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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.
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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.
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 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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Union stagehands will be picketing Pearl Jam's concerts this weekend at the Los Angeles Sports Arena over the facility's use of nonunion stage crews for those shows. A statement from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) claims that officials at USC, which the Coliseum Commission recently awarded a contract to operate the Sports Arena and the adjacent L.A. Memorial Coliseum, is hiring nonunion workers, including some from out of state, to staff the Pearl Jam concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
A selection of performances heading into the weekend: Ryan Cohan : Inspired by a trip to Africa, the Chicago-based pianist and bandleader released one of the more ambitious jazz records of the year in "The River. " Rising out of a lush, gospel-infused solo turn and meandering through a buoyant, album-length suite delivered by a nimble seven-piece band, Cohan explores the sounds of Rwanda and Zimbabwe as filtered through the Windy City's fertile jazz scene. Here Cohan performs with a quartet that includes drummer Joe La Barbera and saxophonist Bob Sheppard, but the explorations should remain every bit as inviting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man was injured Thursday night when he fell from a second-story VIP balcony at the Hollywood Palladium during a Blink 182 concert. The incident happened during the show's encore, according to NBC4. Witnesses told reporters that the man fell face-first into the ground and was put into an ambulance by paramedics. "All of a sudden, this big body comes over the balcony and just -- splat -- face down," witness Cassie Piasecki told NBC4. "I didn't hear anybody scream. He didn't land on anybody.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It's almost inconceivable today, but a generation ago, some of the biggest pop music events in the history of the planet came and went with no commercially available evidence left behind. That curious fact is brought to the fore with this week's first-ever home video release of “¡Released!” -- separate DVD and CD sets highlighting performances from four-star-packed Amnesty International concerts and tours that sprang up from 1986 to 1998. Those events brought out high-profile supporters including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, Sinead O'Connor, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and many more.
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