January 17, 2002
The right combination of atmosphere, bookings and clientele creates a sense of community at several local clubs. Some worth checking out: Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-6111. Hard-rockers' home away from home. Features the weekly Pretty Ugly Club and shows by veteran booker Dayle Gloria. Over 21. The Garage, 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 662-6166. Local underground rock, punk and dance music draw a range of colorful scenesters. Over 21.
November 4, 2008 |
An observer couldn't help but wonder who was steering the Los Angeles arts community Monday morning as leaders of about 50 arts organizations gathered at the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a news conference to officially announce Ring Festival L.A. The 10-week, citywide event, to be held April 15 through June 30, 2010, will have as its centerpiece Los Angeles Opera's production of Richard Wagner's epic four-cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen."
March 3, 2005 |
Balance is the key word for the 27th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, scheduled for June 11 and 12 at the Hollywood Bowl. The lineup of performers, announced Wednesday at the Playboy Mansion, includes a nearly equal number of artists from the jazz mainstream and from the pop-blues-fusion-instrumental wing of the genre.
August 22, 2002
* Director of the comedies "House Party" and "Boomerang." His new film, "Serving Sara," opens Friday. Starting Point: I train at Billy Blanks several times a week, including some Saturdays. The great thing about that workout is that everything else you do that day seems easy in comparison. Most Important Meal: On the weekend my fiancee and I either hit Il Fornaio or Mel's for breakfast. Sometimes it's heart attack be damned, and we make a Roscoe's run.
July 5, 2001
Debussy gives way to "Don't Call Me Trailer Trash" when a female classical music trio inadvertently lands a gig in a country-western bar in the musical comedy "Cowgirls." It's presented by Music Theatre of Southern California, with Mary Murfitt, the show's lyricist and composer, heading the cast. * "Cowgirls," San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, 8 p.m. Also Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Regular schedule: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.
June 9, 2005 |
No one ever said it was easy to program a jazz festival. But it used to be a lot less complicated than it is now. In the 1950s and '60s, putting together an event like this weekend's Playboy Jazz Festival meant picking from a pool of talent that included Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Charles Mingus. Today there are far fewer big names who reach a similar level of excellence.