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September 25, 2005 | Patricia Connell
Catalina Island Sept. 30-Oct. 16: The JazzTrax Festival returns for its 19th season in the top-floor ballroom of the landmark Avalon Casino. More than 30 artists are scheduled on three consecutive weekends starting Friday, including the Rippingtons, Hiroshima, Eric Darius and Kirk Whalum. Some seats even have an ocean view. JazzTrax, Avalon Casino, Catalina Island; (760) 323-1171, www.jazztrax.com. Performances 7:30 p.m. Fridays, noon and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
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NEWS
May 17, 2012
Before the summer ends there's still time to jump on a boat and head to Southern California's very own island paradise - a place where the hurried pace of mainland life shifts to island time.   Catalina is California's only island resort destination, making it an excellent choice for a relaxing Southern California getaway. It's an hour away on a high-speed catamaran, or an even quicker ride if you take a helicopter. You can be relaxing in an island paradise in the time it takes to get across town.  The weather on the island in late summer and early fall is delightfully warm and sunny, with water temperatures warm enough to enjoy all the activities Catalina is famous for: boating, snorkeling and relaxing at the beach.  Accommodations on Catalina run the gamut - from tent site camping to beachfront hotels, from family-friendly inns to well-appointed condos, from charming cottage vacation rentals to an elegant four-star country inn. You can stay in a luxurious ocean-view suite or take the whole family to a comfortable beach bungalow close to town.
TRAVEL
April 29, 2007 | Los Angeles Times
Among the upcoming activities planned for Catalina Island: May 19-20: Catalina Island Hoe-Down, a festival featuring food, entertainment, live music, games; (310) 510-2595. June 2: 20th annual silent film benefit, celebrating island's Hollywood locations; (310) 510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org . June 3: Plein Air Painting Exhibition, a display of more than 20 Catalina Island scenes by contemporary and historic artists; (310) 510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org . June 20 (and every Wednesday till Aug. 29)
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October 10, 1991 | DIRK SUTRO, Dirk Sutro is a free-lance writer who regularly covers jazz for The Times San Diego Edition.
After his rousing set to close the first of two Catalina JazzTrax Festival weekends last Sunday night, saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. was too pumped up to sleep. So he hauled his horn down to the tiny Blue Parrot bar in Avalon and jammed with his band mates until closing time. Catalina is that kind of place. "It's a different atmosphere," said Washington Jr., who played the festival for the first time last weekend.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
POP MUSIC Wild bill at El Rey After the Raveonettes' 2002 mini-album "Whip It On" helped drive the movement of wildly passionate, blues-based duos such as the Kills, the Black Keys, Mr. Airplane Man, et al., the Danish team of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo have come roaring back with a biker-flick homage full-length album, "Chain Gang of Love."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2001
Two New Yorkers are smitten after a chance meeting but decide to leave it to fate to determine whether they were meant to be together in the romantic comedy "Serendipity." John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale portray the two strangers who hope that their accidental crossing of paths happens one more time. * "Serendipity," rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and for brief language, opens Friday in general release.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1992 | DIRK SUTRO
Signed to Capitol Records in 1957 at age 16, Sue Raney took a shot at teen stardom with silly songs such as "Biology," which became a minor hit. But, after 11 albums, Raney burned out in her quest to become a pop diva. Following a subsequent 12-year detour into writing and singing jingles, she resumed her career in 1984, concentrating on warm jazz standards.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2010
June 4 Azar Lawrence Quartet : The tenor saxophonist who was 21 when he performed on the Miles Davis live album "Dark Magus" performs from his latest release "Mystic Journey." Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air. 9 p.m. (310) 474-9400. June 7 Leszek Mozdzer : Part of the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery's "Moveable Feast" series, the pianist is a leading light in Polish contemporary jazz. Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 7:30 and 9 p.m. $25. http://www.
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