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W E D N E S DAY , M AY 16 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
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BASEBALL
DODGERS REPORT
Kershaw makes
progress but is
far from return
By Andy McCullough
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
KOLE CALHOUN, right celebrates the Angels’ victory over the Astros on Monday with Andrelton Simmons.
Calhoun hasn’t been hitting much, but he made a big defensive play in the ninth inning of that win.
ANGELS REPORT
Angels waiting for Calhoun
to heat up for ‘warm story’
By Jeff Miller
The top of the Angels’
lineup Tuesday — with Mike
Trout and Shohei Ohtani
batting 1-2 — received more
attention.
But there also was focus
on the bottom, where
eighth-place-hitting Kole
Calhoun’s offensive struggles continue to be an issue
for the Angels.
Entering Tuesday, Calhoun was batting .158 and
slugging .195 with 37 strikeouts and five walks. His two
extra-base hits came on
opening day.
Saying “he bleeds for us,”
general manager Billy Eppler explained that there’s a
reason why Calhoun’s atbats of late have been draw-
ing more of his teammates to
the railing of the dugout.
“They know how much he
cares and then, in turn, they
care,” Eppler said. “When he
comes out of this, it will be a
very good story in the support he gets from teammates. It will be a very warm
story.”
Calhoun’s offensive problems have not affected his
defense in right field. He was
leading baseball with six
outfield assists and helped
save a 2-1 victory over Houston on Monday with a stellar
catch and throw that resulted in a ninth-inning double play.
An eighth-round pick in
2010, Calhoun worked his
way into becoming an everyday player for the Angels
four years later.
He had three seasons of
consistent production before his offensive numbers
dipped in 2017. To this point,
2018 has been forgettable.
“He’s had to fight for
everything,
everything,”
Eppler said. “He’s like, ‘Here
it is, I’m in another fight. I’m
used to being in fights and
I’m in another one. And this
one is more public. This is a
fight I’m going to have to
fight in front of everyone.’ ”
Another Sunday
with Ohtani
The plan remains in place
for Ohtani to make his next
pitching start Sunday at
home against Tampa Bay.
Manager Mike Scioscia
has said the Angels eventually could shorten the time
between Ohtani’s starts.
Their schedule now has him
pitching once a week.
Etc.
Reliever Blake Wood (elbow impingement) will
make his next rehab appearance Thursday with Class-A
Inland Empire. Scioscia indicated that, if all goes well,
Wood then would rejoin the
Angels. … Matt Shoemaker
(forearm strain) will spend
Wednesday and Thursday in
St. Louis undergoing additional nerve tests. … Keynan
Middleton (damaged ulnar
collateral ligament) traveled
to Cincinnati on Tuesday for
a second opinion on his injury.
jeff.miller@latimes.com
Twitter: @JeffMillerLAT
Barria’s outstanding effort is wasted
[Angels, from D1]
against a lineup known to be
tough to solve.
“Those guys did a good
job in the batter’s box,”
Scioscia said. “Jose didn’t
make that many pitches
where you’d go, ‘Wow, that
was really off.’ ”
The eighth inning began
with a Josh Reddick double,
followed by a Yuli Gurriel
single.
Alvarez retired George
Springer on a fly ball before
walking Alex Bregman. That
loaded the bases for Jose Altuve, the reigning American
League MVP.
After getting ahead 0-2,
Alvarez was unable extinguish Houston’s 5-foot-6
spark, Altuve sending a double down the left-field line on
Alvarez’s 24th pitch.
“I think he hit a good
pitch,” Alvarez said. “If it’s
another hitter, maybe he’d
miss it or roll over it. But he’s
a good hitter.”
That gave the Astros the
lead and spoiled the start of
Jaime Barria, the rookie who
opened the season in triple A
but has now produced four
solid starts in five tries with
the Angels.
This time, he bested
Gerrit Cole, who came in
leading the AL in strikeouts
and was second in ERA.
Barria allowed the 2017
World Series champions one
run on four hits while striking out seven in seven innings.
“You have to kind of take
a step back and say you’re
looking at a kid who’s 21 going out there and making ingame adjustments,” Scioscia said. “I think that’s what
drew a lot of guys in our organization to Jaime.”
The manager’s lineup
changes were necessitated
by Zack Cozart getting the
day off to rest.
Scioscia decided to promote Trout one spot in the
order and put Ohtani right
behind him, the Angels’ two
most dynamic threats posing a potentially lethal 1-2
punch.
“We’re going to evaluate
things on a daily basis,”
Scioscia explained, “and see
what makes the most
sense.”
Ohtani began the season
in the No. 8 spot, mostly has
hit fifth but also twice has
batted cleanup.
Everything about the Angels’ history making rookie
is news, Ohtani’s tidy habit
of spitting sunflower seeds
into a cup instead of onto the
dugout floor generating a
commotion this week on social media.
The excitement this
time, however, went unful-
filled as Trout-Ohtani was
neither lethal nor punchlike.
They went a combined
one for six with two walks
and three strikeouts. The hit
was a fifth-inning single by
Ohtani, coming right after
Trout had walked.
Even there, the power
pairing didn’t quite work
out. Trout was nailed by
Reddick, Houston’s right
fielder, trying to advance to
third.
The Angels’ offense instead came from Justin Upton (hitting third) and Rene
Rivera (ninth). Those two
were the ones who homered
off Cole, putting the Angels
in a position to beat the
Astros … until that eighth inning showed up, and Altuve
jumped on Alvarez.
jeff.miller@latimes.com
Twitter: @JeffMillerLAT
Cano is suspended for violating drug policy
By Bill Shaikin
Second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle
Mariners has been suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s drug policy,
Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
The suspension starts
immediately, even though
Cano is on the disabled list
because of a fractured hand
suffered Sunday and would
have sat out several weeks
anyway.
He is eligible to return
Aug. 14. In a statement, Cano
said he had “decided to accept MLB’s suspension,”
meaning an appeal of the
positive test already was
underway.
Cano, 35, is an eight-time
All-Star and a crucial component in the Mariners’ bid
to end baseball’s longest
postseason drought. The
Mariners last appeared in
the playoffs in 2001, the rookie season of Ichiro Suzuki.
If the Mariners make the
playoffs this season, Cano
would be ineligible to play.
Under the sport’s drug policy, players suspended for
violating the drug policy
during a season cannot participate in the playoffs following that season.
The suspension is unpaid, so he will lose about
$11.5 million in salary.
The league said Cano
tested
positive
for
furosemide, a diuretic. Cano
said in his statement that
the diuretic is “not a Performance Enhancing Substance,” but it is banned because it can act as a masking
agent, lowering the levels of
banned substances that
might be in the body.
According to the MLB
drug policy, the league’s independent program administrator, or IPA, is charged
with deciding if the presence
of a diuretic is benign.
“The presence of a Diuretic or Masking Agent in a
Player’s urine specimen
shall be treated as a positive
test result if the IPA deter-
mines that the Player intended to avoid detection of
his use of another Prohibited Substance,” the policy
reads.
“This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor
in the Dominican Republic
to treat a medical ailment,”
Cano said in his statement.
“While I did not realize at the
time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had
been more careful.”
Cano is batting .287 with
four home runs and 23 runs
batted in, and has an .825 onbase-plus-slugging percentage.
bill.shaikin@latimes.com
MIAMI — In what has become a ritual for the woebegone Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw played catch Tuesday
afternoon.
Kershaw has not pitched
in a game since May 1, sidelined by biceps tendinitis,
but he has been able to play
catch up to 60 feet for several
days.
Manager Dave Roberts
observed Kershaw’s latest
session and said he was
happy with the progress of
the left-hander’s rehabilitation. The team has not set a
date for Kershaw’s return.
Roberts said he expected
Kershaw to continue on a
progression that would require him to throw from a
distance of 150 feet before he
could be cleared to throw a
bullpen session. Roberts
does not expect Kershaw to
pitch off a mound during the
team’s trip to Miami and
Washington.
“I’m hopeful that it continues to progress the way it
should,” Roberts said.
Kershaw has spent time
on the disabled list in each of
the last three seasons. He
suffered a herniated disk in
his lower back in 2016 and
dealt with a back muscle
strain in 2017. This is his first
significant arm injury. An
MRI exam revealed no
structural damage to his
shoulder, the team said. Kershaw has suggested errors in
his mechanics may have
caused the discomfort.
The Dodgers have not
discussed with Kershaw the
prospect of making a rehabilitation start. Kershaw
prefers to pitch in the majors, but he required rehab
outings in 2016 and 2017. The
team will broach the subject
once Kershaw gets closer to
returning.
“Obviously we’re leaving
it in his hands to see how aggressive we want to be,”
Roberts said. “But I think
this weather, with the heat,
is conducive to that. I’m encouraged right now. Hopefully it continues to get better.”
Short hops
The Dodgers optioned
infielder-catcher Kyle Farmer and outfielder Tim Locastro to the minors to make
room for the activation of
third baseman Justin Turner and second baseman Logan Forsythe from the disabled list. Farmer hit .230 in 30
games; Locastro hit .182 in 14
plate appearances. … Turner is expected to get a day off
Thursday, Roberts said.
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
Help arrives but
a victory doesn’t
[Dodgers, from D1]
product of an error by
Forsythe. In the seventh inning, Adam Liberatore and
J.T. Chargois teamed up to
surrender two runs.
Before the game, Turner
insisted he could not serve
as this season’s savior. He
was right. He was one for
four in his first game back
from a fractured wrist as the
lineup failed to solve Wei-Yin
Chen, a starting pitcher who
carted
a
double-digit
earned-run average to the
mound. Home runs by Yasiel
Puig and Cody Bellinger provided the only offense. The
team was hitless in seven atbats with runners in scoring
position.
“Overall, we just haven’t
gotten any momentum or
started clicking,” Wood said.
“Losing’s not much fun.”
It is an outcome to which
this team has grown accustomed, though. The Dodgers traveled to Miami on
Monday after their worst
weekend of the season. They
were swept by the lowly Cincinnati Reds in four games
at Dodger Stadium. The
Dodgers have reached the
level of ineptitude where
they cannot even defeat opponents actively engaged in
tanking.
Perhaps, the hope went
inside the clubhouse, the
tide would turn with the activation of Turner and
Forsythe. Turner made his
2018
debut
Tuesday.
Forsythe was playing for the
first time since injuring a
shoulder April 14.
“I think we’ve hit a little
lull the past week,” Forsythe
said. “We’ve discussed what
we need to do to turn it
around. We’ve got a long season to go. We hit a lull last
year, and we still got to
Game 7.”
At this point, the Dodgers will require a serious reversal to even sniff October.
The team received help
Tuesday when Arizona Diamondbacks star outfielder
A.J. Pollock was diagnosed
with a broken thumb. Arizona had lost six games in a
row heading into Tuesday.
Even with the Dodgers at a
low ebb, the division is still
up for grabs.
The Dodgers will need to
win a series before they can
dream about winning a division. The return of Turner allowed the players to hope.
Turner tamped that down
before the game.
“It’s just about understanding that one guy can’t
come in and drive in 100 runs
in one game and hit a bunch
of homers,” Turner said. “It’s
about taking good at-bats
and stacking those good atbats throughout the lineup.”
Wood gave up hits to the
first two batters he faced.
The fourth was outfielder
Brian Anderson. Playing at
shortstop, Chris Taylor
scooped a grounder off Anderson’s bat and fed
Forsythe for one out at second base. Forsythe bounced
a throw to first base and a
run scored on the error.
A one-run deficit feels
like a mountain these days
for the Dodgers. Over the
weekend, the hitters were
mystified by the Cincinnati
quartet of Tyler Mahle, Matt
Harvey, Homer Bailey and
Luis Castillo. None of those
men are expected to contend for the National League
Cy Young Award. Neither is
Chen, who entered Tuesday
with a 10.22 ERA in three
starts.
