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July 4, 2013 |
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.
July 1, 2013 |
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.
January 23, 2013 |
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.
January 22, 2013 |
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.
September 19, 2012 |
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.
September 17, 2012 |
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'.