April 6, 2013 |
I have been in love with Howlin' Pelle Almqvist from the Hives since 2004, when I first caught sight of him strutting onstage one hot Texas afternoon at South by Southwest. So when I found out that the hard rocking band from Sweden was going to play the main stage at Coachella last year, I made it my mission to meet him. Stalking a rock star at one of the world's largest concerts is no easy feat, and I didn't have the right equipment, meaning a backstage pass. However, last year was the first year that Coachella was staged for two weekends in a row, so there was twice the opportunity and twice the angst.
April 4, 2013 |
Like the NHL season, the annual deadline-day trading frenzy was late in starting. But a flurry of deals in the hour before Wednesday's noon Pacific time cutoff changed the complexion of several teams and added depth to others hoping for long playoff runs. The Ducks, seeking strength up the middle, acquired veteran center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes for left wing Brandon McMillan. They also traded goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.
March 26, 2013 |
The man accused of killing Colorado's prisons chief had bomb-making materials in his trunk when he got into a highway shootout in Texas, according to court documents released Tuesday. The gun that killed Colorado prisons director Tom Clements last week was found in the possession of recently paroled inmate Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, officials have said. Ebel died of wounds sustained in the shootout. Texas court documents say Ebel's 1991 Cadillac Seville also contained apparent bomb-making materials and bloody clothes that have been sent to Colorado investigators.
March 23, 2013 |
Like every other form of art, operas can be inspired by just about anything - historical events, myths, epic poems, plays, even movies. Often, such operas go on to eclipse their inspiration. Puccini's "Tosca," derived from a play by Victorien Sardou, is a good example; so is Verdi's "Rigoletto," based on a tragedy by Victor Hugo. But not all make that leap. Some remain in the shadow of their progenitors. How that affects an opera's appeal varies. But it's a topic worth raising as several such works are soon to be featured on Southern California stages, beginning Saturday with a production at San Diego Opera of Ildebrando Pizzetti's "Murder in the Cathedral," based on T.S. Eliot's verse play.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2013 |
Opening a new frontier for solving cold cases, California prosecutors are hunting for DNA from killers, rapists and other prison inmates who died before authorities obtained their genetic profiles. Prosecutors from Sacramento, Los Angeles and Orange counties are sifting through old court exhibits and examining long-since forgotten crime-scene evidence in search of blood, saliva and other material that can be tested for DNA. Once obtained, the DNA is compared with the genetic profiles from unsolved cases that have DNA from unidentified perpetrators.
February 28, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to sending huge digital archives of secret U.S. military and diplomatic records to the WikiLeaks website, saying he was motivated by a U.S. foreign policy "obsessed with killing and capturing people. " Manning, 25, sat erect in dress blues beside his lawyers in a military courtroom and read aloud for more than an hour - slowly but sometimes stumbling over his words - from a 35-page, handwritten statement that described his personal angst over America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2013
A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling, "Bless Me, Ultima" makes a difficult task look easy. It combines innocence and experience in a way not easy to categorize but a pleasure to watch. Taken from Rudolfo Anaya's landmark book, "Bless Me, Ultima" was a challenge because though it has a 6-year-old protagonist, likely material for a Disney film this is not. Which is why Carl Franklin is the ideal person to bring it to the screen. As the director of the mother-daughter drama "One True Thing," Franklin understands emotion.
February 24, 2013 |
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has dabbled as a pop-culture critic, recently giving his thoughts on the HBO series " Girls . " Now Abdul-Jabbar is giving his take on the Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained. " "For me, 'Django Unchained' is like this season's Lakers: filled with talent and potential, but never coming together in a cohesive manner," Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a blog post on Esquire.com . Abdul-Jabbar argues that the Tarantino film did not deserve its Academy Award nominations for best picture or for best original screenplay, saying the picture is fundamentally a good "B film," lacking the depth of an "A film.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2013 |
Richard Artschwager, an artist who turned his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker into a distinctive approach to making sculptures and paintings that defy easy categorization, died Saturday in Albany, N.Y., following a brief illness. He was 89. A retrospective of Artschwager's work, which travels to the UCLA Hammer Museum in June, closed Feb. 3 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan. It was the Whitney's second Artschwager retrospective and will be the third to be shown in Southern California.
January 28, 2013 |
Miles Davis had a raw, multi-syllable name for his group from 1969, and it wasn't one we can print in this newspaper. Known in various jazz-obsessive circles as the Lost Band, the powerful quintet of all stars Davis assembled between the release of plate-shifting albums "In a Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" included keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Though the group famously was never documented in the studio, its legacy is enhanced with "Live in Europe 1969," a four disc set that marks the second volume in Columbia/Legacy's Bootleg Series.