June 26, 2010
BOOKS Leimert Park Village Book Fair The center of L.A.'s African American arts and culture scene is home to the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair, giving book lovers a chance to engage with favorite authors and to discover new ones. The fair features readings, signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, stage performances, live music and a children's village. Vision Theatre back lot, 4300 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. (323) 730-0628. http://www.leimertparkbookfair.
October 25, 2011 |
DJ and Hard founder Gary Richards threw the first Hard dance party at a downtown L.A. warehouse on his birthday on New Year's Eve 2007. It was the natural extension of his productions in the early '90s, when he was doing A&R for Rick Rubin at Def American and when his parties drew Robert Downey Jr., Madonna, Bjork and other celebs. But that New Year's Eve party was the first tremor of a massive tectonic shift in music culture that has since shown Richards to be something of a visionary on the electronic music scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2011 |
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the event company Insomniac were sued Thursday by the parents of a teenage girl who died of an Ecstasy overdose after attending a rave at the stadium. The suit also names former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, whom Insomniac employed as a consultant while he held the stadium job, and two private companies he formed. Those companies received at least $1.8 million in payments from firms that also did business with the Coliseum.
May 4, 2013 |
Insomniac Events, the producer of the Electric Daisy Carnival dance music events, confirmed in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that it has had talks with Live Nation Entertainment Inc. regarding a sale to that company, but no deal is complete. The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Beverly Hills-based Live Nation would purchase a roughly 50% interest in Insomniac. The company produces electronic dance music concerts at venues across Southern California and elsewhere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2010 |
Tickets never went on sale and promotions were never staged, but a planned headlining concert by electronic artist Tiesto is the center of a seven-figure civil suit filed against the city of Los Angeles on Friday. Local dance promoter Insomniac Inc. claims the city breached its contract when it canceled what would have been an Oct. 30 concert by the well-known trance artist in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Monday, the mayor's office referred requests for comments to the convention center, and a spokeswoman for the facility said no statement or comment would be forthcoming.
June 26, 2013 |
Melissa McCarthy, starring in "The Heat" (which opens Friday) with Sandra Bullock, is a talented comedic actress, on screens big ("Bridesmaids") and small ("Mike and Molly"). But she seems to have had to spend a lot of time talking to interviewers about her weight -- Rex Reed famously, rudely, compared her to a tractor. In the July/August issue of More magazine, she reportedly says she isn't as sensitive to the weight conversation as she once was, and used to obsess about her weight until she realized it was a waste of time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2012 |
The family of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on Ecstasy at a rave concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and later died will receive a settlement of $190,000 on behalf of the stadium, the rave promoter and a former Coliseum manager, lawyers said. Attorneys for both sides said an insurance company for the promoter, Insomniac Inc., paid $175,000 for its liability and the Coliseum's. An insurer for the Coliseum manager, Todd DeStefano, paid $15,000. The teenager, Sasha Rodriguez, was at the rave even though the minimum entry age was 16. She was there without her parents' permission.
August 6, 2010 |
As recently as June, summer 2010 was looking good for event promoter Gary Richards. In just three years, Richards had built his Hard music festivals from what he calls a "career Hail Mary" into a lucrative national brand featuring eclectic lineups of emerging acts, most of which make electronic dance music. It was all about to pay off with a summer full of events, including a national tour featuring underground avant-disco duo Crystal Castles, buzzing South African group Die Antwoord and a dozen others, as well as two daylong festivals in New York and L.A., both headlined by controversial artist M.I.A.
July 6, 2010 |
When it comes to pushing dance music frontiers, there seems to be little left for Moby to explore. The 44-year-old producer and erstwhile beat music star has headlined arenas and stoked up parties around the world and has crossed over into the mainstream with his multi-platinum 1999 album, "Play." Over the course of nine studio albums he's tackled ambient music, house music and hard techno. At the Electric Daisy Carnival two weekends ago, for example, he stood below synchronized fireworks and pyrotechnics that illuminated the faces in the swirling crowd, whose wide eyes were transfixed on the stage.