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December 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Justin Timberlake, you romantic. The "Suit & Tie" crooner's role in one couple's marriage proposal made most other question-popping stories seem like amateur hour. After singing "That Girl," Timberlake abruptly paused his Louisville, Ky., concert on Sunday to innocuously address some fans in the pit. Or so it seemed.  PHOTOS: Justin Timberlake's career in pictures "Josh and Kim, why don't ya'll make your way up here," Timberlake said, leading Josh Clemons and his girlfriend Kim Martin to the grand piano set up onstage.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely admired for her astonishing technical skills at the keyboard and a charismatic stage presence. The 26-year-old also draws attention for her fashion statements and sometimes daring style choices on the concert stage. Her newest album, released in October, is a live concert recorded last spring of the challenging Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. Wang played them in Caracas with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra who have been locked out in a contract dispute with management since 2012 have scheduled 10 concerts for 2014 with the possibility of more. The musicians said in an announcement Friday on their website that the concerts would be self-produced with no involvement from orchestra management. The concert series , which begins Jan. 10, will feature prominent soloists, including violinists Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman, and a return visit from conductor Osmo Vänskä, who resigned as music director of the orchestra in October because of the ongoing dispute.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez slipped an F-bomb into her set during KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles due to some frustration over sound problems.  Audio and microphone malfunctions rattled the former Disney star and eventually led to her walking off stage Friday night at Staples Center. "Sorry, the sound isn't working!" Gomez told the crowd, according to Us Weekly and an amateur video shot at the concert. "Are you guys having a good night? I promise, a lot cooler people are gonna come out tonight.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Now it's L.A.'s turn. Having been much intrigued in recent seasons by the burgeoning Brooklyn new music scene, the Los Angeles Philharmonic decided to stick closer to home for new material Tuesday night for the orchestra's New Music Group's Green Umbrella Concert. The theme of a program of four works selected and conducted by John Adams was local young composers working around the corner from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The neighborhood is, after all, now hopping with concerts at loft spaces and galleries downtown and nearby Koreatown and Echo Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The new Coen Brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which opens Friday, takes moviegoers to the folk music scene of the early 1960s. Although the title character is something of a composite of various musicians of the era, it's no secret that the Coens' primary real-world inspiration was singer, guitarist and songwriter Dave Van Ronk. Something of a Pied Piper of folk music, Van Ronk attracted acolytes from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on down the ladder, introducing them to obscure traditional songs he'd learned and cluing them in to guitar techniques he'd picked up along the way. (He taught Dylan how to play his version of “House of the Rising Sun.”)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
San Bernardino County officials said Tuesday they would investigate the Ecstasy-related death of a 22-year-old man who collapsed while attending a government-approved rave concert in September. A county spokesman said the officials were unaware of the death of Arrel Christopher Cochon until after The Times reported on it late Monday. The Los Angeles City College student was the third person since 2006 to die of a drug overdose after attending a San Bernardino-area rave staged by Insomniac Inc., a Times review of coroner records shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
Isabel Cochon said her son had an adventurer's zest for anything new: kayaking, rock climbing, archery. One thing the 22-year-old Arrel Cochon had never done before was attend a rave concert. When he eventually did, on a Saturday last September, he never made it home. "I was told that he took Ecstasy," said Isabel Cochon, who struggled to speak through tears. Arrel Christopher Cochon, a Los Angeles City College student who lived in East Hollywood, died of an Ecstasy and methamphetamine overdose after collapsing and suffering a seizure at Insomniac Inc.'s Nocturnal Wonderland concert in Devore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Want to volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner on skid row? Take a number - for next year. Volunteer sign-ups at several downtown shelters closed in late September or October. During the final days before the holiday, coordinators were turning away up to 50 callers a day - some of whom insisted they would show up Thanksgiving Day, with or without an invitation. "It's like getting a concert ticket," Midnight Mission spokeswoman Mai Lee said. "You have to sign up as soon as it's posted.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Frank Gehry and Related Cos. have kissed and made up. Now we'll see if city and county officials bless the reconciliation. After soliciting plans from other architects in recent months, Related has put Gehry back in charge of the design team for a $650-million retail, hotel and residential complex on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. On Monday the New York-based developer will submit a new proposal by Gehry's firm to the committee overseeing the project. Gehry's design is significantly more exuberant and suggestive of L.A. culture than designs for the site by the firms Gensler and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, chair of the committee, blasted in September as bland and uninspired.
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