Chen did not yield a hit in
the first three innings. The
Dodgers could not even
capitalize on Miami’s ineptitude in the third inning,
when Puig raced from first to
third as first baseman Justin
Bour watched a bunt attempt by Wood roll in the
dirt. Puig remained at third
as Taylor swung through a 3and-0 fastball and failed to
do damage on another fastball. Enrique Hernandez
struck out to end the inning.
“That one took the wind
out of our sails, when we
didn’t execute,” Roberts
said.
Turner became the first
Dodger to collect against
Chen with a fourth-inning
single. A one-out single by
catcher Austin Barnes added to Chen’s stress. Chen did
not need to worry. Bellinger
and Forsythe flied out to end
the threat.
Miami added a run in the
fourth. After singles by Anderson and Bour, former
Dodger Miguel Rojas hit a
sacrifice fly. The act of a productive out looked foreign to
the Dodgers offense.
Two more Dodgers were
stranded in the fifth. Puig
led off with a walk. Taylor
singled. But Turner hit a soft
liner into the glove of third
baseman Martin Prado to
extend the team’s woes with
runners in scoring position.
Turner was the team’s
most productive hitter in
2017. He led the offense
throughout
the
team’s
sprint to the World Series.
Even so, his return to the
lineup cannot heal Corey
Seager’s surgically repaired
left elbow or end Bellinger’s
regression. He cannot fix the
bullpen. He cannot show an
entire roster how to execute
with men on base.
The cavalry arrived for
the Dodgers on Tuesday.
And it might not be enough.
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
RAMS REPORT
Mitchell thrilled to catch on with Rams
By Sam Farmer
Right place, wrong time.
That was the situation
this week for former USC receiver Steven Mitchell Jr.,
who made it to the Rams’ facility for his physical exam
but arrived two hours early.
“I was just ready to get
here, just anxious, just ready
to get it going,” Mitchell said
Tuesday during a break
from a rookie orientation of
sorts.
The team’s draft picks
and rookie free agents are
getting their first taste of the
NFL with their introduction
to the offseason program.
They worked out with veteran players Monday and
Tuesday morning, before
rookie school in the afternoon.
Mitchell, who suffered severe injuries to both knees
during college but had 41
catches for 644 yards and
four touchdowns as a senior,
was not selected in the draft
but had multiple inquiries
from teams afterward.
“Some of the offers were
from Houston, the Chargers,
and I know the Rams really
liked me,” he said. “[The
Rams] were the first ones
who called, and my agent
was in contact with them
since draft day. I had a good
feeling where I was going to
wind up.”
He said he felt comfortable signing with the Rams
and, were he to make it that
far, would love to play at the
Coliseum again, where he
spent all four years with the
Trojans.
“Just being at home,” he
said. “I know they had a hell
of a season last year.
“The receivers coach,
[Eric Yarber], he recruited
me out of high school.
“Obviously, it’s a football
player’s dream to get
drafted, and I was hoping my
name was called. But I think
that just added a chip on my
shoulder, and will make me
play even harder. This is a
dream come true.”
Unfamiliar turf
Codey McElroy didn’t
play football in high school,
and he played just one season at a small Division II
school, but he’s hoping to do
enough to impress the
Rams.
The 6-foot-6 tight end
from Southeastern Okla-
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
STEVEN MITCHELL JR. , left, had 41 catches for
644 yards and four touchdowns at USC last season.
homa State has proved he
knows how to rapidly change
directions. He played baseball for three schools, then in
the Atlanta Braves farm system. He coached college
baseball. He walked on the
Oklahoma State basketball
team. After graduating, he
returned to school to become a safety engineer at an
oil company, joining the
football team on a lark. He
never stayed anywhere for
more than a year.
McElroy, 25, faces long
odds of making it beyond
training camp, especially in
a sport that’s so new to him.
But he’s having fun for now.
“Yesterday and today, it
has been a ton of information but they’ve done a great
job of explaining things to
me,” he said of the Rams.
“They’re teaching me the
verbiage and the ins and
outs of the game, but I do
think it’s going to take some
time. I’m picking it up fairly
quick, but it is a ton of information.”
His situation brings to
mind that of former Australian rugby player Jarryd
Hayne, who in 2015 briefly
made the San Francisco
49ers as a running back and
returner. He lasted eight
games.
“You can go into the NFL
and understand a little bit of
what you’re going to learn,
but until you sit down in a
room and see the playbook,
the defensive scheme, it just
blows your mind,” Hayne recently told NRL.com [National Rugby League]. “I
went in there with some
idea, like ‘Oh yeah, I kind of
get it’ but not only do you
have to learn all the
schemes, but you also
change them every week.
And it’s not one of those
things where you get time to
learn and change them; it’s
like ‘Boom, we’re doing this
now’ and you’re expected to
know it.”
and Ogbonnia “Obo” Okoronkwo (fifth) have a common goal now, and that certainly wasn’t the case two
years ago in a wild shootout
between Texas Christian
and Oklahoma.
Noteboom played left
tackle for the Horned Frogs,
and Okoronkwo was a hardcharging outside linebacker
for the Sooners.
“He was definitely the
best pass rusher I’ve ever
faced,” Noteboom recalled.
Okoronkwo was a handful in that 52-46 victory in
which Oklahoma survived a
22-point flurry by TCU in the
fourth quarter. He had two
sacks in the final period —
one via an intentionalgrounding penalty — and
forced a false start.
Although he now praises
Noteboom — “He has really
quick feet, moves really well
for a big guy” — Okoronkwo
can sum up that game in a
few words.
“I sacked [TCU QB]
Kenny Hill and we won the
game and went home,” he
said. “[Noteboom’s] story
might be a little sadder.”
Familiar foes
sam.farmer@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Rams draft picks Joseph
Noteboom (third round)
THE DAY IN SPORTS
CYCLING
TENNIS
TRANSACTIONS
McNair jury deadlocked
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Stage 3
A 122.4-mile leg from King City to Salinas
1. Toms Skujins, Trek-Segafredo, 4 hours, 52
minutes, 47 seconds. 2. Sean Bennett, Hagens
Berman Axeon, :03 behind. 3. Caleb Ewan,
Mitchelton-Scott, :08. 4. Peter Sagan, BoraHansgrohe, same time. 5. Egan Bernal, Team
Sky, st. 6. Adam Yates, Mitchelton-Scott, st. 7.
Alex Howes, EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, st. 8. Tom-Jelte Slagter, Dimension
Data, st. 9. Brent Bookwalter, BMC Racing Team,
st. 10. William Barta, Hagens Berman Axeon, st.
STANDINGS (after three stages)—1. Bernal, 12
hours, 9 minutes, 8 seconds. 2. Rafal Majka,
Bora-Hansgrohe, :25 behind. 3. Adam Yates,
Mitchelton-Scott, :31. 4. Antwan Tolhoek, LottoNL-Jumbo, :40. 5. Kristijan Durasek, UAE Team
Emirates, same time. 6. Daniel Martinez, EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, st. 7. Mathias Frank, AG2R La Mondiale, :50. 8. Tejay van
Garderen, BMC Racing Team, 1:00; 9. Ruben
Guerreiro, Trek-Segafredo, 1:11. 10. Laurens De
Plus, Quick-Step Floors, 1:14.
GIRO D’ITALIA
At Gualdo Tadino, Italy
10th Stage
A 152-mile leg from Penne to Gualdo Tadino
in Umbria, the longest leg in the race:
1. Matej Mohoric, Slovenia, Bahrain-Merida,
6:04:52. 2. Nico Denz, Germany, AG2R La Mondiale, same time. 3. Sam Bennett, Ireland, BoraHansgrohe, :34 behind. 4. Enrico Battaglin, Italy,
LottoNL-Jumbo, same time. 5. Davide Ballerini,
Italy, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, st. 6. Mads
Wurtz Schmidt, Denmark, Katusha-Alpecin, st. 7.
Francesco Gavazzi, Italy, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, st. 8. Jarlinson Pantano, Colombia, TrekSegafredo, st. 9. Gianluca Brambilla, Italy, TrekSegafredo, st. 10. Jose Goncalves, Portugal, Katusha-Alpecin, st.
Others included: 11. Benjamin King, U.S., Dimension Data, same time. 15. Chris Froome,
Britain, Sky, st. 63. Nathan Brown, U.S., EF Education First-Drapac, 1:04. 64. Joe Dombrowski,
U.S., EF Education First-Drapac, 1:04. 87. Chad
Haga, U.S., Sunweb, 14:59.
STANDINGS (after 10 stages)—1. Simon Yates,
Britain, Mitchelton-Scott, 43:42:38. 2. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands, Sunweb, :41. 3. Thibaut
Pinot, France, Groupama-FDJ, :46. 4. Domenico
Pozzovivo, Itlay, Bahrain-Merida, 1:00. 5. Richard
Carapaz, Ecuador, Movistar, 1:23. 6. George
Bennett, New Zealand, LottoNL-Jumbo, 1:36. 7.
Rohan Dennis, Australia, BMC Racing, 2:08. 8.
Pello Bilbao, Spain, Astana, same time. 9.
Michael Woods, Canada, EF Education First-Drapac, 2:28. 10. Froome, 2:30.
Others included: 42. Dombrowski, 30:31.
43. King, 30:31. 56. Brown, 38:29. 71. Haga,
55:29.
$9.17-MILLION ITALIAN OPEN
At Rome
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (first round)—Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, d. Filippo Baldi, Italy, 6-4, 4-6,
6-4; Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, d.
Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 6-3, 6-1; Lucas
Pouille (16), France, d. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 6-2,
3-6, 7-6 (3); Diego Schwartzman (14), Argentina, d. Nicolas Jarry, Chile, 6-4, 6-1; Stefanos
Tsitsipas, Greece, d. Borna Coric, Croatia, 4-1
retired; Denis Shapovalov, Canada, d. Tomas
Berdych (15), Czech Republic, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
(Second round)—Peter Gojowczyk, Germany,
d. Lorenzo Sonego, Italy, 6-3, 6-4; David Goffin
(9), Belgium, d. Marco Cecchinato, Italy, 5-7,
6-2, 6-2; Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, d. Jack
Sock (13), 6-4, 6-2; Ryan Harrison vs. Marin Cilic
(4), Croatia, 6-6 (3-3), suspended, rain.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (first round)—Timea Babos, Hungary, d. Sara Errani, Italy, 6-3, 7-6 (6);
Daria Kasatkina (14), Russia, d. Ajla Tomljanovic,
Australia, 6-0, 6-4; Danielle Collins d. Sorana
Cirstea, Romania, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Hsieh Su-Wei,
Taiwan, d. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus, 6-2, 6-4;
Elena Vesnina, Russia, d. Laura Siegemund, Germany, 7-6 (5), 6-2; Maria Sakkari, Greece, d. Kiki
Bertens, Netherlands, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; Svetlana
Kuznetsova, Russia, d. Polona Hercog, Slovenia,
6-2, 6-4; Angelique Kerber (11), Germany, d. Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, 6-2, 7-6 (6); Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, d. Peng Shuai, China, 4-6,
6-4, 6-1; Maria Sharapova, Russia, d. Ashleigh
Barty (16), Australia, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2; Elina Svitolina (4), Ukraine, d. Petra Martic, Croatia, 6-1,
6-2; Anastasija Sevastova (15), Latvia, d.
Kristina Mladenovic, France, 6-3, 3-0 retired; Jelena Ostapenko (5), Latvia, d. Zhang Shuai,
China, 6-2, 7-5.
BASEBALL
Major League Baseball—Suspended Seattle
second baseman Robinson Cano for 80 games
after he had tested positive for Furosemide, a
Diuretic, in violation of Major League Baseball's
Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Dodgers—Activated third baseman Justin
Turner and second baseman Logan Forsythe from
the 10-day disabled list; optioned infieldercatcher Kyle Farmer and outfielder Tim Locastro
to Oklahoma City (PCL).
Atlanta—Claimed pitcher Chad Bell off
waivers from Detroit and optioned him to Gwinnett (IL).
Baltimore—Announced that infielder Renato
Nunez had cleared waivers and had been assigned outright to Norfolk (IL).
