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October 24, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
From 2003 to '08 Gilberto Gil served as Brazil's culture minister, helping underprivileged kids gain access to technology and forging global aesthetic links with a missionary's zeal. On Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gil was back in that role, paying tribute to mentors such as the great Brazilian singer-composer-accordionist Luiz Gonzaga and quietly schooling his audience in the complex ties between the accordion-based baião music of his native northeast Brazil and geographically (but not sonically)
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April 19, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
With ferocious satire, time-bending surrealism and songs fiercely throbbing to the wild heart of early rock 'n' roll, Dan Dietz's darkly brilliant "American Misfit" defies easy labels - as befits a full-volume celebration of the dissonant chord of rebellion sounding throughout our nation's history. In the show's striking inaugural production from the Theatre @ Boston Court, Michael Michetti's staging hits all the right notes. Crooning original rockabilly-style tunes by Dietz and Phillip Owen that sound authentic enough for a 1950s diner jukebox, narrator Banks Boutté fronts a red-hot four-piece band to propel us through various subversive revolutions - musical, political, scientific - and the common sensibility of the discontented outcast that fuels them.
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NEWS
November 29, 1994 | Times Wire Services
A huge fire swept through a crowded dance hall in northeastern China, killing 233 people and injuring 16, local officials said today. The fire occurred Sunday afternoon in the dance hall in the town of Fuxin in Liaoning province, an official of the Liaoning provincial Fire Prevention Department said by telephone from the province's capital, Shenyang. Local news reports said five of the 16 injured were seriously burned.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By David Ng
The revival of Cole Porter's "Can-Can" that opened at the Pasadena Playhouse more than five years ago has come back to life and is now aiming for Broadway. Producers said Thursday that they are hoping to bring the high-kicking musical to New York in the spring of 2014. Neither a theater nor a opening date has been announced. The revival is being produced by Jonathan Burrows. "Can-Can" debuted in Pasadena in the summer of 2007. The production was directed by David Lee, who is also expected to direct the show when it arrives on Broadway.
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August 17, 1995 | Reuters
Thirteen members of a right-wing paramilitary group have been arrested in the shooting deaths of at least 14 people in northwestern Colombia, the Colombian army said Wednesday. They said the suspects were detained Tuesday night in connection with Saturday's attack on a dance hall in the town of Chigorodo in the notoriously violent Uraba district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1994 | JILL LEOVY
The Los Angeles Police Commission has approved a dance hall permit for El Senda restaurant, formerly a Russian restaurant. West Valley vice officers requested that the commission approve the permit with some conditions, including a requirement that El Senda's owners keep music volume low enough so that dance tunes cannot be heard outside the building, and that they keep the building clear of graffiti and litter. "It's adjacent to residents there," said West Valley Vice Sgt. Gene Leary.
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August 14, 1995 | From Associated Press
Fourteen people died in a strife-torn region of northwest Colombia over the weekend when unidentified gunmen opened fire in a dance hall. Authorities said they had no clues about who was responsible for the massacre Saturday night in Chigorodo, a town in the rural Uraba district. But they said it was probably connected to political violence that has plagued the region.
NEWS
March 14, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
A zoning administrator took testimony but postponed his decision on whether to revoke the dance hall permit of LaLagune, a 2nd Street nightclub that has been the source of complaints from local merchants. Associate Zoning Administrator James Crisp said he would wait to see what action the Police Commission takes on a similar review of the business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1999 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's time once again for the best party in Oxnard, the 16th annual California Strawberry Festival, the two-day event guest-starring lots of those little juicy red things, over 330 food booths, arts and crafts and plenty of music. Headlining on Saturday will be that resurrected dance hall diva, Taylor Dayne, and on Sunday, Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge.
