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July 3, 1989
The Battle of the Bands final is tonight at Fountain Valley's Orange County Fiesta at Mile Square Park. On July 4, the Legends of Rock 'n' Roll play at 5 p.m. (including the Platters, Bobby Freeman and the Coasters), with free fireworks at 9 p.m.
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January 14, 1998 | Randy Lewis
Merle Haggard sounded slyly pleased at the turn his career has taken since country radio stopped playing his records several years ago, along with those of most country singers over 40. "I've noticed a great increase in my popularity, and my integrity has gone up quite a bit since radio quit playing me," he said between shows Monday at the Crazy Horse Steak House in Santa Ana.
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August 1, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Examined through the lens of pessimism, Dave Alvin is an artist whose mission failed. His first band, the Blasters, roared out of Los Angeles in the early 1980s, fueled with the ambition of restoring American music to its rightful throne. Concoct a mixture of blues, country, R&B and early rock 'n' roll.
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March 12, 1993 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irish pubs are better in blustery weather. When it's wet outside, the characteristic dim lighting and dark wood aren't so claustrophobic. Stout ales, perhaps too heavy for summer, offer fortitude against the cold. This is in keeping with the home country, where seasons run damp. But there aren't many such pubs in the normally arid San Fernando Valley. Flip through the March issue of the Irish Times and you'll find mention of only two.
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February 27, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"We all knew this bubble of a time couldn't last." --"Great Day in the Morning" Thomas Babe wasn't even looking for the subject of his next play when his daughter Charissa began attending high school in Darien, Conn., where Babe has lived for several years. "I met many of her peers," he recalled recently, "and sussed their values. Their vocabulary had a sleek cynicism to it. For them, altruism was a shell game, and money defined who you were.
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June 20, 2003 | Rick Cipes, Special to The Times
Poor Linda Lovelace. No matter how hard she fought, she could never erase the public's image of her -- the girl-next-door who became a notorious porn star, popular for one specific act. After the success of 1972's "Deep Throat," which grossed more than $600 million in sales from a $25,000 budget, Lovelace basked in the glow of a key moment in both film and cultural history.
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June 8, 2000
Mary J. Blige is a certified diva, having tackled an Aretha classic on last year's VH1 "Divas" concert, but she remains best known by the title that describes her unique blend--the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. * Mary J. Blige, with Jagged Edge and Carl Thomas, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. Saturday and Sunday, 8:15 p.m. $39 and $59. (818) 622-4440.
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August 12, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Age will serve beautification Saturday when Linda's Doll Hut celebrates its eighth birthday. The noon-to-2 a.m. bash at the wonderful little rock 'n' roll joint in Anaheim will feature 15 or so of O.C.'s finest roots- and alternative-rock attractions, along with door prizes and a barbecue in the parking lot.
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May 2, 1996 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As his name suggests, Louisiana Guitar Red, who's playing at B.B. King's tonight, originally comes from Monroe, La. And though one might think he has played guitar from the time he could walk, that's not the case. Red first started gigging as a piano player here in Los Angeles in the 1950s. It wasn't until the mid-'60s that he started playing a Silvertone guitar from Sears that his wife bought for him.
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