Boston—Put pitcher Carson Smith on the 10day disabled list; called up pitcher Bobby Poyner
from Pawtucket (IL).
Chicago Cubs—Activated pitcher Yu Darvish
from the 10-day disabled list; optioned outfielder
Mark Zagunis to Iowa (PCL).
Chicago White Sox—Activated second
baseman Yoan Moncada from the 10-day disabled list.
Cleveland—Purchased the contract of pitcher
Neil Ramirez from Columbus (IL); put outfielder
Bradley Zimmer on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12; transferred pitcher Ryan Merritt from the 10- to the 60-day disabled list.
N.Y. Mets—Put pitcher Jerry Blevins on the
paternity-leave list; called up pitchers Buddy
Baumann and Jacob Rhame from Las Vegas
(PCL); optioned pitcher Corey Oswalt to Las
Vegas.
N.Y. Yankees—Called up outfielder Clint Frazier from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL); designated
pitcher David Hale for assignment.
Oakland—Activated outfielder Stephen
Piscotty from the bereavement list; optioned
pitcher Kendall Graveman to Nashville (PCL).
Philadelphia—Sent pitcher Jerad Eickhoff to
Reading (EL) for a rehab assignment.
St. Louis—Put pitcher Adam Wainwright back
on the 10-day disabled list; called up pitcher
Jack Flaherty from Memphis (PCL).
San Diego—Put pitcher Joey Lucchesi on the
10-day disabled list; called up infielder Carlos
Asuaje from El Paso (PCL).
San Francisco—Optioned outfielder Austin
Slater to Sacramento (PCL); called up infielder
Miguel Gomez from Richmond (SL).
Seattle—Put second baseman Robinson
Cano on the restricted list.
Texas—Put third baseman Adrian Beltre on
the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 14;
purchased the contract of infielder Hanser Alberto from Round Rock (PCL).
Toronto—Called up outfielder Dwight Smith Jr.
from Buffalo (IL).
FOOTBALL
Rams—Agreed to terms with wide receivers
LaQuvionte Gonzalez, Ricky Jeune and Steven
Mitchell; running back Nick Holley; defensive
tackles Dalton Keene and McKay Murphy; offensive lineman Jeremiah Kolone; defensive backs
Afolabi Laguda, Steven Parker and Chucky
Williams; tight end Codey McElroy; cornerbacks
Curtis Mikell and Ramon Richards; quarterback
Luis Perez; linebacker Tegray Scales and defensive end Brian Womac.
Cleveland—Claimed offensive lineman
Anthony Fabiano off waivers from Indianapolis
and offensive lineman Avery Gennesy off waivers
from Jacksonville; waived punter Michael Carrizosa and offensive lineman Christian Schneider.
Detroit—Acquired offensive lineman Adam
Bisnowaty off waivers from the N.Y. Giants;
signed safety Tracy Walker; waived offensive lineman Brett Kendrick.
Green Bay—Signed cornerback Jaire
Alexander.
San Francisco—Claimed cornerback C.J.
Goodwin off waivers from the N.Y. Giants; waived
wide receiver DeAndre Carter; signed defensive
lineman Blaine Woodson to a three-year contract.
HOCKEY
Arizona—Signed center David Ullstrom to a
one-year contract.
Colorado—Signed
defenseman
Mark
Barberio to a two-year contract.
staff and wire reports
After a day and a half of deliberations, the jury in former USC
assistant football coach Todd
McNair’s defamation lawsuit
against the NCAA passed a note
to Los Angeles County Superior
Court Judge Frederick Shaller
on Tuesday afternoon: “What do
we do if we are deadlocked?”
The apparent impasse raised
an unwelcome prospect for both
parties after waiting almost seven years for the three-week trial.
“I got the impression there
was more than just gentle disagreement in the jury room,”
Shaller told the jury at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
In response to a question from
Shaller, the jury foreperson said
they were split 8-4, one vote from
a verdict, but didn’t give further
details about which way the
group was leaning.
Shaller excused the nine
women and three men on the jury
early and suggested they resume
deliberations Wednesday “with a
fresh outlook on life.”
— Nathan Fenno
NFL
Panthers being sold
for $2.2 billion
The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2
billion. Hedge fund manager
David Tepper has agreed to buy
the Panthers from team founder
Jerry Richardson, two people familiar with the situation said.
The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not
yet announced the sale. The purchase is subject to a vote at the
NFL owners meeting next week
in Atlanta.
Forrest Lamp’s return from
right-knee surgery hit a snag
when the Chargers guard underwent a minor procedure on the
same knee about three weeks
ago, the team confirmed. Lamp, a
second-round pick out of Western Kentucky in 2017, sat out his
rookie season after tearing a knee
ligament early in training camp
last August. He has not been
cleared for offseason drills, but he
is expected to be ready for training camp in July.
— Mike DiGiovanna
banned performance-enhancing
substance clenbuterol.
That suspension forced the
cancellation of Alvarez’s scheduled May 5 rematch with
Golovkin.
— Lance Pugmire
ETC.
Three sports memorabilia
collectors who accused New York
Giants quarterback Eli Manning
of providing bogus “game-worn”
equipment that was sold to unsuspecting fans settled their lawsuit against the Super Bowl-winning quarterback on Monday,
days before the case was scheduled to go to trial. Details were
not given. ... K.J. Malone, son of
NBA Hall of Fame player Karl
Malone, retired from football, citing a knee injury from college. He
attended the Houston Texans’
rookie camp.
Finland tops U.S.
Finland handed the United
States its first defeat at the ice
hockey world championship in a
6-2 thumping in Herning, Denmark. Also, defending champion
Sweden rallied from a goal down
to edge Russia 3-1 in a battle for
the top spot in Group A in Copenhagen. The Swedes won all seven
preliminary-round games and
will next play Latvia, which
earned the last quarterfinal
berth by edging Denmark 1-0.
Jaromir Jagr plans to play in
the Czech Republic next season,
his 30th professional season.
BOXING
Alvarez dropped
from WBC ratings
Canelo Alvarez has been removed from the World Boxing
Council ratings after failing to respond to repeated appeals for
him to re-enroll in a year-round
drug-testing program, according
to two officials connected to the
situation.
Mexico’s former two-division
world champion, Alvarez (49-1-2,
34 knockouts) was the previous
top-ranked mandatory opponent for unbeaten, three-belt
middleweight
champion
Gennady Golovkin before they
fought to a draw in September.
Alvarez later tweeted that he
has re-enrolled in around-theclock drug testing.
“I want to let you know that I
just signed the contract with
@Vada_Testing for year-round
testing,” Alvarez tweeted.
Alvarez had been out of the
program since last month, when
the Nevada Athletic Commission
suspended him for six months after he twice tested positive for the
The wife of former U.S. Open
champion Lucas Glover is facing
domestic violence charges stemming from an altercation with
Glover and his mother after he
missed the 54-hole cut at the PRO SOCCER
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Today’s Schedule
San Jose at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
Toms Skujins of team Trek- Friday’s Schedule
Orlando City at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.
Segafredo pulled away from Sean
Bennett of Hagens Berman PRO FOOTBALL
Axeon to win his third career ARENA LEAGUE
Schedule
stage of the Tour of California in Saturday’s
Baltimore at Washington, noon
Salinas.
Albany at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
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THE ODDS
Baseball
National League
Favorite
DODGERS
-169
at Arizona
-105
at S. Francisco -148
Chicago
-120
American League
Favorite
Houston
-131
at Detroit
No line
Tampa Bay
-117
at Seattle No line
at Boston
-250
Interleague
Favorite
at Baltimore No line
at Pittsburgh No line
Toronto
-116
St. Louis
-122
at Washington -166
Underdog
at Miami
Milwaukee
Cincinnati
at Atlanta
+159
-105
+138
+110
Underdog
at ANGELS
+121
Cleveland
No line
at Kansas City +107
Texas
No line
Oakland
+220
Underdog
Philadelphia
Chi. W. Sox
at N.Y. Mets
at Minnesota
N.Y. Yankees
No line
No line
+106
+112
+156
NBA Playoffs
Favorite
at Houston
Line (O/U)
11⁄2 (2241⁄2)
Underdog
Golden State
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Favorite
Underdog
at Vegas
-134 Winnipeg
+124
Updates at Pregame.com
—Associated Press
MINOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Tuesday’s Results
New Orleans 16, Omaha 0
Nashville 7, Memphis 4
Round Rock 4, Iowa 2
Salt Lake 3, Fresno 2
Reno 3, El Paso 1
Tacoma 8, Sacramento 5
Albuquerque 10, Las Vegas 3
Oklahoma City at Colorado Springs, rain
CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
Tuesday’s Results
Lake Elsinore 8, Inland Empire 4
Modesto 7, San Jose 5
Lancaster 4, Visalia 3
Stockton 5, Rancho Cucamonga 4
COLLEGE
BASEBALL
NONCONFERENCE
USC 8, UC Irvine 2
Stanford 5, BYU 1
San Francisco 3, UC Davis 0
N. Colorado 18, Air Force 11
Baffert’s plan with Justify fooled the horse world ... for a while
[Preakness, from D1]
merle to the side.
“I have a horse in there
that can win the Kentucky
Derby,” Hammerle recalled
Baffert saying.
“My jaw just dropped,”
Hammerle said. “I never
heard anyone ever say that
about a first-time starter in
February. I kept it to myself
like it was privileged information.”
Baffert was right to have
some concern about the race.
Only five horses entered, the
minimum to run a race.
“I told [co-owner] Elliott
[Walden] that if we win this
maiden race, there is an
allowance that would be
perfect,” Baffert said. “And
then maybe we can take one
shot and throw him in the
deep end in Arkansas. I was
thinking Arkansas [Derby]
because we had McKinzie in
the Santa Anita Derby.”
So, on Feb. 11, Drayden
Van Dyke was aboard Justify
as he won his first race by 91⁄2
lengths. And the colt wasn’t
even trying. That’s when the
Kentucky Derby buzz
started.
“After that race I texted
him, ‘Silence is golden,’ ”
Hammerle said.
The attention that race
brought left Baffert and the
horse’s connections with a
problem. How do you find a
race for him that will fill,
because all the other owners
and trainers will be ducking
the colt?
Then came the lie.
“I told Elliott that nobody
can know that he’s running,”
Baffert said of the March 11
allowance at Santa Anita.
“So, Elliott told everyone that
he was running at Sunland
[in New Mexico]. That was
our fake duck. So, we entered
and everyone vomited when
they saw the entries. But
that’s just the way it works.”
The Sunland subterfuge
made a lot of sense. The
quality of horses was lesser
and probably a good match
for a second-time starter.
Plus, it was worth 50 points
for the win, which would
automatically qualify Justify
for the Kentucky Derby.
But the move also brought
an odd training schedule.
Two weeks after the allow-
‘They did a great
job of smokescreening. This is
a racetrack, and
once there is even
a hint of
something they
figure it out.’
— R ICK H AMMERLE ,
Garry Jones Associated Press
Santa Anita racing secretary,
on the subterfuge Bob Baffert,
left, pulled off to get a
competitive race for Justify
ance race — meaning six
weeks before the Kentucky
Derby — would it be better to
train Justify up to the first
Saturday in May, with six
weeks off, or to go to Arkansas
three weeks after Sunland,
and then the Kentucky Derby
three weeks after that? In the
end, it didn’t matter.
Even Hammerle didn’t
know of Baffert’s plan until
the end.
“They did a great job of
smoke-screening,” Hammerle
said. “This is a racetrack, and
once there is even a hint of
something they figure it out.
The riders would want to
know why Mike Smith wasn’t
open for that race.
“It carded with eight
[horses]. When the horse was
put in, I thought we better
draw this race right away. I
was glad I didn’t know about
it; took a lot of the pressure
off.”
You knew the horse was
something because Smith
replaced Van Dyke for his
second race. It went with only
five horses. There were three
scratches and people can
speculate if it was the presence of Justify or the muddy
track that cut the field size.
He won by 61⁄2 lengths.
