February 7, 2014 |
Bob Balaban was born, so to speak, into movie royalty. His father and uncles were founders of the Balaban and Katz theater chain of Chicago movie palaces. His uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount for three decades, and grandfather Sam Katz was an MGM executive. As a "little nerdy Jewish kid in Chicago," Balaban loved the movies and theater but had no inkling he would be involved in show business. "I was trying to do well in school and hoping I would survive adolescence," said Balaban, currently appearing in George Clooney's World War II adventure "The Monuments Men," which opens Feb. 7. But then he broke his arm at age 10. "My parents could think of nothing for me to do in the summer, so we got on a train to Los Angeles," said Balaban, 68, by phone from New York, where he lives.
February 3, 2014 |
We have a vague notion of a Scandinavian sound as a kind of misty, mysterious Nordic noir. Strangeness is a giveaway. One musical thing might ultimately lead to another, but the landscape is alien. Trying to define an overall Baltic sound, on the other hand, is hopeless, given the variety of regions that border the Baltic Sea. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's program this past weekend touched on the four great northern Baltic coastal cities - Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
January 30, 2014 |
Animator Floyd Norman vividly recalled the first time he encountered Walt Disney. In early 1956, Norman was one of a few young animators hired for a one-month tryout at the Disney studio in Burbank. A few weeks into its training, the group was told to report to a screening room on the third floor of the Animation Building. Because the room was occupied, they had to wait in the hallway. "We saw this figure step out into the hallway moving toward us," Norman said. "As the figure moved closer, we suddenly realized - oh, my God - it was Walt Disney.
January 26, 2014 |
American composer Maria Schneider dominated the classical music categories at the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday for her album "Winter Morning Walks," which features soprano Dawn Upshaw. The classical awards were handed out as part of the pre-show ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. It was a good day for contemporary composers, who took home the bulk of the classical honors this year. Schneider's "Winter Morning Walks" won three Grammys, including the prizes for classical composition and classical vocal solo album.
January 25, 2014 |
Set on a bluff above the beach and ocean in Long Beach, this Spanish-style villa is rich in architectural details. Trussed and stenciled ceilings in the sunken living room, original wrought iron, classic tile work, interior archways and Moorish alcoves retain the home's 1930 vibe. Location: 7 37th Place, Long Beach 90803 Asking price: $1.625 million Year built: 1930 Architect: Harry Broner House size: Six bedrooms, three bathrooms, 4,435 square feet Lot size: 5,101 square feet Features: Gated street, center hall, den, library/study, breakfast room, family room, wine cellar, French doors, balcony, patio, elevator, three-car garage, ocean and Queen Mary views.
January 24, 2014 |
Fairfax High School is the site for the James Samson State Preview Classic on Saturday. The schedule: Maranatha vs. Rolling Hills Prep, 9:30 a.m.; Santa Monica vs. Brentwood, 11 a.m.; Price vs. Torrey Pines, 12:30 p.m.; Harvard-Westlake vs. Sierra Canyon, 2 p.m.; Bishop Montgomery vs. Compton, 3:30 p.m.; Gardena Serra vs. Fairfax, 5 p.m.; Windward vs. Chino Hills, 6:45 p.m.; Loyola vs. El Camino Real, 8:15 p.m. Eric.email@example.com ...