March 18, 1987 |
It was no surprise to hear Mick Jones proclaim his preference for small clubs over large arenas as his group Big Audio Dynamite opened a seven-night engagement at a small club--the Roxy--Monday night. After all, what rocker wouldn't choose a club atmosphere over arena sterility? And in the case of Big Audio Dynamite, it's not exactly like Phil Collins giving up a big payday at Dodger Stadium. B.A.D.'
November 16, 2007 |
As exclusive gatherings go, this one was noteworthy, even by the high local standards set by A-list Hollywood, with attendees including a former acting director of the CIA, at least one prime-time TV star and half of Penn & Teller (the smaller, quieter half). That last guest is perhaps the one clue you need to figure out the subject of their mutual interest: magic. Or more specifically, the history of the art, as long-dead prestidigitators, illusionists and "miracle" workers were resurrected for the 10th Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, held Nov. 8-10 in North Hollywood.
December 8, 1995 |
Roxie Roker, the elegant and beautiful actress best known for her role as Helen Willis on the long-running hit CBS television series "The Jeffersons," has died. She was 66. Roker died Saturday in Los Angeles, her publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said this week. The cause of death was not revealed. The actress, also known for her community work, had moved to Hollywood in 1975 when Norman Lear cast her in "The Jeffersons" as part of the upstairs interracial couple.
April 12, 1991 |
Winona Ryder is the best thing about "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael" (Paramount, no list price, PG-13). Once again a young-miss misfit dressed in black, Ryder plays Dinky Bossetti. Dinky wouldn't draw a second glance on Melrose Avenue but gets ridiculed in her small town of Clyde, Ohio. An adoptee, she draws hope from the possibility that Ms. Carmichael--who once fled the same burg and now is returning a semi-celebrity--may be her long-lost real mom.
June 29, 1990 |
Forget about 3-D. One D, singer-songwriter David Baerwald, was all it took Wednesday at the Roxy to give an arresting musical portrait of the cracks in Los Angeles' social sidewalk. Supporting his solo debut album, "Bedtime Stories," Baerwald matched the level he and ex-partner David Ricketts attained as David + David on the same stage in 1986, when their songs took on a dimension only hinted at in the duo's lone album, the fine "Boomtown."
September 12, 1992 |
At last, a Madonna for people who don't dance. In her Los Angeles debut at the Roxy on Thursday, touted newcomer Sophie B. Hawkins molded several pop-music archetypes into her unique persona, but the one that came out on top was the Ambitious Blonde, full of erotic charge and with severe tendencies toward self-glorification. This is one case where the ambition should be a little more bland.
February 9, 2003 |
"Chicago" (Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax) *** The visual razzle-dazzle and structural fluidity of the new movie "Chicago" are surprising, because the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical had previously seemed a very proscenium-centric show, especially in its popular 1996 incarnation. Nor were there many indications in Rob Marshall's 1992 staging of the show for Long Beach Civic Light Opera that, a decade later, he would direct a glitteringly re-imagined film version.
October 30, 1989 |
Randy Jackson was slouched in a chair in a nondescript office in a Westside rehearsal hall. His body was there but his mind was miles away. The young singer-songwriter, the latest of the Jackson clan to do a solo album--"Randy & the Gypsys," on A&M Records--had just finished rehearsing with his band in preparation for tonight's show at the Roxy--the group's official debut. A study in preoccupation, Jackson was staring at the ceiling, at his shoes, at the table, at the walls.
November 24, 1994 |
Pop music titan Lou Adler, credited with many '60s and '70s hits--and now a dad to a toddler and an infant--has turned his attention to music for the younger set, with his Ode 2 Kids record label and last summer's two-day children's music performance extravaganza at Knott's Berry Farm. On Dec. 3, Adler and Parachute Express, a star attraction in the children's music field, will co-present Parachute's first "unplugged" concert, at the Roxy, Adler's 400-seat Hollywood club.
March 29, 1996 |
The British band Echobelly is joyriding the so-called "new new wave," a movement in England that has revived the lurching, pogo-perfect riff and brought fame to Wire-worshipers like Elastica. At the Roxy on Wednesday, the band was even more deviant and disarming than it is on "On," its current album of jagged sugar-pop. The charismatic singer Sonya Aurora Madan, playing the sweet seductress, had the room bopping to songs that stormed straight through life's darkest corners.