“They understood the
magnitude of what we were
up against as far as the timing
thing,” Walden said of the
Santa Anita officials. “He had
to run that weekend. So, they
helped us get the race to go.
Then it came up muddy. And
it was probably a blessing
that it was mud that day,
because he handled it well.”
And he did the same in the
Derby.
The final bit of serendipity
for Justify came when McKinzie came up with a rear leg
injury and came off the Derby
trail.
“I knew we had two really
good horses,” Baffert said.
“And then, I was in Dubai and
we were getting ready to go
out to dinner. Everything was
going well. And I got a call
from [assistant] Jimmy
[Barnes] that McKinzie had a
problem.
“When you get that call
that your horse is injured … it
just rips your soul.”
It opened a spot for Justify
to run in the Santa Anita
Derby, which he won by three
lengths.
“It’s been shown that four
weeks, four weeks, four weeks,
works,” Hammerle said.
“That second [allowance]
race was the catalyst. It gave
him that extra little bottom.”
Baffert singled out Hammerle for thanks at the postDerby news conference.
“I think that was just
Bob’s way of thanking Santa
Anita,” Hammerle said. “I
didn’t do anything special.
“In my mind he was always going to run in the
Santa Anita Derby. He was
going to run here. Well, and
the rest is history.”
With a chance to make
more history Saturday.
sports@latimes.com
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FALL TV
SEASON | ABC
Going
with
what
they
know
Network builds on
‘Roseanne’s’ success
with family comedies
and familiar TV faces.
By Chris Barton
ABC unveiled its fall
schedule Tuesday, touting
the blockbuster success of
its reboot of “Roseanne”
and its plans to build on that
triumph with a mix of new
family comedies and dramas featuring familiar TV
faces in new places.
The most “Roseanne”esque of the newcomers,
the half-hour comedy “The
Kids Are All Right,” will follow “Roseanne” on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. The series
centers on a working-class
Irish Catholic family in 1970s
Los Angeles and was created
by Tim Doyle, a writer on
“Roseanne” during that
show’s initial run.
However, in a conference
call with reporters before
the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers in
New York, Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, downplayed the
“Roseanne” connection.
“We already developed
our shows and ordered our
pilots before we’d even
launched ‘Roseanne.’ ” Dungey said. “We had gone into
our development season
placing an emphasis and a
priority on family comedy.
The fact that ‘Roseanne’
has resonated as strongly
as it has is fantastic, but
it kind of fits in with the
building blocks we already
had in place.”
As expected, “Roseanne”
and its controversy-courting star Roseanne Barr were
a hot topic during the call,
and Dungey confirmed that
there was “a little bit” of
concern that Barr’s politically divisive Twitter presence might affect response
to the show. The network
executive also defended
what many viewers and critics interpreted as a dismissive joke directed toward
the diverse perspectives of
ABC’s cultural comedies
“black-ish” and “Fresh Off
the Boat.”
“We felt like the writers
were simply tipping the hat
[See ABC, E7]
David Lee Focus Features
DIRECTED by Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman,” with Adam Driver, left, and John David Washington, was given its world premiere.
Attention-getters
Filmmakers can shine in
the spotlight or go dark.
Lars von Trier? Lights out.
Spike Lee says that his
‘BlacKkKlansman’ is a
‘wake-up call’ about racism
JUSTIN CHANG
FILM CRITIC
By Amy Kaufman
CANNES, France — They really will applaud
anything you show at the Cannes Film Festival
so long as you put everyone in formal attire and
roll out a red carpet beforehand.
I remember thinking this in 2009 at the blacktie gala premiere of Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist,”
whose climactic burst of genital-shredding imagery sent horrified moviegoers lunging for the
exits. Nonetheless, when it was over, the movie
drew a standing ovation and shouts of “Bravo!”
A similar mix of mid-screening walkouts and
post-screening applause greeted Von Trier’s
“The House That Jack Built,” the hectoring,
masturbatory slog of a serial-killer movie that
had its out-of-competition premiere at Cannes
late Monday night, marking this Danish director’s long-awaited, long-dreaded return to a festival that seven years ago declared him persona
non grata.
Von Trier stood there quietly in the Grand
Théâtre Lumière when it was over, smiling a
thin, inscrutable little smile and basking in his
moment of redemption, or perhaps savoring the
irony that it had arrived [See Screened, E4]
Sebastien Nogier Pool / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock
“WE ARE ON the right side of history
with this film,” Spike Lee said of “BlacKkKlansman” at the Cannes Film Festival.
CANNES, France — Spike Lee was relaxing
on Martha’s Vineyard when the now-infamous
Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned
deadly last summer. He had only just finished
his latest film, “BlacKkKlansman,” a ’70s-set caper based on the real-life tale of an African
American cop who infiltrated the KKK with his
Jewish partner on the police force.
But watching the news out of Charlottesville
unfold on CNN — and learning that 32-year-old
Heather Heyer had been killed after being run
over by a car during the ensuing riots — Lee
knew he had to change the end of “BlacKkKlansman.” He quickly got the telephone number of
Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, and asked for her
permission to use the real-life video of the incident as a “coda” to his film, which debuted to
strong reviews and a standing ovation at the
Cannes Film Festival on Monday night.
“Once I got the permission, I said, … everybody else: That … scene is staying in the … movie,” Lee told an audience of journalists at a news
conference here, launching into a passionate, expletive-laden monologue. “Because that was a
murder. And we have a guy in the [See Lee, E4]
Sounds of the Chicano movement
Tony Rivetti ABC
JACK GORE is among
stars of family comedy
“The Kids Are Alright.”
The catalog of God’s
Children was recently
reissued. It and Thee
Midniters amplified
the East L.A. genre.
By Randall Roberts
‘Frozen’ moves
onward, upward
The smash Broadway
musical is set to open
its national tour next
year in Hollywood. E3
In Tennessee’s
shadow no more
Fans of Lanford
Wilson celebrate him
over the other, more
well-known, troubled
and gay playwright
from Missouri. E6
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Those who study Southern California lowrider
culture have likely cranked
the East Los Angeles band
Thee Midniters, whose
garage-rock hit “Whittier
Blvd.” has boomed from
countless car stereos since
its release in 1965.
Named for the 20-plusmile thoroughfare that runs
eastbound from downtown
L.A. before ending in Brea,
“Whittier Blvd.” helped
soundtrack cruising culture
and remains an anthem for
four-wheeled peacocks.
The song is so embedded
into the sound of East Los
Angeles that it’s easy to
forget that mortals wrote,
played and recorded it —
and that they remained vital
musicians long after it was
released.
For Thee Midniters anchor Willie Garcia — known
since the 1960s as Willie G. —
that song was merely the
most successful in a 50-plusyear career that has featured
a number of twists and
turns. Until recently, one
particularly hidden tributary was God’s Children,
Garcia’s
post-Midniters
band, which he founded in
the late 1960s with East Los
Angeles singers “Little Ray”
Jimenez and Lydia Verdugo
(formerly Lydia Amescua).
The Chicano-rock unit’s
early 1970s recordings were
recently reissued as “Music
Is the Answer: The Complete Collection,” and they
tunnel into a less traveled,
but no less crucial, pathway
in L.A. music history.
[See God’s Children, E5]
Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
THEE MIDNITERS , seen circa 1967, ushered Chicano rock from East Los
Angeles to the mainstream. Their biggest hit was the 1965 track “Whittier Blvd.”
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CULTURE MONSTER
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5 DAYS
OUT
Highlights of the week
ahead in arts, music and
performance
THEATER
MUSIC
MUSIC
MUSIC
ART
“The Carolyn Bryant
Project”
REDCAT, L.A.
8:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
$10-$25
“Mozart: Symphony No. 39”
Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra
8 p.m. Saturday at Alex
Theatre, Glendale;
7 p.m. Sunday at Royce Hall,
UCLA $27-$124
“Regional Accents”
Jacaranda
First Presbyterian Church
of Santa Monica
8 p.m. Saturday
$20-$45
Audra McDonald
Los Angeles Opera
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
L.A., 3 p.m. Sunday
$19-$159
“Artists Talk”
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
and Charles Gaines
Broad Stage
Santa Monica
7:30 p.m. Monday
$35-$75
‘FROZEN’ THE MUSICAL
Broadway hit
will let it go
in Hollywood
The Tony nominee’s
national tour is set to
kick off at the
Pantages in fall 2019.
By Jessica Gelt
“Frozen,” the Broadway
musical, will launch its national tour at the Hollywood
Pantages Theatre in fall 2019,
the Pantages announced
Tuesday.
Following its splashy
New York opening in March
at the St. James Theatre,
“Frozen”
earned
three
Tony nominations: musical
(under the direction of
Michael Grandage), score
(by Oscar-winning composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez) and
book (Jennifer Lee).
The 2013 Disney film won
the Oscar for animated
feature and went on to
become the highest-grossing animated film of all time.
The breakout song, “Let
It Go,” has helped the
“Frozen” franchise corner
the market on princess
dresses.
Expectations were high
for the Disney Theatrical
Productions’ adaptation.
The show received mixed
reviews and trailed in Tony
nominations to the likes of
“SpongeBob SquarePants”
and “Mean Girls,” which
each received 12.
Nonetheless, fans of
Snow Queen Elsa and her
quirky sister, Anna, have
helped the show smash a
box office record at the St.
James.
Casting and sale dates
for tickets have not been
announced.
jessica.gelt@latimes.com
Twitter: @jessicagelt
Keith Ian Polakoff
Deen van Meer
ELSA (Caissie Levy), left, Anna (Patti Murin) and
the company of “Frozen” in the Broadway production.
MUSEUM GALA
Author and artist
to be honored
by the Hammer
Museum director calls
Margaret Atwood and
Glenn Ligon ‘brilliant
and visionary.’
OPERA REVIEW
‘Love Potion’
casts a spell
Long Beach Opera takes on the tale of ill-fated
lovers with a stripped down yet striking flair
By Rick Schultz
By Deborah Vankin
Blessed be the Hammer:
The Los Angeles art museum has announced that
“The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and
artist Glenn Ligon will be
this year’s honorees at its fall
Gala in the Garden fundraiser.
The annual event — a
who’s who of arts and celebrity circles — is meant to
honor “artists and innovators” for their creative contributions. In a statement,
museum
Director
Ann
Philbin called Atwood and
Ligon “two brilliant and visionary artists whose work
is both enduringly significant and tremendously relevant in our current moment.”
“Glenn has consistently
created iconic art that critiques and explores complex
issues of history, language
and identity in America,”
Philbin said Thursday.
“Margaret has received critical acclaim for decades of
writing and is an activist
who supports feminism, environmentalism and social
justice.”
Last year’s Gala in the
BERNARD HOLCOMB portrays a tormented Tristan in the West Coast premiere of “The Love Potion.”
Mike Coppola Getty Images
Christina House L.A. Times
“THE HANDMAID’S
Tale” author Margaret
Atwood, top, and conceptual artist Glenn Ligon.
Garden honorees were filmmaker Ava DuVernay and
New Yorker theater critic
Hilton Als. The event raised
$2.4 million for Hammer exhibitions and public programs. This year’s event, to
be catered by Lucques chef
Suzanne Goin, will take
place Oct. 14.
deborah.vankin
@latimes.com
Long Beach Opera took a risk by
presenting “Le Vin Herbé” (The Love
Potion), composer Frank Martin’s elegant Gallic take on the medieval legend of doomed lovers Tristan and
Isolde, in a 1,500-seat Art Deco movie
palace. The 1941 oratorio, after all, emphasizes intimacy over grandeur.
But in the work’s West Coast premiere last Saturday at the Warner
Grand Theatre in San Pedro — a
semi-staged production led by company General Director Andreas
Mitisek — “The Love Potion” proved
a powerfully affecting alternative
to Wagner’s more epic and revolutionary 1865 opera, “Tristan und Isolde.”
Martin’s score employs a chamber
orchestra consisting of just seven
strings and a piano. A 12-member vocal group acts like a Greek chorus,
with individuals occasionally stepping forward as soloists.
