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January 22, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Sometimes casual assuredness can be a good thing: President Obama and  First Lady Michelle Obama walking down Pennsylvania Avenue after the second inauguration in Washington, D.C., for example, was an exercise in such confidence. But other times, ill-advised casualness can go wrong, as it did during Alicia Keys' much discussed performance at the Public Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, one of two official inaugural balls on Monday night. The first mistake she made was to opt for a medley, as ungratifying a maneuver as can be done onstage.
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April 11, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
You don't have to travel all the way to East Africa to go on safari. Grab your binoculars and camera and scan the 50-mile-long Carrizo Plain National Monument for its array of wildlife. Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known as California's Serengeti, is the largest single native grassland remaining in the Golden State. It's home to the highest concentration of endangered species in California. Drive slowly on Soda Lake Road and search for herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk. The real challenge will be spotting rarer critters such as the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope ground squirrel and giant kangaroo rat. Don't ignore old fence posts either, favorite perches for raptors such as ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and American kestrels.
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July 1, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jennifer Lopez on Sunday was apologizing for singing "Happy Birthday to You" to the president of Turkmenistan at a concert Saturday night in that country. Seems the concert was put together on behalf of China National Petroleum Corp. for the entertainment of their executives working in Turkmenistan, according to a statement from J.Lo's rep obtained by E! News , and "was not a government sponsored event or political in nature. " "The event was vetted by her representatives, had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended," the statement continued.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Jevon Phillips
"New York City Serenade" brings us back from the midseason hiatus on "Once Upon a Time," offering a whole new story line and leaving Neverland far behind. Emma and Henry are in New York, blissfully ignorant of the magical world, while the menagerie of heroes, creatures, evil queens and pirates that inhabited the Enchanted Forest have been banished from our real world. But something has happened to make Captain Hook return to the Big Apple for Emma. Oh, and there's a Wicked Witch now, but we'll get to that.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Let's face it: George Clooney is a pro at accepting awards. While he didn't take home the lead actor Oscar this year for his turn in "The Descendants," there's plenty of charitable things that keep the actor busy when he's not at work, and the Carousel of Hope gala is taking note. By giving him an award. Clooney will receive the Brass Ring honor at the 26th Carousel of Hope charity gala, presented by philanthropist Barbara Davis and Mercedes-Benz, on Oct. 20. Celebrating Clooney for "outstanding artistic achievements and unprecedented humanitarian undertakings," most notably his advocacy for a resolution in Darfur, the affair will take place at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
He was so eager to make the trip, he called several times to make sure it hadn't been canceled. "Mr. Lopez, is the pickup still at 9 a.m?" "Yes, Mr. Ayers. I'll see you in the morning." When I pulled up, he was standing on the sidewalk playing a skid row reveille on his trumpet. He had a small overnight bag and five more instruments -- cello, violin, French horn, clarinet and flute, meaning he had made the difficult decision to leave several other instruments home.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1990 | Willima Ratliff
This digitally remastered Compact Disc brings back a fluent performance of a lyrical, symphonic serenade in full and balanced sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1990
Until I read Allen's article, I was afraid I was in a class with only rednecks and Bible thumpers, but I'm sure nobody would classify Steve with those yahoos. I don't think that every dabbler with an unusual or esoteric creation is necessarily an artist. For instance, a few years ago, it was reported that the State Legislature had funded a proposal of an "artist" to sail somewhere off the coast and serenade the whales with a wind instrument. It would seem that the solons in Sacramento did not do their homework on that one. For did they consider the possibility that some whales are tone deaf, or have no feeling for rhythm?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
To watch New York City Ballet dance an all-Balanchine program is to be in exactly the right place at precisely the right time. Wagner at Bayreuth is supposed to be like this, and Moliere at the Comedie Francaise, but Balanchine died only three years ago so his creative vision remains potent in the ensemble he honed. Arguably that vision is embodied at its purest, most concentrated and revolutionary in the three ballets presented Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The world may never know just what, exactly, was coming through the speakers during Beyonce's performance of the national anthem at Obama's second inaugural Monday. Fans and critics applauded her virtuoso take on "The Star-Spangled Banner," but then sources at the U.S. Marine Band confirmed that she had used a pre-recorded version , a common practice for large televised events (especially those held outdoors in cold temperatures). It's still unclear whether or not she used an entire backing track and lip-synced, or used a mix of live and pre-recorded vocals.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By David Ng
Sunday's episode of "Downton Abbey" on PBS featured a guest appearance by one of opera's biggest living talents: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The New Zealand-born soprano played Dame Nellie Melba, an actual opera singer who hailed from Australia and whose career spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Downton" portrays Melba as a guest performer of the Crawley household, serenading the family after dinner with the aria "O Mio Babbino, Caro" from Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi.
