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April 19, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Is Coachella the biggest gift to the fashion industry since Kate Middleton? It certainly seems like it from the marketing blitz that has blown up around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which wraps up a two-weekend run Sunday in Indio. We all know that brands have been flocking to the festival for years, hoping to make an impression on tastemakers who attend by hosting star-studded parties at nearby venues. This year, Old Navy, Lacoste, H&M, Teva, Adidas Originals, Guess and Opening Ceremony are just a few of the names that hopped on the Coachella branding bandwagon.
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NATIONAL
April 18, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON - There's a tense excitement running through this city as it prepares for the 118th Boston Marathon, a uniquely Bostonian event, held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April, which celebrates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Residents are waiting to see how much of the traditional carefree spirit of Marathon Monday will remain after officials implement security measures to make the 26.2-mile route "the safest place on the...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Before the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off on Friday, Indio police were investigating a death connected to last weekend's festivities. The Riverside County sheriff-coroner called it the result of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose. A 24-year-old woman in Indio at last weekend's festival died Thursday, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday morning. Kimchi Truong of Oakland collapsed while attending Coachella on Saturday and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Cannes Film Festival can certainly welcome, and boost, movies that aim to be Academy Awards players - the festival has premiered at least one best picture nominee in four of the last five years, including "Nebraska" in 2013. But as it made clear when it announced this year's official selection Thursday, Cannes also operates independently from the awards machinery of its late-summer and early-fall counterparts, emphasizing such things as returning directors and dues-paying. As festival director Thierry Fremaux announced this year's selections at a Paris news conference, the returnees were much in evidence.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z are scheduled to appear outside City Hall on Wednesday for what is expected to be an announcement on a two-day music festival for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park. The Budweiser Made in America, which advertises itself as being “curated by Jay Z,” could draw as many as 50,000 people to the heart of downtown, raising red flags  for Councilman Jose Huizar, who warned that street closures and beer sales could create "a nightmare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Rapper Jay Z's Made in America music festival is coming to downtown's Grand Park despite concern from one City Council member that the influx of thousands of people attending multiple stages with access to beer could create a "nightmare. " The rapper joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday to make the announcement, saying two years ago, "this was a dream. " He also called Garcetti an "incredible mayor," noting he "pulled this thing together in record time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z are set to appear Wednesday outside City Hall for what is expected to be an announcement on the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival planned for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park. Garcetti sent an advisory saying the news conference will be attended by Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins, along with county Supervisor Gloria Molina and City Council President Herb Wesson. The prospect of a major concert drawing as many as 50,000 people to the heart of downtown had raised red flags for Councilman Jose Huizar , who warned that street closures and beer sales could create "a nightmare" for downtown residents.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them. Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless. Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place.  Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas.  PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3 "We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone.
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