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July 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art may not be well-endowed financially, but it's getting ready to shake its booty nevertheless: An upcoming exhibition will examine the cultural impact of disco music, according to a report Tuesday by the New York Observer's GalleristNY blog. Basing his post on an interview Monday with museum Director Jeffrey Deitch, blogger Michael H. Miller reported that  the exhibition, “Fire in the Disco,” will be co-curated by James Murphy of the now-disbanded dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem.
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July 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art may not be well-endowed financially, but it's getting ready to shake its booty nevertheless: An upcoming exhibition will examine the cultural impact of disco music, according to a report Tuesday by the New York Observer's GalleristNY blog. Basing his post on an interview Monday with museum Director Jeffrey Deitch, blogger Michael H. Miller reported that  the exhibition, “Fire in the Disco,” will be co-curated by James Murphy of the now-disbanded dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem.
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December 29, 1988 | John Voland, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
And our Most Visionary Ruler With Excellent Taste Award goes this year to Nigerian tribal ruler Paul Abaka, who has banned the playing or performance of disco music anywhere in his fiefdom. Nigerian newspapers reported Wednesday that Abaka--who is chief of Migili in Plateau state, 340 miles from Lagos, the Nigerian capital city--told village heads to hand over to the police anybody found playing disco music.
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April 25, 2009
Thank you, Ann Powers, for giving disco music some respect ["Their Disco Fever Is Low-Grade at Best," April 22]. I'm not one of the genre's biggest supporters, but the best of the breed exhibited a grandiose style ("expansive," to quote Powers) and an element of excitement missing in most of today's hits. Jon Konjoyan Toluca Lake
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April 8, 1998 | CHARLES PERRY
Chaka Khan, the queen of '70s disco music, has her own line of chocolates (excuse us, Chaka-lates). Beside assorted chocolates and Chaka-late cigars, it includes a milk chocolate rabbit known as Ain't No Bunny (Loves Me Better). Ain't No Bunny chocolate rabbit, 1 pound, $16.50, and 9 pounds, $75, the Candy Factory, 12530 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, or call (800) 99-CHAKA.
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August 18, 1990 | JONATHAN GOLD
Disco music crept into a certain kind of intellectual respectability only recently. It was a trend too evil to die, like the tons of rotting polyester shirts that will inevitably make their way onto all the hippest torsos. Suddenly, in used-record stores all over the country, old Rose Royce LPs are moved from the 23-cent bins to the $3-and-up sections. KC & the Sunshine Band makes a triumphal New York appearance. A disco in Manchester, England, becomes the most famous club in the world.
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March 5, 2000 | STEVE APPLEFORD, Steve Appleford is a regular contributor to Calendar
The guitars are loud. The fans are jumping. And the man with the spiky sky-high hairdo is screaming his lungs out. Which seems . . . appropriate. That's when singer Wayne Static pauses to declare: "I know you love that disco music!" That may sound like a joke, but Static is serious. High-octane disco beats are one part of the Static-X formula, which has taken the band's punk-metal blend to MTV and pop radio, turning its year-old debut album, "Wisconsin Death Trip," into a surprise hit.
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May 28, 1998 | KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whit Stillman, the New York-based writer-director known for his witty, independent films about the follies and foibles of young, upscale urbanites, is back. And in a movie season that so far is mostly about asteroids and gonzo-lizards, Stillman's latest, "The Last Days of Disco," may slake the thirst of moviegoers longing for human characters and clever writing.
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July 30, 1998 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's merengue! Or maybe the jitterbug is more your style. How about the two-step or salsa? Don't worry if you've never boogied to country, swing or Cuban tunes. Here's your chance to learn in a party atmosphere with great music. Each Friday and Saturday through August, Universal CityWalk will hold free dance lessons and provide live music on the east end adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe.
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April 26, 1991 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The confession you are about to read is true. After years of hiding a horrible secret, I'm coming clean. I'm a former disco maniac. There, I said it. I loved the '70s, the polyester threads hugging my body, the puka shells and multiple gold chains dangling above my navel, the pulsating music racing up through my platform shoes, sending me into a hot samba frenzy. The '70s were farrrrrrrr-out, man, and I'm glad they're back in.
