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February 6, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Hear ye, hear ye. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has declared Feb. 6 "Bob Marley Day. " Toronto residents, get partying. The mayor, who gained fame by smoking crack and making outrageous public statements, is reportedly a big fan of Marley. In December he had his colleagues dancing to the reggae icon's "One Love" during a city council meeting.  Ford isn't the first Toronto mayor to love Marley. It's a tradition that began in 1991 with Mayor Art Eggleton. Marley is esteemed by the Canadian city for his "message of peace, love and unity ," as a Facebook account attests.
February 6, 2014 | By Wendy Smith
Admirers of Penelope Lively's many fine novels will find the same lucid intelligence at work in her elegantly written "view from old age," which she dubs "not quite a memoir. " The British writer, who turned 80 in 2013, meditates on several subjects that have preoccupied her fiction (memory, history, social change) and some more suitable to nonfiction: books that have shaped her life, a few particulars of that life, and six objects - including the eponymous dancing fish and ammonites - that reveal something important about their owner.
February 6, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
This time last year, while Bradley Cooper was making the rounds for his Oscar-nominated lead actor turn in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," he was also getting ready to get back in the ring with Russell for "American Hustle. " The day after the Oscars, Cooper flew to Boston to begin work on the con artist comedy, in which he plays a live-wire FBI agent trying to make a name for himself with the Abscam sting operation. In a video interview, he spoke to The Envelope about his Oscar-nominated supporting role.
February 6, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
Pablo Bronstein's installation at REDCAT is a comically oversize living room. But unlike many architecturally inspired works, it isn't empty. A single performer, clad in a loose white blouse and black tights, maneuvers throughout the space from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. He or she methodically transforms the furniture - which is full of unexpected openings and dual uses - and performs a balletic dance. It's a startling, and quite beautiful, intervention that draws intriguing parallels between bodily movement and furniture design.
February 4, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It was DJ Miguel Garcia's first time at last month's National Assn. of Music Merchants' big trade show in Anaheim, but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. "These are probably the best you can get," said the 18-year-old house music performer, who goes by the stage name MikeeyKrook, admiring the Pioneer DJ digital decks and mixers while pumping out his song "Pyramid. " Although the annual NAMM Show is widely known as the place to check out new guitars and amps, manufacturers, retailers and musicians can hear the crescendo of business in a different venue: DJs making electronic dance music, or EDM. Once relegated to raves in warehouses, the electronic music culture has produced international superstars such as Skrillex and Tiesto and has expanded to events such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo Festival, which have put DJs in front of the glow stick masses.
February 1, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. He presents his child, whom he has never seen, a star stolen from heaven. You might expect the title character to break into "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel. " But this is not musical theater. It's a ballet, where the movement alone speaks and sings. Starting Feb. 7, for four performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hamburg Ballett is presenting John Neumeier's "Liliom," a ballet in seven scenes and a prologue.
January 26, 2014 | By August Brown
Maybe it was all the Daft Punk disco energy in the air, but this year's Grammy crowd was its most spirited in years.  Whether it was Keith Urban getting teary during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" marriage ceremony or Taylor Swift freaking at out at Kendrick Lamar's drum circle with Imagine Dragons, what's usually a semi-formal ceremony turned into an actual dance party inside Staples Center. In the front rows, Jay Z and Beyonce acted as a kind of litmus test for the night's sets - if they got to their feet, you did your work.
January 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The bid to revive the stately old theaters of downtown L.A. has intersected with hopes for boosting the city's chronically undernourished scene for major resident dance companies.  L.A. Dance Project, launched in 2012 by star choreographer Benjamin Millepied, announced Monday that its new home venue will be the Theatre at Ace Hotel, an ornate,  Spanish gothic-style  auditorium  that's at the base of a newly-opened boutique hotel in a 1927 structure...
January 11, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
BOSTON - Will there be a bump in the night that creates controversy when U.S. Figure Skating announces Sunday which two pairs it is sending to the 2014 Olympics? It will, of course, be pretty much a tempest in a domestic teapot, given the low standing of U.S. pairs in international competition. Given the nonspecific nature of the USFS Olympic selection rules, it is possible Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, who took second overall after Saturday afternoon's free skate at the U.S. championships, could be bumped in favor of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who finished third by .29 of a point but have a more impressive international record.
January 9, 2014 | By August Brown
Last year, the story out of Coachella dance-land was the inauguration of a swank new indoor tent and a shift away from superstars to more underground sensibilities. This year? It's a bit more of, well, everything. Unlike last year, there are a few mega-Vegas-residency stars atop the bill. Calvin Harris and Skrillex need no introduction here, and peers like Alesso, Krewella and a ( much-improving ) Dillon Francis are waiting in the wings. Martin Garrix is this year's Avicii-circa-2012 entry: a dashing and frightfully young (17!
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