Long sticks carried by singers
were used to suggest oars or a dense
forest or turbulently rolling waves.
Mood and atmosphere were imaginatively enhanced by lighting designer
Dan Weingarten.
One effect called for the sticks to
be dropped into a campfire-like pile,
with reddish lights suggesting the
couple’s smoldering passion. It also
conjured an aura of storytelling itself,
returning this legendary tale to its
roots.
In a production that ran about two
hours (compared with Wagner’s five
‘Le Vin Herbé’
(The Love Potion)
Where: Warner Grand Theatre, 478
W. 6th St., San Pedro
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $49-$150
Info: (562) 470-7464,
longbeachopera.org
Running time: About 2 hours
for “Tristan”), Mitisek’s judicious use
of video projections on the theater’s
big screen added a welcome bit of
depth and color, keeping our eyes
alert to settings of castle, forest and
ocean.
The solid cast was led by Bernard
Holcomb, whose warm tenor voice
imbued the tormented Tristan with
quiet dignity and down-to-earth humanity.
Soprano Jamie Chamberlin sang
the demanding high tessitura role of
Isolde with unshowy reserve. One
quibble: The chemistry between the
two lovers was never quite palpable,
but that may have been director Mitisek’s decision. Because their affair is
magically induced, it’s angst-ridden
and exhilarating.
Baritone Bernardo Bermudez
made an understandably hurt but
humane King Mark (whose bride is
stolen away before their wedding
night). Soprano Alejandra Villarreal
Martinez as Branghien, Isolde’s maid
who mistakenly gives the potion to
Tristan and Isolde, conveyed believable anguish.
As the evil Isolde of the White
Hands (yes, there were two Isolde’s
in the text sources Martin used),
alto Kira Dills-DeSurra’s malevolence is carefully calibrated. It is she
who betrays Tristan and her rival, the
“fair” Isolde (Chamberlin), out of jealousy.
Ultimately, the glory of “The Love
Potion” is Martin’s magnificent score,
which Benjamin Makino conducted
meticulously. Makino, consistently
sensitive to the work’s exquisite timing and placement of dynamics and
color, made the most of the composer’s subtle chamber orchestra textures.
Indeed, Martin, who died in 1974,
uses hints of Schoenberg’s 12-tone
technique and Bartók-like dissonance within his flowing tonal scheme
to striking effect. There’s also a bit of
medieval chant in the score, which
rarely rises above a forte, suggesting
the influence of Debussy’s dramatically allusive, impressionist opera,
“Pelléas et Mélisande.”
Although supertitles were supplied above the theater screen, the
text of “The Love Potion,” rendered
in an eloquent English version prepared by Hugh MacDonald, was precisely articulated by the cast in the
Warner Grand’s surprisingly clear
acoustics.
calendar@latimes.com
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Von Trier wastes invite
[Screened, from E1]
with the least redemptive
anti-entertainment of his career.
I’ll come right to the
point, something this endlessly self-amused, throatclearing filmmaker could never be accused of doing: Lars
von Trier is a stupid, arrogant troll and, when the
mood strikes him, a reasonably talented filmmaker. But
there are only a few moments
in “The House That Jack
Built” in which his stupidity
doesn’t entirely overwhelm
and negate his talent.
Nearly all of them arrive
at the end, when a red-robed
serial killer named Jack
(Matt Dillon) willfully descends into a fiery, cavernous hell visualized in images
of painterly stillness and
beauty. (Spoilers? Like Von
Trier, I truly couldn’t care
less. If reading further
spares you buying a ticket,
be my guest.)
The eerily Boschian epilogue plays, in some ways,
like a reversal of the slo-mo
apocalypse that kicked off
Von Trier’s uncharacteristically lovely and mature 2011
drama, “Melancholia.” In
this case, however, the poetic
respite arrives after a 130minute pileup of torturous,
tedious violence, nearly all of
it directed against women.
I’ve never seen Cannes issue
screening tickets with a trigger warning before (“scènes
violentes”), but festival officials were perhaps wise to
make an exception this time.
It was 2011 when Von Trier
made some grotesquely illadvised remarks (i.e., claiming to understand Hitler and
calling himself a Nazi) at a
disastrous press conference
following his otherwise rapturously received “Melancholia.” Like most film festivals, Cannes is a champion of
artistic freedom in the cinema. But it it is also rooted in
French soil, where anti-Semitism — even Von Trier’s
bumbling, halfhearted, witless excuse for anti-Semitism — is not taken lightly.
Still, those of us who
watched in semi-amusement as the festival kicked
the director to the curb knew
that he would be back sooner
or later, perhaps following
some public display of contrition on his and/or the festival’s part. But “The House
That Jack Built” finds Von
Trier in a singularly unrepentant mood. Presented as
the story of a serial killer’s
lonely formation, rise and
fall, it is better understood as
a calculated outrage, a #MeToo think-piece magnet and
a 2½-hour trolling session.
The story is structured in
five “incidents,” each focusing on one or more of Jack’s
victims. Jack clubs a
stranded driver (Uma Thurman) to death with her own
car jack. He knocks on the
door of a woman (Siobhan
Fallon Hogan), passing himself off as a cop before garroting and stabbing her … you
get the idea. There are also
scenes of animal cruelty and
human taxidermy, along
with some handy corpsefreezing techniques.
All this violence, it scarcely needs to be pointed out, is
Christian Geisnaes Zentropa
VIOLENCE fills “The House That Jack Built.” With Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon.
EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
LARS VON TRIER’S
“House” is his first film
at Cannes since 2011.
gratuitously unpleasant. I
imagine it might have been
even harder to take if Von
Trier were a more precise
filmmaker, if he had either
the will or the discipline to
build tension inside the
frame, which would require
him to do something other
than simply wave the camera from side to side like a
drunken onlooker.
“The House That Jack
Built” is useless garbage, and
we should be cautious about
mistaking it for much more
than that, or elevating it to
that plane where, as Von Trier himself has demonstrated
in the past, art and trash can
converge. Now that he and
Cannes have officially kissed
and made up, here’s hoping
they both can move on to
better things.
Spike Lee zings
Doubtless seeking to
maximize headlines, the festival saw fit to program Von
Trier’s movie right after
Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” a vastly more successful provocation as well as one
of the few high-profile
American movies in competition. Lee has been away
from Cannes even longer
than Von Trier; he competed
for the Palme d’Or with 1989’s
“Do the Right Thing” and
1991’s “Jungle Fever,” though
he has been back with out-ofcompetition titles, including
1999’s “Summer of Sam.”
If “Chi-Raq” (2015) reawakened Lee’s energy and
imagination as a satirist, a
vital voice on the realities
of racialized violence in
American society, then his
furious, beautifully controlled “BlacKkKlansman”
brings him roaring fully back
to life. It may not be as con-
ceptually audacious as that
earlier picture, but its fusion
of incendiary vigor and
pulpy, pop-savvy entertainment is something to behold.
“BlacKkKlansman” was
adapted from a book by
Ron Stallworth, Colorado
Springs’ first black police officer, who in the early 1970s
succeeded in infiltrating the
local chapter of the Ku Klux
Klan. The sheer absurdity of
the circumstances clearly inspired Lee and his three cowriters to play the material,
ingeniously, for laughs as
well as jolts: Moments of suspenseful police-procedural
buildup are heightened,
rather than undercut, by an
edgy comic tension.
Facing
discrimination
and harassment from white
cops not long after he joins
the force, Ron (John David
Washington, son of Denzel)
decides one day to call up the
Klan on a whim (their number is listed in the newspaper) and pretend to be an
aspiring member. There’s a
priceless cutaway to Stallworth’s colleagues, looking
on with deadpan befuddlement as this epithet-spouting, Afro-sporting rookie
rails on the phone about how
much he hates blacks, Jews
and anyone else without
“pure white Aryan blood”
running through their veins.
Some of the funniest, didthis-really-happen moments
will come later, when Ron
chats on the phone with a
young David Duke (Topher
Grace), grand wizard of the
Ku Klux Klan, who proceeds
to set himself up for some of
the most humiliating selfowns in recent memory.
The movie comes together when a fellow cop
named Flip Zimmerman
(Adam Driver, excellent) reluctantly agrees to join the
undercover investigation,
with the real Ron working
the phones and Flip playing
him in the flesh. It’s an unwieldy arrangement that
seems ripe for all manner of
dangerous slip-ups, and Lee
stages Flip’s meetings with
“the organization,” as the
KKK prefers to call itself,
with a kicky, unnerving flair.
At one point, the most
frighteningly volatile of
the Klansmen (the terrific
Finnish actor Jasper Pääkkönen), suspects (correctly)
that Flip might be Jewish
and tells him to drop his
pants and show if he’s “circumstanced.” The redneckbaiting humor doesn’t get
much subtler than that, especially in the case of a
Klansman, played by “I, Tonya’s” Paul Walter Hauser,
who isn’t quite as funny as
the movie thinks he is.
Lee, of course, has famously never been one for
subtlety, and many would
conclude that these are not
times that call for it. The director uses Ron’s conflicted
double identity to give the
movie a dialectical structure,
at one point juxtaposing a
Klan initiation ceremony, replete with hoods and robes,
with a somber meeting of
Colorado College’s Black
Student Union, whose outspoken president, Patrice
(Laura Harrier), becomes
Ron’s love interest and unwitting informant.
If “BlacKkKlansman” is
not above turning its characters into mouthpieces for its
ideas, it wards off excessive
didacticism by giving those
ideas a heady flow and a sustained pulse. There’s real, expressive joy in its anger.
Whatever laughter the
movie musters dies in your
throat as it builds to a crescendo of horrific images
from summer’s Unite the
Right rally in Charlottesville,
Va., forging parallels between white-supremacist activities now and then, which
are no less infuriating for being fairly obvious. The real
Duke pops up in news
footage, as does President
Trump, drawing his now-notorious false equivalency between the protesters “on
both sides.”
“BlacKkKlansman” immediately stirred Palme
d’Or talk after its premiere,
and its Focus Features release is already set to open
Aug. 10, nearly a year after
the Charlottesville protests.
Its warm embrace so far is an
auspicious sign for what will
almost certainly be a more
divided theatrical reception,
and for good reason. Lars
von Trier may have disgraced Cannes with his cinematic killing spree, but it
took a Spike Lee joint to
draw real blood.
justin.chang@latimes.com
Lee goes on expletive-filled rant
[Lee, from E1]
White House — I’m not gonna
say his … name — whose
defining moment — not just
for Americans, for the world
— that … did not denounce
the … Klan, the alt-right, and
those Nazi ….”
Lee, seething with anger,
spoke extemporaneously for
about five minutes, noting
how the United States “was
built upon the genocide of native people and slavery.” (“As
my Brooklyn brother Jay-Z
would say: Facts.”) But racism and “this right-wing …” is
a global issue, the filmmaker
said, especially when President Trump has the nuclear
code.
“I go to bed every night
thinking about it,” said Lee,
adding that he saw the “attaché case” containing that
vital information when he
hosted a benefit for President
Obama. “So this film, to me, is
a wake-up call.… And I know
in my heart — I don’t care
what the critics say, or anybody else — we are on the
right side of history with this
film.”
Lee then asked the crowd
to excuse him for his profanity, explaining that the administration
made
him
“wanna curse.”
The majority of the questions at the news conference
David Lee Focus Features
DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE , left, and actor Adam
Driver on the set of Lee’s film “BlacKkKlansman.”
were directed toward Lee —
so many that he had to plead
with the audience to make
some inquiries of his cast, including John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher
Grace.
Grace, who plays former
KKK Grand Wizard David
Duke in the movie, said he
prepared for the role by listening to the Duke’s radio
show. Still, he struggled with
some of his character’s behavior. One day, he said, Lee
requested he perform a Nazi
salute and scream, “White
power!” — something that
wasn’t in the script.
