June 12, 2013 |
He's an interesting guy, this coach. Resembles actor Richard Gere. Is said to be the very best in his field. Won NBA championships. Dated Jeanie Buss. Meet Chip Engelland, San Antonio Spurs assistant. The shooting specialist credited with sharpening the strokes of Grant Hill, Tony Parker and, most recently, Kawhi Leonard. Engelland, 52, was a UCLA ball boy in the days of John Wooden and led the City Section in scoring as a senior at Palisades High in 1979. Basketball fans around the Westside mention his name in the same breath as former NBA sharpshooters Kiki Vandeweghe and Steve Kerr.
May 17, 2013 |
What do we do with the Duke? He was, most agree, the greatest jazz composer who ever lived. And more. Duke Ellington was the soul of American music. David Schiff has just written a brilliantly illuminating book, "The Ellington Century," that places the Duke at the center of it all. Academic Ellington studies are extensive. Terry Teachout has an Ellington biography on the way. And yet Ellington remains an outsider. A handful of his compositions are standards. But his large-scale symphonic works, his opera, his this and his that - he broke boundaries - are significant rarities.
May 14, 2013 |
We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time, and vote you did, as we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many people voted that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m. PDT, a new person will be listed as we count down all 20. Remember, any Dodger, Brooklyn or L.A., was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot.
May 10, 2013 |
It's no big thing to play the music of Duke Ellington. That's done all the time: in cabarets, concert halls, movies, Broadway theaters and anywhere jazz musicians assemble. Ellingtonia, a word coined by admirers who realized that no existing musical category could contain him, is virtually inexhaustible: some 2,000 pieces, many in multiple versions and settings, often to the point of recomposed variations. Overall, he offers the modern musician those qualities that never wilt, from lavishly distinctive melodies to the richest harmonic palette in jazz or popular music to a rhythmic variety, reminding us that swing is infinitely supple and can be as uplifting, witty, fierce or romantic as a good tune.
May 1, 2013 |
Two Los Angeles-based artists -- jazz musician Billy Childs and theater director John Malpede -- are among the 20 recipients of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards for 2013. The recipients, whose names were announced this week, will each receive an unrestricted grant of $225,000 over a period of three to five years. An additional $50,000 is available to each of the winners based on other criteria. The award was launched in 2011 with the intent of honoring individuals in the fields of theater, dance, jazz and related interdisciplinary work.
April 11, 2013 |
Peyton Manning is serious about putting in work during the off-season. In fact, he's already got new teammate and former Patriots receiver Wes Welker running pass routes at Duke with teammates Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, according to NFL.com . As a 12-time Pro Bowl quarterback and Super Bowl XLI MVP, Manning knows a thing or two about getting ready for the regular season. But what you can't tell from his illustrious career achievements is that he's also got jokes. Everything appeared to be good between the Denver players; Manning even told ESPN that the work ethic of his teammates was motivating.
April 9, 2013 |
The fifth night of "The Voice" blind auditions started with coaches old and new congratulating themselves on their chemistry and going in for a group hug with host and "fifth Beatle" Carson Daly. It ended with those same coaches engaging in a knockdown, drag-out fight for a coveted singer. In between we saw a fair number of talented vocalists take their turns behind the big red chair-backs in hopes of making them spin. By evening's end, Usher had added pop singer/dancer Jeff Lewis, who'd been signed to a record deal at Interscope only to have it abruptly shelved and was looking for another break.
March 31, 2013 |
Tears are part of the NCAA tournament. They flow when teams win and flow when they lose. The tears shed for Louisville guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, though, were different. They almost spontaneously gushed in response to Ware's gruesome leg break during Sunday's Midwest Regional final game against Duke. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was caught on TV wiping his eyes. "I literally almost threw up," he said after the game. Duke players, coaches and America's viewers were almost equally stunned.
March 21, 2013 |
In "Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry," writer-director Jason Rem explores the heated basketball feud that has simmered for 93 years. The independent documentary from Rem's namesake REM Entertainment and Greatest Fan Films was released via video-on-demand services March 8, just a few weeks before the start of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which kicked off today. Both basketball powerhouses, whose campuses are nine miles apart, are playing in this year's tournament, with Duke a No. 2 seed and North Carolina a No. 8 seed. SPORTS NOW: NCAA basketball tournament updates and more The documentary includes interviews with current and former Duke and North Carolina players, including Phil Ford, Jay Bilas, Eric Montross, Seth Curry and P.J. Hairston.
March 19, 2013 |
Celebrating your 50th? So is Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, a Cabo San Lucas landmark that once catered to Hollywood stars such as Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Desi Arnaz. The Hacienda's management is inviting others celebrating the half-century mark - whether it's a 50th birthday or a 50th anniversary - to join in the party. If you're marking a 50th anniversary, you can get a complimentary two-night stay; those celebrating a 50th birthday can collect a 50% discount on every second night, plus a free 50-minute massage at the Hacienda Spa. “The original Hacienda Hotel was such an iconic destination," said Ricardo Ramirez, general manager of Hacienda Beach Club & Residences.