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April 7, 1998 | ERNESTO LECHNER
If the danzon is the most European of the many musical styles that originated in Cuba, the rumba is by far the one in which the African influences can be felt more palpably. This was clear Friday at the Veterans Wadsworth Theatre during a hypnotic, soulful rumba recital performed by the all-time masters of the genre, Los Mun~equitos de Matanzas. The Cuban troupe's drumming, singing and dancing celebrate the roots of the music that would later mutate into the more popular salsa.
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May 14, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 16's semifinals are upon us, ballroom fans! And we were treated to two full dances from the five remaining couples - one a regular dance, and one a never before seen dance chosen for each couple by a Twitter republic. We got Afro Jazz! The Lindy Hop! A Flamenco! A tie for first place! And a whole slew of perfect 30 scores! Who has the Mirrorball in their court, and who is primed to get their sparkles ripped from them just one week shy of the finals?
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March 21, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Contemporary versions of capiz-shell lighting fixtures -- originally popularized by designer Verner Panton's 1964 Fun Lamp series -- may be a dime a dozen these days, but how often do you see a red one? This 31-inch-tall chandelier with a canopy of wire-framed butterflies has been reduced to $900 from $1,500. It's part of a sale at the Santa Monica store Rumba, which has 10% to 40% reductions on designer pieces and vintage home decor through March. 1740 Ocean Park Blvd.
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January 23, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
"Sensuous. " "Sultry. " "Hot-blooded. " "Carnal. " Those are typical descriptions of Brazil's Grupo Corpo dance troupe, from U.S., Canadian and European newspapers over the 35 years since the company's modest genesis. Although they may be accurate as far as they go, the terms are a reminder that certain cultural stereotypes die hard. Not that Grupo Corpo necessarily minds. Speaking by phone the other day from his Belo Horizonte hometown in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, Rodrigo Pederneiras, the company's principal choreographer, agreed that the loose-limbed, erotically expressive style for which Grupo Corpo is known is practically a Brazilian birthright.
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January 6, 2007
AT last! There is someone aside from myself who gets so disturbed with "Dancing With the Stars" when the contestants do the rumba, the samba, the tango, the waltz to music that is not the rumba, the samba, the tango, the waltz! Lewis Segal's review of the "Stars" dance tour was so right on ["Unlikely Partners," Dec. 30]. It is so disorienting to those of us who know these dances were designed to go with a certain beat. To see them performed to inappropriate music is certainly a dumbing down.
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July 21, 1985 | RICHARD CROMELIN
"AIN'T LOVE GRAND." X. Elektra. John Doe and Exene Cervenka's breakup album answers the title question in a double-edged fashion characteristic of L.A. rock's first couple. This rolling, tumbling discourse on the end of their marriage drags you through the rubble of a bombed-out relationship, but it also carries an acknowledgment of love's paradoxical power to enrich as it destroys. And destroy it does.
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May 14, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 16's semifinals are upon us, ballroom fans! And we were treated to two full dances from the five remaining couples - one a regular dance, and one a never before seen dance chosen for each couple by a Twitter republic. We got Afro Jazz! The Lindy Hop! A Flamenco! A tie for first place! And a whole slew of perfect 30 scores! Who has the Mirrorball in their court, and who is primed to get their sparkles ripped from them just one week shy of the finals?
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October 22, 2000 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
"XIOMARA'S MAMBO" MAY BE THE SINGLE most seductive drink in all of Southern California. The crowds who never stray from Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pasadena don't know what they're missing, but fans of Xiomara's cooking do. You won't find this mojito anywhere else: that's why owner Xiomara Ardolina gave it this nickname. The secret is the honeyed taste of the fresh sugar cane juice she uses in place of sugar.
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February 22, 2001
The Rumba Room at Universal CityWalk and KPFK-FM (90.7) are hosting a fund-raiser for the victims of the earthquake in El Salvador. Bands that will perform include Yari More, La Palabra, Latin Fusion, Orquesta 8.8, Santiago y Su Grupo, Los Principales de Merengue, Orquesta Macondo and others. They will begin playing in the Rumba Room at 1 p.m. Sunday. A minimum $15 donation is requested. After 6 p.m., the club will be open only to those 21 and older.
