Calendar Feedback: City Council column belonged on A1

Entrance web page contender

I used to be stunned to seek out, fairly accidentally, Carolina Miranda’s wonderful and really informative column in regards to 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 evaluate of a film or a live performance. It contained invaluable data all readers ought to know.

Apart from references to the content material from the leaked audio, a lot of the data on this article was utterly new to me.

Larry Pearson


Homicide, simply the way in which we prefer it

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

PBS has been our go to channel for years for the perfect dramas and mysteries, thought-provoking documentaries, entertaining musical performances and academic science and nature packages. And now we are able to’t wait to look at the following episode of “Magpie Murders.”

Liz Sherwin

Los Angeles


“Magpie Murders” appears to be an ideal collection with potential spinoffs of different Conway works. However, as has been true of different current 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.

PBS SoCal doesn’t worth its personal packages by vitiating the viewer’s expertise. We’ve got reluctantly realized to just accept pop-up adverts for vehicles and burgers between pitches of baseball video games, however why PBS?

Henry Hespenheide

Hermosa Seaside

A lofty story rings true

Concerning “‘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 essential parts of the story, I discover “Rings of Power” to be magnificent. The story rings true and is extremely uplifting. Pay attention and watch carefully and your coronary heart will soar.

The theme of excellent 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 Seaside

A private perception

Concerning “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 so forth. Then the choice to achieve out for sobriety. Now dwelling in restoration. It was revealing, courageous and fearless — particularly for a lady.

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

A sober sister in restoration,

Wanda Riske


A sure form of ‘love’

Concerning: “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 fashion, after all. 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, participating, extraordinarily well-written, thought-provoking and sometimes entertaining.

The Oct. 14 column was excellent.

Cheryl Kohr

Palos Verdes Estates

Musical can’t carry a tune

Concerning “It Puts Audience in a State” [Oct. 18]: My father was a vice chairman of the Los Angeles Civic Gentle Opera beneath 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 right now’s aggression, bullying and indignant attitudes, there may be one other evident downside.

It’s a musical. Many 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 be aware.

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 instructed us that had occurred most nights, together with opening night time.

Meg Quinn Coulter

Los Angeles


Learn how to respect the integrity of basic stage musicals whereas retaining modern audiences is a subject too large to cowl in a letter like this. Ought to a present stay frozen and threat 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 probably be thought of a creaky outdated chestnut in dire want of revision to stay related.

Kevin Dawson

Los Angeles