August 23, 2013 |
Suffering from terminal cancer, Army Sgt. Anthony Zavala dreamed of meeting Kobe Bryant. Last week, nonprofit organization Hounds and Heroes made it happen. Visiting with Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, at Nokia Theatre prior to " Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel ," Zavala was overcome. "After being diagnosed, I've been so depressed knowing I'm going to die," Zavala said. "This is the best day of my life. " Zavala also had the opportunity to meet Robert Sacre, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, executive vice president Jeanie Buss and former NFL star Terrell Owens.
November 29, 2012
KIIS' Jingle Ball is an annual winter pop explosion that this year features Taylor Swift, Kesha, Justin Bieber and your usual suspects of top 40 singles fare (along with a smattering of electronic dance music stars like Zedd, Afrojack and YouTube denizen Psy). Proof positive that pop radio is maybe the most omnivorous space in music right now. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 6 p.m. Sat and Mon. $85.25-$185.25. nokiatheatre.com.
November 24, 2011
FAMILY A beloved kids TV show leaps from the tube to the stage with Yo Gabba Gabba Live. DJ Lance Rock and his colorful monster pals Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee will dance, sing and entertain with help from hip-hop artists Biz Markie and Leslie Hall. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 2:30 and 6 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6 p.m. Sat. $35-$140. (213) 763-6020. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com
November 22, 2012
POP MUSIC Lascivious R&B singer Trey Songz debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts this year with "Chapter V," his first No 1 album. Its pleasures are obvious – Songz has a likable falsetto and just enough balance between smooth and swaggering to make his radio-ready hits feel seductive and immediate. Nokia Theatre, 77 Chick Hearn Ct., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $50-$100. Nokiatheatre.com.
June 16, 2011 |
Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson have been tapped to announce Emmy nominations on July 14 in the auditorium of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. The lists of contenders will be unveiled at 5:40 a.m. PT/8:40 a.m. ET. McCarthy stars as Molly in the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly" and was recently seen in the feature film "Bridesmaids. " Jackson appears in the Fox drama "Fringe. " The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony hosted by Jane Lynch will be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept.
June 9, 2011
MUSIC Some of us love the lusty, batty R. Kelly whose come-ons could make Prince blush. But his latest album, "Love Letter," isn't that record. Instead, it's steeped in vintage Stax and Motown. "When a Woman Loves" gracefully nods to Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" while giving Kells a smoky, tempered backdrop to tap decades of undeserving-man ballads. Wait for the pleading a cappella bridge, which goes on three times as long as it needs to — and it scorches. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
April 7, 2010
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: Jack Johnson, Oct. 12 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre: Backstreet Boys, June 26; Magneto, May 2 (Fri.); Tony Bennett, Sept. 24 (Mon.) Hollywood Palladium: HARD Festival with the Bloody Beetroots, April 25 (now); Angels & Airwaves, May 29; El Gran Combo, June 5 (Fri.) The Wiltern: Jakob Dylan, May 13 (now); Massive Attack, May 20; Wolf Parade, July 31 (Fri.
February 5, 2013 |
If you're getting excited about the annual Grammy Awards scheduled for Sunday night, you can dress the part with the new Grammy Label collection of tanks and T-shirts that is scheduled to launch in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Grammy Label makes luxury basics each season, under appointment by the Recording Academy, drawing inspiration from music and musical artists. A portion of proceeds from sales of the clothes is earmarked to pay for musical instruments for Grammy Camp , a summer program that brings teens together with professional artists.
April 9, 2014 |
Multi-talented performer Drake will be exercising his recently flexed hosting muscles at the helm of the 2014 ESPY Awards in July, ESPN announced Wednesday. "This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions -- sports and performing," the rapper said in a statement . Drake was warmly received as the host of "Saturday Night Live" in January -- Show Tracker called him "an ideal guest host with whom the...