July 4, 2013
For years the Hollywood Bowl has been the most reliable source for L.A. Fourth festivities, and here it heads into Independence Day with pop-classical singer and pianist Josh Groban, who will fill the Bowl with his own material. The day also features the L.A. Philharmonic performing a set of patriotic music accompanied by an always-dazzling fireworks set. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Thu. Prices vary. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com .
September 27, 2012
After making the leap from alt-country experimenters to pop deconstructionists with the landmark "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" in 2002, Wilco could've rested on their laurels blasting past hits "on the landing in the summer" for years. Instead bandleader Jeff Tweedy kept moving forward over albums that found the band further redefining its sound with jagged structures and breezy '70s rock leading up to last year's bold album, "The Whole Love. " Stretching into new territory with songs such as the sprawling folk of "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)"
September 8, 2011
MUSIC Few composers go better with colorful explosions than Tchaikovsky, and at this "Fireworks Spectacular" the L.A. Phil pairs his famous "Rococo Variations" and music from "Swan Lake" with a visual volley capped by the bombastic, cannon-sporting "1812 Overture" featuring the USC marching band. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $11-$158. http://www.laphil.com.
HOME & GARDEN
July 12, 2013 |
Life is usually such a struggle for me. I get foreplay confused with afterplay; I get tofu confused with cheese. Yet, when I stumble across one of L.A.'s ultimate bargains, I am quick to share. This is such a one-way relationship, you and I. Just the way you like it. So today we're leaving the suburbs for the best free activity in Los Angeles, a sort of spiritual rehab, Botox for your troubled soul. Here, L.A.'s most-accomplished musicians serenade you, directed by celebrity conductors.