February 17, 2001
Lolita Harper HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- He crouched in the bushes of Fort Tejon State Historical Park, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Looking over the barrel of his gun, he spotted his target. Anxious to attack, he leapt from behind the brush and charged. It was as good a time as any to kill his father. But Brett Schweinfurth, 21, is not a murderer. He is a Civil War reenactor. "I'm a Union soldier, and my father's a Confederate," he said.
March 5, 2003
Michael T. Giovanniello of Burbank is a freelance writer. I found this highly anticipated film, although well executed, directed and acted, to be tedious and repetitive. It failed to develop a sense of reality for me. Then again, perhaps that is what war does to people. The nearly four-hour presentation, divided by a brief intermission and replete with agonizing battle scenes, seemed ponderous. This storytelling, with its multiple captioning of events and strategic Civil War highlights, seemed more suited to a documentary.
March 16, 2005
I almost guarantee if you see "Mine Eyes Hath Seen," you will have one of the best theater experiences currently available in Southern California. Theatre Banshee and its cofounder Sean Branney of Glendale present a play of compelling emotion and human tragedy. The production consists of a compilation of letters, addresses, newspaper articles and memoirs linked by a cool, unbiased commentary of the Civil War in the words of those who lived and died in its unfolding.
December 6, 2006
In one of the more stunning midterm elections in the last two decades, American voters called for a change of direction, especially with respect to the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq. As Americans have watched the escalating sectarian violence there — the car bombings, mass kidnappings and gangland-style executions — and agonized over the terrible loss of life, they have grown increasingly concerned with the policy of "stay the course." Notwithstanding the incredible courage and dedication of our troops, the violence in Iraq has grown worse not better, and this has caused not only the public, but many senior military officers (current and retired)
May 29, 2004
In 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, N.Y., mentioned at a social gathering that honor should be shown to the patriotic dead of the Civil War by decorating their graves. In the spring of 1866, he again mentioned this subject to Gen. John B. Murray, Seneca County clerk. Gen. Murray embraced the idea, and a committee was formed to plan a day devoted to honoring the dead. Townspeople adopted the idea wholeheartedly. Wreaths, crosses and bouquets were made for each veteran's grave.
February 5, 2005
Rosette Gonzales As a veteran of special effects and the film industry, Thomas G. Smith knows how to captivate an audience. He has worked on such classics as "ET: The Extra Terrestrial," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Return of the Jedi," although his latest project isn't visually enhanced, Smith paints a picture with words. His novel "Massacre at Baxter Springs" tells the story of Smith's great-grandfather, William H. Clark and the Civil War events leading up to the tragic ambush at Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1863.
June 23, 2001
Molly Shore HILLSIDE -- "God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world, The better the world will be." The words were written by Confederate Army chaplain Edwin McKendree Bounds (1835-1913) after his hometown of Franklin, Tenn., was decimated on Nov. 30, 1864, in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Now, more than a century later, the chaplain's words will be remembered at a community-wide Concert of Prayer set for 6 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church of Burbank.
March 5, 2005
TODAY Theatre Banshee presents the world premiere of its U.S. Civil War stage documentary "Mine Eyes Hath Seen," opening today at the Gene Bua Theatre, 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. The epic is brought to life through period music and the first-person writings of the men and women who lived through it. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 10. Tickets are $18, $12 for students, seniors and groups. (818) 628-0688.
February 13, 2008
What with Clinton, Obama and McCain talking our ears off all over the airwaves and two former presidents’ birthdays happening this month, ’tis the season for presidential stuff. So take a break from the knee-jerk political posturing on TV and take in the thoughtful and charming recollections of arguably the most amusing president of the United States in the new show at the Falcon Theatre, “The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln.” Granville Van Dusen is a master at playing Lincoln in this one-man show.
November 29, 2003
DAUGHTERS DONATE BOOKS TO LIBRARY At a recent meeting at the Southern California Genea- logical Society, members of the Capt. Sally Tompkins Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy made a donation of 125 books relating to the Civil War and Southern history to the society's research library. The books will now be part of the library's permanent collec- tion. Society President Pat Parish attended the meeting to receive the donation. The daughters group is a service organization with membership open to women who have ancestors who served with the Confederate States of America during the Civil War or who have an interest in Southern history.