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November 18, 2009
A list of shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center : Bon Jovi, March 4 (now) Gibson Amphitheatre : KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with AFI and Muse, Dec. 12-13 (Sat.) Angel Stadium: U2, June 7 (Fri.) Walt Disney Concert Hall: Dirty Projectors with the L.A. Philharmonic, Feb. 27 (now) Long Beach Arena: Slayer and Megadeth, Jan. 22 (Sat.) Honda Center: Bon Jovi, Feb. 26 (now) Downtown Palace Theatre: Julian Casablancas, Nov. 20 and 27 (now)
It isn't difficult spotting Randy Skretvedt in the throng of Laurel and Hardy fans gathered at the bottom of the famous flight of stairs in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. He's the one wearing the red fez--a fez actually worn in Laurel and Hardy's "Sons of the Desert," their 1933 parody of a fraternal organization's national convention. As Skretvedt says of his gold-embroidered headwear: "This is the crowd for it." And the 36-year-old broadcaster and show business historian from Buena Park is the man for the crowd: members of the Sons of the Desert--the international Laurel and Hardy fan club--who are on a pilgrimage to the steep stairway where Stan and Ollie moved that recalcitrant piano in their Oscar-winning short "The Music Box."
December 9, 2009
A list of upcoming shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center: The Black Eyed Peas, March 29 (Sat.) Hollywood Bowl: The Eagles, April 16, 17 and 20 (Mon.) Walt Disney Concert Hall: Air, March 28; Keith Jarrett, March 15 (Sat.) The Orpheum: Norah Jones, April 23 (Sun.) The Wiltern: Opeth, April 9 (now); Nick Jonas & the Administration, Dec. 12; Editors, Feb. 11; STS9, Feb. 12; Rob Bell, Feb. 18 (Sat.
November 1, 2010
POP MUSIC Deerhunter The ambient punk four-piece from Atlanta took two years to release its fourth full-length, but the album's been stirring up critical and fan adulation since it debuted in September. Expect to hear charismatic beanpole frontman Bradford Cox sing woozy blog-hits such as "Helicopter," "Primitive 3D" and "Revival. " High Places and Casino versus Japan open. The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 9 p.m. $20. (213) 746-4674. DJ Shadow The producer savant made his name in avant-garde turntable wizardry as focused on the head as it is the hips, but he has returned to his hip-hop roots in recent years.
August 2, 2011
MOVIES Yes, Giorgio In this 1982 film, famous Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti plays, well, a famous Italian opera singer. There's a cursory love story with a throat doctor played by Kathryn Harrold, but really the film is a showcase for Pavarotti's magnificent pipes. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 1:30 p.m. Free. (310) 440-4500. MUSIC Yes/Styx The Grammy-winning English prog rock band and the multi-platinum arena rock stalwarts join forces for a 22-city summer tour that lands the double bill at the scenic Greek Theatre.
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