August 26, 1991 |
A Gato Barbieri performance is not so much a jazz concert as it is a geothermal incident. The Argentine tenor saxophonist certainly has his jazz credentials, having worked with a range spanning Lalo Schifrin and avant garde trumpeter Don Cherry before taking off on his own in 1969. But the sound pouring from his instrument's bell at the Coach House Friday evening was nothing short of a volcanic eruption. The U.S.
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September 9, 1993
It's school time again, and even those without children are reminded of that by the big yellow buses back on the street and the increase in traffic. It's all part of the excitement--and anxiety--that a new school year in Los Angeles brings. Los Angeles Unified School District, still feeling the effects of crippling budget problems and a bitter labor dispute, has openings for 650 teachers. Many teachers left the district after a 10% pay cut.
September 19, 1995 |
It was business as usual at the Monterey Festival over the weekend. The venerable event celebrated its 38th installment with a characteristic array of music that included everything from Dixieland and be-bop to mainstream and acid jazz. What was missing was any real sense of innovation.
September 9, 1993 |
Movie critic Pauline Kael is not known for gushing, but when "Last Tango in Paris" came out in 1972, she went into an uncustomary swoon. In a long piece in the New Yorker that was as much essay as critique, she wrote that Bernardo Bertolucci's film "has made the strongest impression on me in almost 20 years of reviewing." The picture caused more than a sensation with the formidable Ms. Kael.
November 17, 1994 |
Much of the interest in "Loulou," Maurice Pialat's 1980 movie about hard-nosed romance, comes from watching French stars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert at earlier, less commercial plateaus in their careers. Pialat, a former painter known for the earnest realism of his films, tells the story of Nelly (Huppert) and Loulou (Depardieu), a pair of lovers who connect despite the disadvantage of having little in common besides a flash point of sexual attraction.
September 22, 2001 |
Even an 18-ton steel structure needs occasional tender loving care. So that's what the Orange County Performing Arts Center has been doing for the last eight weeks--refurbishing its internal orchestra shell, the steel structure that projects sound from the stage and into the hall. "We're 15 years old, and a lot of the [shell's] mechanisms were wearing out," said Orange County Performing Arts Center President Jerry E. Mandell recently.
February 10, 2008 |
You say it's not possible to win a jazz Grammy with an album that isn't out in stores, at the listening posts or available on Amazon? Think again. Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider did it in 2005 with "Concert in the Garden," as did Billy Childs in 2006 and Brian Lynch and Eddie Palmieri in 2007 -- all on the ArtistShare label. And Schneider has two more nominations this year for "Sky Blue," also on ArtistShare. "I was the first artist on ArtistShare," says the New York-based musician.
October 13, 2012
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Among the pleas and invectives, yowls and barks coming from Patti Smith on stage at the Wiltern on Friday, the bellowed cries of “free money!” “Gloria!” and “Pussy Riot!”; the Sylvia Plath dedication and the yarn about Jimmy Iovine, Bruce Springsteen and the birth of “Because the Night,” the singer, poet, and National Book Award-winning memoirist relayed a sage piece of advice to the crowd. “You don't have to go to school," she said.
October 25, 2005 |
IT'S hard to imagine a film that's been written about more and seen less than "The Passenger." One of the enigmatic masterworks of modern cinema, the 1975 Michelangelo Antonioni movie has been out of circulation for years -- it's never been on DVD and was only briefly available on video in the mid-1980s. But thanks to Sony Pictures Classics, the film opens Nov. 4 for a weeklong run at the Nuart, with a DVD release to follow early next year.