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May 22, 2010
Info: http://www.laco.org/events/135/ "The Cameraman" Where: Royce Hall, UCLA When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Price: $35, $75, $300
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April 18, 2014 | By August Brown
There are "trophy wives," and then there the prizes on offer in Future and Kanye West's new video. In the new clip for "I Won," Future extrapolates on that old women-as-prizes-for-music-success canard. While decked out in a Tom Wolfe-worthy white suit ensemble, he promises a potential amour, "Ever since I been with you, I feel like I won me a trophy. " Well, it seems like Future means that as a genuine compliment. And heck, if you play with OutKast at its  Coachella reunion, you probably deserve a medal of some sort.  PHOTOS: 10 great rap lyrics of 2013 Kanye West also shows up for a guest verse, promising to "Take you to the south France / so you can run around without them pants," and declaring the hotness of the entire extended Kardashian clan.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012
Join Rufus and Martha Wainwright for a holiday concert and post-show gala called "Christmas 101. " Expect festive carols, loads of food and drink and a glitzy cast of special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Van Dyke Parks and Carrie Fisher. Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. Prices vary. http://www.ucla.edu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Fresno High School on Wednesday celebrated a long-awaited plaza showcasing the campus' historic Royce Hall -- also recognized as one of the city's most beautiful buildings. The spacious, grass plaza, dubbed Warrior Park, spans the front end of the school's property and flanks the central Fresno school's recently built administration office and library. Construction on both buildings began last summer, according to ABC 30 Fresno . During the demolition last year of !
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012
MUSIC Chris Thile may have won a MacArthur grant for his mandolin skills, but David Grisman is an O.G. of progressive Appalachian mountain music. He combines jazz, bluegrass and classical for a melange of music he calls "Dawg" but really just sounds like the best of Americana played by the hands of a master. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. Fri., $20-$60. cap.ucla.edu.
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October 25, 2012
MUSIC Quite possibly the biggest story in jazz of 2012, Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper made a leap to a new level with "Black Radio," his first full length album featuring his band the Experiment. A quartet steeped in the sound of funk, hip-hop and futuristic soul, Glasper's Experiment featured a full compliment of special guests including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway and Bilal. Thursday's appearance should be just as freewheeling with Brainfeeder pianist Austin Peralta also on the bill, and in case any fans questioned whether Glasper has left acoustic jazz behind, his trio set opening for bassist Ron Carter's quartet on Saturday will steady your nerves.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013
Malian music is in the news today for the most awful reasons, as religious fundamentalist rebels have banned it in much of the country. That makes this set by Vieux Farka Touré, the scion of the great Malian music family, all the more urgent — his work pairs the soulful guitar work of his father, Ali Farka Touré, with modern production flourishes. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$50. cap.ucla.edu.
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April 26, 2013
Now in its second decade, the trio Medeski Martin and Wood is often lumped into a "jam band" ghetto, but within the organ group's thick bond to the almighty groove there are nods toward the interstellar explorations of Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and other wonders of intense, genre-blind improvisation. John Medeski's lush, contemplative solo piano album, "A Different Time," only underscores the group's ability to surprise. Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Royce Hall. 340 Royce Drive, L.A. Fri., 8 p.m. $15-$50 cap.ucla.edu.
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October 15, 2012 | By Chris Barton
After a weekend that featured guitarist Bill Frisell performing a soundtrack to a film by Bill Morrison and pianist Myra Melford performing with a Butoh dancer, the Angel City Jazz Festival closed on what initially appeared to be a more conventional musical collaboration. Celebrated pianist Vijay Iyer joined his mentor, saxophonist Steve Coleman at Royce Hall in a set co-sponsored by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA Sunday night. A forward-looking improviser and thinker who has influenced a generation of jazz artists, including fellow Angel City performer Ambrose Akinmusire, Coleman was the driving force behind M-Base, a loose musical collective during the '90s and an evolving school of creative thought whose effect continues to be heard in contemporary jazz.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012
What happens when a jazz piano trio releases a dance record in 2012? Before any seizure-inducing thoughts of a Swizz Beatz-produced take on "Body and Soul" come to life, listen to pianist Vijay Iyer's modern vision of jazz's body-moving roots. A head-bobbing step forward for a trio that topped year-end lists with 2009's "Historicity," "Accelerando" is a rambunctious yet nimble celebration of the groove that turns as much on the fulcrum of drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump as it does on Iyer's restlessly inventive piano.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that she was merely comparing the tactics used by Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin - and not equating the men themselves - when she drew a parallel between Hitler's efforts to resettle Germans in the late 1930s to Putin's recent moves to issue Russian passports to citizens in Ukraine with ties to Russia. The eyebrow-raising remarks were offered at a private fundraiser in Long Beach on Tuesday. "Now if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the '30s," Clinton said, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.
