July 6, 2011
BOOKS Meghan Daum L.A. Times columnist Meghan Daum will moderate a panel about fiction and narrative nonfiction at Skylight Books. Those answering the questions are local memoirists and novelists James Brown ("This River"), Seth Greenland ("Shining City"), Diana Wagman ("Spontaneous") and Leslie Schwartz ("Angels Crest"). The discussion is sure to be lively and timely. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175; skylightbooks.com . EVENTS LA Comedy Fest 365 This year-round comedy series highlighting up-and-coming comedians and filmmakers presents two shows by local improv groups: the trio Circle One and the colorfully named Yellow-Bellied Marmots.
June 20, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Marlo Thomas; Jim Courier and Monica Seles; Ty Bellingham; Michael Bolton performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Gwyneth Paltrow; Courteney Cox. 9 a.m. KABC The View Chris Cuomo discusses the Casey Anthony murder trial; Morgan Freeman; La La Vazquez. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Gene Simmons; Lea Thompson; guest co-host Wayne Brady. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS Tavis Smiley Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
March 30, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center 102.7 KIIS Wango Tango, May 14 (Sat.); Sade, Aug. 21 (Mon.) Honda Center Sade, Aug. 31 (Mon.) The Wiltern Sleep, June 26 (Thurs.); Ballet Folklorico, May 1; Eddie Vedder, July 8; Buffalo Springfield, June 4-5; Widespread Panic, July 13-14 (Fri.) Club Nokia The Dan Band, May 28 (now); Boyz II Men, July 15; Owl City, July 21 (Fri.) Nokia Theater Earth, Wind & Fire, June 1 (Fri.)
October 2, 2009 |
Four songs into Pearl Jam's Wednesday night performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Eddie Vedder shifted his weight from one foot to the other, as if to maintain his balance atop something moving fast. Lead guitarist Mike McCready leaned back hard; Stone Gossard, on rhythm, hunched forward. Bassist Jeff Ament kept his head down as if holding on to an invisible mooring line. Matt Cameron cast himself as the storm's eye -- back straight, face calm as he beat out a spray of drum notes. After nearly two decades and hundreds of shows, the most resilient group in alternative rock has become something simple at its core: a surf band.
September 19, 2009 |
Pearl Jam "Backspacer" Monkeywrench Records A thousand rock 'n' roll clichÃ©s have been built around the idea that guts and glory belong to the young. Pearl Jam's ninth studio album, "Backspacer," due out Tuesday, makes the opposite argument. Its 11 breakneck rockers and candidly emotional ballads, adding up to barely more than a half hour of optimally toned catharsis, gain power from the band's calm but constant awareness of life's ticking clock. "I gotta say it now, better loud than too late," Eddie Vedder wails in "Amongst the Waves" -- the closest thing to an oceanic jam on "Backspacer," and at 3 1/2 minutes it's pretty much a shore dump.
April 4, 2008 |
Beginning his first-ever solo tour Wednesday, Eddie Vedder gave a lesson in how to hush a screaming crowd. Not literally: The 1,800 or so Pearl Jam fans who'd snapped up the night's tickets spent little time being quiet, instead granting their band's beloved singer endless ovations, singing along (only when asked) and shouting requests.