, Goddess of Wisdom and Monkey Julep.All that and wine tooThere’s a wine list that’s almost all from California and almost all by the glass, which is good, and even gooder. For those inclined to bend an elbow, Weiland is a fine and dandy destination. Now, when in a place called Weiland Brewery Restaurant, I lean strongly, for obvious reasons, toward beer. But I’m told there are folks who don’t like beer, though I’ve met precious few in my life.
No gleaming tanks filled with beer coming of age, no Rube Goldberg-style tube and drips and spillways along which the brew flows from hop-scented mash to golden beverage.There wasn’t a brewery when Weiland was in downtown L.A. Just so you won’t be disappointed, there is no brewery to be found at Weiland Brewery Restaurant in Bixby Knolls. either.But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a Weiland Beer, four of them in fact, found at the top of the sizable beer list: a Blonde Lager, a Hefeweizen, an Amber Ale and a Hoppy Pale Ale, served at a very reasonable $6 per.


South Bay, Long Beach photographers take top spot in international photo competition

With the win comes $6,000 worth of underwater photography equipment and a diving trip to Papau New Guinea.Capozzola also snagged the second-place prize in the competition’s sharks category with images of blacktip reef sharks off the coast of French Polynesia. — Cynthia Washicko
in the International Underwater Photo Grand Prix, which concluded Saturday in Düsseldorf, Germany.The team submitted a collection of six photos, which they chose based on each photographer’s shooting specialty, to beat out four other teams in the finals, including three from Italy and one from Taiwan. A team of three photographers that included residents of Palos Verdes Estates and Long Beach took home the top prize at an international underwater photo competition.Palos Verdes Estates resident Renee Capozzola, Long Beach photographer Ron Watkins and Kona, Hawaii, resident Jeff Milisen made up the three-person team representing the U.S.


Frank Bros. exhibit at CSULB a confluence of marketing and style

A visit to the exhibit is in many ways similar to a visit to the store until it closed in the mid-1980s. Frank would put on exhibitions of his own in the store, hanging chairs from the ceiling and employing other unorthodox displays.Among the impressive items at the exhibit are an Eames lounge chair with ottoman on loan from Ron’s wife, Nancy; some pieces by Neal Small, the “Prince of Plastic” because of his use of Plexiglas and Lucite; an inflatable chair and pillows by Phil Orenstein; and Efebo chairs from Stacy Duke.

The art of Frank Bros. Their book on the Frank Bros., also subtitled “The Store That Modernized Modern,” will be released later this month. Volland and Cara Mullio, who have collaborated on some of the finest books on Long Beach architecture, including the essential “Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis,” and “Edward A. is being celebrated now through April 9 at Cal State Long Beach’s University Art Museum, following an opening night affair that drew a staggering crowd of more than 600 visitors.“Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern” is guest curated by writing and research partners Jennifer M. Killingsworth: An Architect’s Life,” an exhaustive volume on the life and work of the Long Beach architect.

We’re not a connoisseur, though we do throw in with Ron Frank (he died in 2015 at 84), who told an interviewer “furniture has to be more than something that keeps you off the floor in a comfortable position.”Toward that end, the exhibit, designed by Marci Boudreau. The UAM exhibit is a blast of eye candy regardless of your feelings about furniture. “That would be intimidating to me but she did a great job using Frank graphics to inform her design.” “It’s a really tall order to design a show that is so design-savvy,” said Volland.
But it wasn’t until 1965 that the store, by then at a new location at 2400 Long Beach Blvd. and called Frank Bros., quickly became the epitome of style and modernity.Third-generation owner Ron Frank, 34, took over the store and through a combination of hunting down daring new furniture designers and adventurous advertising he brought national recognition and prestige to the store and made it the go-to place for home designers and buyers with a keen eye for cutting-edge craftsmanship and revolutionary design. For more than half a century people in Long Beach could buy furniture from one Frank or another, starting with Louis Frank, who opened Frank & Son on Fourth Street.


What’s streaming on Netflix, Amazon in February: Michael Bolton brings the Valentine’s romance

7Disierto Feb. 1Care Bears MovieDead HeatDiamonds Are ForeverDie Another DayDrop ZoneEscape from AlcatrazThe FirmForces of Nature Frankie & Johnny (1991)GoldfingerHook HoosiersI Went DownInto the Wild Judgement DayKiss the Bride Feb. 16Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Feb. 14 Doctor Strange (2016) (Theatrical Version) Feb. 6 24: Legacy: Season 1The Detour: Season 2Feb. 19Planet Earth II: Season 1 Feb, 21Bates Motel: Season 5 Coming to PrimeFeb. 10MasterChef Junior: Season 5Feb. 9Legion Feb.

7Creative Galaxy Heart Day Special: Season 2 Feb. OctopussyPaybackPretty in PinkRob Roy The Running ManSabrina (1954)Sabrina (1995)SoapdishThe Spy Who Loved MeThelma & LouiseTeen Wolf (1985)Untamed HeartWild BillThe World is Not EnoughYellowbirdYou Only Live Twice Feb. 10The Collection: Season 1 Feb. 15American TeenThe Americans: Season 4 Feb. 6Hostile Border Feb. The Living DaylightsLive and Let DieMan with the Golden GunMargin CallMy KingNever Say Never AgainNuts! 16Author: JT Leroy Story

Another option if you’re in the mood for romance is “Touched with Fire” on Prime. For probably what not to do (unless you’re particularly adventurous), check out “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” as he traces the journey of Lewis and Clark through the Pacific Northwest nibbling on Pacific lampreys, foraging for edible barnacles and harvesting sea salt. Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby star as two bipolar poets who meet in a psychiatric hospital and fall in love, igniting the good and bad parts of their condition and creativity. Ah, February, there’s a bit of something for everyone streaming this month.Like a romantic evening with Netflix’s “Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special,” say?Plus, you can get some ideas for that perfect Valentine’s Day meal on Amazon Video.

Or if February isn’t quite working out the way you hoped, perhaps “Tiempos Felices” on Netflix will make you feel better. 6 Feb. 2 Feb. 4Mighty Magiswords: Vol. 5The Dead Files: Season 10 In this Mexican comedy poor Max just can’t bring himself to break up with his girlfriend so he hires an agency that specializes in ending relationships.Coming to Amazon VideoFeb. 1Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Season 20 Feb. 2Steven Universe: Vol.