CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1993 |
Many years ago, to the delight of the Mike Glickmans of the day, Bing Crosby immortalized this plum piece of real estate in song. I'm gonna settle down and never more roam, he crooned. And make the San Fernando Valley my home . . . . A generation later, it was Frank Zappa, with help from his daughter Moon Unit, who would immortalize something else about the Valley. Like omigod like totally Encino is like so bitchin'.
June 26, 2006 |
"Dad, can I borrow the body of work tonight?" That, in a phrase, is the premise of Zappa plays Zappa, a concert enterprise in which Dweezil Zappa leads a band playing the music of his illustrious father, Frank Zappa. Though other associates have presented their versions of the curmudgeonly composer's work, this is billed as the first time it's been played live in its original form since his death from cancer in 1993.
April 25, 2010 |
Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers. Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005 by McSweeney's Books, is a fiendishly inventive meta-fiction that has drawn comparisons to the house-of-mirrors stories of John Barth and Italo Calvino, the self-reflexive screenplays of Charlie Kaufman and the gasp-inducing travelogues of the 16th century Spanish explorer Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.
May 22, 1988 |
** 1/2DWEEZIL ZAPPA. "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama." Chrysalis. If you want to know the difference between 18-year-old Dweezil and his notorious dad Frank, don't bother comparing the son's version of the title song with his father's 1970 original. It's a pretty straightforward rocker by Frank Zappa standards, and Dweezil only modernizes it a bit.
July 18, 1999
With the exception of the Go Go's, Erik Himmelsbach's androcentric list of SoCal's "most remarkable shows" ("What, No Depeche Mode?" So SoCal, June 13) excluded some great female performances. Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company closing a daylong festival at the Rose Bowl in the summer of '68; Laura Nyro's first gig at the Troubadour in October '69; Joni Mitchell on a bill at Pauley Pavilion with Frank Zappa and the L.A. Philharmonic (early '70s); Patti Smith at the Roxy (mid-'70s)
December 17, 1999 |
We all want to know what's going on in those other houses, particularly if the occupants go against type. Today, our case is a mother, Gail, and her kids--Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. The father was Frank Zappa, rest his soul. On a recent "Politically Incorrect," smirky Bill Maher had as guests Gail and Ahmet Zappa and Paul Kantner (of Jefferson Starship) and daughter China Kantner. The premise was that the Zappas and the Kantners represented atypical, countercultural families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997 |
Those who know little else about the idiosyncratic Frank Zappa associate him with the San Fernando Valley because of his 1982 pop hit "Valley Girl," and his followers may know he maintained a studio/office in North Hollywood and a sprawling home just south of Mulholland Drive. But the rock musician, composer and social satirist, who died in 1993 at age 52, derided the role of Valley booster.