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ENTERTAINMENT
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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HEALTH
January 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Indiana-bound quarterback Alexander Diamont of Venice just posted his 2013 highlight video, and one of the highlights reveals his dancing skills after a run. The Hoosiers would be happy if he repeats that performance. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SCIENCE
January 4, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Researchers in Japan are fighting gravity with sound. In the video above, you can watch as a series of small, lightweight objects float and dance in thin air -- manipulated by invisible ultrasound waves. The sound waves are not just invisible, but also silent to our human ears.  "The human ear can detect up to 20 kHz frequency, but we use 40 kHz transducers that are out of the range that humans can detect," said Yoichi Ochiai, a PhD student at the University of Tokyo who put the video together.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Let's hope what happened to Britney Spears on the second night of her Las Vegas residency doesn't become part of the show: Girlfriend had a major wardrobe malfunction! Spears kept right on dancing (we're hesitant to say "singing" ) as the entire back of her corset-style outfit came undone Dec. 29 during her performance of "Circus. " Fortunately, she got some help from two of her 14 backup dancers, who got the gear back in working order. And to those with dirty minds, chill out, 'cause the only thing that showed was her back -- though with a few more spins it could have been much worse.  PHOTOS: Musicians' onstage snafus Spears will perform 100 shows through 2015 during her residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, taking home about $30 million for the lot, according to CNN .  Time to spend some of that cash on a better zipper.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg and Lewis Segal
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak | Artistic director-choreographer; artistic director-choreography-dancer There's an undeniable synchronicity to the career arcs of Los Angeles natives Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak. They are alumnae of Westside Ballet; both became ballerinas with prominent national companies - Walsh with Joffrey Ballet and Barak with New York City Ballet.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
It was Bob Dylan who transformed Brad Elterman into a teenage paparazzo. That was in 1974, when the folk-rocker was set to headline the Fabulous Forum and Elterman was a Sherman Oaks high school kid who scored a ticket, front row center. He realized: "I better bring a camera. " Nothing would ever be the same. Elterman, now 56, remembers the songs, the crowd, the aroma of smoldering marijuana. He could afford only two rolls of film, but he chose his shots carefully and came home inspired.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Liza Bercovici suspected something was up when a student at Gabriella Charter School approached her last week and said, "Happy birthday tomorrow, Miss Liza. " So it was not a surprise the next day when the school's 400-plus students sang "Happy Birthday" to her at morning assembly. Bercovici sighed in appreciation, and when urged to make a speech, she stood humbly before the small sea of students gathered on the playground of the Echo Park school she'd founded. "I think everybody here knows that this school was started out of my love for my daughter, whose name was Gabriella," Bercovici said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
If there was any doubt that this year's Oscars will have a dance-y quality with Ellen DeGeneres on the stage, it was quelled Thursday afternoon. The Motion Picture Academy has released a trailer for the March 2 ceremony on ABC, and it gets its “Singin' In the Rain On.” The spot features the Oscar host walking down city streets/studio backlot lipsynching to the Fitz and the Tantrum song “The Walker,” particularly its maverick-ish lyrics “(I walk to the sound of my own drum”)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
There's something dispiritingly familiar about "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake," writer-director-star Dominique De Fazio's tale of a white man's journey into Native American mysticism. De Fazio plays Warner, a 40-something astronomer who heads out to the Californian desert after his live-in girlfriend dumps him for being too selfish. Warner crashes his car on the outskirts of San Bernardino County and ends up in a small community of European expats, among whom he develops a whole new personality (as a result of inconsistent writing, not as plot development)
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Some came in what they were wearing when they heard that Nelson Mandela had died -- their pajamas. Some draped themselves in South African flags. Others brought candles, flowers and pictures of him. Hundreds of people gathered outside his house in the early morning Friday, in a gathering striking for the absence of weeping and tears. It was more of a spontaneous celebration of the man's life and the gifts he left South Africa. A few vuvuzelas -- the South African trumpet normally found at football matches and celebrations -- blasted into the night.
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