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Calendar Feedback: City Council column belonged on A1

Entrance web page contender

I used to be shocked to search out, fairly accidentally, Carolina Miranda’s wonderful and really informative column concerning the Nury Martinez scandal within the Calendar part [“Fault Lines in the City Hall Tape,” Oct. 17].

This text ought to have been on web page A1. It’s not a assessment of a film or a live performance. It contained precious info all readers ought to know.

Apart from references to the content material from the leaked audio, many of the info on this article was fully new to me.

Larry Pearson


Homicide, simply the best way we prefer it

I occurred by likelihood upon the brand new “Magpie Murders” on PBS on Sunday evening. It’s a true delight on so many ranges as Robert Lloyd so completely describes in his assessment [“A Love Letter to the Whodunit,” Oct. 17].

PBS has been our go to channel for years for the very best dramas and mysteries, thought-provoking documentaries, entertaining musical performances and academic science and nature applications. And now we will’t wait to observe the subsequent episode of “Magpie Murders.”

Liz Sherwin

Los Angeles


“Magpie Murders” appears to be an incredible collection with potential spinoffs of different Conway works. However, as has been true of different latest new PBS SoCal exhibits, the printed was marred by repeated pop-up commercials for different PBS exhibits (together with “Annika,” which adopted “Magpie Murders”).

In a dramatic present like a thriller, particulars matter. Promoting different exhibits disrupts not solely the visible facet of the present however intrudes on the viewer’s focus.

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PBS SoCal doesn’t worth its personal applications by vitiating the viewer’s expertise. Now we have reluctantly discovered to simply accept pop-up advertisements for automobiles and burgers between pitches of baseball video games, however why PBS?

Henry Hespenheide

Hermosa Seashore

A lofty story rings true

Relating to “‘Rings of Power’ Is a Hit. Why Doesn’t It Feel Like It?” [Oct. 17]: Regardless of the flames, impending evil and violence, that are vital components of the story, I discover “Rings of Power” to be magnificent. The story rings true and is extremely uplifting. Hear and watch intently and your coronary heart will soar.

The theme of fine versus evil presides, and since this presentation appears to shadow our “real-world” troubles, it additionally brings hope that good will out.

Ellen Seiden

Manhattan Seashore

A private perception

Relating to “Selling Stars’ Suicides as Some Mystery” [Oct. 4]: Mary McNamara’s personal story of the descent into the illness of alcoholism, ideas of suicide, and many others. Then the choice to achieve out for sobriety. Now residing in restoration. It was revealing, courageous and fearless — particularly for a girl.

Folks may be cruelly judgmental. The entire story had coronary heart and soul.

A sober sister in restoration,

Wanda Riske


A sure type of ‘love’

Relating to: “Love L.A.? Funny Way of Showing It” [Oct. 14]: Maybe Nury Martinez “loves Los Angeles” as a result of she presumes she will say something and get away with saying something, right here within the metropolis of palm bushes, ocean breeze and as-you-please.

She’s not the one one who thinks this manner, in fact. However I’m glad her political friends and the media have caught her up within the midst of this self-denying reverie.

One down, so many extra to go.

Linda Finn

Marina del Rey


Mary McNamara’s columns are all the time insightful, partaking, extraordinarily well-written, thought-provoking and infrequently entertaining.

The Oct. 14 column was excellent.

Cheryl Kohr

Palos Verdes Estates

Musical can’t carry a tune

Relating to “It Puts Audience in a State” [Oct. 18]: My father was a vp of the Los Angeles Civic Mild Opera underneath Edwin Lester for 41 years, so I grew up with musicals.

In response to Lee’s article on the brand new rendition of “Oklahoma!” I attended throughout the first week in sixth row middle seats. No matter one’s response to the interpretation which displays at the moment’s aggression, bullying and offended attitudes, there may be one other evident downside.

It’s a musical. A lot of the forged can’t sing. My good friend (who’s a voice coach) was actually wincing in ache. Aunt El was both sharp or flat, usually in the identical phrase. Curly’s voice cracked which he’d attempt to cowl up by sliding up or down a half observe.

Solely the performer portraying Jud had actual coaching and his was the one wonderful singing voice within the present.

Half the viewers left at intermission, and the ushers advised us that had occurred most nights, together with opening evening.

Meg Quinn Coulter

Los Angeles


The right way to respect the integrity of basic stage musicals whereas conserving up to date audiences is a subject too massive to cowl in a letter like this. Ought to a present stay frozen and danger changing into stale and insignificant? (A standard manufacturing of “Oklahoma!” is unlikely to thrill audiences because it did in 1943.) Is the brand new geniuses’ tackle the fabric a breath of recent air or an unwelcome distortion?

Hopefully those that welcome courageous new interpretations of yesterday’s Broadway notice that sooner or later “Hamilton” will likely be thought of a creaky outdated chestnut in dire want of revision to stay related.

Kevin Dawson

Los Angeles



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