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February 9, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: On the London street at Universal City -- between the Strand Hotel, Mulligan's Tavern and an iconic red phone booth -- servers passed pizza and spring rolls as actors from “Glee,” “Scandal,” “The Fosters” and other popular TV shows mixed with supporters of the Family Equality Council. All then adjourned to the Globe Theatre for the main event: the organization's annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday. The show: The “Glee” gang chose songs for the occasion, beginning with Darren Criss on the guitar for “Somewhere That's Green.” New cast member Adam Lambert chose “Mad World,” and Amber Riley delivered a heartfelt “Who You Are.” Composer and pianist Brad Ellis accompanied the latter two performers, as he quietly does on the show.
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February 9, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: On the London street at Universal City -- between the Strand Hotel, Mulligan's Tavern and an iconic red phone booth -- servers passed pizza and spring rolls as actors from “Glee,” “Scandal,” “The Fosters” and other popular TV shows mixed with supporters of the Family Equality Council. All then adjourned to the Globe Theatre for the main event: the organization's annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday. The show: The “Glee” gang chose songs for the occasion, beginning with Darren Criss on the guitar for “Somewhere That's Green.” New cast member Adam Lambert chose “Mad World,” and Amber Riley delivered a heartfelt “Who You Are.” Composer and pianist Brad Ellis accompanied the latter two performers, as he quietly does on the show.
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September 17, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
One of Melissa Etheridge's most popular songs is "No Souvenirs," but don't tell that to the merchants in the Wiltern Theatre lobby, who were doing a reasonable business Saturday during the opening of her four-day stand. Many of the shirts and scarves were emblazoned with the title of her year-old gold album, "Brave and Crazy." Some other equally appropriate manifestoes, suitable for album title or T-shirt, came to mind--like "Co-Dependent and Bluesy" or "Obsessive and Raspy."
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June 26, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Rocker Melissa Etheridge is taking full advantage of the opportunity the Supreme Court delivered Wednesday with its decisions related to gay marriage -- she's announced her engagement to her partner of three years, Linda Wallem. "I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties ... ," the longtime advocate for gay rights wrote in the morning on Twitter, "and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem. " In addition to making public her intent to marry, Etheridge waxed a bit philosophical about the court decisions on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition.
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October 17, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How does Melissa Etheridge feel about being the doom-and-gloom queen of pop-rock? Words couldn't quite express her feelings. During afternoon tea in West Hollywood recently, the singer-songwriter let her nose do the talking--wrinkling it as if she'd just gotten a whiff of a foul odor. "I don't like the fact that people think I'm this depressed, miserable person," lamented Etheridge, who opens a five-day engagement tonight at the Roxy. "Some people come to see me wallow in misery.
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July 29, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This weekend, Ted Koppel goes prime time, a popular VH1 music series begins a new season, FX resurrects a cult comedy series and NBC reinvents a vintage show. John Williams, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw and Vic Damone perform music penned by Russian and German emigres who toiled in Hollywood in the '40s and '50s on "Evening at Pops," tonight at 8 on KCET-TV and KVCR-TV.
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December 9, 1999 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the signature songs of tortured love on Melissa Etheridge's new album, "Breakdown," is "Scarecrow," her scathing response to last year's beating death in Wyoming of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student. The dusky-voiced rocker makes Shepard's death a modern-day equivalent to the crucifixion of Jesus, a parallel that's bound to outrage religious conservatives.
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December 7, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It used to be Janis Joplin. Now Bruce Springsteen has become the most frequently cited point of comparison for Melissa Etheridge. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has taken her music to the heartland on her new album, "Your Little Secret," which employs the Boss' imagery and, on four songs, John Mellencamp's drummer , Kenny Aronoff , to evoke the grand sound and spirit of classic Midwest rock. Fair enough.
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October 17, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
First, there was the lime green monkey. Then came the T-shirt, the teddy bear, the painting, the license plate and other gifts, all of which Melissa Etheridge graciously accepted from fans and piled before the drum kit, like some sort of altar. Before her battle with breast cancer, Etheridge was already adored by her fans -- for her impassioned blues rock and her coming-out as a lesbian midcareer. She seems even more cherished by them now.
