June 1, 2010
EVENTS Wagner in L.A.: The Opera of the 21st Century? Though his epic four-part opera cycle, "The Ring," is well over a century old, Richard Wagner's influence is still apparent in contemporary music, art and philosophy. This two-day symposium, opening today, will explore Wagner's continuing cultural importance as well as his controversial personal beliefs. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu Great Guitars: Jonny Lang The nimble-fingered guitar prodigy visits the GRAMMY Museum's intimate sound stage to discuss his ample musical skills, his lifelong love of the blues and his latest album, "Live at the Ryman."
August 29, 2013 |
If anyone has the right to release a new single that's unabashedly Beatle-esque, it'd be Paul McCartney, and that adjective surely applies to “New,” the bouncy first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, due Oct. 15 (Oct. 14 in the U.K.) “New” has a rock lilt akin to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “It's Getting Better,” a beat that propels his song about the rejuvenation and anticipation that comes with a new relationship. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The production, by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is loaded with instrumental and vocal hooks, including a hopscotching guitar-keyboard riff at the opening that repeats later in the song, crisp hand claps and a soaring “ooh-ooh-ooh” accent that add up to one of the catchiest tunes McCartney's ever done.
June 1, 2011
BOOKS Flavor Flav Flavor Flav loves Flavor Flav and has written a book about himself called "Flavor Flav: Icon. " The former Public Enemy rapper turned reality TV star will appear at the Grammy Museum to discuss his epic life and the many challenges he faced in the studio and behind the camera. And if you want to know what loving New York was really like, he'll be happy to tell you during the Q&A session. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., No. A-245, L.A. 8 p.m. $20. (213)
November 6, 2012 |
On "Saturday Night Live" last month, Bruno Mars followed his performance of " Locked Out of Heaven " -- the delightfully Police-ish lead track from next month's "Unorthodox Jukebox" -- with a slow-and-low piano-ballad take on the album's second single, "Young Girls. " It was pretty but a bit slight, not unlike the singer's 2010 smash, " Just the Way You Are " (which nonetheless topped the Hot 100 and sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone). Posted on YouTube on Tuesday, the studio version of "Young Girls" remedies that flavor deficiency with pounding drums, fuzzy synth textures and a soaring vocal performance full of the passion Mars has sometimes sacrificed in the name of polish.
September 25, 2012 |
Here's something to do while waiting out Carmageddon II this weekend: Get a serious culture fix - for free. Selected museums across the country will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of Museum Day Live. The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and other venues in Southern California will participate in the free day. The deal: Smithsonian magazine hosts this event each year to encourage people to revisit their favorite museum or learn about a new one in their area.
May 24, 2010
BOOKS Carlos Ruiz Zafón This Spanish novelist has been living in Los Angeles for more than a decade, but his work reaches far and wide, with millions of copies in 45 countries and 30 languages. His latest book, "The Angel's Game," follows a struggling pulp-fiction writer. Zafón will discuss fiction in a global age with moderator Rick Kleffel. Zócalo Public Square at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave. 7:30 p.m. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org. MOVIES Friday the 13th Part 3 Comedian Doug Benson hosts this special screening, part of the Cinefamily's Comedy Death-Ray series.
March 1, 2011
EVENTS Taiko drumming Three family events in one ? learn about the Japanese drumming tradition, listen to a performance and then create a Japanese landscape scroll to commemorate the occasion. Kidspace Children's Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Free. 4-8 p.m. (626) 449-9144. http://www.kidspacemuseum.org Joan Rivers As a stand-up comedian, a talk-show host, a dreaded member of the fashion police and even a winner on "The Celebrity Apprentice," Joan Rivers has had a long and varied (if occasionally polarizing)