“I rarely get affected … but
I was in a really bad place,”
said the actor, who is in another film playing in Cannes
competition, “Under the Silver Lake.” “And Spike came
over and spent some time
with me and said: ‘Don’t
worry. Whatever I’m asking
you to do is in service of a
message [your character]
agrees with.’ There are zero
other directors other than
Spike that I would play this
role for.”
Lee learned about the
story of Ron Stallworth, the
black cop on the Colorado
Springs, Colo., police force,
through Jordan Peele, who
produced the film. At first,
Lee said, he thought the entire story “sounded like that
Dave Chappelle skit” and
was shocked to learn it was
true.
The movie is filled with
hateful slurs against blacks
and Jews — a choice Lee said
he made purposefully so that
the hate could be “verbalized.” A journalist brought up
how the filmmaker criticized
Quentin Tarantino for using
the N-word so frequently in
1997’s “Jackie Brown.”
“This has nothing to do
with QT — you’re bringing up
ancient history,” Lee said dismissively. “That is not important. This world is crazy. Who
gives a … what Quentin and I
had? That’s inconsequential.
That amounts to a hill of
beans with what’s happening
in this world today.”
“I hope this film shakes
people from their slumber,”
he continued, explaining that
the movie will be released in
August on the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville
rally. “The purpose of this
film was to spark discussion.... We know the difference between right and
wrong, and when you see
wrong staring you dead in the
face and you’re like, ‘Mum’s
the word,’ you’re helping the
other people, in my opinion.”
amy.kaufman@latimes.com
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TAKES
Father to
miss royal
wedding
Thomas Markle, the father of Meghan Markle, will
reportedly miss the royal
wedding on Saturday because he has to undergo major surgery on Wednesday
morning.
The news came hours after Markle reportedly had
changed his mind about
skipping this weekend’s
nuptials and had decided to
walk his daughter down the
aisle as originally planned.
Because he suffered a
heart attack last week,
Markle returned to the hospital to treat chest pain and,
by Tuesday afternoon, told
TMZ that he would undergo
a procedure to clear a blockage.
“I hate the idea of missing
one of the greatest moments
in history and walking my
daughter down the aisle,”
Thomas Markle told TMZ.
It is unlikely that Markle
would be well enough in time
to make the trip to Windsor,
England, where his daughter is set to marry Britain’s
Prince Harry on Saturday.
— Nardine Saad
Comedy titans
plan joint tour
Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart are
hitting the road together for
seven stand-up shows.
They will share the stage
on a joint tour that kicks off
on June 11. There will be
three shows in Boston, two
in Houston and two in El
Paso. Tickets will be sold
through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform starting
Friday.
— Nardine Saad
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They made ‘music of the times’
[God’s Children, from E1]
“I knew we were making
magic — I knew that,” says
Verdugo. “These two guys,
Willie and Ray, were fantastic entertainers. And I could
sing too. I knew I had something going on.”
Formed after Thee Midniters plateaued as a band,
God’s Children was born out
of Garcia’s alienation with
the music business. PostMidniters, he had taken
leave of the Hollywood music scene to work the solo circuit at folk-leaning clubs the
Ash Groove and Troubadour. Instead of singing
party songs about driving,
though, Garcia had been
revved by the Chicano rights
movement.
His goal, he said during a
recent conversation at his
wife’s real estate office in —
where else? — Whittier: to
build a platform to experiment with songs about what
he called “the Chicano
movement and music of the
times — things that were
evolving in my own heart
and spirit.”
But Garcia was missing
the energy of communal creation and wanted to get
away from the increasingly
grungy vibes of the L.A. rock
scene. So he reconnected
with
former
Midniter
and Chicano soul singer
Jimenez, who was collaborating with Verdugo at the
time, and picked up a few
other members at a club
called the Wagon Wheel in
Oxnard.
Verdugo — who still sings
professionally as Two’s
Company with her ex-husband Steve Verdugo — was
well aware of Thee Midniters’ success. As a teen, she
used to see Garcia cruising
Whittier in a variety of fancy
cars. She recalls thinking,
“How many cars does this
guy have?”
They desired to play music while avoiding what Garcia called “the star stuff ” in
the club scene. “We needed
to play live, and we needed a
Photo from Willie Garcia
WILLIE G ., left, and “Little Ray” Jimenez, in God’s Children, cofounded the Chi-
cano-rock band with Lydia Verdugo (not seen). Both had sung for Thee Midniters.
place to rehearse and not
have to move around a lot,”
Garcia says.
They found the spot 100
miles north of Hollywood at
a place called the Caravan
Inn in Bakersfield, where for
the next year the band that
became God’s Children lived
and played daily at the resort, rolling through dance
music at night and hanging
by the pool during the day.
God’s Children eventually expanded to a ninepiece, and the daily performances built an act that combined rock, folk and country
music in a way that drew a
cross-section of fans.
“We cultivated an audience at this spot. It wasn’t
unusual for Merle Haggard
to come in on a Wednesday
night and sit over in his favorite corner of the joint and
drink Jack and Coke,” Garcia says, adding that at the
time, Buck Owens had his
club down the street too.
Haggard got on stage a
few times with the band to
play. “He said he was learning to play fiddle — although
he could really play,” Garcia
said. The band even learned
a song Haggard had recorded, “Who Will Buy the Wine,”
so that he could join in on
something he knew.
The next year, God’s Children moved to another hotel, the Holiday House, in a
more rural part of Bakersfield, after the owner offered
them more money — and allnew equipment.
Garcia and Jimenez,
however, missed the city,
and in mid-’71 they were approached by Victor Franco
at the Mechicano Arts Center in East L.A. Wanting to
represent
the
Chicano
movement at the Palladium,
he asked God’s Children to
perform on a bill with Latin
rock band El Chicano and
the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, whose “Viva Tirado” El
Chicano had made into a hit.
So Garcia, Jimenez, Verdugo and the band returned
to showcase what they’d ac-
complished in Bakersfield.
“I remember looking out
and seeing a sea of people,”
Verdugo says of that show.
“And I remember thinking, ‘I
like being a singer — this is
great!’ I wasn’t making any
money, but I knew I was
headed in the right direction.”
Adds Garcia: “It was just
extraordinary. The response
we got from Southern California audiences who remembered Little Ray and
remembered me was, ‘So
there they are!’ ” (Jimenez
declined to be interviewed
for this story.)
At the Palladium, the
band was “bit by the Southern California music scene
again,” Garcia adds, but
Jimenez was wary of returning to the bustle. In hindsight, he was right, says Garcia. “We started getting
pulled in different directions.”
That show was the siren’s
call for Garcia and the band
and the catalyst for a
renewed run at commercial
success. Both Thee Midniters and Little Ray had
been huge local acts, but,
Garcia says, “a lot of people
didn’t know what we were
doing because we were hidden over there in a cave in
Bakersfield.”
Regardless, a few months
later, they were recording
their debut album a few
blocks down Sunset at Columbia Studios. The product of those sessions became
“Music Is the Answer: The
Complete Collection.” Consisting of 14 tracks that the
band recorded for Gordo
Records — including a number with famed Wrecking
Crew studio musicians, including Leon Russell, Hal
Blaine and Carole Kaye —
the recordings reveal three
vocalists at peak power.
“It Don’t Make No Difference” is a propellant call-toaction that recalls Sly & the
Family Stone’s protest anthems. “Hey Does Somebody Care” teams Garcia
and Jimenez in a kind of vocal duel as they swap lines
and verses. For their take on
“Put Your Head on My
Shoulder,” Garcia and Verdugo harmonize as an urgent rhythm section moves
with expertly practiced momentum.
Across the songs, the skill
and natural talent are obvious. Behind the scenes,
though, the situation was
deteriorating. Garcia said
he became addicted to heroin during the period. For her
part, Verdugo said she was
occupied raising her son
with Garcia.
Great expectations also
hobbled them. “I think
everybody was so talented
that our egos collided,” Verdugo says. “I knew it was
special as we were up there
on stage. ‘We’re dynamite!
This is a dynamite band! I
hope we go far.’ ”
Pausing, she adds: “We
didn’t go far.”
todd.martens@latimes.com
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‘Outsider’ is celebrated in home state
Lanford Wilson, who
tapped troubled youth
for his plays, is focus
of a Missouri confab.
By Janet Saidi
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Over
a warm spring weekend, a
group of academics, Midwestern students and New
Yorkers gathered here to
talk about a groundbreaking Missouri playwright who
took the small-town themes
of his troubled, gay youth
and turned them into powerful onstage depictions of
characters striving against
the status quo.
Theater buffs would
guess they were talking
about Tennessee Williams.
But they would be wrong.
This was the other troubled,
gay, Missouri playwright
who leveraged his early difficulties into powerful stage
depictions: Lanford Wilson.
Wilson and Williams
shared not only the experience of growing up in Missouri but also a collaboration and friendship. They
connected early in Wilson’s
career for a project that took
them on a road trip through
the American South.
Williams was born in Mississippi and moved to St.
Louis when he was a young
boy. He bombed out of
ROTC at the University of
Missouri, where he wrote his
first known play and short
story and tried to study journalism before his father
pulled him out of school and
put him to work at a shoe
factory in St. Louis.
A native son
Wilson was born in Lebanon, Mo., and as soon as he
was able to get away, he escaped first to San Diego and
then Chicago before landing
in New York City. There he
co-founded the groundbreaking Circle Repertory
Associated Press
LANFORD WILSON , in 1984, “really got at” the fabric of America, a former colleague said of the playwright.
Company and helped drive
the off-Broadway scene that
championed the work of new
American plays.
“Both Tennessee and
Lanford wrote a lot about
outsiders,” says theater director Marshall Mason, who
worked closely with Wilson,
staging his plays at Circle
Rep from the ’70s to the ’90s.
Mason also worked with
Williams, and he sees similarities as well as differences
between the two. Both channeled the pain of their youth
into settings of marginalization, violence and despair,
and both created memorable characters struggling
against these forces.
But Wilson, Mason said,
“wrote more eloquently
about America than any
playwright of his generation.
I don’t think Tennessee did
that. He didn’t write about
America. He didn’t get at the
fabric of America, which is
what Lanford really got at.”
Wilson is best known for
his trilogy of plays depicting
the Talley family. It includes
“Fifth of July,” set at a Missouri farmhouse, for which
Swoosie Kurtz won a Tony
in 1981, and “Talley’s Folly,”
which earned Wilson a Pulitzer in 1980. Jeff Daniels and
William Hurt also originated
roles in Wilson’s first productions with Circle Rep.
Meanwhile, Wilson’s “Burn
This,” which starred John
Malkovich in the original
1987 Circle Rep production
at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum,
is scheduled for a 2018-19
Broadway season revival
starring Adam Driver.
Mason and former Circle
Rep artists, academics and
students gathered in Columbia for the conference on
“Missouri Self-Taught: Lanford Wilson and the American Drama” in a place from
which the playwright could
not escape fast enough.
“It’s more than he hated
it and he left,” said Henry
Schvey, a drama professor at
Washington University in St.
Louis. “He hated it, but he
needed it.”
The same was true of
Williams. Speaking of the
playwright’s
St.
Louis,
Schvey said, “He carried it —
like Joyce carried Dublin —
with him.”
Schvey added that because both playwrights
tapped into the bleakness of
their Missouri experiences,
conversations and gatherings like this are still somewhat rare in the state.
“We don’t talk about
Williams in St. Louis,” he
said. “He’s like the rude
guest who left early and
didn’t enjoy the meal.”
Nevertheless, he’s the focus
of a theatrical festival in St.
Louis through Saturday.
But Schvey added that it
was much smaller than the
“Tennessee Will-iams/New
Orleans Literary Festival,”
now in its 32nd year.
Wilson’s fans at the University of Missouri conference noted that no matter
where the two set their
plays, they loved their marginalized characters, striving to find their places in
often suffocating surroundings. Consider “A Streetcar
Named Desire’s” Stanley.
Schvey said Williams based
that character and his frustrations on an experience in
that St. Louis factory.