NEWS
September 20, 1990 | BILL LOCEY
If it were the movies, rocker Melissa Etheridge would be what is called the strong female lead--perhaps Sigourney Weaver beating up those slimy "aliens." She's got a voice as big as all outdoors, sort of like Pat Benatar on steroids, and Etheridge rocks as hard as any of those guys in leather pants. The Beatles may have sung ". . . all you need is love," but the love Etheridge sings about, nobody needs. It's angst with a beat, rocky relationships that rock.
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October 22, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Proposition 19, the California initiative that would legalize marijuana, got a boost Thursday from several Hollywood celebrities who announced they were throwing their support behind the measure. Rock singer Melissa Etheridge joined actors Danny Glover and Hal Sparks, former LAPD Deputy Chief Steve Downing, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and activist Sarah Lovering at a news conference at Cafe Was in Hollywood to announce their support for Proposition 19. The ballot measure would allow adults 21 and older to grow and possess marijuana and would authorize cities and counties to approve the cultivation, sale and taxation of pot. Etheridge said she was not a regular user of cannabis until she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy.
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October 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Melissa Etheridge, Alicia Keys and Annie Lennox are among the artists who will perform at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway, organizers said. The Dec. 11 concert will also feature performances by Earth Wind & Fire, Spanish singer Juanes and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall. This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their efforts to help spread awareness about man-made global warming.
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August 9, 2006 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
It all started after Melissa Etheridge began talking publicly about her battle with breast cancer. First, Safeway and Ford Motor Co. -- co-sponsors of Race for the Cure -- asked if she would write a song about the experience for their fundraiser. She produced an anthem, "I Run for Life." For a VH1-sponsored Hurricane Katrina telethon, she wrote and performed "Four Days," a song about a woman who lost a child in the storm. Best Buy wanted a Christmas song.
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October 17, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
First, there was the lime green monkey. Then came the T-shirt, the teddy bear, the painting, the license plate and other gifts, all of which Melissa Etheridge graciously accepted from fans and piled before the drum kit, like some sort of altar. Before her battle with breast cancer, Etheridge was already adored by her fans -- for her impassioned blues rock and her coming-out as a lesbian midcareer. She seems even more cherished by them now.
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August 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
Melissa Etheridge is jumping back into recording and performing after spending much of the last year fighting breast cancer. The 44-year-old rocker has appearances booked for October, when her greatest-hits collection "The Road Less Traveled" is due for release. "I would say I'm 97% back now," Etheridge said. "It is very hard.... Chemotherapy is so hard on a person. And I would say I'm fully recovered, yeah."
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October 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
Melissa Etheridge is at home in L.A. recovering from two operations to treat breast cancer. Etheridge, 43, said on her website that a tumor and lymph nodes were removed, and that she'll have chemotherapy next. She canceled upcoming tour dates to undergo treatment. "I still have both of my breasts and whether I will keep them is a bridge I have to cross later," she said. "What an unexpected journey this is."
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July 22, 2000 | WILLIAM KECK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a West Los Angeles sound stage, cameramen prepare to film an intimate reunion between rock star Melissa Etheridge and her father, John. Far from an installment of "This is Your Life, Melissa Etheridge," the singer's father succumbed to liver cancer nine years ago, and the "reunion" is being channeled via a renowned medium. The paranormal encounter is anything but unusual on the set of "Beyond Chance," Lifetime's hourlong reality series, which returns Sunday at 10 p.m.
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October 9, 2004 | From Associated Press
Singer Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has canceled upcoming tour dates to undergo treatment, her publicist said. Among the canceled performances are shows Oct. 28 and 29 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Etheridge, 43, will undergo surgery, and a "speedy and complete recovery" is expected by her doctor, publicist Marcel Pariseau said. The cancer was detected early and Etheridge has been receiving treatment, Pariseau said.
NEWS
September 30, 2004 | From staff and wire reports
Fox has ordered a pilot for a variety show starring the Barenaked Ladies that will feature the playful rock group performing music and comedy skits along with guest actors. And ABC is developing a sitcom starring singer Melissa Etheridge, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She will play a gay music teacher living with a straight man and raising the daughter of another friend, the trade paper said.
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