June 5, 2013 |
The spring and summer of 1968 were an agony for the United States, especially for young Americans and black Americans. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. In June, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, here in Los Angeles, in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel kitchen on Wilshire Boulevard. And in August, police in Chicago beat and gassed young people protesting the Vietnam War and the political system at the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday -- tonight -- is the 45th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.
April 10, 2013 |
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its jury for the 2013 edition, and it's the usual mix of star names and unexpected public personalities. The world narrative competition jury will include playwright and filmmaker Kenny Lonergan, director Paul Haggis and actresses Bryce Dallas-Howard and Blythe Danner, as well as Time Magazine senior editor Jessica Winter. Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg will serve on the world documentary jury, joining directors Sandi Dubowski and Joe Berlinger and actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Mira Sorvino.
April 8, 2013 |
Even as I enjoyed Crown City Theatre's tuneful, compactly staged revival of the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical “Company," my mommy radar was on high alert: Who's watching the kids? Several characters allude to having them. These kids evidently do their own homework and go to bed early, leaving their parents free to drink, get high and shed a queasy light on the institution of marriage. What about soccer practice? Director Albert Alarr situates his interpretation of this 1970 Tony Award magnet in the present, incorporating video games, smartphones, emails and Facebook posts.
April 1, 2013 |
DALLAS - It didn't take an advanced course in hockey metrics to explain how the Ducks ended their power-play drought and general offensive struggles in a 4-0 silencing of the Stars at American Airlines Center on Monday, their first shutout at Dallas in 60 regular-season and playoff games. "We shot," winger Corey Perry said. "You shoot the puck, you're going to get chances. We've been shooting but we haven't been getting those second chances and opportunities. That's what makes the difference.
March 21, 2013 |
Bobby Brown has taken the turnstile approach to jail, serving his 55-day sentence with only eight hours behind bars Wednesday. Just when he thought he was in, they pulled him back out again - or something like that? The R&B singer will now spend eight days wearing an electronic ankle bracelet, according to L.A. Now , which reported that county probation officials decided to go the monitoring route. Prior to that, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department had said Brown was likely to serve only nine days max because of overcrowding and time off for good behavior and the like.
March 20, 2013 |
Bobby Brown reported to court Wednesday and headed off to county jail, where he'll be serving a 55-day sentence after pleading no contest in February to DUI and driving with a suspended license. The October DUI arrest occurred when the R&B singer was already on probation for the same offense earlier in 2012. He got 10 days for drunk driving, another 10 days for driving on a suspended license and 35 days for violating his probation. Nonetheless, in L.A. County, "55 days" is code for "less than two weeks.
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March 19, 2013
Bobbie Smith Original member of Spinners R&B group Bobbie Smith, 76, a singer with the Spinners soul music group since the 1950s, died Saturday in Orlando, Fla., of complications from pneumonia and influenza. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November, according to a statement from the band's manager. Along with Henry Fambrough, Smith was one of two remaining original members still performing with the R&B group. His tenor voice was out front on a number of the Spinners' biggest Atlantic Records hits in the 1970s, including "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "I'll Be Around," "Games People Play" and the 1974 Dionne Warwick duet "Then Came You. " Originally calling themselves the Domingoes and then the Detroit Spinners, Smith and Fambrough formed the vocal group in their native Detroit in 1957 with high school classmates Pervis Jackson, George W. Dixon and Billy Henderson.
March 19, 2013 |
Bobby Braswell, the basketball coach at Cal State Northridge since 1996, is out as coach. The school announced that it would not renew his contract. Brandon Martin, the school's new athletic director, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon, "I want to thank Coach Braswell for his 17 years of service and contributions to our men's basketball program and the university community at large. I wish Coach Braswell and his family all the best moving forward. " Braswell, a Northridge graduate, had been the coach for 17 seasons, compiling a 251-258 record.
March 18, 2013 |
Singer Bobbie Smith of the Detroit soul group the Spinners died Saturday in Orlando. He was 76. Smith, according to a statement released today by the band's manager and reported by Associated Press, died of complications from pneumonia and influenza. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November. Along with Henry Fambrough, Smith was one of the group's two remaining original members still performing with the band. His tenor voice was out in front on a number of the Spinners' biggest Atlantic Records hits in the '70s, including "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "I'll Be Around," "Games People Play" and the 1974 Dionne Warwick duet "Then Came You. " PHOTOS: The scene at SXSW 2013 Originally calling themselves the Domingoes, Smith and Fambrough formed the group in 1957 with high school classmates Pervis Jackson, George W. Dixon and Billy Henderson.