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September 30, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Madonna, Annie Lennox, Boy George, Grace Jones and David Bowie were on the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier's spring-summer 2013 collection shown Saturday night during Paris Fashion Week. Well, sort of. Fashion's original enfant terrible, whose amazing museum retrospective, "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk To Catwalk" was in San Francisco earlier this year, decided to pay homage to his favorite 1980s-era music style icons, many of whom he dressed back in the day, with his spring collection.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Los Angeles' two greatest cultural disappointments of the past three decades may have been the failure of the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984 to mount director Robert Wilson's eight-hour international operatic epic, "the CIVIL warS" and the Music Center's inadequate support in 2000 of Frank Gehry's grand plan to renovate and urbanize the facility and reshape downtown's civic center in the process. All, though, is not lost. As part of Minimalist Jukebox on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunited those two transformative artistic visions by presenting Philip Glass' contribution to "the CIVIL warS," known as the Rome section, in Gehry's successful contribution to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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July 26, 1985 | United Press International
An impatient music lover took drastic action when a barroom jukebox took his money but didn't crank out his tune--he shot it. Police today said Charles S. Trissler, 50, pumped five shots from a .25-caliber pistol into the jukebox at Beepers Bar and then left. He was arrested and charged with destruction of property and firearms violations. The jukebox was damaged to the tune of $300.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's extraordinary Green Umbrella marathon Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox Festival. The concert lasted five hours if you count a pre-concert discussion and a pre-concert performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By Chris Willman
The conflict between mods and rockers, two warring factions of youth culture in Britain circa 1965, previously served as the backdrop for a terrifically gritty film, "Quadrophenia," based on the Who's concept album. Now the same conflict is the milieu for a stage musical, "ModRock," that exudes more sunshine than a decade's worth of London summers combined. If Pete Townshend ever deigned to see this show, you wouldn't blame him for succumbing to a fatal case of hives. The "ModRock" now on view at El Portal in North Hollywood almost plays like "Quadrophenia" reimagined by Walt Disney - and not even the modern iteration of the studio, but the Disney that was making frothy musicals such as "The Happiest Millionaire" in the mid-'60s.
NEWS
August 17, 2006
A jukebox tune that brings back fond memories During the '50s, when I was 9 years old, every diner had a jukebox ["Keeping the Jukes Jumping," Aug. 10, by Dean Kuipers]. I was crazy about them and always saved up money so I could go just to listen to the jukebox. One diner at Newport Beach had "Shake, Rattle and Roll," by Big Joe Turner, on its jukebox, and I would go there almost every day to listen to it. That must have been the song that was played the most often. Once when I put in my nickel and punched "Shake, Rattle and Roll," I got some ballad by the McGuire Sisters.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Fans of Johnny Cash -- and the jukebox musical based on his life -- will get a chance to hear from an expert who knew the late singer well and spent decades researching his career. Former Los Angeles Times pop-music critic and editor Robert Hilburn will discuss the life of Cash before performances of the upcoming musical "Ring of Fire" at The Laguna Playhouse on Jan. 18. Hilburn will speak at 1 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance, and at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By David Ng
"Motown: The Musical" -- the new Broadway jukebox musical that resurrects the Temptations, the Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas and many more -- opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York on Sunday. The production, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, has proven to be a popular box-office draw even in preview performances, raking in more than $1 million in its first week. In light of such impressive grosses -- the show seems destined to tour -- does it really matter what the critics think?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By David Ng
"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," a new stage biography of the American singer-songwriter, will have an out-of-town tryout in San Francisco in September before making its scheduled Broadway debut in spring 2014. The show will open at the SHN Curran Theatre in San Francisco, running from Sept. 24 through Oct. 20. Producers have not announced a theater or dates for next year's planned Broadway engagement. "Beautiful" will cover King's career, including her beginnings in Brooklyn (her real name is Carol Klein)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The original Jersey Boy is coming to Broadway. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are set for a weeklong engagement at the Broadway Theatre in New York, from Oct. 19 to 27, in celebration of group's 50th anniversary. Valli is to perform many of his signature songs, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll. " He no longer performs with the original Four Seasons members but with a new group of backup singers under the same name. The original group's first album was released in 1962.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"This primitivistic music goes on and on," the prescient San Francisco Chronicle music and art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote in his 1964 review of the premiere of Terry Riley's "In C. " "At times you feel you have never done anything all your life long but listen to this music and as if that is all there is or ever will be, but it is altogether absorbing, exciting, and moving, too," he continued. Saturday afternoon, in a special installation/performance at the Hammer Museum that helped kick off the first full weekend of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox festival, this primitivistic music went on and on for four hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
