Hooray for the Hollywood Bowl


Mary McNamara hit the nail on its head along with her column concerning the Hollywood Bowl celebration [“It Doesn’t Get Any More L.A. Than Right Here,” June 5].

The one factor lacking was the so-not-L.A. $1 seat cushion rental — the very best bang for the buck in all of SoCal. Our Hollywood Bowl ought to take its bow for all its glory days.

I attended a live performance there simply days after 9/11, and it was simply the salve this soul wanted.

From Elton John within the ‘70s to Gustavo Dudamel at the moment, I’ve loved many an evening on the Bowl, at all times with a picnic.

From the packing containers, full with linens, to the highest part, it’s at all times an satisfying outing.

The Hollywood Bowl museum can be worthy of an hour or two.

Nancy Johns

El Segundo


Concerning Bob Dylan’s efficiency on the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 3, 1965 [“20 Pop and Rock Moments That Powered the Stage,” June 5]: Though two future members of the Band accompanied Dylan for the rock portion of the present, his European tour with the group could be the next 12 months, not just a few months earlier than the Bowl look. I used to be there that night time and the viewers was not audibly polarized. Few of these in attendance would have been unaware that he could be taking part in with a rock band; he had already launched one album that includes electrical accompaniment, and viewers response to his electrical efficiency on the Newport Folks Pageant was previous information.

As well as, he had a success report heard on L.A. rock stations all summer time.

However, it should be admitted that the present lacked the polish that future Bowl performers would supply. For the ultimate music of the night time, after some group dialogue, Dylan stepped to the microphone and requested, “Does anyone have a C harmonica?” Apparently some viewers member did, and one landed on the stage. Following shocked laughter from the viewers, Dylan picked it up, put it into the rack round his neck, and launched into the highest 40 hit “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Wilson Smith

Santa Barbara


The sampling of Hollywood Bowl live shows all through the years delivered to thoughts one I attended on an excellent October night time in 1963. The headliner was Sammy Davis Jr. The second act was an up-and-coming singer with an uncommon spelling of her first identify, Barbra Streisand. The third performer was the jazz immortal Dave Brubeck.

How fortunate I used to be to be there for this magnificent live performance. Might there have ever been a higher one within the historical past of the Bowl?

Ken Clayman



Point out of “Sound of Music Singalong” [“Joyful Musical Salutes to the Past,” June 5] jogged my memory of Rodgers and Hammerstein evenings on the Bowl within the late ’50s — beautiful performances with soloists, ensembles and the orchestra performing acquainted songs and rarities from their many musicals.

Fran Wielin

Rolling Hills Estates

Uncle Anton

I need to categorical my thanks for theater critic Charles McNulty’s column on the timelessness of Anton Chekhov’s performs [“Really Makes You Stop To Think” June 7].

McNulty’s evaluation was informative concerning the present resurgence of Chekhov’s performs being carried out and of his affect in movie and novels. I used to be reminded of how a lot his performs and tales have resonated with me prior to now, and my curiosity in his work is renewed.

Laura Rusch

Culver Metropolis

Misplaced and located and restored

A really outstanding story by Christopher Knight concerning the restoration and restoration of the stolen De Kooning portray [“It Looked Dead. Now it’s Revived,” June 2].

As a complete apart, I’m curious as as to if David Van Auker, who discovered the paintings, obtained any reimbursement for his “possession” of it.

I perceive he was in possession of a stolen murals. Nonetheless, he additionally clearly wasn’t a participant in its theft and he did the proper factor by reporting it when he turned conscious that it could be the true factor. Talking extra typically, is there legislation protecting such conditions, restoration of stolen items from a subsequent holder of the products who got here by them harmless of their standing?

John Snyder

Newbury Park

The place has the humanities protection gone?

For a few years, trustworthy readers of The Occasions may depend on getting listings and critiques. No extra. Arts teams want audiences and audiences want a supply for related data. Los Angeles is a vibrant metropolis of the humanities, however you may not guess it from studying The Occasions lately.

My guess is that ticket consumers for the L.A. Phil, the L.A. Opera, the Music Heart, the Wallis Heart, the handfuls of small theaters, museums, galleries and numerous different arts venues are loyal or potential subscription holders.

Would possibly this turn out to be another reason to surrender Occasions subscriptions in the identical approach that most individuals have deserted landlines? Should I flip to the New York Occasions to seek out out what is going on in our personal yard?

Karen Weinstein

Los Angeles

These motion pictures don’t simply make themselves

I completely agree with the letter author who complained concerning the lack of credit for exhibits [“Hollywood’s Last Movie Star, or Not?,” June 2]. Some channels squeeze them in order that they’ll’t be learn even on my 55-inch display. Netflix makes you select to observe them, and solely if you’re fast sufficient to click on that selection. Surprisingly, the primary time I noticed squeezed credit a few years in the past was on PBS. I wrote and complained again then. I wish to know the names of the celebs and even the minor gamers, administrators, and so forth. I particularly like the best way some Thirties motion pictures present the names of the actors over footage of them in character initially of the movie.

In film theaters, I can’t learn the top credit as a result of they’re blocked by of individuals leaving the cinema. Sure, we nonetheless have film stars, however the best way credit are ignored makes it tougher to seek out out who they’re if you happen to don’t already find out about them.

Disclosure: my late husband, Biff Elliot, was an actor — which makes me extra than most — however I used to be studying credit once I was an adolescent.

Connie Elliot

Studio Metropolis

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Occasions.


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