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November 27, 2012 | By Susan King
The piano on which Sam (Dooley Wilson) played the haunting love song "As Time Goes By" in the 1942 Oscar-winning movie classic "Casablanca" is going on the auction block. Sothebys in New York will put the iconic instrument up for sale on Dec. 14. The auction house believes the piano could fetch up to $1.2 million. The Japanese collector who is offering the instrument bought it at a 1988 Sotheby's auction for $154,000. "Casablanca," which starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as lovers Rick and Isla, celebrated the 70th anniversary of its New York premiere Monday.
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April 25, 2014 | By Chris Barton
If Chick Corea and B é la Fleck ever grow weary of touring the country and transfixing audiences with virtuoso musicianship, chances are a future as a two-man comedy team awaits. While the idea of a piano-banjo duet recital may sound unconventional to some, Corea and Fleck have collaborated numerous times before. After appearing on each other's projects beginning in the mid-'90s, the two came together most prominently on  the 2007 album "The Enchantment," which somewhat counter-intuitively earned a pair of Latin Grammy awards for the celebrated artists' already crowded mantles.
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March 22, 2003
HERE'S another way that the major studio bigwigs sitting in the upper tiers of the Kodak this Sunday might garner an Oscar in the coming years ("Wanna Join the Winners' Circle?" by Patrick Goldstein, March 18): Make your central character a male, foreign, piano-playing genius. He also must be either (a) psychotic or (b) seriously imperiled. "Amadeus." "Shine." "The Pianist." Rawley Valverde West Hollywood
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April 23, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Tumultuous marriages, father-son relationships and film censorship are just three of the themes explored in the 12 Iranian films featured at this year's UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema. Beginning Thursday, the series will show the films at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village through May 14. Four of the screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with the movies' directors. Iranian cinema is "one of the most exciting on Earth," said Paul Malcolm, programmer at UCLA's Film & Television Archive, which presents more than 200 professionally curated public screenings each year.
MAGAZINE
June 26, 1994
My thanks to Wanda Coleman for "Off the Same Boat" (On the Town, May 8). I remember once when a fine grand piano was delivered to my pupil's house. Her father, mad as hell, summoned me to his house. "You chose this piano for us! What the hell is the matter with it?" The piano movers were either forgetful or inexperienced. There is a hidden lever that locks a piano's dampers away from contact with the strings during transport. No matter what one does, the strings cannot be muted and will continue to sound, when struck, until they die away naturally--quite a long time in music.
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February 18, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Prince William wants to destroy all the ivory artifacts in Buckingham Palace. Here at the other end of the ivory owner spectrum, I'm wondering what to do with my backup piano keys. Organized crime has turned ivory poaching from a worrisome trend that threatens endangered elephants into a raging problem fed by the new middle class in China that seeks out and can afford ivory tchotchkes. From 2002 to 2013, almost two-thirds of the forest elephants in central Africa were killed for their tusks.
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September 17, 1987
While I consider a white grand piano an abomination, my heart goes out to that poor Steinway, hauled from freeway to stadium and God knows where else ("White Steinway Sounds Off in Unlikely Places" by Julie Wheelock, Sept. 9). A piano, whatever its size, is not meant to be played alfresco. Would that this one could rise, a la Paderewski, saying "I am not an outdoor piano" and then stalk off the stage. FRED SCIFERS Inglewood
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December 26, 1986
A rare Bosendorfer piano, one of a series of only 15, has been donated to UC San Diego by a La Jollan who wishes to remain anonymous. The piano's value is estimated at $30,000. It was designed and constructed by the highly regarded Bosendorfer piano company of Austria in the early 1960s. The piano has been played in public only once, during a 1960 concert in New York City's Town Hall.
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November 12, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You can take your show on the road with Korg's new portable MicroPiano. The 61-key, electronic keyboard packs a veritable Carnegie Hall of sounds, with programs that simulate accordions, harps, flutes, organs, steel drums, marimbas and 55 other effects. With the press of a key, you can spice up your own creations with a choice of 25 snazzy short-phrase sounds. With built-in speakers and a choice of battery or plug-in power, you're good to go. Plug in headphones (not included)
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
While sitting out all but six games this season with Achilles and knee issues, Kobe Bryant apparently had time to build a custom piano. At least that's the premise of his latest Nike commercial. "The sound alone could end war," promises the narrator. "It would be the grandest, grand masterpiece of grand pianos. " While the spot features Lionel Richie playing on a piano in the shape of Bryant's logo, the narrator admits that Bryant did not, in fact, make the instrument. Instead, Bryant is responsible for the "Kobe 9 Collection," his latest signature shoe.
