February 11, 2011 |
After six weeks of somewhat staid awards fare for film and television, the Grammys shake up L.A. with some very welcome sonic edge. Less talking, more dancing. The intersection of music stars and their famous athlete, executive and celebrity fans makes serious parties possible. Here's a preview of who will be making beautiful music at private parties and where. UNICEF's Women of Compassion. Angeleno socialite Colleen Bell will host a brunch with the charity on Friday honoring Gucci creative director Frida Giannini.
February 8, 2011 |
She's recording a new album and getting ready to star in a remake of the musical "Gypsy," but Barbra Streisand isn't too busy to be honored this week by MusiCares, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences foundation that aids musicians in crisis. "I love musicians," she explains. "I love people who create music, play music, sing music — whatever. It is a very unified profession. We admire each other's work. " FOR THE RECORD: Streisand tribute: An article in the Feb. 8 Calendar section about a musical program honoring Barbra Streisand, to be presented Friday by the MusiCares foundation of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, misspelled the last name of Diana Krall as Krull.
January 20, 2011 |
About 225 people on Wednesday swept into the White House for a "quintessentially American" state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao. As tradition dictates, President Obama and Hu exchanged toasts. Obama saluted the people of both countries. "May they grow together in friendship. May they prosper together in peace. And may they realize their dream of the future for themselves, for their children and for their grandchildren," he said. Hu raised his glass to a "stronger friendship between the people of China and the United States" and the "steady growth of China-U.
December 11, 2010 |
With his two most recent Grammy Award nominations, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé is the first to admit that he's experiencing mixed emotions upon finding himself contending for the music industry's highest honor alongside several musicians in whose footsteps he's following. "I grew up idolizing Bruno Mars and John Mayer," Bublé, 35, quips from a tour stop in Oklahoma en route to Southern California for concerts Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim and Monday at Staples Center.
December 9, 2010
The Recording Academy has chosen Barbra Streisand as its MusiCares person of the year in conjunction with the 2011 Grammy Awards and will salute her musical and philanthropic achievements Feb. 11 with an all-star fundraising dinner and concert featuring Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, Kristin Chenoweth and others. Along with such pop, jazz and Broadway veterans, the event also will bring in a new generation of singers, with appearances by cast members from Fox TV's hit series "Glee," including Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss.
October 31, 2010 |
Reuniting cast members of the "Fockers" franchise six years after their last cinematic outing proved easy enough, save for one holdout. Despite pleas and personal visits from the filmmakers and costars, Dustin Hoffman passed on reprising his role in "Little Fockers," and they shot the movie last year without him. Then, in August, the famously analytical actor changed his mind and shot several scenes for the movie, due in theaters Dec. 22. The...
HOME & GARDEN
October 10, 2009 |
Barbra Streisand, a well-educated student of antiques and vintage decorative arts, has finally declared a major: "Eighteenth century American furniture and the design of the architects Greene and Greene are my special love," she says. Think of it as a stylistic downsizing. Because her current three-house compound in Malibu is devoted to these particular genres, Streisand is auctioning nearly 500 items from other periods and styles -- Louis XV and XVI, Georgian, Art Nouveau, Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright and Art Deco -- that once furnished homes in Beverly Hills, Malibu and Manhattan but have long been in storage.