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January 22, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The annual bash thrown by the Grammy Producers & Engineers Wing at Village Recorders studio in West Los Angeles is typically one of the livelier Grammy week events, but this year, as if to ensure there would be not a whiff of stuffiness, they chose Neil Young as the recipient of this year's President's Merit Award. Tuesday's gathering was dominated by producers and other recording studio personnel but also drew industry executives and musicians, including longtime friend and collaborator Stephen Stills, Kris Kristofferson and Jakob Dylan, among others.
January 7, 2014 | Emily Foxhall
On New Year's Eve, Beccy Rogers donned a black suit with a fur collar. She selected sparkling earrings and a necklace, and finished the look with a glitzy clip in her long hair, pulled back into a tight bun. She has welcomed the new year in the outfit for as long as she has worked at Newport Beach's iconic Ritz Restaurant & Garden. But after 30 years, this would be her last. The Ritz, which first put down roots near the Newport Pier in 1977 and then moved years later to the more upscale Newport Center, will shut its doors Feb. 15, the victim of changing tastes and a landlord who wants to move in "a different direction.
December 28, 2013 | By Jeffrey Head
George Nelson's 1952 Bubble lamps are icons of Midcentury Modernism, arguably some of the most enduring designs of the era. But now that famed illumination, so soft and diffuse, finds itself in the harsh spotlight of one the year's most interesting design disputes. The George Nelson Foundation, which in court documents describes itself as a nonprofit "dedicated to preserving the legacy of Mr. Nelson," filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in May against Los Angeles-based Modernica.
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Bob Drogin and Scott Kraft
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled African nation to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a revered symbol of racial reconciliation around the world, died at his home Thursday. He was 95. Long before his release from prison in 1990, at age 71, Mandela was an inspiration to millions of blacks seeking to end the oppression of more than four decades of apartheid, and his continued incarceration spawned international censure of South Africa's white-minority government.
November 26, 2013
Arik Einstein Israeli pop singer, movie actor Arik Einstein, 74, a beloved Israeli singer and cultural icon whose voice was called the soundtrack of a nation, died Tuesday at a hospital in Tel-Aviv after collapsing at his home. He died of an aneurysm, according to Gaby Barabash, director of Tel-Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1939, Arik (Aryeh) Einstein was a star athlete as a teenager. When called up for military service in the 1950s, the nearsighted youth was barred from combat service and tried out for an army entertainment troupe, almost accidentally launching a career that would span 50 years and most of the nation's history.
November 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
In a night full of vaguely conceived prizes, Rihanna took home what might've been the vaguest of all at Sunday's American Music Awards: the so-called Icon Award, presented to the pop singer in honor of her "providing the soundtrack to our 21st century years and lives," as Bill Maher, of all people, described the accolade in his weirdly effusive introduction. "I'm so proud of you tonight," Rihanna's mother, Monica Fenty, told her daughter during her hand-off of the trophy. "I know the journey and your career has not always been an easy one. But tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused.
November 24, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Kerry Washington is everywhere. On the covers of magazines; live-tweeting her hit show, "Scandal," with her fans (who call themselves gladiators); hosting "Saturday Night Live"; and soon to be in ads for Neutrogena as the L.A.-based beauty company's new creative consultant. She's appealing all right, the enviable combination of smart and pretty with a can-do mentality to match that of her character on TV, Washington, D.C., crisis manager Olivia Pope. She's also an actress in the modern mold who knows that being a pro at the fashion game is a key to her success.
November 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The Recording Academy will present its prestigious Salute to Industry Icons award to Universal Music Group Chairman and Chief Executive Lucian Grainge in recognition of his contributions to the music business. A pre-Grammy gala will be held Jan. 25 at the Beverly Hilton to honor Grainge, who has advanced the work of such major acts as ABBA, Jay Z, Elton John, Eminem, Metallica, Katy Perry, Rihanna, U2 and Amy Winehouse over the span of his more than three-decade-long career. (The 56th Grammy awards themselves will take place Jan. 26.)
November 16, 2013 | By Juan C. Rodriguez
He didn't win a race in 2013. He didn't lead a lap in Saturday's Nationwide Series-ending Ford EcoBoost 300. Yet Austin Dillon still drove granddad Richard Childress' iconic No. 3 Chevrolet to a championship. Dillon overcame a poor-handling car early and benefitted from a late 12-lap caution to finish 12th, four spots behind pole-sitter and championship contender Sam Hornish Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hornish, who began the race eight points behind Dillon, ran in the top five for most of the 200 laps.
November 14, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler. " In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history - and changing fashions - filled with dozens of national figures (including LBJ, JFK and Jackie O) and had to factor in an equally daunting number of celebrities in the cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, Forest Whitaker in the lead role, among them. Carter says her focus had to be stout, and she ignored the shine of the 24-karat celebrities who surrounded her, on film and in her fitting rooms.
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