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The Parabolic Trajectory of a Dynamic New Author


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The best thing about attending a convention like L.A.’s Comikaze or San Diego Comic-Con isn’t the big-ticket events and vendors, as exciting as they are, but the opportunity to meet dazzlingly creative independent artists. I never fail to be impressed by the diverse, idiosyncratic visions of talented individuals having a go at sharing their work with the public. One example comes from last year’s Comikaze, where I came across ...read

No Kneed to Apologize to Joyce?


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Sometime ago I wrote about my knees with reference to Joyce Kilmer's poem, Trees. It also is a reminder that the tree roots can cause injuries that may require knee surgery and/or replacements...!read

America's Only Black Singing Cowboy


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In July 1986, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Herb Jeffries, the first and only black singing cowboy. I was introduced to singer-actor Jeffries by the actor Robert Sacchi, better known as the Man with Bogart's Face. We were soon joined by actor Henry Brandon, a German-American character actor born Heinrich von Kleinbach in Berlin. He appeared in more than 100 films, starting in 1932 when he played the villain Silas Barnaby in the Laurel and Hardy classic "Babes In Toyland." Mr. Brandon appeared as Scar, a Comanche chief, in the 1956 John Ford classic, "The Searchers." He was Comanche Chief Quanta Parker in "Two Rode Together," with James Stewart and Richard Widmark.read

Tragedy of Zahirah – Closer Look at Middle East Refugees


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Here is a poem I wrote a few years ago as part of a series in my memoirs. At the time I was in Beirut, too young to fully understand the political ramifications. Through the years, I recognized how the Arab brethren of the refugees had used and manipulated them. While I was studying for my doctorate at USC back in the 1970s, I saw a film made by a student from Saudi Arabia. Part of it showed Palestinian refugee camps. The accompanying script gave the impression that the Saudis were magnanimous in allowing them to live there. This was nearly 30 years after the partition. Yet none of the refugees was given equal status -- citizenship, education, employment...read

I Think I Shall Never See…Changes on Motor Avenue?


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[Editor’s Note: Culver City’s poetess laureate, a resident of Motor Avenue, is eager for the city’s promised tree-planting and refurbishing to begin.]read

Mandell’s Summer Music Festival Comes Home Thursday


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Like an old family friend, Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival returns home in 48 hours. By 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, fans who have been along for most of the nearly two-decade ride, accompanied by their favorite picnic baskets, will start to congregate adjacent to the makeshift stage in the Courtyard of City Hall.read

Identity, Equality, Humanity; How Social Roles Restrict us


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Review of Gender & Sexuality for Beginners ... written by Jaimee Garbacik and illustrated by Jeffrey Lewis, examines arguably the most fundamental manifestation of identity politics. Much like Greek Mythology for Beginners, the book is formatted less like a comic book and more like an illustrated text – and a fairly dense one at that. The graphic design would have better benefited readers with a cleaner, more spacious layout. Nevertheless, the book’s well-researched and documented examination of gender construction and sexual orientation is first-rate.read

‘We Tell Stories’ Theatrical Summer Residency at Julian Dixon Library


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We Tell Stories, an acclaimed children’s storytelling theatre company, celebrates the County public library Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read” with five different performances reflecting animal tales at the Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave. Shows are interactive, multicultural and educational, blending laughter and literacy for fun-filled afternoons for parents and children alike.read

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Presents Online Doubleheader


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The politics of love and the people of politics. A house party and a political party. Emotions run high and power struggles unfold in two of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s recent productions, featured in an online double bill screening happening on Thursday evening at 7 o’clock.read

Celebrating on Main Street, Santa Monica, on Sunday


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Dateline Santa Monica -- Back by popular demand, on Sunday, the Main Street Business Improvement Assn. of Santa Monica will throw its 14th annual Summer SOULstice Festival. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy live music, sidewalk sales, shopping, munching. Fifteen bands on five stages will entertain the crowds from 1 o’clock to 7, and fill the streets of Santa Monica with tunes including that of the Paul Chesne Band, Neil Deal (a Neil Young tribute band), Babylon Saints (reggae-rock). By attending the event, visitors will participate in raising money for one of Santa Monica’s favorite charities, Heal the Bay.read


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