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February 17, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Derived from found footage, Bill Morrison's films are odes to snubbed celluloid. Whether he slices the surviving moldy fragments of a lost silent film, as in "Decasia," or crafts a dirge to the 1927 flooding of the Mississippi River with old documentary material, as in the recent "The Great Flood," Morrison savors decayed film stock for its ghostly beauty. Lost worlds are not created or evoked; they are discovered and recovered. What makes Morrison a great filmmaker, though, is not merely his application of restoration hardware but his brilliant exercise of symphonic software.
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January 30, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Miwa Matreyek makes more animated magic with "This World Made Itself" at REDCAT, Mike Daisey explores "American Utopias" at Royce Hall, and Christopher Durang channels Chekov in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Taper. China: The Whole Enchilada West Coast premiere of Mark Brown's comedy musical that condenses 5,000 years of Chinese history. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m.; ends March 12. $15. (310) 281-8337. Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera Concert staging of this musical about the infamous figure-skating rivalry.
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December 27, 2013 | By David Ng
Countertenors are a decidedly acquired taste - men who are trained to sing in the manner of women, or more accurately, in the style of the castrati, those singers hundreds of years ago who were castrated at a young age to preserve their boyish voices. In this rarefied (even for opera) domain, French singer Philippe Jaroussky stands as the hottest young thing. Charismatic, dashing and still youthful at 35, he has entranced European audiences with his otherworldly pitch and vocal dexterity, while also amassing a sizable online following.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The film academy has released its list of the 75 songs that will be competing for the 2014 original song Oscar. Taylor Swift, U2 and Coldplay are on it. So is "Let It Go," the pop power ballad from Disney's animated "Frozen" that every 12-year-old girl already knows by heart. "The Great Gatsby" has five songs on the list. So does "Kamasutra 3D. " "Austenland" has four, and there's ... Wait. What? There are five songs nominated from "Kamasutra 3D," a movie that, judging from its trailer , looks like a glossy mashup of "Spartacus," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a Zalman King compilation reel (not that there's anything wrong with that ... and, wow, the music must be great!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
This review has been updated. Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific - and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two vocal soloists and a solo clarinet, more than 300 performers crowded the stage at Royce Hall. Written in 2010 when the impressively prolific American composer of Palestinian descent was 25, the symphony is a young man's extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
December can seem the driest month for music. Holiday music gradually, and more often than not artificially, worms its way into just about everything. And soon even that cheap entertainment will be gone. Come the last two weeks of the year and this space will turn to books and recordings for recommendations. December 2013 began with real issues. This week at UCLA two unrelated but extremely serious approaches to thinking about art, music and the state of the world have been taking place and will reach their culmination on Sunday and Monday.  One, “Listening to the Other,” has included a dialogue between Arab and Israeli composers and performers that will culminate in the West Coast premiere at Royce Hall of the astonishingly prolific 28-year-old composer Mohammed Fairouz 's epic, hour-long Third Symphony, “Symphonic Prayers and Poems.” It features a UCLA orchestra and chorus of more than 300 performers along wi th the two terrific soloists - mezzo-soprano Sasha Cook and avant - garde klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer , conducted by Neal Stulberg .  The other is the final of three lectures, Monday, also at Royce, by the celebrated 76-year French philosopher Alain Badiou , perhaps the last in line of the great late-20th and early 21st century French extra-deep thinkers that included Jacques Lacan , Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze , Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Charles Lloyd was recounting his early days as a musician and the wisdom imparted to him by the late trumpeter Booker Little when he abruptly apologized for drifting off topic. "Pardon me for telling you this story," he said, speaking by phone from his house in the hills above Santa Barbara. "I live in the wilderness, and I don't edit so well. " No apology necessary. The saxophonist, 75, has a built a career on rewarding tangents, building a body of work that's helped shape the sound of jazz from the '60s into the new millennium.
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