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January 14, 1993 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it a sentimental journey out of the fast lane. Hundreds of real and wanna-be cowboys and cowgirls are flocking nightly to In Cahoots, a new country saloon and dance hall in the Glendale Fashion Center that is trying to carve a niche in Los Angeles' busy entertainment scene. It's no place for Madonna. And the atmosphere is a far cry from the "meat market" singles' mentality of discos and Top 40 clubs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
From 2003 to '08 Gilberto Gil served as Brazil's culture minister, helping underprivileged kids gain access to technology and forging global aesthetic links with a missionary's zeal. On Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gil was back in that role, paying tribute to mentors such as the great Brazilian singer-composer-accordionist Luiz Gonzaga and quietly schooling his audience in the complex ties between the accordion-based baião music of his native northeast Brazil and geographically (but not sonically)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
While driving through an automatic carwash in 1971, George Ballas watched the whirling nylon bristles glide around the contour of his vehicle and wondered if he could adapt the technology to remove the weeds around trees in his yard. At home, he punched holes in a tin can, threaded it with wire and fishing line and bolted it to a rotating lawn edger. He called it the Weed Eater, and when he couldn't sell the concept, he founded his own company and built it into a $40-million-a-year business.
WORLD
June 28, 2011 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
A few feet from an overgrown path that hugs the banks of the still, green Marne River, two fishermen doze in a small wooden boat under the buzzing wings of insects. Awakened on a humid late afternoon, they raise a beer and shout, "Bonjour!" A little farther on, the riverside path winds toward a tiny island covered with trees, and the muffled sound of music. The trees break for a clearing, revealing a terrace set with red-and-white checkered tablecloths on picnic tables under wisteria-covered trellises.
WORLD
February 15, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter
As night falls on the gated parks of Paris, guards wearing flat-topped De Gaulle-era caps walk around trimmed, angular shrubbery blowing whistles and rushing visitors out before locking iron gates and putting the parks to a silent night's rest. But something different happens in the Buttes Chaumont Park, a large patch of green that looks like a bit of forested wilderness on the steep hills overlooking neighborhoods popular with immigrant families and artists in the northeastern part of town.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
Musicians Polly Jean Harvey and John Parish don't believe in compromise, but they do believe in marriage -- a creative union in which ideas must be 100% agreed upon by both parties. It might sound laughably utopian for traditional matrimony, but that philosophy has yielded the near-perfect artifact of an album in "A Woman a Man Walked By," released this week. Prickly, wicked and tender, the 10-song collection sounds wrenched from mythical landscapes and the fiery imbroglio of the id.
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March 25, 2009 | Mikael Wood
Three out of the four musicians backing up Polly Jean Harvey on Monday night at the El Rey Theatre wore fedoras onstage -- encouraging news for those who mourn the death of millinery, and that's setting aside Harvey's own white Art Deco headpiece, which called to mind a crowned rack of lamb. Since her emergence in the early 1990s as one of the most daring voices in alternative rock, Harvey has become something of a style icon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1996 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During Elvis Costello's first tours in the late 1970s, he often would play a frenzied 35 minutes or so, then leave the stage, no encore in sight. While this ticked off some people, such energetic performances created an atmosphere of undeniable spontaneity and excitement. Enough to make Elvis proud, Berkeley's Dance Hall Crashers operated in much the same hurried state on Sunday before an adoring capacity crowd at the Galaxy Concert Theatre.
WORLD
February 15, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter
As night falls on the gated parks of Paris, guards wearing flat-topped De Gaulle-era caps walk around trimmed, angular shrubbery blowing whistles and rushing visitors out before locking iron gates and putting the parks to a silent night's rest. But something different happens in the Buttes Chaumont Park, a large patch of green that looks like a bit of forested wilderness on the steep hills overlooking neighborhoods popular with immigrant families and artists in the northeastern part of town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2008 | Tony Barboza
City officials have shut down a well after it was discovered to contain trace amounts of the potentially cancer-causing gasoline additive MTBE. The well, located near the Old Hot Springs Dance Hall on Paseo Adelanto, does not contain harmful levels of the contaminant and was closed as a proactive measure, officials said. Leaks into the city's groundwater supply began years ago after spills at two Chevron gas stations. The level of contaminant found in the dance hall well is 1.3 micrograms per liter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2007 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles' famed Cafe Danssa, a venerable vest pocket of folk dance for decades, is closing to make way for office space. But before turning in the keys to the landlord, the club owner celebrated the good times Saturday night with one last dance. "This was a spiritual place," said owner Carolyn Hester, reflecting on the years of joy that filled the second-floor hall. "People were made happy here. If music can heal, then healing really happened here."
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