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February 4, 2012
Patricia A. Disney Philanthropist, ex-wife of Walt Disney's nephew Roy Patricia A. Disney, 77, who grew up as a neighbor of Roy E. Disney in Toluca Lake and was married to him for more than 50 years, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease, her family announced. She was the vice chairman of Shamrock Holdings Inc., the investment company for the Roy E. Disney family. Patricia married Roy, Walt Disney's nephew, in 1955, and they had four children, who survive her. After the couple divorced in 2007, he remarried in 2008 and died at 79 in 2009.
November 9, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy and Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
Rapper and actor Heavy D, who played an influential role in shaping rap music in the late '80s and early '90s with a fusion of New Jack Swing and reggae, has died. He was 44. Heavy D, who was born Dwight Arrington Myers, died Tuesday in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after collapsing on the walkway outside his Beverly Hills home, according to law enforcement sources. The Los Angeles County coroner's office is investigating the cause of death.
July 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Reggae rock comes to Santa Catalina Island with a Friday night beach concert by Dirty Heads. Tickets cost $30 each, but you can score a free ticket if you buy a round-trip boat package for $70.  -- The deal: The Dirty Heads in Concert package includes same-day, round-trip boat fare between Long Beach and Avalon. Simpkin Project and HB Surround Sound open the concert from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Descanso Beach Club, an easy walk from the boat dock. Concertgoers travel on a Catalina Classic Cruises chartered boat from the terminal at the Queen Mary parking lot, 1046 Queens Highway, Long Beach.
May 2, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The "Rum, Reggae and Recline" package from British tour company Black Tomato is a weeklong retreat that lets the traveler experience the Caribbean nation's sights, sounds and tastes: tropical cocktails in the private airport lounge, jerk chicken in downtown Kingston and myriad things between. At Strawberry Hill, unwind at the Living Spa or head out for a guided hike. There'll be beach time on the south coast, a visit to the famed Little Ochie seafood restaurant and a stay at bohemian Jakes Hotel, where options include going on a crocodile safari and visiting an eight-tiered waterfall.
February 24, 2011
It's a testament to the breadth of Jewish music that the headliner of the Jewlicious Festival, Matisyahu, can mine dub reggae and a deep sense of irie for inspiration. The 6-year-old festival brings a mix of musicians, actors and professionals together (meet the Noah behind Noah's Bagel's) for a klatch of all corners of culture. Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach. Fri.-Sun., various times. (310) 277-5544;
February 23, 2011
Former talk-show host Larry King is not done talking. King, who retired last year after 25 years at CNN, will be taking the stage in seven communities to talk about his storied career in a one-man show. The 77-year-old will offer theatergoers an inside look at his life and let them ask questions of the Emmy Award winner when "Larry King: Stand Up" kicks off April 14 in Connecticut. The show will then make stops in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Nevada, ending June 11 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
October 26, 2010 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to The Los Angeles Times
Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican singer who pioneered the style of reggae music known as lovers rock and became one of the genre's major stars in the 1970s, has died. He was 59. Isaacs died Monday at his home in London, according to his manager, Copeland Forbes. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Known as the "Cool Ruler," as he styled himself in the title of a 1978 album, Isaacs cut a dapper figure in his designer suits and silk shirts ? an image suited to a style of music that emphasized romantic yearning over reggae's more traditional themes of spiritual and political transformation.
July 12, 2010
Sugar Minott Singer helped popularize reggae Sugar Minott, 54, a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped popularize reggae music, died Saturday at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, said Maxine Stowe, his wife. She did not disclose the cause of death. Two months ago, Minott had canceled performances in Canada after suffering chest pains. Born Lincoln Barrington Minott in Kingston on May 25, 1956, he launched his musical career in the late 1960s as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio.
July 4, 2010 | By Jay Jones
Sunday Fireworks reggae-style Where: Mandalay Beach (Mandalay Bay) Highlights: Celebrate Independence Day to the blast of fireworks and the beat of Mystic Roots Band. Info: (702) 632-7580, Friday Lilith Fair Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center Highlights: Billed as a celebration of women in music, the headliners include Sara McLachlan, Miranda Lambert, the Bangles and Queen Latifah. Info: (702)
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