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AVPA and Marching Band Star at the Douglas Party on Tuesday


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As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Kirk Douglas Theatre on Tuesday, Culver City High School students in the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, has been invited to entertain. This special honor will include a performance of the opening number from Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13, which made its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in 2007. The Culver City High Marching Band will also make an appearance to give the celebration a ...read

A Bloody Exciting Experience That Rhymes


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The overnight total lunar eclipse, last night and this morning, reminded me of a poem I wrote in April when we could see the eclipse -- the Blood Moon -- and Mars ...read

Good Things Come in Cardboard Packages


Film

A review of The Boxtrolls. Who would guess that, in today’s reactionary America, an animated family-friendly (ish) film could be imbued with such a blatant, albeit non-specific and apolitical, social critique? It’s not the French Revolution, but where most films add silly but subtle adult innuendo over children’s fare, The Boxtrolls also hints at the instinct of an Occupy Wall Street protest. Richly animated with delightfully exaggerated character designs, details galore to feast on, and unimpeachable voice acting, the film is ...read

Two Striking Women


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Like lightning flashing across the summer sky, inspiration arrives at stunningly unexpected times. Last Tuesday when I was walking to a class on Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, my eye was arrested by two striking figures. I have not been able to forget them.read

Is There Really Any “Good” in the Good Book?


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A review of The Ethics of the Faith: Right, Wrong, and the God of Abraham. Ean Burchell is not the first to offer remedial Bible studies to people who might not have paid enough attention to the so-called “Good Book” the first time around. Ben Akerley provided a look the Bible’s sordid sexuality in The X-Rated Bible, while Edward Falzon satirically paraphrased the Pentateuch in his provocative broadside, Being Gay Is Disgusting, Or God Loves the Smell of Burning Fat. The difference between this latest addition to an already crowded library shelf and those previous volumes, other than a distinct lack of humour, is a specific project for evaluating the ethical merits of the God (arguably) common to the Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Setting aside empirical and ontological considerations, Burchell asks, “…does faith in Yahweh really offer us the only road to ethical relationships with our families, friends and neighbors?”read

For One Mother, Every Day Begins with Mourning


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Here are two poems I read at the City Council meeting recently for Suicide Prevention Week. The first was part of the commendation presented to the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention Center.read

Daniel Selznick To Introduce Fred Parrish Documentary


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Daniel Selznick To Introduce Fred Parrish Documentary
Producer/author Daniel Selznick will introduce the feature length documentary "Fred Parrish - The Man Behind the Camera," produced by The Scene Dock and directed by this writer. Mr. Selznick is the son of legendary producer David O Selznick who made the classics, "Gone with the Wind" and "Duel in the Sun." His mother Irene Mayer Selznick was the daughter of movie magnate Louis B. Mayer and a noted Broadway producer. In 1947, she produced Tennessee Williams's classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" on the stage, starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy. John Garfield was first choice for the male lead. He turned it down because he felt thatread

A Dewberry Evening Designed for Lovers of Cello Music


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Dr. Carter Dewberry’s OC Cello Choir will return to the Gaslamp Restaurant, Long Beach, on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 o’clock. Her performance is to celebrate the launch of The Cello Challenge, a four-month training program for cellists throughout Southern California to improve their technical skill, music theory knowledge, artistry, and sight-reading ability.read

Without a Doubt, She Is Doubting


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I’m doubting…
I’m thinking …
I’m fighting with myself…read

Mr. Smallking Receives His Reward – or Does He?


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Editor’s Note: Ms. Mansell, introduced to readers earlier this month, is a burgeoning writer and a deeply searching thinker. Today she concludes a suspenseful two-part script offering.read


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