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February 1, 2007 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
PICTURE Bruce Lee with a ukulele -- yes, a ukulele. What probably comes to mind is a pile of splinters. Jake Shimabukuro imagined the late martial-arts star with a ukulele, and the vision he got was of sparks. Musical sparks.
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February 1, 2007 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
PICTURE Bruce Lee with a ukulele -- yes, a ukulele. What probably comes to mind is a pile of splinters. Jake Shimabukuro imagined the late martial-arts star with a ukulele, and the vision he got was of sparks. Musical sparks.
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June 10, 2010
There is no shortage of summertime music festivals with trendy bookings to lure in the kids, but the Playboy Jazz Festival, now in its 32nd year, is into mellow longevity, not eye-popping spectacle. This year's proceedings will offer the Chick Corea Freedom Band, Kurt Elling, the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Jake Shimabukuro and other practitioners of jazz in a range of styles, including standards, blues, Latin and world fusion, all of which, we hear, will go down smoothly with a glass of Pinot Grigio.
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August 25, 2011
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April 1, 2013 | By Susan King
The documentary "Linsanity," about the Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, will open the 29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The festival, which takes places May 2-12 at various locations including the Directors Guild Theatre, will feature 140 films from 20 countries. The festival will feature world premieres and sneak previews of narrative and documentary films that shine a spotlight on Asian Pacific Americans as well asĀ  the international Asian community. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments "Linsanity," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles Lin's life from his basketball days at Palo Alto High to his magical run in 2012 with the New York Knicks.The film was directed by Evan Jackson Leong.
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July 27, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
The UKULELE. It's small. Mere, even. Just four strings. It lacks the gravitas of a piano, the sex appeal of a guitar. And let's face it, despite gains in popularity over the last decade or so, the weirdness of Tiny Tim's falsetto warbling "Tip-Toe Thru' the Tulips" lingers. Oh, you do see ukuleles in performance more these days. And there are true uke maestros: Ohta-San and Lyle Ritz.
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April 22, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times Food editor
Small farmers today have to do a lot of things to make a living. Still, you get the feeling that the Lydgate family at Steelgrass Farms on Kauai is overdoing it a little. The first Lydgates arrived in Hawaii in the 1860s. Will and Emily are fifth-generation Kauaians, the great-grandchildren of John Mortimer Lydgate, in whose honor Lydgate Park on Kauai is named. In the 1990s, the family bought 8 acres of scrub on a hill above the town of Kapaa. There they started growing cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made.
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September 30, 2006 | CASEY DOLAN
Surfing the Web for new music, video and MP3 downloads can be a serious time investment. Picks from Times staff and contributors will help take the drag out of click-and-drag music choices. Some downloads may contain explicit lyrics. All are free, except as noted. -- CASEY DOLAN "Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood music.aol.com/archive/main Revenge videos are all the rage these days. They usually involve some low-down skunk of a man caught in the clutches of some floozy by his principal squeeze.
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December 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- The Gotham Awards handed their best feature award to a surprise contender Monday: the Coen brothers' folk-music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis. " "Fruitvale Station," the movie about an unarmed young man who was fatally shot at an Oakland train station in 2009, was also a big winner at the annual New York independent-film confab, with the film's Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan winning breakthrough director and breakthrough actor, respectively. Matthew McConaughey won the ceremony's first-ever best actor prize for his role as unlikely AIDS crusader Ron Woodroof in "The Dallas Buyers Club.
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November 29, 2011 | Steve Hochman
There's something to be said for the fact that the soundtrack to director Alexander Payne's deft and moving new film "The Descendants" is one of the more compelling collections of Hawaiian music in recent memory -- and the CD has nothing to do with surfing or hula. Like the film, it operates on the premise that life is messy, even in paradise. In one scene, the KanakAttack trio sings -- and yodels (yes, yodels) -- a Jimmie Rodgers-style cowboy song in the Tahiti Nui restaurant.
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September 24, 2010 | By Daiana Feuer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A few months ago at a Venice Beach party called the Seventh Chakra Purple Party, the directive on the invitation was simple: "Wear purple and come with an open mind!" Inside the upscale house, the most mind-opening part was a rather explicit makeshift museum celebrating the female anatomy. Outside, New Age types in their 30s and 40s mingled flirtatiously around a lavish yard featuring a trickling Zen waterfall, floor pillows and artificial grass. Most guests, however, were crammed in the backhouse, where they cheered ukulele cover band the Ooks of Hazzard as the nine musicians headed toward a "Purple Rain" finale.
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