September 13, 2012 |
David Letterman lost out on "The Tonight Show" to Jay Leno 20 years ago, but as of Wednesday he can boast of at least one accomplishment his rival doesn't have: He has been named a Kennedy Center honoree. The "Late Show" host, who recently celebrated his 30th year in late-night television, will receive the award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the performing arts and culture, during a gala in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2. This year's list of recipients draws from popular and high culture.
September 12, 2012 |
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. It's just a spring clean for the May queen. Or something. Led Zeppelin's lyrics may mystify occasionally. But there's no doubting that the British heavy-metal gods knew how to wring pure dramatic power out of Jimmy Page's intricate guitar fingerings, Robert Plant's tenor shrieks, John Paul Jones' ferocious basslines and the late John Bonham's brilliant baroque drumming. So there's a certain poetic justice in the fact that Led Zeppelin is being honored this December by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts alongside another musician known for his primal urgency, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. Whether loudly bemoaning his woman troubles or bringing his guitar down to a hushed confessional, Guy has been praised by Page himself (among many others)
June 10, 2012 |
There are hundreds of spirited musical tales in "When I Left Home," Buddy Guy's new autobiography, which offers a colorful account of his 50-year-long tenure as perhaps the most influential guitar slinger in Chicago blues. One of the best comes when the young Guy, having recently headed north from Louisiana in the late 1950s to make his fortune, meets Muddy Waters, the reigning pasha of Chicago's blues scene, sitting in a red Chevy wagon parked behind a club, eating cold cuts. "His dark skin had a glow," Guy recalls.
June 22, 2011
A list of upcoming shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Epicenter 2011 with Limp Bizkit, Sept. 24; Kings of Leon, Sept. 8 (Sat.) Pantages Alicia Keys, June 24 (now) Shrine Auditorium Bon Iver, Sept. 19 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre Jill Scott, Aug. 10; Marc Anthony, Sept. 25 (Fri.) Greek Theatre Thievery Corporation, Sept. 9; Fleet Foxes, Sept. 14 (Sat.) Hollywood Palladium Erasure, Oct. 1; Andrés Calamaro, Sept.
June 11, 2011
STAGE The Dirty Show The curtains are pulled back on the world of underground erotica as "The Dirty Show" comes to town. Merging highbrow erotic art and popular peep show, the exhibition features rooms curated by L.A.'s Lenora Claire, as well as a pop-up version of Rick Castro's Antebellum Gallery. City Center Hotel, 1135 W. 7th St. 8-11 p.m. (213) 627-2581. citycenterhotellosangeles.com. MOVIES Los Angeles Greek Film Festival This year the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, a celebration of Greek filmmakers from across the globe, zeroes in on the work of a daring new wave of Greek cinema.
June 9, 2011
An eclectic rite of spring at the Hollywood Bowl, the 33rd Playboy Jazz Festival offers its signature mix of established and up-and-coming jazz talent paired with flourishes from the worlds of pop, world music and funk. Among the top picks for what should be a rollicking weekend include rising star on trumpet Ambrose Akinmusire, New Orleans' Terence Blanchard teamed with the Roots, a pair of ageless musical titans in Lee Konitz and Buddy Guy and much more. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.