February 15, 2014 |
The blue glow of a smartphone lights "Cradle Your Device," the first song on singer Tom Brosseau's new album, "Grass Punks. " A compact, personal protest featuring acoustic guitar, accompaniment by producer and Nickel Creek co-founder Sean Watkins and Brosseau's gentle tenor, the song captures an intimate 21st century moment in bed with a preoccupied lover - and her device. With wit, honesty and dueling acoustic guitars propelling it, the North Dakota-born, Los Angeles-based Brosseau details the problem: "Something has come between us, and no, it ain't what you think," he sings, ruling out infidelity.
November 23, 2013 |
Bill Cosby, 76, has a concert special Saturday -- his first such TV show in 30 years, though he hasn't been exactly out of sight in the meantime. There were a couple of sitcoms, and a mystery series, and lately, he has become a favored guest on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night. " That he is effecting this return via Comedy Central, home of "Workaholics," "Drunk History" and "Inside Amy Schumer" and many stand-up hours featuring comedians less polite than himself is something he has a little comic sport with at the top. It is a sit-down, rather than a stand-up, performance.
July 17, 2013 |
Tuesday night, a " band of robbers" caused a fracas on the streets of Hollywood. Inside the Fonda Theatre nearby, comedian Eric Andre was making a melee of his own. The absurdist mock-talk-show host has become a staple of Adult Swim, with his sendups of late-night yuk fests that usually spiral into delirious nonsense before the walk-on music is over. At the Fonda, the crowd scampered across the floor to get out of the way of Andre's first act -- running around in a white suit while spraying ketchup, throwing food, diving into collapsible furniture and throwing huge bricks of bar straws at his own fans.
April 4, 2013
Deadpan has a demigod, and his name is Demetri Martin. The young comic rose to fame with his TV show "Important Things With Demetri Martin," and has since carved a cottage industry out of his fusillade of one-liners with a delivery as a dry as a desert afternoon. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25, largo-la.com.
March 4, 2010
Acclaimed alt-country singer-songwriter Joe Henry will treat his cult following to a set of blues- and jazz-infused songs from last year's album, "Blood From Stars." The new compositions, which have increasingly incorporated classic blues structures in his playing and writing, showcase a rawer, grittier side of the Grammy-winning tunesmith's artistic personality. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Saturday $25. (310) 855-0350. www.largo-la.com.
February 4, 1997
Largo Vista Group has signed a contract with the Agricultural Bank of China, one of the country's largest financial institutions, to enhance liquid petroleum gas sales in the Yunnan Province. Under the agreement, bank customers can arrange for gas service through more than 1,000 bank branches and sub-branches. Gas service would be provided by Largo Vista's LPG utility company, the largest in southwest China.
May 5, 1995
Largo Vista Group, Ltd. said Thursday it has agreed to sell its interest in a Chinese telecommunications company for $5.15 million. The buyer, East-West Equity Bridge Ltd., is an investment fund based in Houston, Texas. Largo Vista, a Newport Beach development company, said it remains involved in other home construction and telecommunications projects in China.
January 13, 1994 |
Film producer Lawrence Gordon resigned Wednesday as chief executive of Largo Entertainment--the first major Hollywood venture backed by Japanese money during the free-spending 1980s--for an exclusive production deal at Universal Pictures. The move had been expected for weeks, as rumors circulated in Hollywood that Largo was running out of cash due to a dearth of hits and a financial drain from overhead costs.
October 22, 1993 |
In the late 1980s, when the scent of Japanese money was still fresh in Hollywood, JVC made headline news by investing $100 million in producer Larry Gordon's Largo Entertainment. The consumer electronics maker, in return for its money, got an exclusive seat at Hollywood's table and a chance to share in Gordon's success. Gordon, for his part, described the agreement giving him autonomy to make up to six films a year as a "dream deal."