Actress Tanya Berezin
and playwright Mary Sue
Price talked about their long
and fruitful relationship
with Wilson. Berezin cofounded Circle Rep with Wilson and Mason in 1969, and
the playwright created several roles for her. She described herself as a “Jewish
girl from Philly” who found
resonance in the people and
places of Wilson’s world.
Berezin and Price found
it both a pleasure and something of a shock to see their
collaborations and friendships with Wilson, who died
in 2011, become the subject of
academic scrutiny. The two
exchanged memories about
Lanford — nearly everyone
at the conference referred to
Wilson by his first name —
and the artists and community at Circle Rep.
Both kept coming back to
not only the strength of
Wilson’s character portrayals but also to a belief that
his voices — the unheard,
marginalized voices that go
against the status quo — are
more important to be heard
now than ever.
A ‘scary place’
Price, a Missourian herself, creates work on rural
and small-town places and
people. She called the heartland “a really scary place.”
“It’s still a scary place,”
she said. “And it needs to be
written about. And not
made fun of.”
Wilson wrote about other
places and people too. He
dramatized dancers, artists,
prostitutes and down-andouts living on the margins of
New York City. But whether
the setting is a Missouri
farmhouse in “Fifth of July,”
the rundown hotel of “The
Hot L Baltimore” or the New
York City loft in “Burn This,”
his characters are “multidimensional” and “striving” —
words used repeatedly at the
Missouri conference.
“Lanford wrote characters that were so rich and
wonderful,” said Mason.
“You have to go all the way to
Chekhov to find another
writer who wrote such rich
characters.”
University of Missouri
theater professor David
Crespy said the themes
these playwrights tackled
haven’t changed. For a recent production in Columbia of Wilson’s “The Rimers
of Eldritch,” a play that depicts family and community
violence and its after-effects
in a small town, Crespy cast
a diverse ensemble that included Latino, Bosnian and
black students. He said this
new generation of students,
many of them young, diverse
Missourians, share experiences like Wilson’s.
“This place,” added Crespy, gesturing to the stage set,
“speaks to these kids. … A lot
of these kids grew up in rural
places in Missouri. Those
sensibilities, those whisperings, those secrets that
small towns keep are still
very much there.”
Crespy named such contemporary playwrights as
Lisa Loomer, Sheila Callaghan and Lynn Nottage as
artists mining the voices
and struggles of small-town
Americans in their work.
“I
think
small-town
America is very much on the
mind of playwrights who are
looking at this phenomenon
of people voting from this
lack of opportunity, this
place where all the jobs have
gone away,” he noted. “People are going, ‘How in the hell
did Trump get elected?’ ”
The answer might be in
the multiple dimensions of
the people who can best be
portrayed and encountered
through art. This was a common theme emerging from
those at the conference.
“They’re still displayed
as fully realized, complicated human beings, who
are not deplorables,” Crespy
said. “They’re people who
are struggling through very
tough times, who make
wrong choices and do very
hurtful things. But they’re
trying to make the best of
what they’ve been given.”
Sitting near his Eldritch
set — with its porches and a
church pulpit — Crespy said
the reason to pay attention
to Wilson’s characters is that
they aren’t just voices inhabiting “other” towns. Eldritch
is “a mythical everytown..”
Mason echoed that in another way: “I don’t consider
Lanford a Midwestern playwright. I consider him an
American playwright.”
Asked what he hoped audiences might take away
from the planned Broadway
revival of “Burn This,” he
said: “His great love of humanity is the primary thing.”
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NATHAN FILLION plays a small-town cop who joins the LAPD in “The Rookie.”
Familiar TV faces
in new TV spaces
[ABC, from E1]
to those shows. It certainly
wasn’t meant to offend,”
Dungey said, adding that
she was surprised by the
criticism that the line had
generated. “That said, I do
stand by the ‘Roseanne’ writers in terms of the decision
to include that line. I think
they felt that they were expressing the point of view of
the Conners.”
When asked whether politics would still be a presence
on “Roseanne” in the new
season, Dungey said she expected that the show would
continue its trajectory of focusing more on economic
and family issues than any
character’s political beliefs.
Tuesday night continues
with the returning “blackish” and “Splitting Up Together” and will be followed
by the hourlong drama
“The Rookie,” starring Nathan Fillion (“Castle”) as a
small-town cop fulfilling his
dream of joining the LAPD.
The network’s Monday
lineup stands pat with “The
Good Doctor” and “Dancing
With the Stars,” which will
also spawn the kid-centric
spinoff “Dancing With the
Stars: Juniors.” The competition series airs Mondays
at 8 p.m., followed by “Shark
Tank” and the new series
“The Alec Baldwin Show” at
10 p.m., a celebrity chat show
originally titled “Sundays
With Alec Baldwin” that was
previewed on ABC in March.
The Baldwin series will be
the first talk show to be featured in network prime time
since Jay Leno’s short-lived
chat fest in 2009.
The ’80s-set comedy “The
Goldbergs” returns for a
sixth season to lead ABC’s
Wednesday slate, followed
by “American Housewife,”
which moves to 8:30 p.m.
“The Goldbergs” is also being
mined for the spinoff
“Schooled,” which features
“Saturday Night Live” alum
Tim Meadows and is set
among the teachers at
William Penn Academy in
the ’90s. The series is planned
for later in the season.
Wednesday night continues with “Modern Family” at
9 p.m., followed by the new
ensemble comedy “Single
Parents” featuring Leighton
Meester (“Gossip Girl”) and
another “SNL” veteran,
Taran Killam. The series will
be followed by the new drama
“A Million Little Things,”
which centers on a group
of friends in Boston with a
cast that includes Ron Livingston (“Loudermilk,” “Sex
and the City”) and Romany
Malco (“Weeds”).
Thursday night remains
a showcase for Shonda
Rhimes’ dramas, including
the 15th season of “Gray’s
Anatomy” at 8 p.m., followed
by the renewed “Station
19” and “How to Get Away
With Murder.”
The network’s schedule
for Friday also includes a
reworked family comedy lineup that opens with the fifth
season of “Fresh Off the
Boat” at 8 p.m., followed by
“Speechless” and the Ricky
Gervais game show “Child
Support.” The durable news
magazine “20/20” concludes
the night at 10 p.m.
“We did really well with
comedies on Friday for many
years,” Dungey said when
asked about the schedule
shift. “We feel like we’re returning to form with that,
and we think that both
‘Fresh’ and ‘Speechless’ are
shows both strong enough to
survive the move.”
Among the network’s
midseason offerings are “The
Fix,” a legal drama cowritten
and executive produced by
Marcia Clark, the former
prosecutor’s first scripted TV
drama. The series centers on
“an L.A. district attorney
[Robin Tunney] who suffers
a devastating defeat when
prosecuting an A-list actor
for double murder.”
Also planned for later
in the season are the Eva
Longoria-produced drama
“Grand Hotel” and “Whiskey
Cavalier,” an action comedy
that features Lauren Cohan
from “The Walking Dead.”
The network also announced
that “Marvel’s Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D.” would return
for a sixth season in the
summer.
Shows not returning to
ABC include “Alex, Inc,”
“The Crossing,” “Deception,”
“Designated Survivor,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the
World,” “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Quantico,” “Ten
Days in the Valley” and
“The Mayor.”
chris.barton@latimes.com
Twitter: @chrisbarton
PRIME-TIME TELEVISION RATINGS
‘Big’ day
comes
for CBS
city news service
“The Big Bang Theory”
on CBS was the mostwatched program for the
third consecutive week, averaging 15.51 million viewers
for its season finale, according to live-plus-same-day
figures released by Nielsen
on Tuesday. The audience
for the episode featuring the
wedding of Sheldon (Jim
Parsons) and Amy (Mayim
Bialik) was the series’ largest since Jan. 11.
CBS had each of last
week’s four most-watched
programs and seven of the
top eight to finish first in the
ratings race for the 10th
weekly victory, the longest
streak of the season by any
network. “NCIS’ ” farewell
episode for Pauley Perrette
was second for the week, averaging 15.09 million viewers,
its most since Feb. 21.
ABC’s “Roseanne” was
the only non-CBS program
to crack the top eight, averaging 10.29 million viewers
opposite the first half-hour
of “NCIS” to finish fifth for
the week. Viewership for
“Roseanne” dropped 1.3%
from its 10.43-million average
the previous week.
CBS averaged 7.08 million viewers between May 7
and Sunday for its 17th victory in the 33-week-old season. NBC, at 4.46 million
viewers, edged ABC (4.44
million) to finish second.
NBA playoff coverage
made TNT the mostwatched cable network for
the fourth consecutive week,
averaging 2.74 million viewers.
Here are the combined rankings for national prime-time
network and cable television last week (May 7-13), as compiled by Nielsen. They are based on the average number of
people who watched a program from start to finish during
its scheduled telecast or on a playback device the same day.
Nielsen estimates there are 289 million potential viewers in
the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.
Program
1 The Big Bang
Theory (Thu.)
2 NCIS
3 Young Sheldon
4 Bull
5 Roseanne
Net- Viewwork
ers
CBS 15.51
CBS 15.09
CBS 12.45
CBS 11.78
ABC 10.29
--------------------------------------6 Mom (9 p.m.)
7 Blue Bloods
8 60 Minutes (7
p.m.)
9 American Idol
(Sun.)
10 The Voice (Mon.)
CBS
CBS
CBS
9.08
8.88
8.65
ABC
8.52
NBC
8.38
--------------------------------------11 NCIS: New
Orleans
12 Mom (9:30 p.m.)
13 Survivor
14 Dancing With the
Stars: Athletes
15 60 Minutes (8
p.m.)
CBS
8.14
CBS
CBS
ABC
7.98
7.75
7.73
CBS
7.42
--------------------------------------16 Grey’s Anatomy
17 NCIS: Los
Angeles
18 The Voice (Tue.)
19 Hawaii Five-0
20 Chicago PD
ABC
CBS
7.35
7.32
NBC
CBS
NBC
7.26
7.09
6.35
--------------------------------------21 Seal Team
22 NBA Playoffs:
76ers at Celtics
23 Chicago Fire
24 NBA Playoffs:
Raptors at
Cavaliers
25 Madam Secretary
CBS
TNT
6.16
6.02
NBC
TNT
5.95
5.94
CBS
5.90
--------------------------------------26 The Middle
27 Chicago Med
28 Law & Order: SVU
(Wed.)
29 S.W.A.T.
30 Kevin Can Wait
ABC
NBC
NBC
5.88
5.85
5.71
CBS
CBS
5.54
5.45
--------------------------------------31 America’s
Funniest Home
Videos
32 Code Black
Empire
34 Undercover Boss
35 NBA Playoffs:
Pelicans at
Warriors
ABC
5.43
CBS
FOX
CBS
TNT
5.03
5.03
5.02
4.99
--------------------------------------36 The Blacklist
37 Man With a Plan
38 The Goldbergs
Modern Family
40 Elementary
NBC
CBS
ABC
ABC
CBS
4.96
4.91
4.74
4.74
4.59
---------------------------------------
Program
41 Station 19
42 The Big Bang
Theory (Mon.)
43 Superior Donuts
44 black-ish
45 Dateline
Net- Viewwork
ers
ABC 4.45
CBS 4.35
CBS
ABC
NBC
4.33
4.32
4.20
--------------------------------------46 American
Housewife
47 NBA Playoffs:
Jazz at Rockets
48 The Resident
49 Rise
50 Star
ABC
4.12
TNT
4.11
FOX
NBC
FOX
4.01
3.75
3.72
--------------------------------------51 Meghan Markle:
An American
Princess
The Crossing
53 48 Hours (10
p.m.)
54 Splitting Up
Together
Running Wild
With Bear Grylls
FOX
3.67
ABC
CBS
3.67
3.62
ABC
3.53
NBC
3.53
--------------------------------------56 Hannity (Thu.)
Hannity (Wed.)
58 Deception
59 Hannity (Tue.)
60 Designated
Survivor
Fox News
Fox News
ABC
Fox News
ABC
3.51
3.51
3.37
3.31
3.28
--------------------------------------61
62
63
64
48 Hours (9 p.m.)
CBS
Lethal Weapon
FOX
Hannity (Mon.)
