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July 29, 2010
POP MUSIC In the annals of Brazil's tropicalia music, there is Sergio Mendes, and there are Sergio Mendes acolytes. His rhythmically tricky, melodically rich compositions defined the genre in his home country yet also proved a fertile base for pop and jazz crossovers. Here he plays with the similarly cosmopolitan, tropics-infused Morcheeba. Hollywood Bowl, 2031 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $30-$156. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com
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July 31, 2010
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September 11, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leave it to an old pro to save the day. When the colorful Chico Cesar canceled his appearance in Sunday's "Beat of Brazil" concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the entertainment burden rested squarely on singer Virginia Rodrigues and Sergio Mendes' Brasil 2001. Initially, that didn't seem like such a bad development. Rodrigues has been highly praised, and Mendes can always be counted on to deliver an engaging set. But the prospects darkened considerably with Rodrigues' appearance.
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July 30, 2010
ART len-tic-u-lar-is Taking its name from a lens-like cloud formation that appears uncannily symmetrical, smooth and luminous on the horizon, the Los Angeles- and Sendai, Japan-based architectural firm Atelier Hitoshi Abe presents the exhibition of a 1:7 scale model for a proposed roof structure that will be built in the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center's plaza. In conjunction with the opening reception, Hitoshi Abe (chairman of the UCLA department of architecture and urban design)
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July 22, 1989 | BILL KOHLHAASE
All that's left of the latest wave of Brazilian music that has swept the United States in the last few years is the commercial backwash. Witness recent albums by Djavan and Ivan Lins, whose Brazilian roots seem to have been more affected by American pop music than the other way around. That's why it was refreshing to hear Sergio Mendes and his latest group, Brazil 99, play to a near-capacity Strand Supper and Dance Club Thursday night.
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July 31, 2010
EVENTS X Games At the X Games, extreme athletes will perform across four venues in downtown Los Angeles, competing in categories such as Moto X Freestyle, BMX Vert, Moto X Speed & Style and BMX Park. Top-tier athletes from the United States are competing, along with some international athletes, all unafraid of face-planting from the lip of a giant vertical ramp. Event Deck at L.A. Live, Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Sat.-Sun. $9-$40. http://www.
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December 4, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"We used about 40 microphones--some were hanging from trees. We'd roll tape, then we'd have to stop because there was heavy rain, so we'd break everything down and then, when the rain stopped, we'd set up and start again." Sergio Mendes was talking about the recording of "Fanfarra," the opening track of his recent "Brasileiro" release on Elektra Records, perhaps his most purely Brazilian album.
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July 30, 2010
ART len-tic-u-lar-is Taking its name from a lens-like cloud formation that appears uncannily symmetrical, smooth and luminous on the horizon, the Los Angeles- and Sendai, Japan-based architectural firm Atelier Hitoshi Abe presents the exhibition of a 1:7 scale model for a proposed roof structure that will be built in the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center's plaza. In conjunction with the opening reception, Hitoshi Abe (chairman of the UCLA department of architecture and urban design)
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December 7, 1992 | DON HECKMAN
Nearly three decades after he organized Brazil '66, Sergio Mendes has worked all the way up to his current group, Brazil '99. Despite the passing years, the ensemble he brought to the Rhythm Cafe in Santa Ana on Saturday night had a remarkably strong resemblance to Mendes' gold-rcord-gathering bands of the mid-'60s.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2010
POP MUSIC In the annals of Brazil's tropicalia music, there is Sergio Mendes, and there are Sergio Mendes acolytes. His rhythmically tricky, melodically rich compositions defined the genre in his home country yet also proved a fertile base for pop and jazz crossovers. Here he plays with the similarly cosmopolitan, tropics-infused Morcheeba. Hollywood Bowl, 2031 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $30-$156. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com
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February 18, 2010 | By Katherine Tulich
The music is pumping at Dance Studio No. 1 in West Los Angeles as instructor Diane Yakimovicz urges her students faster and faster, their footwork a dazzling blur. With hardly a breather, she forms them into a conga line, hands on each other's hips. There's no point being coy, as strangers' bodies bump up against each other in a sweaty unison of movements. "It's a great chain of energy exchange," proclaims the buoyant Yakimovicz. This Monday night dance group is not made up of professional dancers, merely keen amateurs preparing for L.A.'s biggest Brazilian party night, the 10th Annual Brazilian Carnaval 2010 at Club Nokia on Saturday night, the largest Brazilian-style Carnaval on the West Coast.
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May 31, 2006 | Leslie Brenner, Times Staff Writer
THE parade of amuses-bouche is about to start. "Any food allergies or anything you don't eat?" asks our server. Noes all around the table, except from one diner. "Me?" says Sergio Mendes, the legendary Brazilian pianist who brought bossa nova and the song "Mas Que Nada" into the forefront of American pop culture 40 years ago with his group Brasil '66, "Andouillettes!" In this town, only a serious gastronome would come up with such an answer. Where in L.A.
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February 5, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
THE musical continuum connecting early '60s samba and new millennial hip-hop seemed so obvious to bossa nova piano maestro Sergio Mendes and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, it was practically hidden in plain sight. The two, who first worked together two years ago on a song for the "Be Cool" soundtrack, have reteamed on "Timeless" (Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music), Mendes' first new album in eight years.
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September 11, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leave it to an old pro to save the day. When the colorful Chico Cesar canceled his appearance in Sunday's "Beat of Brazil" concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the entertainment burden rested squarely on singer Virginia Rodrigues and Sergio Mendes' Brasil 2001. Initially, that didn't seem like such a bad development. Rodrigues has been highly praised, and Mendes can always be counted on to deliver an engaging set. But the prospects darkened considerably with Rodrigues' appearance.
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July 25, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
The concerts presented Friday and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl, with Herb Alpert and Sergio Mendes as headliners, drew virtual capacity houses both nights: Friday's figure was 17,788. Ostensibly this was a Latin- or Brazilian-tinged program, though the exact meaning of those terms has become increasingly vague. Los Angeles' own Alpert and his Chicago-born wife, Lani Hall, shared time with conductor-composer George del Barrio of Argentina and Mendes of Brazil.
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February 5, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
THE musical continuum connecting early '60s samba and new millennial hip-hop seemed so obvious to bossa nova piano maestro Sergio Mendes and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, it was practically hidden in plain sight. The two, who first worked together two years ago on a song for the "Be Cool" soundtrack, have reteamed on "Timeless" (Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music), Mendes' first new album in eight years.
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February 21, 1996 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brazilian-born musician Kleber Jorge found himself in a delicious dilemma last year. Should he continue the nonstop pursuit of his career? Or take some time off to join the Sergio Mendes band? The guitarist, singer and songwriter, just back from a concert engagement with Mendes in Manila, said it really wasn't much of a decision. Speaking by phone from his L.A. home, Jorge admits that dividing his time between Mendes' group and his own has bothered him only slightly.
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December 7, 1992 | DON HECKMAN
Nearly three decades after he organized Brazil '66, Sergio Mendes has worked all the way up to his current group, Brazil '99. Despite the passing years, the ensemble he brought to the Rhythm Cafe in Santa Ana on Saturday night had a remarkably strong resemblance to Mendes' gold-rcord-gathering bands of the mid-'60s.
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