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ART Photography From the New China The new Getty exhibition, which showcases recently acquired photos from Hai Bo, Liu Zheng, Song Yongping and others, underscores the contrast between the types of photography emerging from China before and after Deng Xiaoping declared the beginning of a new era of opening and reform. Getty Center , 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. Through April 24. Free. http://www.getty.edu MOVIES The Illusionist Cinefamily hosts an exclusive sneak preview of Sylvain Chomet's ("The Triplets of Belleville")
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August 28, 2013 | By August Brown
If you were scandalized by Miley Cyrus' performance Sunday at the VMAs, get ready to have your shock codified in the English language. Oxford Dictionaries Online has formally announced that it's adding "twerking" as the newest verb to its ledger, as part of its quarterly update to its online resources. The formal definition? "Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. " MTV VMAs 2013: Show Highlights | Best & Worst It joins other pop-culture effluvia like "selfie," "derp," "digital diet" and "Bitcoin" as new additions to the palette of modern language in the online edition.
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August 25, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
At 2:35 p.m. Sunday, a herd of visibly anxious, slightly nerdy music fans could be seen running across the dusty field at L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown, heading toward the Miranda Stage. Drawing them, like Bärenjäger to alcoholic honey bees, was the awkward, off-kilter, supremely signature whine of Jonathan Richman. It was the sound of stoned, painfully introverted high school nights. The godfather of modern indie rock was in rare form as the white-hot sun glared with a mirthful eye at the golden dead grass of the park, and the long-converted bounced in unison to the fun-loving performance of their patron saint.
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August 25, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
At 2:35 p.m. Sunday, a herd of visibly anxious, slightly nerdy music fans could be seen running across the dusty field at L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown, heading toward the Miranda Stage. Drawing them, like Bärenjäger to alcoholic honey bees, was the awkward, off-kilter, supremely signature whine of Jonathan Richman. It was the sound of stoned, painfully introverted high school nights. The godfather of modern indie rock was in rare form as the white-hot sun glared with a mirthful eye at the golden dead grass of the park, and the long-converted bounced in unison to the fun-loving performance of their patron saint.
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September 15, 1987 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Try to think of anyone besides Jonathan Richman who could get down on all fours to sing "I'm a Little Dinosaur"--befitting his existence as a throwback to a more primitive age in pop--then crawl around to playfully bite his guitar player on the leg and not seem suffocatingly precious. But Sunday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Richman did just that as his way of reawakening a sense of wide-eyed amazement and unadulterated joy in even the most jaded pop fans.
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November 22, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
It takes a special kind of enthusiasm to create a world of one's own. But then, Jonathan Richman is nothing if not enthusiastic. Consequently, this singularly quirky rocker lets his imagination wander a bit more freely than the average songwriter. Consider how Richman once envisioned the moment of mankind's first extraterrestrial contact: "Here come the Martian Martians, riding on their Martian bikes/Now we've got to find out right now, what kind of ice cream do these Martians like?"
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May 22, 1999 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Jonathan Richman has seen fame come and go. He helped invent punk rock in the early '70s, but quickly left that all behind for two decades of joke lyrics and songs of tortured love. And with his appearance as the roaming troubadour in last year's hit movie "There's Something About Mary," the singer is again flirting with accidental popularity. At 14 Below in Santa Monica on Thursday, Richman was still in no mood to pander to popular tastes.
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May 18, 2010
POP MUSIC Jonathan Richman For more than three decades, the wry tunesmith with a Rocky Balboa drawl and an observant eye has maintained a cult following — first as leader of the Modern Lovers, whose lovesick Bostonian proto-punk has been credited with pioneering the genre, then through appearances on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "There's Something About Mary," not to mention a steady stream of solo releases in the '90s and...
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January 14, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
"I, Jonathan" probably won't turn up on "Masterpiece Theater" any time soon. There are some similarities, however, between Jonathan Richman, the auteur of the new album, "I, Jonathan," and Tiberius Claudius, the Roman emperor whose unlikely career was the subject of the BBC dramatic series, "I, Claudius." Claudius, whose ascension to the throne was purely accidental, was scorned by scoffers as a laughable, ineffectual boob. Richman has his critics, too.