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January 1, 2006 | Ruth Andrew Ellenson, Ruth Andrew Ellenson is the editor of the anthology "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt."
WHEN I became a bat mitzvah in 1986, I lamented my parents' refusal to throw me the type of swanky shindig that I saw many of my friends enjoying -- no ice sculpture for me or my name in lights at a posh hotel. Instead, I suffered like Job as my father, a rabbi, made me recite both my Torah and Haftara portions before the congregation I grew up with and found my reward to be a small party at his university's faculty lounge the next day.
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March 5, 2000 | STEVE APPLEFORD, Steve Appleford is a regular contributor to Calendar
The guitars are loud. The fans are jumping. And the man with the spiky sky-high hairdo is screaming his lungs out. Which seems . . . appropriate. That's when singer Wayne Static pauses to declare: "I know you love that disco music!" That may sound like a joke, but Static is serious. High-octane disco beats are one part of the Static-X formula, which has taken the band's punk-metal blend to MTV and pop radio, turning its year-old debut album, "Wisconsin Death Trip," into a surprise hit.
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September 10, 1998 | PAULA SPAN, WASHINGTON POST
Remember that kiddie ditty about the farmer who had a dog? "B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was its name-o"-- that one? Four Certifiably Hip Young Persons were singing it, loudly, and clapping along from their booth at a downtown nightspot called Tortilla Flats recently. Which was not as peculiar as one might think: It was bingo night, and the anticipation was building.
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July 30, 1998 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's merengue! Or maybe the jitterbug is more your style. How about the two-step or salsa? Don't worry if you've never boogied to country, swing or Cuban tunes. Here's your chance to learn in a party atmosphere with great music. Each Friday and Saturday through August, Universal CityWalk will hold free dance lessons and provide live music on the east end adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe.
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July 10, 1998 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the best of times, or the worst, depending on your taste for disco. Remember Studio 54? The fabled New York '70s nightclub has been documented in a coffee-table tome and virtually reincarnated in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the era is re-created in the movies "Boogie Nights" and "The Last Days of Disco," the new musical "Saturday Night Fever" and, right here at home tonight, Disco Divas will get down at the Orange County Fair.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1998 | KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whit Stillman, the New York-based writer-director known for his witty, independent films about the follies and foibles of young, upscale urbanites, is back. And in a movie season that so far is mostly about asteroids and gonzo-lizards, Stillman's latest, "The Last Days of Disco," may slake the thirst of moviegoers longing for human characters and clever writing.
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March 8, 1993 | CHRIS WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just off the corner of Figueroa and Jefferson, where cars are lining up to park outside the Shrine Auditorium, are a dozen people holding "I Need Tickets" placards.
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July 10, 1998 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the best of times, or the worst, depending on your taste for disco. Remember Studio 54? The fabled New York '70s nightclub has been documented in a coffee-table tome and virtually reincarnated in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the era is re-created in the movies "Boogie Nights" and "The Last Days of Disco," the new musical "Saturday Night Fever" and, right here at home tonight, Disco Divas will get down at the Orange County Fair.
FOOD
April 8, 1998 | CHARLES PERRY
Chaka Khan, the queen of '70s disco music, has her own line of chocolates (excuse us, Chaka-lates). Beside assorted chocolates and Chaka-late cigars, it includes a milk chocolate rabbit known as Ain't No Bunny (Loves Me Better). Ain't No Bunny chocolate rabbit, 1 pound, $16.50, and 9 pounds, $75, the Candy Factory, 12530 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, or call (800) 99-CHAKA.
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July 17, 1997 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think back, if you can, to the summer of 1977 and try to remember what a summer night out on the town was like back then. Perhaps you were squeezed into the anatomically correct confines of a pair of Jordache jeans and followed the disco commands of "Shake Your Booty" and "Get Down Tonight." Maybe you went the rougher rock route--Frye boots, flared cords and "Take the Money and Run" or "Life's Been Good" blasting out of the conversion van's 8-track player.
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