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November 3, 2011
Join two L.A. music legends from different generations as they pool their talents for a special concert, backed by a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Van Dyke Parks is known for his work with the Beach Boys, U2, the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. Inara George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Admission free with advance reservations. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
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March 28, 2013
The songwriter-arranger Van Dyke Parks might be best known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, but he keeps up with contemporary acts as well. He worked with Joanna Newsom on "Ys," and at this show his brings along the L.A. chanteuse Inara George and the New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott for a round-robin concert. McCabe's. 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat. $22.50. McCabes.com .
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May 24, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Mike Andrews, the producer of Inara George's new album, "An Invitation," calls it "the father-and-daughter record she never got to make." That might sound strange to students of Los Angeles rock history, who know that the singer's father, Lowell George, the eccentric and brilliant leader of the rock band Little Feat, died in 1979 of a heart attack at age 32.
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December 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Greg Kurstin is one of pop music's most in-demand songwriter-producers, a proven hit maker who works closely with A-list singers like Pink and Kelly Clarkson. But he wasn't always so comfortable around celebrity. The year was 1982, and Kurstin - an L.A. native who grew up near the Getty Center - had formed a middle-school band with Frank Zappa's son Dweezil. Interacting with Frank was no problem; the late rock experimentalist walked around the Zappa home like a normal guy, Kurstin says.
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August 12, 2008 | Ann Powers; Natalie Nichols
Inara George with Van Dyke Parks "An Invitation" (Everloving Records) * * * * Inara George is the kind of artist who'll never get called experimental, because her music sounds so sweet. Yet she is a risk-taker -- just one whose voice is clear and accessible. In the past few years, the 34-year-old L.A.
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December 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Greg Kurstin is one of pop music's most in-demand songwriter-producers, a proven hit maker who works closely with A-list singers like Pink and Kelly Clarkson. But he wasn't always so comfortable around celebrity. The year was 1982, and Kurstin - an L.A. native who grew up near the Getty Center - had formed a middle-school band with Frank Zappa's son Dweezil. Interacting with Frank was no problem; the late rock experimentalist walked around the Zappa home like a normal guy, Kurstin says.
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August 11, 2008
Inara George is one of those great should-be-more-famous L.A. pop voices. Her sassy yet implacably wounded falsetto has highlighted a number of great albums on her own and as a member of the electro-jazz duo the Bird & the Bee. For her new album, "An Invitation," and this subsequent record release show, she's calling in the big production guns: longtime family friend and Beach Boys arranger Van Dyke Parks. Mon, 8:30 p.m., Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 855-0350.
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March 11, 2010
The Living Sisters, a trio of renowned local singer-songwriters, create some of the most soaring, ethereal harmonies around town. Betsy Stark, Inara George and Eleni Mandell will be sharing songs from their upcoming debut album, "Love to Live." Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. 7:30 p.m. Sat. (310) 440-7300.
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March 4, 2010
The Bird and the Bee , the project of singer Inara George and Lily Allen's producer Greg Kurstin, makes exquisite dinner party music. That's not a slight. And the Bird and the Bee's second album, "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future," is liquid gold. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Friday. $20. www.theelrey.com.
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March 28, 2013
The songwriter-arranger Van Dyke Parks might be best known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, but he keeps up with contemporary acts as well. He worked with Joanna Newsom on "Ys," and at this show his brings along the L.A. chanteuse Inara George and the New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott for a round-robin concert. McCabe's. 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat. $22.50. McCabes.com .
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September 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
At its most winsome, L.A.-based Lavender Diamond crafts heart-melting melodies that can sound as if they've been lifted straight out of a child's music box - in some cases, the world's most melancholy music box on the quartet's second full-length album. The album opens with "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now," one of five songs that traffic in the dreamy pulse of a waltz as vocalist Becky Stark sings: "Everybody's heart's breaking now/And you feel the world is ending somehow/And you wonder how we'll find our way out. " Such is the loveliness of Stark's voice in a track that expands from an intimate initial keyboard accompaniment to fully orchestrated, grand-scale pop that the listener feels compelled to see where this journey will lead rather than turn away in dystopian dejection.
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November 5, 2011
EVENTS Comikaze Expo Fanboys and -girls will unite at this inaugural celebration of pop culture, comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Comics icon Stan Lee and horror diva Elvira are set to kick off the event, which also offers screenings, panels, portfolio reviews, games and a masquerade ball. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.) $12 per day, $20 for two-day pass. http://www.comikazeexpo.com. Irvine Holiday Faire Get a jump-start on the holiday shopping at the 29th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire festive boutique, which will feature hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations from more than 150 vendors.
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November 3, 2011
Join two L.A. music legends from different generations as they pool their talents for a special concert, backed by a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Van Dyke Parks is known for his work with the Beach Boys, U2, the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. Inara George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Admission free with advance reservations. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2010
The Living Sisters, a trio of renowned local singer-songwriters, create some of the most soaring, ethereal harmonies around town. Betsy Stark, Inara George and Eleni Mandell will be sharing songs from their upcoming debut album, "Love to Live." Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. 7:30 p.m. Sat. (310) 440-7300.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2010
The Bird and the Bee , the project of singer Inara George and Lily Allen's producer Greg Kurstin, makes exquisite dinner party music. That's not a slight. And the Bird and the Bee's second album, "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future," is liquid gold. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Friday. $20. www.theelrey.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2008 | Ann Powers; Natalie Nichols
Inara George with Van Dyke Parks "An Invitation" (Everloving Records) * * * * Inara George is the kind of artist who'll never get called experimental, because her music sounds so sweet. Yet she is a risk-taker -- just one whose voice is clear and accessible. In the past few years, the 34-year-old L.A.
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July 24, 1998 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
"Othello" as a one-act? In Open Door TheaterWorks' production at the Santa Monica Playhouse's Other Space, Shakespeare's sprawling tragedy, divested of subplots and trimmed to a mere five characters, comes in at a little over an hour and a half. Brief is not necessarily better. But successive generations must each take their whack at reinterpreting Shakespeare, and this imaginatively truncated Cliffs Notes version by adapters Daren Rice and Obi Ndefo is surprisingly resonant.
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September 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
At its most winsome, L.A.-based Lavender Diamond crafts heart-melting melodies that can sound as if they've been lifted straight out of a child's music box - in some cases, the world's most melancholy music box on the quartet's second full-length album. The album opens with "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now," one of five songs that traffic in the dreamy pulse of a waltz as vocalist Becky Stark sings: "Everybody's heart's breaking now/And you feel the world is ending somehow/And you wonder how we'll find our way out. " Such is the loveliness of Stark's voice in a track that expands from an intimate initial keyboard accompaniment to fully orchestrated, grand-scale pop that the listener feels compelled to see where this journey will lead rather than turn away in dystopian dejection.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2008
Inara George is one of those great should-be-more-famous L.A. pop voices. Her sassy yet implacably wounded falsetto has highlighted a number of great albums on her own and as a member of the electro-jazz duo the Bird & the Bee. For her new album, "An Invitation," and this subsequent record release show, she's calling in the big production guns: longtime family friend and Beach Boys arranger Van Dyke Parks. Mon, 8:30 p.m., Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 855-0350.
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May 24, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Mike Andrews, the producer of Inara George's new album, "An Invitation," calls it "the father-and-daughter record she never got to make." That might sound strange to students of Los Angeles rock history, who know that the singer's father, Lowell George, the eccentric and brilliant leader of the rock band Little Feat, died in 1979 of a heart attack at age 32.
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