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September 19, 2009 |
Guy Graham Babylon, 52, a Grammy Award-winning musician who played keyboards with Elton John's band for more than 20 years, died of arrhythmia Sept. 2 at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Babylon, an Agoura Hills resident who swam competitively during his youth in Baltimore, was stricken while swimming and later pronounced dead at the hospital. "I am devastated and heartbroken at the death of Guy Babylon," John wrote in a tribute on his website. "He was one of the most brilliant musicians I ever knew, a true genius, a gentle angel -- and I loved him so much."
April 29, 2013 |
What does Brooklyn sound like? While the fashionably clad, underemployed youth of Lena Dunham's "Girls" may spring to mind given the New York City borough's pop cultural footprint, bandleader Darcy James Argue paints a broader picture of a time and place than any TV series could hope. Conceived as a collaboration with Croatian-born artist Danijel Zezelj (whose drawings backed this music in its live debut), "Brooklyn Babylon" finds Argue and his 18-piece big band again drawing from the broad palette that made their 2009 debut "Infernal Machines" so invigorating.
October 28, 1995 |
Bruce Springsteen has moved away from the blue-collar badlands, but the music of his Pittsburgh-based pal Grushecky is still all cigarettes and steel. With the Boss himself on hand as producer and sometimes guest performer, the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" aura is inescapable, though Grushecky's limited writing and gravel-gargle voice rarely transcend journeyman status. New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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February 21, 2006 |
Andreas Katsulas, 59, a character actor best known for his role as G'Kar on the syndicated television series "Babylon 5" and for playing the one-armed man in the 1993 film version of "The Fugitive," died of lung cancer Feb. 13 at his home in Los Angeles. A native of St. Louis, Katsulas performed in community stage productions as a child and studied theater at St. Louis University. He earned a master's degree in theater at Indiana University.
April 12, 2009 |
Religious edicts are generally not fodder for beauty salon gossip, but as soon as Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Fadlallah issued a fatwa allowing women to pray wearing nail polish, word spread through Beirut faster than knockoff Prada bags. "All the girls in the Dahiyeh are talking about it," said 29-year-old Nadine Dirani, a veiled mother of two living in the Dahiyeh, Beirut's heavily Shiite southern suburbs. "I think it's an important step, and why not?" she said. "It makes our lives easier."
June 12, 2005 |
Urban scholar Joel Kotkin waxes academic with the best, but when it comes to Los Angeles, theory cedes to worry, alternating with boosterism of L.A.'s assets, such as the giant bougainvillea in his Valley Village backyard.
January 4, 2009
Pineapple Express Sony, $28.96/$34.95; Blu-ray, $39.95 The Judd Apatow comedy factory cranks out another wildly uneven but mostly enjoyable comedy with this shaggy-dog story about two potheads (played by the hilarious James Franco and the movie's co-writer, Seth Rogen) who inadvertently cross a local gangster and end up running for their lives.
September 1, 2008 |
The gritty world-weariness that informs the first 10 minutes of the new sci-fi adventure "Babylon A.D." promises something along the lines of the daring, socially inquisitive "Children of Men," with the bonus of Vin Diesel killing people. Unfortunately, the film quickly degenerates into chases and gunfights and not much else. This is not a terrible movie, but it's too familiar by half and too confusing by a third. Director Mathieu Kassovitz, best known stateside as Audrey Tautou's love interest in "Amelie" but also respected in Europe as a filmmaker ("La Haine")