September 11, 2010
STAGE "Elektra" A new translation of Sophocles' "Elektra" springs to life on the Getty Villa's outdoor stage. Starring Tyrees Allen and Olympia Dukakis, the spare and modern interpretation tells the tragic tale of willful memory, vengeance and the damage that happens to someone who refuses to forget. Getty Villa Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat. Ends Oct. 2. $42, (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu. EVENTS HempCon Amid the controversy surrounding medical marijuana, pot dispensaries and Proposition 19 (which would legalize possession in California)
September 2, 2010 |
Jac Holzman, who founded Elektra Records 60 years ago with $600 — half from his bar mitzvah money — should by all rights be sipping mai tais on a tropical island at this point in his career. Instead, the 79-year-old is exactly where he likes to be: in the thick of a technological tidal wave that's crashed over the very industry he helped to build. Holzman is senior advisor to Edgar Bronfman Jr., the chief executive of Warner Music Group Corp. who asked the veteran to return to the label that bought Elektra in 1970, along with Nonesuch Records, which Holzman launched in 1964.
August 22, 2010 |
Part of a series of occasional articles. Two weeks ago, rock band Arcade Fire landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with its third album, "The Suburbs. " For the band's devoted fans as well as some online music prognosticators, hitting the top in a country hopelessly devoted to Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga looked to be one of those watershed moments when art trumps commerce and some sort of musical reboot occurs. For North Carolina independent label Merge Records, which signed Arcade Fire in 2004 and released "The Suburbs," the coup served as a reminder that a tectonic shift has taken place in the music business.
January 20, 2010 |
Nina Lamb may be partially responsible for some of the greatest rock music ever recorded. Her contribution? Cheese-and-spinach phyllo rolls. "The Doors would go into their studio to rehearse or record," Lamb says, "and they'd get hungry and they'd call me at, maybe, midnight. They'd say, 'Can you bring us down some phyllo?' So I'd bake a bunch and take it down to them. I started making it and keeping it in my freezer." As the wife, and then ex-wife, of the legendary Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, Lamb served as the label's de facto chef, preparing food not only for industry parties for artists as diverse as Jim Morrison and Judy Collins, but also sending over snacks whenever her favorite acts felt the urge.
July 3, 2008 |
Everything about electro-pop trio Hearts of Palm U.K. seems a little coy, except the music. The group hails from Echo Park, not England (keeping the "U.K." appellation draped in mystery), and isn't even a band but more a project of songwriter Erica Elektra -- whose surname, of course, is merely something she adopted after almost being electrocuted while playing bass in the basement of her New York City apartment. Friends Frankie Rose and Billy Kaye (ahem . . . not their real names; they're to Elektra's right in the photo)
November 23, 2007 |
Mexico's largest specialty retailer said Thursday that it was partnering with one of China's Big Three automakers to build a plant in central Mexico that would have the capacity to produce 100,000 vehicles a year. Appliance and electronics giant Grupo Elektra and Beijing-based First Automobile Works Group are scheduled to hold a groundbreaking in the state of Michoacan today, when the companies will detail their plans to build and finance low-cost cars aimed at Mexico's emerging middle class.