MARCH 24 Evgeny Kissin Every recital by this introverted Russian pianist with a godlike touch and the ability to breathe fire onto the keyboard is eagerly anticipated. But his first appearance in Walt Disney Concert Hall was more so than most. On Oct. 28, 2003, Kissin, then 32, had the honor of giving the first solo recital in the new hall, which was five days old. Kissin was back five years later, and it will have been another five for his third Disney recital. Much has changed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
In his classic tome "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century," critic Alex Ross compares Minimalism to driving a car "across empty desert, the layered repetitions in the music mirroring the changes that the eye perceives - road signs flashing by, a mountain range shifting on the horizon, a pedal point of asphalt underneath. " Think of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox festival, then, as a Mojave roadside diner where the menu changes constantly and there's always some unexpected disc spinning hypnotically on the turntable: John Adams' "Naive and Sentimental Music," Steve Reich's "Vermont Counterpoint" or perhaps "Autobahn," the robotic road-trip chamber work by post-human electro-pioneers Kraftwerk.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Fans of Johnny Cash -- and the jukebox musical based on his life -- will get a chance to hear from an expert who knew the late singer well and spent decades researching his career. Former Los Angeles Times pop-music critic and editor Robert Hilburn will discuss the life of Cash before performances of the upcoming musical "Ring of Fire" at The Laguna Playhouse on Jan. 18. Hilburn will speak at 1 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance, and at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work. But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly excited about the Pasadena Playhouse's impending revival of "Smokey Joe's Café," the jukebox musical built around more than three dozen of the signature hits he and longtime partner Jerry Leiber cranked out in the 1950s and 1960s.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By Chris Willman
The conflict between mods and rockers, two warring factions of youth culture in Britain circa 1965, previously served as the backdrop for a terrifically gritty film, "Quadrophenia," based on the Who's concept album. Now the same conflict is the milieu for a stage musical, "ModRock," that exudes more sunshine than a decade's worth of London summers combined. If Pete Townshend ever deigned to see this show, you wouldn't blame him for succumbing to a fatal case of hives. The "ModRock" now on view at El Portal in North Hollywood almost plays like "Quadrophenia" reimagined by Walt Disney - and not even the modern iteration of the studio, but the Disney that was making frothy musicals such as "The Happiest Millionaire" in the mid-'60s.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Jon Favreau has emerged as the lead candidate to direct the planned movie version of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical "Jersey Boys," according to a report this week in Variety. Favreau may seem like a strange choice for the job judging from his recent directorial efforts "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys and Aliens. " But Favreau's screenplay for the 1996 movie "Swingers" suggests he knows a thing or two about ambitious young men trying to make it in showbiz. "Jersey Boys" is reportedly being adapted for the screen by John Logan, the Tony-winning playwright ("Red")
TRAVEL
April 30, 1989 | JERRY HULSE, Times Travel Editor
The scene is changing at Land's End. As bulldozers roll across the earth, the curtain descends on an earlier time that's impossible to replay. Not tomorrow, not ever. In the beginning, the salvation of Cabo was its separation from civilization. It was this that drew fishermen seeking serenity and escape from the crowds. A thousand miles below the U.S. border, Cabo San Lucas was caught in a time warp. For centuries it dozed . . . until a new highway and the jet airplane laid waste to a dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By David Ng
"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," a new stage biography of the American singer-songwriter, will have an out-of-town tryout in San Francisco in September before making its scheduled Broadway debut in spring 2014. The show will open at the SHN Curran Theatre in San Francisco, running from Sept. 24 through Oct. 20. Producers have not announced a theater or dates for next year's planned Broadway engagement. "Beautiful" will cover King's career, including her beginnings in Brooklyn (her real name is Carol Klein)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By David Ng
"Motown: The Musical" -- the new Broadway jukebox musical that resurrects the Temptations, the Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas and many more -- opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York on Sunday. The production, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, has proven to be a popular box-office draw even in preview performances, raking in more than $1 million in its first week. In light of such impressive grosses -- the show seems destined to tour -- does it really matter what the critics think?
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