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August 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Very early into his hour-long conversation with Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Kimmel asked the Lakers All-Star guard the most important question. Will Bryant be ready to play Oct. 29 on opening night? "I don't know if I'll be ready for opening night. I really don't know," Bryant said. "I know I'm really, really ahead of schedule. " Fresh off his trip to China and the Philippines, Bryant sat down at Nokia Theatre on Thursday night in a special event titled, "Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel" - the proceeds for the event going the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Foundation to help fight homelessness and also to support "Coach for Kids and Their Families" a program of the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Childrens' Health Center that provides no-cost health care to underserved communities.
June 23, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
By the light of the supermoon at Saturday's Opening Night festivities at the Hollywood Bowl, Patti Austin, John Legend and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Academy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett welcomed the crowd, while a notable trio -- Arsenio Hall, Stevie Wonder and Peter Fonda -- presented the awards. As if all that weren't enough reason for a celebration complete with fireworks, Darren Criss of TV's “Glee” introduced YOLA, the Youth Orchestra L.A., but not until after his performance with the John Burroughs High School Powerhouse Show Choir.
June 23, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
You could credit the so-called super moon rising, the fireworks, the perfect weather or some combination thereof, but an unexplainable event occurred on Saturday during the annual "Opening Night at the Bowl" at the Hollywood Bowl. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith performed their silliest, least consequential hit, “Love in an Elevator,” with a full orchestra backing - and it sounded pretty good. Tyler, one of the great vocalists of the arena rock era (and, more recently, a judge on "American Idol")
May 30, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
As she entered the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center on Wednesday for opening night of “The Scottsboro Boys,” Paula Abdul said she was excited to see the show. A musical theater fan, Abdul said, “I go to everything in New York,” adding that she wished theater could be a more dominant part of the Los Angeles scene. The crowd also included actors Angela Bassett, Regina King of “Southland,” Kym Whitley of “Sparks,” Dawnn Lewis of “A Different World,” Kearran Giovanni of “Major Crimes,” Calvin Sykes of “Funny People," Jason George of “Grey's Anatomy,” and singer Kenny Lattimore.
May 30, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Local fashion scene booster  Los Angeles Fashion Council  has joined forces with fashion-themed Hollywood nightclub  Couture Los Angeles  to create a showcase and competition for emerging designers in a format loosely based on the open mic nights found on the comedy club circuit. According to the fashion council's Kelsi Smith (whose tireless efforts on behalf of the city's style scene continue to amaze us), the program is intended for "brand-new and barely emerging designers.
May 25, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
It was a knotty problem that many curators face at some point in their careers: making sure a three-artist exhibition doesn't look like three completely distinct shows in one space. "We need to find a way to connect the artwork; it should flow from one wall to another," said one curator, who wore disposable blue gloves as she carefully held up a painting. "What if we use these images of trees side by side, so the green works as a transition?" asked another, moving an artwork closer to a corner.
May 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
CANNES, France -- The movie world feted an old friend Wednesday night, or at least an old sport. Two weeks after celebrating Baz Luhrmann's big-budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel with a throwback party at the Plaza Hotel in New York, Warner Bros. did it all over again with a more modern gathering at the Cannes Film Festival. The occasion, of course, was the festival's opening night and the film's impending opening in France and other European countries. PHOTOS: Cannes Film Festival scene In a theatrical touch Luhrmann himself might have appreciated (or even orchestrated)
May 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Budget cuts won't force the closure of air traffic control towers during overnight shifts, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. But the federal agency said it is still uncertain whether it will be forced this summer to close towers operated by contractors at 149 small and medium-size airports, including several in Southern California. Budget cuts called for by the federal sequestration forced the FAA in April to furlough air traffic controllers for one day every two weeks.
May 1, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
If you go fishing with dynamite, you're bound to get lucky. One diner at chef-owner David LeFevre's new Manhattan Beach seafood restaurant, Fishing With Dynamite, shucked into fortune on opening night when he found a tiny pearl in his clam. The packed 34-seat restaurant (including bar seating) had a party-like atmosphere. Enthusiastic hostesses danced and sang along to pop classics such as Madonna and Michael Jackson to entertain guests while they waited for a seat. LeFevre greeted each guest twice - with a handwritten note in the menu thanking guests for supporting day one and with a tableside greeting during service.
April 26, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
Once diners add their names to the waiting list clipboard at the entrance of Tsujita Annex, ramen fanatics have accepted the challenge -- to stare down others as they wait for one of the coveted 11 seats at West L.A.'s newest ramen-only restaurant. Thursday's grand opening of Annex on busy Sawtelle Boulevard, right across the street from its nearly 2-year-old sibling, Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle (which serves ramen only at lunch), garnered a diverse crowd of twentysomethings. Many had requested exclusive invites on Facebook.
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