December 10, 2012 |
More pop music will be coming to the Shrine Auditorium. Goldenvoice, the concert promotion firm behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, will immediately assume control of all booking and operational aspects of the venue south of downtown L.A. and its adjacent Expo Hall, with plans underway for a multimillion-dollar renovation to take place throughout 2013. The Shrine Auditorium will continue to be owned by Al Malaikah Auditorium Co., an offshoot of the national fraternal organization most commonly known as the Shriners.
November 8, 2012 |
Boxing keeps turning up the volume on the hype. Apparently, if you sell it loudly, fewer will notice if it is lousy. Oscar De La Hoya, never lousy in the ring, was presenting a card of boxers at a media gathering the other day for a Saturday night show at Staples Center. It is a card headlined by little guys, bantamweights (118 pounds) and super bantamweights (122). "These are tremendous, tremendous fighters," said De La Hoya, champion of the double gushy adjective. They may turn out to be. But there will be those there Saturday night to watch Abner Mares versus Anselmo Moreno in the main event and Leo Santa Cruz versus Victor Zaleta in the semi-main who will remember when there was no question, when the little guys were kings in Los Angeles boxing.
September 19, 2012 |
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly are taking their status as BFFs - best frenemies forever - to the next level early next month when they square off in a 90-minute, pay per-view event in the nation's capital. Dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium," the face-to-face meeting Oct. 6 will be moderated by CNN anchor E.D. Hill and will be modeled after a mock presidential debate: 60 minutes of conversation between the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and Fox's top-rated "The O'Reilly Factor," then 30 minutes of audience questions.
September 15, 2012 |
Outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Friday, just before the Swedish producer/DJ Aviciiperformed the first of his three concerts this weekend, a guy passed out on the lawn. The fellow looked to be in his mid-20s, buffed with protein-supplement shakes and so annihilated that he flitted around the front yard like a little fratty hummingbird searching for sugar water (or tequila). Three police officers chased him before he finally collapsed in a leaden pile right in front of several thousand people waiting in the ticketing line. This obviously had nothing to do with Avicii or the venue (which wasn't even serving alcohol - go figure)
June 30, 2012 |
BET Awards executive producer Stephen Hill sat perched on a makeshift control board in the middle of the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday as production technicians readied the historic venue for the network's 12th annual awards show. The three-hour-plus production will air live on Sunday and feature performances by D'Angelo, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Usher, as well as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston led by her mother, Cissy Houston. One of many crucial questions: Hill needed to know exactly where a mirror ball would be hung for a planned Donna Summer tribute.
September 18, 2011 |
For a television critic, the Emmys are always a mixed bag. It's always great when shows and performances we have supported from the beginning are recognized, but sometimes — if you can believe it — the shows and people we believe deserve to win don't. But there is one consistent bright spot in the process — when people whose work has been consistently terrific over the years are recognized for the first time. This year saw quite a few accomplished performers get their first Emmy nomination.