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October 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
For more than half of his life, actor William Shatner has been on a mythical mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before. " Though he no longer commands the Starship Enterprise, the 82-year-old poet and TV pitchman is still visiting bizarre worlds. His most recent? That oddball realm of prog rock. His concept album, "Ponder the Mystery," finds the man formerly known as Capt. James T. Kirk supported by a new crew that wields musical instruments rather than phasers. They include former members of the band Yes - Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Rick Wakeman.
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March 16, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The reunion of Roxy Music and the return of Spinal Tap are among the highlights of the Greek Theatre's 2001 season, which also includes classic pop from Tony Bennett and rock en espanol by La Ley. The season could be the last at the Greek for the Nederlander Organization, which has operated the city-owned facility for 25 years and whose contract expires Oct. 31. The season schedule will not be affected by the bidding process for a new contract, which is expected to be completed by early October.
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September 4, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All-star festival shows often leave a lot to be desired. One act dutifully follows another, each cranking out a few familiar hits and one or two new items. So give the touring Montreux Jazz Festival 2000 credit for trying something new.
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January 6, 1999 | DON HECKMAN
The strengths and weaknesses of jazz in the late '90s are immediately apparent in this year's Grammy nominees. Among the strengths: The contemporary jazz performance category, despite the tendency to minimize this particular genre, is filled with first-rate outings from Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller and the Yellowjackets.
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January 26, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Opportunity and spirit were as present on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night as they were on the surface of Mars. Not in the form of robotic rovers, of course, but in the combination of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and jazz artists Billy Childs, George Duke and Dianne Reeves.
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June 6, 1997 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Al Jarreau was singing the same old tunes at the Greek Theatre Sunday night. But he brought enough twists and improvisational mischief to his set to give even the most familiar numbers a wondrous freshness. While established material might be just what you'd expect from a vocalist whose only album of the last two years is a recently released "Best of . . . " collection, the treatment of that material, especially invigorated and playful, little resembled the original recordings.
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August 26, 2001
Movies The long-delayed "O," which transposes "Othello" to a contemporary boarding school, stars Mekhi Phifer, above left with Josh Hartnett, and Julia Stiles. Directed by Tim Blake Nelson, the Shakespearean tragedy was adapted by Brad Kaaya. Opens Friday. Theater Bea Arthur, best known from TV's "Maude" and "Golden Girls," will perform her one-woman show, "An Evening With Bea Arthur," songs and stories drawn from her six decades of work on stage and in film and television.
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August 13, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wednesday's bill at the Hollywood Bowl consisted of a tribute to the late Art Blakey followed by a tribute to the late Cannonball Adderley. Part of next Wednesday's show will be a tribute to the late Count Basie. Where would live jazz be without deceased jazzmen? Blakey's Jazz Messengers were represented by a dozen of his alumni, plus Kenny Washington or Billy Higgins on drums.
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December 18, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stevie Wonder's holiday wish list reaches well beyond dreams of Christmas snow and glistening treetops. Reawakening the joy of a childhood Christmas is one wish, which he fulfilled musically in "I Wish," one highlight of his 4 1/2-hour House Full of Toys benefit Saturday at the Great Western Forum. Another is that the event, now in its fifth year, will someday be international in scope.
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