No love for Rammstein?
The Times published Mikael Wood’s review of the Morgan Wallen concert [“Live, Back From Brink, Sept. 26]but nothing about Rammstein’s triumphant two-night adventure at the Colosseum.
Fans have waited more than two and a half years for the show after two COVID postponements and they were not disappointed. The audience was treated to a fantastic performance unlike anything ever seen in rock music.
Thousands and thousands of fans cheered for a band that sings mainly in German. Aside from BTS, I don’t think there are any other non-English speaking acts that have scaled the same heights as the former East Germans. That fact alone should have warranted a review.
Maybe the next time?
Rules of the ‘king woman’
Regarding Carlos De Loera’s online article “Viola Davis responds to #BoycottWomanKing: Story ‘Is Fictionalized. Must be'” [Sept. 20]: The movie “Woman King” is more than a movie. It is a towering epic, a morsel of history, a dose of truth, a dream come true, a beautiful and brave heroic pinnacle always denied to blacks, a reflection of greatness and courage in the face of the ruin of white rule.
Women were shown as teachers, comrades, warriors helping and supporting each other, as they did before the divisive culture of capital was imposed on them.
The traditional religion of much of West Africa, Ifa, was shown with respect and authenticity, without apologies and without missionaries or imams to spoil its deep depth of beauty and spirituality. Without dilution of its truth.
When white people made “Braveheart,” “Troy,” “Exodus,” “The Patriot,” and the thousands of cowboy movies that colored my childhood and enabled collective white pride and confidence, no one questioned their historical veracity.
But make a movie, an epic to give black people collective pride and confidence, and you will be discredited. Again.
Daytime Dramas Now Streaming
Some reflections on [“Wildest Cliffhanger Yet in Soap’s History,” Sept. 22]Meredith Blake’s article on the migration of “Days of Our Lives” to Peacock.
Soap operas were among the first programs to move from radio to television, and this movement is likely to be a benchmark as well. In a few years, free TV streaming will probably look a lot different, with all new creative content streaming or behind a paywall.
My favorite shows have been off the air for a decade, but at their best, they were like excellent repertory theater, drawing on the theater’s rich writing and acting talent, giving us glimpses into the lives of the characters: his humanity, his joys. and sorrows
Here’s hoping that the costumes can find the balance between art and commerce in the 21st century, and that the storytellers can find their way back to the heart and soul of these shows – the drama of romance, to be sure. but also the sense of family. , community and connection, a fascinating topic to explore in life and in fiction.
It is a sentiment summed up by saying that my favorite program recited every day: “There is a destiny that makes us brothers; no one goes his way alone. Everything we send into the lives of others, returns to ours.
Ken Burns’ Unmissable Television
For years, I have been spouting an almost identical version of the phrase Robert Lloyd uses to conclude his critique. [“A Chilling Warning to All of Us,” Sept. 19] from Ken Burns’ latest revelation, “America and the Holocaust”: “…the people who most need to see it are the least likely to.”
There is not much anyone can do to change that reality, because turning on the television and chaining people to their seats is not usually done in this country. However, those who are actually watching it can benefit from the results: heightened vigilance, personal preparation, knowing our enemies, and confronting the scapegoating tendencies of human nature through the ages.
LA Metro has problems
Excellent online article by Carolina Miranda [“L.A. Metro Has Problems Besides Crime and Ridership: It’s in the Design,” Sept. 17], correctly identifies design (actually programming) flaws in LA Metro’s subway stations. Many years ago, actually decades, when the subway stations were designed but before construction, my company participated in a study of the immediate area around the Santa Monica/Vermont station.
We analyze possible development scenarios that could benefit and be a benefit for the station. The MTA had a policy of no retail and no restrooms inside stations, saying it would be too difficult to manage. Robert Millar, the artist working with our team, proposed several small shops along with restrooms as an artistic component in the station plaza at street level. His argument “there is no art in an empty square”. Needless to say, his vision did not come to fruition.
Today, we are in the construction of a much-needed affordable housing project that will bring Robert’s vision to life with retail and food stores surrounding the currently empty plaza.
But it should have happened years ago and should have included shops and toilets in the underground station.