February 12, 2013 |
Beck's vision recently got an infusion of luxury money, and he's used it in service of a good cause: creating a jumbo helping of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision. " Over the last few years, the Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer has been equally focused on honoring others' work as showcasing his own. Though he recently released a series of new songs via sheet music called “ Song Reader ,” the musician has also offered a series of tributes, including full-album renditions of work by, among others, Alexander “Skip” Spence, the Velvet Underground and New Age superstar Yanni.
February 10, 2013 |
As the high-profile worlds of fashion and music collide at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, one need only consider David Bowie to see why the two will be forever intertwined. Five decades after he introduced the first of his myriad manifestations, Bowie and his stylistic influences still reverberate from Hollywood red carpets to glossy magazine covers to the runway shows going on now at New York Fashion Week. And, if the first month and a half of 2013 is any indication, there's every reason to believe that the Thin White Duke will cast a long shadow across popular culture this year.
February 5, 2013 |
Albie Selznick's career has been a long, tiring and, at times depressing trip through comedy, music and acting. But Selznick hopes his story - or at least the version of it he performs each weekend - is a hero's journey. The 54-year-old actor-magician takes the small, intimate stage at the Road Theatre Co. in North Hollywood each weekend to perform a show that draws heavily from this childhood struggles to cope with his father's death by using magic. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures "When I was a kid my friends used to ask me why I wanted to be a magician," Selznick says at the beginning of his show, "Smoke and Mirrors.
January 9, 2013 |
The fact that David Bowie managed to secretly record his first full album in 10 years suggests that the glam-rock pioneer, who turned 66 on Tuesday, remains a mystery even in the age of Twitter. The seemingly inevitable leak of pre-release music - or indeed of information related to his return to the studio - never materialized, and so Bowie was able to do what he's done best over the last five decades when he revealed Tuesday that "The Next Day" is due out in March. He surprised us. Unlike fellow pop-star enigmas such as Prince, Bowie actually is on Twitter , issuing pronouncements to the 66,000 followers he's amassed since 2009 about everything from deluxe reissues to his son's wedding.
January 9, 2013 |
See David Bowie by day, sleep at a Radisson Blu Edwardian by night. That's the offer from three London hotels that give guests two free tickets to the upcoming Bowie exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in spring. The deal: The room comes with open tickets to "David Bowie Is," an exhibition that opens March 23 and traces the life and style of the British rock star over five decades. Ziggy Stardust suits, handwritten lyrics and diary entries, and snippets from films and live performances are some of the 300 items that will be on display.
January 8, 2013 |
David Bowie turned 66 on Tuesday, and to celebrate he delivered a surprise gift while much of America was sleeping: A new song called “Where Are We Now?"
October 25, 2012 |
London's Café Royal, born in 1865 and reborn through the decades as a party place where Oscar Wilde hallucinated on absinthe and David Bowie celebrated the “retirement” of his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, is about to be reborn again. In its new life, the Café Royal will be a luxury hotel that mingles historical gravitas with contemporary interior design. The new Café Royal, due to open Dec. 1 after a four-year closure for revamping, includes 159 guest rooms, two fancy restaurants, a brasserie, an indoor pool and a spa. Oh yes, and a café.
January 6, 2011
Tackling the catalog of one of rock's most inventive voices is a tall order, but Ann Magnuson is undaunted by the demands of David Bowie's repertoire. On the occasion of his birthday, she'll play a slew of sparkly covers with her band, the Star Whackers From Mars. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $20. steveallentheater.com.
September 15, 2009 |
Two sides of Brazilian musical culture sashayed onto the Hollywood Bowl stage last weekend. One was the Brazil of sequined Carnival girls and buff capoeira dancers performing balletic martial arts maneuvers. That's the touristic-Platonic ideal of Brazil, the Carmen Miranda fantasy of mile-long urban beaches and indolent evenings. It was swooningly evoked by the Bowl's "Blame It on Rio" theme and irresistibly served by conductor Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Together, they performed the inevitable Antonio Carlos Jobim medley along with such crowd-pleasing numbers as Ary Barroso's "Aquarela do Brasil," the theme from "Somewhere in Time" (evidently a favorite among Brazilian cinephiles)
June 18, 2009 |
When it comes to chart-topping music producers, few are as keenly in demand these days as Morocco-born RedOne. His 1980s-inspired handiwork can be found on both "Poker Face" and "Love Game," the two top 10 singles from pants-shunning electronic siren Lady Gaga. Now, he's preparing to work with another boundaries-pushing artist, Rolling Stone cover boy Adam Lambert. "I want to go rock -- David Bowie and Queen -- but make it more easy for people to get," the producer said of his vision for Lambert.