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June 30, 2011
If film festivals can be roughly divided into two camps — the A-list, red-carpet types and the scrappy indie variety — the Everything Is Festival certainly belongs to the latter. Its quirky programming includes a panel of past and present writers from Conan O'Brien's talk shows, a motivational lecture by the party enthusiast and rocker Andrew W.K. and found-footage screenings. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:45-11:15 p.m. Thurs., 7:45 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri., 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat., noon-2 a.m. Sun. 2-10 p.m. Mon. Individual programs $10-$14, festival pass $90 (pass required for Mon. event)
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April 16, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to downtown, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the event will "shine a spotlight" on Grand Park, the city's up-and-coming Civic Center gathering spot. But what was billed as a coup for a reemerging Central City is also prompting debate about the idea and future of a refurbished and increasingly lively public venue that cascades from the edge of the Music Center to the steps of City Hall. The open space, expanded to 12 acres and relaunched in 2012, hosted free Fourth of July fireworks and a New Year's Eve party, events that each drew tens of thousands of visitors.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2010
Ascending Dragon Music Festival What: 17 concerts performed by Southwest Chamber Music and musicians from the Vietnam National Academy of Music Where: Pasadena, Los Angeles, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City When: Feb. 27 through May 3 Information: www.swmusic.org
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
All roads lead back to the Kogi truck. "It's like my 'Sweet Caroline' and I'm Neil Diamond," Roy Choi said. "I'll never be able to outlive Kogi. Kogi is a beast. " The chef was attempting to articulate what spawning that marvel of Korean barbecued ribs enveloped in tortillas has meant to him in front of a crowd at the 19th-annual L.A. Times Festival of Books. The sprawling two-day event at USC features readings, screenings, musical performances and cooking demonstrations. Under an unforgiving sun, hundreds listened as Choi conversed with Times food critic Jonathan Gold about the journey touched upon in his book "L.A.
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July 18, 2010
6 p.m. Sunday and July 25 iPalpiti Soloists at "Sundays Live!," Los Angeles County Museum of Art Bing Theater, free 7 p.m. Wednesday iPalpiti Soloists at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, $30 8 p.m. Thursday iPalpiti Soloists and Orchestra at Hannon Theatre, Mount St. Mary's College, $10 6 p.m. Saturday Festival finale, Walt Disney Concert Hall, $20-$90 Information: http://www.ipalpiti.org, (310) 205-0511
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March 17, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010
The bearded, be-sunglassed synthpop lothario Sébastien Tellier leads a crowd of Gallic gadflies at the Ooh La L.A. festival this weekend, when impossible cool and the soothing purr of Francophile lyrics will revive the ghost of Gainsbourg. The electronica crew Gotan Project and the Beatles-indebted (clearly!) act Revolver are other highlights. Various venues, Thu.-Sat. $10-$35 per show. http://www.oohlalafestival.com
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013
The "Everything Is" festival, presented by Cinefamily and Everything Is Terrible!, is back. The festival takes a supersonic nose dive into the world's weirdest found film footage, strangest VHS moments and most implausible video art installations, along with many other unintentional masterpieces of the wild world of underground, off-the-grid TV and cinema. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, L.A. Times and ticket prices vary. Through Wednesday. (323) 655-2510; http://www.cinefamily.org .
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2010
11th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival Where: Libbey Bowl, Ojai Avenue and Signal Street, Ojai When: Thursday through Sunday Price: Festival pass, $190. Individual events, $5 to $40 Contacts: (805) 646-8907. Complete schedule at http://www.ojaistoryfest.org
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December 18, 2009
3rd Annual Christmas Sweater Festival Where: El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles When: 7 p.m. Saturday Price: $17 Contact: www.theelrey.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | Adolfo Flores and Garrett Therolf
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
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.
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March 23, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
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March 17, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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.
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March 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
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.
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April 22, 2012
Panel: History — City of Angels When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Seeley G. Mudd building at USC Who: Leo Braudy, John Buntin, Steve J. Ross, D.J. Waldie, moderated by Richard Rayner
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
MARCH 24 Evgeny Kissin Every recital by this introverted Russian pianist with a godlike touch and the ability to breathe fire onto the keyboard is eagerly anticipated. But his first appearance in Walt Disney Concert Hall was more so than most. On Oct. 28, 2003, Kissin, then 32, had the honor of giving the first solo recital in the new hall, which was five days old. Kissin was back five years later, and it will have been another five for his third Disney recital. Much has changed.
TRAVEL
March 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Lyons
CERRETO, Italy - Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church. Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. Every local community, no matter how small, puts on its own summer festa, or festival. Some are based on religion: Each village has its own patron saint to celebrate with a day of services and parades followed by a night of feasting, dancing and, of course, fireworks.
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