HOME & GARDEN
July 12, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Life is usually such a struggle for me. I get foreplay confused with afterplay; I get tofu confused with cheese. Yet, when I stumble across one of L.A.'s ultimate bargains, I am quick to share. This is such a one-way relationship, you and I. Just the way you like it. So today we're leaving the suburbs for the best free activity in Los Angeles, a sort of spiritual rehab, Botox for your troubled soul. Here, L.A.'s most-accomplished musicians serenade you, directed by celebrity conductors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2013 | By Ann Simmons
You hear him before you see him. The melodic baritone drifts through the sterile corridors of Valencia's Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The sound surprises no one. Most have gotten used to hearing Jared Axen, a registered nurse, who uses song to connect with his patients and help soothe them. "It's an incredible way to be able to bond with somebody," said Axen, 26, who has worked at Henry Mayo for almost five years. A former child performer who earned an associate's degree in music from Valencia's College of the Canyons and had some private classical vocal training, Axen's talent was exposed at the hospital quite by chance.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jennifer Lopez on Sunday was apologizing for singing "Happy Birthday to You" to the president of Turkmenistan at a concert Saturday night in that country. Seems the concert was put together on behalf of China National Petroleum Corp. for the entertainment of their executives working in Turkmenistan, according to a statement from J.Lo's rep obtained by E! News , and "was not a government sponsored event or political in nature. " "The event was vetted by her representatives, had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended," the statement continued.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The world may never know just what, exactly, was coming through the speakers during Beyonce's performance of the national anthem at Obama's second inaugural Monday. Fans and critics applauded her virtuoso take on "The Star-Spangled Banner," but then sources at the U.S. Marine Band confirmed that she had used a pre-recorded version , a common practice for large televised events (especially those held outdoors in cold temperatures). It's still unclear whether or not she used an entire backing track and lip-synced, or used a mix of live and pre-recorded vocals.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Sometimes casual assuredness can be a good thing: President Obama and  First Lady Michelle Obama walking down Pennsylvania Avenue after the second inauguration in Washington, D.C., for example, was an exercise in such confidence. But other times, ill-advised casualness can go wrong, as it did during Alicia Keys' much discussed performance at the Public Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, one of two official inaugural balls on Monday night. The first mistake she made was to opt for a medley, as ungratifying a maneuver as can be done onstage.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" is part concert film, part brand consolidation, something designed to function as both an introduction for the uninitiated to this pop music singing-and-dancing sensation and a keepsake totem for his ravenous, heavy-spending fans. This division of intent never quite coheres, as the momentum of the concert sequences is broken up by lots of back story on his unlikely meteoric rise, and the concert audio is mixed so that the shrieking of Bieber's audience often overwhelms the music.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By David Ng
Museum galas are reliably glitzy affairs, complete with A-list celebrities wearing red-carpet fashion -- all for a good cause, of course. This year, the Hammer Museum will boast the likes of Katy Perry, Armie Hammer, Steve Martin and MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow at its 10th annual fundraising gala set for Oct. 6.  The Hammer said this year's gala celebration will honor artists Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman. Hammer, the actor who appeared in "The Social Network" in the dual role of the Winklevoss twins, is co-chairing the gala with his wife, Elizabeth.
SPORTS
September 17, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
As farewell speeches go, it wasn't the best of all time. But it was memorable. Because after second-half goals from Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx lifted the U.S. women's soccer team to a 2-1 exhibition victory over Australia on Sunday, Coach Pia Sundhage grabbed a guitar and serenaded the Home Depot Center crowd in Carson with a bluesy stanza of Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock. " It was a fitting ending for Sundhage, who opened her first meeting as coach five years ago by singing Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'.
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