December 20, 2003 |
Why doesn't Rufus Wainwright just get it over with and fulfill his destiny as a Broadway composer? He's got the dramatic song flair, the richly worded emotions and the kind of melodies that kill in contemporary musical theater. And Thursday at the Wiltern LG, in white slacks, colorful shirt and long scarf, the lanky singer even looked ready to take over for Hugh Jackman as singer-songwriter Peter Allen in the current Broadway production "The Boy From Oz."
September 25, 2007 |
RIGHT before the very last encore of "Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland" on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl, the singer and composer, a little punch-drunk from the passionate two-hour wrestling match he'd just had with his muse, had one request. "This is the last show ever of this type I'll do," he said. "So let's have fun during this, OK?" It seemed like a strange thing to ask of an audience who'd already given him one standing ovation. But really, Wainwright was talking to himself.
June 20, 2007 |
"Schoolhouse Rock" for a new generation? That's kind of the idea behind "Song of America," a three-CD collection coming in September that tells about U.S. history in song, an idea germinated by former U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno. Participants include John Mellencamp, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Black Crowes and Martha Wainwright.
December 24, 2013 |
For Christmas Eve, Pop & Hiss offers up a selection of offbeat holiday albums guaranteed to break up the monotony of the same-old, same-old holiday songs and arrangements being piped into malls and over the airwaves of Yuletide-music centered radio stations. Track them down on Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG or other streaming services. Brave Combo , “It's Christmas, Man” (Rounder, 1992) This absurdly eclectic quartet from Texas puts its manic stamp on classics (such as "O, Christmas Tree," which gets the samba treatment, and Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song [Chestnuts]
February 24, 1997 |
"This song is about life," Anna McGarrigle deadpanned at the Ash Grove on Saturday, drawing chuckles from everyone in the room, including younger sister Kate, her musical partner. "It's called 'Why Must We Live?' " The reason for the laughs was that the song--the title track from the French-Canadian duo's new album, "Matapedia"--followed two songs about death, including a new one titled "Why Must We Die?"
January 10, 2010
SAN DIEGO Whale festival When, where: Jan. 23, the Embarcadero Highlights: Part of Big Bay Whale Days, a monthlong celebration of the gray whales' annual migration, this festival offers free kids' admission on Hornblower and San Diego Harbor Excursion whale-watching cruises, plus live entertainment and educational exhibits. Cost: Free Info: (619) 725-8879, www.thebigbay.com/whales CLOVERDALE, CALIF. Old Time Fiddle Festival When, where : Jan. 23 and 24, Citrus Fairgrounds Highlights: Dozens of fast-fingered performers jam and compete during this 35th annual event in Sonoma County; competitors include children as young as 5. Vendors sell handmade crafts and down-home food.
February 11, 2011
POP MUSIC Cee Lo Green and Big Boi Two of hip-hop and soul's most adventurous, progressive figures team up for a night of impressive beats, virtuoso mike work and, yes, a spirited take on "Forget You" in its original, bawdier version. They each had one of the best records of 2010, and this set will affirm how much ground is left to till in their genres. Club Nokia at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. $39. http://www.clubnokia.com. Martha Wainwright Her third album took a turn away from original folk tunes to a full-length tribute to legendary French singer Edith Piaf.
June 8, 2008 |
Everybody should talk about: Zooey Deschanel. Is there anything this hopelessly cool girl can't do? Her debut album, "She & Him," is already being praised in indie huddles, and her part in the coming-of-age drama "The Go-Getter," released Friday, is further proof that no one does endearingly kooky better. Next, she proves she can hang with the blockbuster boys, starring opposite Mark Walhberg in M. Night Shyamalan's first R-rated thriller, "The Happening." (Friday) Fans of Zooey could also talk about: Martha Wainwright's "I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too."
December 27, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Chris Crowley; Dr. Jennifer Sacheck; Joe Levy. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Ryan Seacrest; Dr. Marty Becker. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Kelly and Michael Repeat segments: Alec Baldwin; Nicki Minaj; Miranda Cosgrove.
December 13, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 9 - 15 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Ewan McGregor; Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Jane Buckingham; Richard Blais. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Richard Marx. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Ewan McGregor; Kerry Washington; Jackie Evancho performs.