October 6, 2008 |
Government forces neared the Tamil Tiger rebels' main town in fighting that left 29 guerrillas and five soldiers dead, the Sri Lankan military said. The army says its soldiers are slightly more than a mile from the outer limits of the rebels' administrative capital, Kilinochchi. Rebel officials could not be contacted for comment because most communication lines to guerrilla-dominated areas have been severed.
July 29, 2007 |
THE most famous riff in rock is the 3 1/2 -chord skull buster that stalks Deep Purple's 1972 "Smoke on the Water" -- a branding moment in the infancy of heavy metal. And as Deep Purple's set at last year's Montreux Jazz Festival (recently documented on DVD) climbed to its climax, the customers stood waiting for that coup de grace. Then it came. Sort of. Goateed Don Airey tinkled a sprightly mutation of the "Smoke" melody on piano.
January 15, 2007 |
The many facets of saxophonist Kenny Garrett's musical imagination were on full display by his quartet Saturday night at Catalina Bar & Grill. Opening with a stunning burst of notes that must have scared the wits out of the weekend date-night couples sprinkled throughout the near-capacity crowd, Garrett then ripped into a long, exploratory solo that scoured the outer limits of his alto saxophone.
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August 31, 2006 |
Joseph Stefano, who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho" and was the influential first-season producer-writer of the 1960s science-fiction anthology TV series "The Outer Limits," has died. He was 84. Stefano, who underwent surgery for lung cancer in 2001, died of heart failure Friday at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, said his wife of 52 years, Marilyn.
December 15, 2004 |
Donald Crockett's new "The Ceiling of Heaven" would make a striking impression anywhere. But placing this five-movement piano quartet at the end of an Xtet new music group program Monday evening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art powerfully completed a cannily planned journey.
April 13, 2004 |
"Are we riding bicycles or are we running?" Local cyclist Dorothy Wong describes the basic confusion inherent in the mutant sport of cyclocross. "You're getting on the bicycle, then getting off the bicycle, then getting on. You're riding, then running and jumping." Confusion is a constant companion in the multi-tasking realm of cyclocross, which resembles a bike steeplechase race -- complete with hurdles you leap over with your bike -- except for the little matter of the hills.