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January 15, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For some 20 years, Jonathan Richman has been almost invariably described as a pop Peter Pan, an eternal innocent. Well, somewhere along the line when no one was looking, Richman slipped into venerable Wise Old Man-dom. Not that he seemed at all wizened or the least bit grizzled on the first of three nights at Bogart's Bohemian Cafe on Wednesday--in fact, he really hasn't changed a bit, either in his youthful looks or his unchecked, exuberant love for "unsophisticated" rock 'n' roll.
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June 29, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
In Saturday's Times, I published an account of my recent wedding, and the struggles and successes of choosing the perfect music for the occasion -- especially as a music critic. The essay mentioned any number of songs that my wife Jenny and I included, and others that were featured on a mix CD we gave to our guests.  I've made a Spotify mix of the songs that landed on the mix, and included it below. Yes, the list of songs that we could have included is boundless, and on any given day the mix would have featured other selections.
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December 7, 2010
ART Photography From the New China The new Getty exhibition, which showcases recently acquired photos from Hai Bo, Liu Zheng, Song Yongping and others, underscores the contrast between the types of photography emerging from China before and after Deng Xiaoping declared the beginning of a new era of opening and reform. Getty Center , 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. Through April 24. Free. http://www.getty.edu MOVIES The Illusionist Cinefamily hosts an exclusive sneak preview of Sylvain Chomet's ("The Triplets of Belleville")
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May 18, 2010
POP MUSIC Jonathan Richman For more than three decades, the wry tunesmith with a Rocky Balboa drawl and an observant eye has maintained a cult following — first as leader of the Modern Lovers, whose lovesick Bostonian proto-punk has been credited with pioneering the genre, then through appearances on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "There's Something About Mary," not to mention a steady stream of solo releases in the '90s and...
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March 20, 2008 | August Brown
WHEN singer-songwriter Jens Lekman was checking out apartments to rent in Kortedala, a suburban neighborhood of his Swedish hometown Gothenburg, one landlord made an odd case for Lekman to move in. The previous occupant died in the bathroom, he said, and it took three months for anyone to notice. "He drowned in the bathtub," Lekman says. "I asked the landlord 'Why are you telling me this?' They thought that I would like it. It was their key point in getting me to take the apartment."
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August 3, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even in the character-filled world of pop music, Jonathan Richman stands out. Who besides the mercurial singer-songwriter from Massachusetts could carve out a career swinging between the emotional extremes of songs such as "Ice Cream Man," an ode to Good Humor vendors everywhere, and the self-explanatory "My Career as a Homewrecker"?
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May 22, 1999 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Jonathan Richman has seen fame come and go. He helped invent punk rock in the early '70s, but quickly left that all behind for two decades of joke lyrics and songs of tortured love. And with his appearance as the roaming troubadour in last year's hit movie "There's Something About Mary," the singer is again flirting with accidental popularity. At 14 Below in Santa Monica on Thursday, Richman was still in no mood to pander to popular tastes.
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August 3, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even in the character-filled world of pop music, Jonathan Richman stands out. Who besides the mercurial singer-songwriter from Massachusetts could carve out a career swinging between the emotional extremes of songs such as "Ice Cream Man," an ode to Good Humor vendors everywhere, and the self-explanatory "My Career as a Homewrecker"?
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January 15, 1993 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All that Jonathan Richman really needs these days is a backbeat and a stage. Just that and his guitar, of course, electric or acous tic--it almost doesn't matter. That's the turn the singer-songwriter's career has taken these past several years, after abandoning the band format of his Modern Lovers.
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December 14, 1998 | SANDY MASUO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though he never packed the angry punch of his more riled-up contemporaries, Jonathan Richman certainly helped fan the flames of the punk revolution in the mid-1970s. His fiercely minimal folk-pop-rock attack and decidedly unassuming attitude made him every bit as radical as the Sex Pistols. Unlike his noisier brethren, however, Richman and his quirky acoustic musings have never really been in danger of being co-opted by the mainstream.
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November 15, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS
*** 1/2 Jonathan Richman, "I'm So Confused," Vapor. Nobody but this veteran singer-songwriter could have provided the blend of absurdity and poignancy that gave "There's Something About Mary" its surreal sweetness. Featuring the movie's heart-wrenching, gut-busting "True Love Is Not Nice," Richman--that film's strolling troubadour--offers a spare, folk-pop collection that's similarly preoccupied with the ups and (mostly) downs of romance.
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