| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:14 AM
Disney villains will increase their presence at Magic Kingdom when they are incorporated into "Celebrate the Magic," the nighttime show that projects moving images onto the façade of Cinderella Castle.
A segment that includes characters such as Ursula...
| May 25, 2013
| 8:50 AM
The new "Mickey and the Magical Map" at Disneyland offers a solid if predictable storytelling foundation for an energetic musical stage show that's expected to run for years at the Anaheim theme park.
Photos: "Mickey and the Magic Map" show at...
| May 7, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation legend whose work on "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science fiction and fantasy film classics made him a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers and special-...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:21 PM
While playing polo on the fields of Southern California in the late 1930s, Mel Shaw met Walt Disney and was soon playing on his team, the Donald Ducks, that took on the president of Mexico's personal team in 1938 — and won.
"He called me a wild...
| May 29, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It's hard today to imagine a ballet causing an audience to riot, but that's what happened 100 years ago when the well-heeled Parisian spectators at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées revolted against Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
| May 28, 2013
| 7:48 AM
One hundred years ago on Wednesday, the score that revolutionized music in the 20th century had its premiere at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. The first performance of the ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps" – or "The Rite of Spring," as most...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 2:52 PM
Christopher Wilkins was part conductor, part ringmaster Saturday afternoon as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra teamed with Cirque de la Symphonie for a program of light classical favorites and circus acts.
Come to think of it, there may not be much...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 3:50 PM
The aspect I remember best about Conrad Tao was the atypical way that his fellow musicians admired his onstage playing.
I saw several of them — who are usually quite the stoic bunch — giving looks reminiscent of proud grandparents as Tao,...
| Apr 5, 2012
Art is in the eye of the beholder, and since the Disney Fantasy can hold 8,000 passenger eyes, it's no wonder the halls are decked with frame after frame of Disney artwork.
The new Disney Cruise Line ship that set sail on its maiden voyage on March 31...
| Feb 11, 2011
Bill Justice, a former Walt Disney Studios animator who worked on classics such as "Fantasia," "Bambi" and "Alice in Wonderland" and later joined Walt Disney Imagineering where he helped program Audio-Animatronics figures for attractions at Disneyland and...
| Jun 21, 2011
Longtime UCLA Extension writing teacher
Phyllis Gebauer, 82, a teacher for two decades in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program who recently donated to the program signed first editions by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, died Wednesday at...