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April 15, 2014 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard. In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws.
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April 4, 2014 | By Richard S. Ginell
With some time to kill between performances of "Lucia di Lammermoor" at Los Angeles Opera (the last one is Sunday), the peripatetic James Conlon merely had to cross 1st Street in order to lead the first of three subscription concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night. It's hardly news that Conlon seems to be everywhere these days, but it's still a phenomenon worth noting. Indeed, Conlon turned up at the pre-concert lecture and later spent several minutes talking to the audience in the main hall about one of his Recovered Voices subjects: the strange, sad and remarkable career of Erwin Schulhoff.
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March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A race-against-time thriller set in a crowded concert hall, director Eugenio Mira's "Grand Piano" may never match the silky suspense of Hitchcock's classic of sinister decorum, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," but it has a certain virtuosic joie de vivre. Elijah Wood stars as a celebrated pianist who, five years after a notorious fiasco of a performance, is making a nervous, much-hyped return to the stage. As he begins to play for the eager audience, however, his score reveals a scrawled note from a hidden sniper (a mostly unseen John Cusack)
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
While sitting out all but six games this season with Achilles and knee issues, Kobe Bryant apparently had time to build a custom piano. At least that's the premise of his latest Nike commercial. "The sound alone could end war," promises the narrator. "It would be the grandest, grand masterpiece of grand pianos. " While the spot features Lionel Richie playing on a piano in the shape of Bryant's logo, the narrator admits that Bryant did not, in fact, make the instrument. Instead, Bryant is responsible for the "Kobe 9 Collection," his latest signature shoe.
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February 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Alice Herz-Sommer played the piano at Theresienstadt her audience was enthralled. As she approached the end of Chopin's difficult Revolutionary Etude, the piece's mounting musical turbulence exploded. "Alice's hands slid furiously over the keys, zig-zagging up and down from the heights to the lowest registers, with the final four chords ringing out, like so many shrieks of despair," biographers Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki wrote in 2006. The next day, she was given an extra ladle of watery soup - a privilege at a Nazi concentration camp, but one that made the pianist distinctly uncomfortable.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Prince William wants to destroy all the ivory artifacts in Buckingham Palace. Here at the other end of the ivory owner spectrum, I'm wondering what to do with my backup piano keys. Organized crime has turned ivory poaching from a worrisome trend that threatens endangered elephants into a raging problem fed by the new middle class in China that seeks out and can afford ivory tchotchkes. From 2002 to 2013, almost two-thirds of the forest elephants in central Africa were killed for their tusks.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2006
I recall my enthusiasm after receiving an invitation to play Horowitz's Steinway in 1993 ["As Barry Bonds, so Mr. Horowitz," June 18]. I vividly remember my amazement after touching the ivory keys and discovering the exceptional beauty of tone and utmost sensitivity of the action of this great example of a classic Steinway grand. One of the author's statements attracted my attention: "Obviously, Horowitz took most of his sound to the grave." Fortunately that is not the case. Researchers in the 20th century observing piano playing and listening to the sound of great pianists of the past (Horowitz among them)
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January 28, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
An 8-year-old girl is instructed not to play the piano. She does. She's beaten. That was one of the images that spurred the imagination of Anne Deavere Smith, whose "Piano" opens Saturday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Inspired by a woman's story of her grandmother (as an 8-year-old) in Cuba and, later, seeing a picture of wealthy and peasant Cuban families, Deavere set her story in pre-Revolutionary Cuba--where the societal and household dramas are witnessed by 8-year-old Rosa.
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December 26, 2013 | Matt Cooper
Brian Childers steps into the shoes of a legendary song-and-dance man, a new theater company steps up to the plate with the baseball-themed "Take Me Out," and Hershey Felder steps back in time to 19th-century America in a new show at the Geffen. An Evening With Danny Kaye Brian Childers portrays the actor-singer-dancer-comedian in this musical revue; magician-comic Bart Rockett opens the show. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Tue., 4 and 9 p.m. $55-$95.
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October 25, 2013 | By David Ng
Cellphone ringing has become a commonplace annoyance at concerts around the world. But rarely is such a disruption captured on video - and rarer still is the case when a professional orchestra uploads the video onto YouTube. Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra posted a video this week showing a performance of Haydn's Piano Concerto in D. A persistently ringing cellphone brings the concert to a halt, with conductor and soloist Christian Zacharias looking up in aggravation from the keyboard.
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