Fox News
Tucker Carlson
Fox News
Tonight (Thu.)
65 Alex Inc.
ABC
3.18
3.15
3.14
3.07
3.03
--------------------------------------66 Genius Junior
(8:14 p.m.)
67 The Ingraham
Angle (Wed.)
NBC
2.99
Fox News
2.97
Network averages
Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that
each network averaged per hour of prime time,
for last week and for the season.
Network
CBS
Last
week
7.08
Season
to date
8.98
-------------------------------------4.46
8.95
-------------------------------------ABC
4.44
6.07
-------------------------------------Fox
2.62
4.95
-------------------------------------UNI
1.38
1.57
-------------------------------------CW
1.02
1.72
-------------------------------------NBC
TV HI GH LI GH T S
SERIES
The Blacklist Red and Liz
(James Spader, Megan
Boone) face off as the
drama about the bag of
bones reaches a moment
of truth in the season finale. 8 p.m. NBC
Riverdale
Fred
(Luke
Perry) could use a boost
on election day, so Archie
(KJ Apa) offers his help in
the show’s second-season
finale. 8 p.m. KTLA
The Goldbergs Lainey’s
(guest star AJ Michalka)
return causes mixed emotions for Barry (Troy Gentile) as the comedy ends
its season. 8 p.m. ABC
Empire Cookie and Lucious
(Taraji P. Henson, Terrence
Howard)
livestream a concert in answer to Eddie’s (guest star
Forest Whitaker) plan. 8
p.m. Fox
Alex, Inc. Alex (Zach Braff)
is tempted by an offer to
help expand his business
that Deirdre and Eddie
(Hillary Anne Matthews,
Michael Imperioli) are excited about. 8:30 p.m. ABC
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Fionnula Flanagan guest stars as an Alzheimer’s patient who
claims she was sexually
assaulted. Anne Archer,
Hal Linden and Joe Piscopo also guest star.
Mariska Hargitay and Ice
Tea star. 9 p.m. NBC
Modern Family A ComicCon-type event lures Phil
and Mitchell (Ty Burrell,
Jesse Tyler Ferguson),
but once there, Phil ends
up making a very serious
misstep for any fan in the
season finale. 9 p.m. ABC
NOVA Wonders The prospects for development of
artificially
intelligent
machines. 9 p.m. KOCE
and KPBS
The Expanse The future of
humanity hangs in the
balance as a major battle
between Earth and Mars
looms. Elizabeth Mitchell,
Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
and Dominique Tipper
star. 9 p.m. Syfy
American Housewife After
all her work on the spring
gala, Katie (Katy Mixon)
panics when just about
everything arranged for
the event starts to go haywire. Nathan Fillion continues his guest role as
himself. 9:30 p.m. ABC
Dean Buscher CW
IT’S ELECTION DAY
in “Riverdale,” and
Archie (KJ Apa) wants
to make a difference.
Designated Survivor President Kirkman (Kiefer
Sutherland) finds a dilemma at every turn as the
drama ends its second
season. 10 p.m. ABC
The Americans A shocking
revelation from Philip
(Matthew Rhys) throws
Elizabeth (Keri Russell)
and her work into turmoil.
10 p.m. FX
Being
Serena
Serena
Williams marries Alexis
Ohanian in New Orleans.
10 p.m. HBO
America Inside Out With
Katie Couric In this new
episode, Couric talks with
student organizers and
speakers about sensitivity
versus censorship on college campuses. 10 p.m. National Geographic
SPECIALS
The
Royal
Wedding:
Charles and Diana This
new special recalls the day
Diana Spencer married
Prince Charles. 8 p.m.
BBC America
Inside the Royal Wedding:
Harry and Meghan Celebrities, friends and family share their excitement
and insights. 10 p.m. NBC
MOVIES
The Meddler (2015) 8:44 a.m.
Encore
War for the Planet of the
Apes (2017) 5:05 p.m. HBO
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning Marc Benioff; authors Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Road to the royal
wedding. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America
Morena Baccarin. (N) 7
a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Anita Avedian, California Assn. of
Anger Management; Master Chef Junior cook-off.
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Lori
Bergamotto. (N) 9 a.m.
KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Candice Bergen (“Book
Club”); Nikki and Brie
Bella. (N) 9 a.m. KABC
The View Former Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. (N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
Dave Mizejewski brings
wild animals. (N) 11 a.m.
KTTV
The Talk Andy Garcia;
Lindsay Miller; Carrie
Ann Inaba. (N) 1 p.m.
KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Lies about
sugar may have contributed to diabetes, heart
disease and cancer. (N) 1
p.m. KTTV
The Doctors National Women’s Health Week. (N) 2
p.m. KCBS
Steve Faith Jenkins (“Judge
Faith”). (N) 2 p.m. KNBC
Harry Sal Vulcano and
James Murray (“Impractical Jokers”); pastor Carl
Lentz. (N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Dr. Phil A young social media star deals with constant bullying by online
strangers. (N) 3 p.m.
KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Portia de Rossi (“Arrested
Development”);
James
Bay performs. (N) 3 p.m.
KNBC
The Real Kate Walsh. (N) 3
p.m. KTTV
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Terry Crews. (N)
11 p.m. Comedy Central
Tonight Show Will Ferrell;
Molly Shannon; Chrissy
Metz. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC
The Late Show Chadwick
Boseman;
Erik
Bergstrom. (N) 11:35 p.m.
KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Diane
Keaton;
Jim
Acosta;
Beach House performs.
(N) 11:35 p.m. KABC
The Late Late Show Diane
Keaton; Andy Garcia;
James Acaster. (N) 12:37
a.m. KCBS
Late Night Josh Brolin; Ella
Purnell; the Aces; Matt
Byrne. (N) 12:37 a.m.
KNBC
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
Cy the Cynic says that in
today’s legal system, an accused person is innocent until proved guilty — or maybe
guilty until proved wealthy.
But many bridge-table
crimes are undeniable.
At 3NT, South took the
king of spades, unblocked
his high diamonds and tried
to reach dummy by leading a
low club to the queen. When
East won, dummy was seriously dead. East then returned a spade, and when
West got in with the ace of
hearts, he cashed three
spades for down one.
Did South engage in any
criminal activity?
South erred. After he
takes his high diamonds, he
must lead the jack of clubs. If
East wins to return a spade,
South wins and reaches
dummy with the queen of
clubs to run the diamonds.
He wins six diamond tricks,
two spades and a club.
If, instead, East ducks
the jack of clubs, South is
still safe. He leads the king of
hearts to West’s ace, wins
the spade return and has
three diamonds, two hearts,
two spades and two clubs.
Question: You hold: ♠ Q
10 6 5 3 ♥ A 9 4 ♦ 10 ♣ 10 8 6 4.
Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one
spade and he bids two
hearts. The opponents pass.
What do you say?
Answer: As much as you
might want to pass (and
that might happen to be a
winning action), partner’s
second bid is a reverse and is
absolutely forcing. Some
pairs agree that it is forcing
to game. Bid 2NT. In some
styles, to rebid your five-card
spade suit would be systemically correct.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠842
♥72
♦J97542
♣Q3
WEST
EAST
♠ Q 10 6 5 3
♠J97
♥A94
♥ 10 8 6 5
♦ 10
♦863
♣ 10 8 6 4
♣K97
SOUTH
♠AK
♥KQJ3
♦AKQ
♣AJ52
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
2♣
Pass
2♦
Pass
3 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ 5
2018, Tribune Media
Services
ASK AMY
Giving a hand and a beer
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Someone will point to the
shortcut with a shiny sign.
The long and viable path
won’t be obvious, but if
you’re internally quiet, then
you’ll probably sense it.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): You want to show up in
such a way as to make sure
that people will miss you
when you don’t.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
When people feel part of the
team, they’ll place a high priority on what needs to be accomplished for the win.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You have someone powerful
on your side, rooting for you
to do whatever it takes for
maximum vitality — and
that someone is you.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Should you try to win over
the skeptical powers that be,
or should you run from a nowin situation? Choose the
action that will make you feel
the best about yourself.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
The magic and momentum
will begin when your goals
match up nicely with the
goals of another. If this isn’t
happening, it’s not you; it’s
the situation.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Your sensitivity to diet is
turned up today, and you’ll
be more affected than usual
by the foods you eat.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
To determine the state that
would be most suited to the
job and then have the selfmastery to move your head
there well, that pretty much
guarantees success today.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): The least powerful
people are the ones who are
nasty to underlings. Truly
important people treat everyone with respect.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): People need what you’re
offering just as much as
what others are offering.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): There will be those who
look at everything as a “you”
problem or a “me” problem.
If you can create a team
mentality, then everything
will turn into “we.”
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): People just want acknowledgement
today.
That’s all. Share a kind word,
and they’ll be all ears.
Today’s birthday (May
16): Much of your story is
outside of your control, but
when you take charge of
what you can, you’ll create
an improved and truly customized future for yourself.
Three key allies will help you.
Recognize who’s on your
side and who’s not. Mostly
this is about feeling supported. June and September
bring easy money. Pisces
and Virgo adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 7, 40, 33, 8
and 45.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: Over the last
year, my husband has been
watching out for an older
homeless man, “Bill,” whom
he sees around his office
building each day.
My husband brings him a
bag lunch almost every day
and has also given him bags
of toiletries, winter supplies
and the occasional sweater.
I’ve been fully supportive
and have helped to pack
supplies and lunches on occasion.
Recently, I noticed that
my husband had been
putting beer from our fridge
into the bag lunches.
When I asked him if that
was a good idea, he told me
that “Bill” had told him that
he was dying of liver cancer
and that having a few beers
was his one last joy in life.
I told my husband that I
did not support giving Bill
alcohol, as that was probably a factor with his illness.
My husband argued that Bill
should be allowed some happiness at the end of his
life, and I should not be so
“righteous.” I’m pretty sure
my husband is now buying
beer for Bill at the liquor
store.
I resent Bill for creating
this wedge in my marriage.
I don’t know what to do
anymore. Amy, what do you
think?
Disapproving Wife
Dear Disapproving: You
wouldn’t give beer to this
man (nor would I). In addition to the possible health
risks, depending on where
you live, I assume that “Bill”
could be arrested for drinking on the street.
But your husband is the
person who has taken the
time to connect with Bill,
and now he is doing what he
thinks is right.
Like you, I don’t happen
to think this is a good idea,
but you and he have had
your debate, you’ve failed to
persuade your husband to
behave differently and now
you should accept his choice
— even if it is a flawed one —
and let it go.
Bill is not creating a
wedge in your marriage, but
you might be.
Dear Amy: My son is getting married soon and his
cousin (my brother’s son)
one month later.
In planning the rehearsal
dinner party, I’m sticking
with tradition and inviting
only the bridal party and
out-of-town family members
coming in for the wedding.
My (local) sister-in-law
just told me that she and my
brother are inviting all family members to their rehearsal dinner. The guests
include other siblings from
out of town, their local chil-
dren and spouses and even
their grandchildren. I’m also
on the guest list, but both
my kids and their significant
others have been excluded.
My plans are to politely bow
out of this function due to
the fact that my kids are the
only family members not included.
I, of course, have no problem explaining how I feel to
my brother and his wife and
see no reason to invite them
to the dinner I’m planning.
I’d appreciate your thoughts
on this.
Feeling Snubbed
Dear Snubbed: Every wedding is different, as you
know, and the hosts get to
make whatever choices they
want. You are excluding
your son’s aunt and uncle
from your rehearsal dinner
(because they are local).
They are excluding your
kids, perhaps because you
excluded their family.
Their choice seems lopsided, and as a guest, you
can respond, which you obviously intend to do. Just don’t
make a big deal about it.
This is not about you — or
your kids and partners.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@
amydickinson.com or by
mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box
194, Freeville, NY 13068.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018
LOS ANGELES TIMES
LOS ANGELES TIMES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018
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