Calendar suggestions: metropolis Council column belonged on A1

entrance website contender

i used to be shocked to get hold of, pretty by accident, Carolina Miranda’s fantastic and actually informative column regarding the Nury Martinez scandal inside the Calendar part [“Fault Lines in the City Hall Tape,” Oct. 17].

this textual content material ought to have been on website A1. it is not a overview of a film or a live performance. It contained worthwhile information all readers ought to know.

aside from references to the content material from the leaked audio, so a lot of the information on this textual content material was utterly new to me.

Larry Pearson


homicide, simply the means whereby we choose it

I occurred by likelihood upon the mannequin new “Magpie Murders” on PBS on Sunday evening time. it is a exact delight on so many ranges as Robert Lloyd so completely describes in his overview [“A Love Letter to the Whodunit,” Oct. 17].

PBS has been our go to channel for years for primarily the most interesting dramas and mysteries, thought-frightening documentaries, entertaining musical performances and tutorial science and nature purposes. And now we will’t wait to look at the following episode of “Magpie Murders.”

Liz Sherwin

l. a.


“Magpie Murders” seems to be an fantastic sequence with potential spinoffs of completely different Conway works. however, as has been true of completely different latest new PBS SoCal reveals, the revealed was marred by repeated pop-up advertisements for completely different PBS reveals (collectively with “Annika,” which adopted “Magpie Murders”).

In a dramatic current like a thriller, particulars matter. promoting completely different reveals disrupts not solely the seen facet of the current however intrudes on the viewer’s focus.

PBS SoCal would not worth its personal purposes by vitiating the viewer’s expertise. we have reluctantly realized to merely settle for pop-up advertisements for vehicles and burgers between pitches of baseball video games, however why PBS?

Henry Hespenheide

Hermosa seaside

A lofty story rings true

regarding “‘Rings of vitality’ Is a success. Why Doesn’t It really feel choose it?” [Oct. 17]: regardless of the flames, impending evil and violence, that are mandatory elements of the story, I discover “Rings of vitality” to be magnificent. the story rings true and is extremely uplifting. pay attention and watch intently and your coronary heart will soar.

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

Ellen Seiden

Manhattan seaside

a private perception

regarding “promoting Stars’ Suicides as Some thriller” [Oct. 4]: Mary McNamara’s personal story of the descent into the illness of alcoholism, ideas of suicide, and many others. Then the a quantity of to attain out for sobriety. Now residing in restoration. It was revealing, brave and fearless — particularly for a woman.

people is at risk of be cruelly judgmental. your full story had coronary heart and soul.

A sober sister in restoration,

Wanda Riske


A sure sort of ‘love’

regarding: “Love L.A.? humorous approach of displaying It” [Oct. 14]: maybe Nury Martinez “loves l. a.” as a end result of she presumes she will say something and get away with saying something, right here inside the metropolis of palm bushes, ocean breeze and as-you-please.

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

One down, so many extra to go.

Linda Finn

Marina del Rey


Mary McNamara’s columns are on a daily basis insightful, participating, terribly effectively-written, thought-frightening and usually entertaining.

The Oct. 14 column was very good.

Cheryl Kohr

Palos Verdes Estates

Musical can’t carry a tune

regarding “It places viewers in a State” [Oct. 18]: My father was a vice chairman of the l. a. Civic mild Opera underneath Edwin Lester for forty one years, so I grew up with musicals.

In response to Lee’s article on the mannequin new rendition of “Oklahoma!” I attended all by way of the primary week in sixth row center seats. regardless of one’s response to the interpretation which displays in the present day’s aggression, bullying and offended attitudes, there might even be one other evident draw again.

it is a musical. so a lot of the regular can’t sing. My pal (who’s a voice coach) was actually wincing in ache. Aunt El was both sharp or flat, usually inside the identical phrase. Curly’s voice cracked which he’d try and cover up by sliding up or down a half be aware.

solely the performer portraying Jud had exact teaching and his was the one fantastic singing voice inside the current.

Half the viewers left at intermission, and the ushers instructed us that had occurred most nights, collectively with opening evening time.

Meg Quinn Coulter

l. a.


the means whereby to respect the integrity of basic stage musicals whereas protecting modern audiences interested is a topic too large to cowl in a letter like this. ought to a current stay frozen and menace altering into stale and insignificant? (a regular manufacturing of “Oklahoma!” is unlikely to thrill audiences as a end result of it did in 1943.) Is the mannequin new geniuses’ deal with the supplies a breath of latest air or an unwelcome distortion?

Hopefully people who welcome brave new interpretations of yesterday’s Broadway understand that sometime “Hamilton” is at risk of be thought of a creaky previous chestnut in dire want of revision to protect related.

Kevin Dawson

l. a.