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August 25, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not exactly news that the acoustics of the Jazz Bakery do not favor drummers. A few players--Roy McCurdy, Tootie Heath and Roy Haynes come to mind--have managed to tune their instruments and their playing styles to make the most of the room's cavernous reverberations. But far more have not. So imagine the problems facing the Rumba Club on Thursday night, when the nine-piece band arrived and placed its four percussionists in a front line across the stage.
HOME & GARDEN
March 21, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Contemporary versions of capiz-shell lighting fixtures -- originally popularized by designer Verner Panton's 1964 Fun Lamp series -- may be a dime a dozen these days, but how often do you see a red one? This 31-inch-tall chandelier with a canopy of wire-framed butterflies has been reduced to $900 from $1,500. It's part of a sale at the Santa Monica store Rumba, which has 10% to 40% reductions on designer pieces and vintage home decor through March. 1740 Ocean Park Blvd.
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January 2, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Culturally speaking, we're all turning into global nomads. We roam far and wide through the alchemy of cinema, TV and, if we're feeling really ambitious, foreign literature. We wander to the ends of our iTunes Genius recommendations in search of exotic new sonic encounters. So it was fitting that the newly reconstituted Conga Room, one of L.A.'
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January 6, 2007
AT last! There is someone aside from myself who gets so disturbed with "Dancing With the Stars" when the contestants do the rumba, the samba, the tango, the waltz to music that is not the rumba, the samba, the tango, the waltz! Lewis Segal's review of the "Stars" dance tour was so right on ["Unlikely Partners," Dec. 30]. It is so disorienting to those of us who know these dances were designed to go with a certain beat. To see them performed to inappropriate music is certainly a dumbing down.
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December 25, 2005 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
IN 1944, she was the highest-paid actress in America. And she wasn't even American. Carmen Miranda was rich, powerful, a denizen of Beverly Hills and a household name everywhere. The "Brazilian bombshell" had landed on U.S. shores just five years earlier and wowed audiences with her Latin rhythms, exuberant songs and impossibly large fruit-basket headdresses, which only grew in proportion with her fame.
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August 25, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not exactly news that the acoustics of the Jazz Bakery do not favor drummers. A few players--Roy McCurdy, Tootie Heath and Roy Haynes come to mind--have managed to tune their instruments and their playing styles to make the most of the room's cavernous reverberations. But far more have not. So imagine the problems facing the Rumba Club on Thursday night, when the nine-piece band arrived and placed its four percussionists in a front line across the stage.
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August 23, 2001 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The stereotype of Cuban music is that it's a single genre, but the music of the island is an immensely rich kaleidoscope of sounds, styles and formats--a reflection of Cuba's complex cultural identity. There's the son , for instance, the archetypal song form and the precursor of salsa. There's the danzon , an elegant, refined dance punctuated by flutes and violins, echoing the European influence on Cuban music. And, of course, there's the rumba.
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January 18, 2000
Meche Barba, 77, a dancer in Mexican films during that country's Golden Age of cinema. Mercedes Barba Feito was born in New York City where her Spanish-born father, Antonio, had been performing with a circus. When her father became ill, she and her sister Carmen began performing to support the family. Appearances on Mexico's premier stages led to film roles starting in 1937.
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March 21, 1996 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
When adapting social dances for the stage, it's easy to confuse folklore with show biz--to introduce chorus-line footwork where it doesn't belong, to hurl dancer vitality in the teeth of the public and to get the customers dancing in the aisles at the end. What audience ever refused to party?
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April 14, 2001 | ERNESTO LECHNER
In his native Spain, Peret (born Pedro Pubill Calaf) is known as the Elvis Presley of rumba. Not the rumba from Cuba, but the Gypsy rumba, a raucous melange that has its roots in the Spain's Catalonia region and incorporates flamenco, Afro-Cuban beats and a healthy dose of rock 'n' roll. The singer was at his creative apex during the '70s, when he enjoyed a string of hits that he also wrote.
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February 22, 2001
The Rumba Room at Universal CityWalk and KPFK-FM (90.7) are hosting a fund-raiser for the victims of the earthquake in El Salvador. Bands that will perform include Yari More, La Palabra, Latin Fusion, Orquesta 8.8, Santiago y Su Grupo, Los Principales de Merengue, Orquesta Macondo and others. They will begin playing in the Rumba Room at 1 p.m. Sunday. A minimum $15 donation is requested. After 6 p.m., the club will be open only to those 21 and older.
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