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April 7, 2014 |
Eric Dietrich has finished the Boston Marathon and rowed the Charles River. But the Echo Park resident's favorite event is the popular CicLAvia festival. He's never missed one, pumping his wheelchair with arms through each route. On Sunday, Dietrich joined thousands of Angelenos in participating in the ninth edition of the event, which promotes health and a clean environment by encouraging people to abandon their cars for the day in favor of bicycles and other modes of non-polluting transportation.
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April 2, 2014 |
The push to bring a major music festival to downtown Los Angeles - one with rapper Jay Z expected to play a creative role - has set off a tussle between two L.A. politicians. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar contends he was left out of discussions, spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent weeks, over bringing the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival to Grand Park and the nearby steps of City Hall. Huizar, who represents most of downtown, called for the city to withhold approval of any permits for the Labor Day weekend event until the details are properly vetted.
March 23, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Two New York entertainment-world fixtures are teaming, as Madison Square Garden has announced that it has taken a 50% stake in Tribeca Enterprises, the company that runs the Tribeca Film Festival. The move gives Tribeca a financial foundation as well as presumed access to a number of high-profile venues. For MSG, the deal offers a toehold in the film-festival world as it looks to expand its live-event business beyond sports and music. Specific financial terms were not disclosed, though Tribeca said the deal "values Tribeca Enterprises at $45 million.
March 17, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Here's to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this vicious cycle earned more respect. This was a year in which Apple infiltrated the event to put on its own "festival" within the festival, and the year that party sponsors required that before entering, attendees sign away their rights for possible commercial use. The keynote speaker, Lady Gaga, trivialized bulimia with a shocking stunt, and the salted snack brand that funded her bull-in-a-china-shop arrival at South by Southwest further insulted the festival's spirit of creation with ham-fisted ploys to link music and munchies.
March 14, 2014 |
Music is not a competition, though at the South by Southwest music festival it often feels like one. A battle to discover the most talented unknown artist, for a choice spot in the queue outside of the Ty Dolla Sign gig, to get the most noteworthy ears into the club, to get signed, to land a song in an ad or at least leave with a free pair of Chuck Taylors from the generous folks at Converse. A war to avoid mentioning the word Doritos in a written piece about the glory of organized sound. How does such competition handle the tragedy of Wednesday night, when the plot went off course after a suspected drunk driver plowed into a group of people, killing two and injuring 23 -- highlighting what many are now saying is a festival at its boiling point?
March 14, 2014 |
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. This spring's National Football League draft will tell us who the most prized college players are. It's thought to be a good year for quarterbacks. College and university talent in the arts gets no such showcase. Perhaps the nearest thing is the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held each spring in Washington. It's a good year for Southern California playwrights. The Kennedy Center announced Thursday that Jeff Augustin of UC San Diego and Brian Polak of USC have won $1,000 first-place awards for full-length plays, with $500 runner-up awards going to Michael Yichao of the California Institute of the Arts and Kristin Idaszak of UC San Diego.