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Like any other veteran of Jamaica's dance halls, singer Shaggy knows the challenging legacy of Bob Marley. The late reggae icon shone so brightly that his music still dominates and defines the genre 20 years after his death, leaving would-be successors in an artistic and commercial shadow. "For the record companies looking around, where reggae is concerned, there are no success stories today," says Shaggy, the headliner on Sunday's second day of the Bob Marley Day Festival in Long Beach.
January 24, 2013 | By August Brown
Wednesday night was probably the first time a singer used the phrase “hemagglutinin” onstage at the Echo. Longtime L.A. punk fans know that can mean only one thing -- local heroes Bad Religion were playing a rare club-sized show, and its vocalist/UCLA biology professor Greg Graffin was warning the front rows that he'd recently had the flu. “That's the 'H' in H1N2,' It describes proteins in the virus,” he said, launching into a riff on...
April 13, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Liza Minnelli took exception Wednesday to wire service reports that she tried to "smuggle" her dog into Sweden earlier this week. Spokesmen for the actress-singer said Minnelli's shaggy Scottish terrier, Lilly, was sitting next to her, plainly visible, on a car ferry from Denmark, and Minnelli had been given wrong information about Sweden's quarantine laws for pets. As to reports that she threatened to cancel her appearance with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. after customs agents came to seize the dog at her hotel, Minnelli's representative said, "She never threatened to cancel.
June 14, 2012 | By Sharon Mizota
If one were to flay a wayward Muppet - perish the thought! - one might end up with something like an Anna Betbeze painting. Ragged and furtively riddled with holes, her large, shaggy expanses of woven wool are distressed and stained in myriad colors from earthy to acid. The four works on view at François Ghebaly are beguiling, not only because they evoke monsters and shag carpeting, but because they so thoroughly fuse the grotesque with the Arcadian. A circle of mottled rust and green shag ringed in an almost-sunny yellow, “Sunspot” is a much more tactile version of the cosmic phenomenon suggested by its title; it also resembles a gangly, hirsute sunflower.
April 12, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Officials in Stockholm expelled Liza Minnelli's dog from Sweden Tuesday, saying she smuggled it into the country in violation of quarantine laws while on tour with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Minnelli took the shaggy Scottish terrier, Lilly, into Sweden aboard a car ferry from Denmark and the pet was discovered at Minnelli's hotel in Stockholm on Monday night. Two customs officials arrived to seize the dog, but Minnelli refused to hand over Lilly and threatened to cancel her show Tuesday night with Sinatra and Davis.
August 7, 1994
As a reasonably obsessive movie fan, one who collects movie memories (as opposed to memorabilia), I had a bit of a brainstorm upon reading Claudia Eller and Alan Citron's story " Angst at Disney's World" (July 24), and I began to flip through my list of movies I've seen since childhood. Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg's problem is simply megalomania. Every big, stupid live-action film they do at Disney has to be bigger and stupider than the last. When I was a kid, you would have had to drag me kicking and screaming to see "Newsies."
March 5, 2002
Pop star Shaggy, left, will be in Monte Carlo on Wednesday to co-host the 2002 World Music Awards. The show, with performances by Alicia Keys, Enrique Iglesias and Enya, will be broadcast by ABC on a date yet to be determined.
January 13, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Shaggy's "Hotshot" is just that. It's rare that a reggae-rooted album enjoys charts success these days, but the new disc from the wry, pop-influenced star shoots up to No. 6 on the Southern California chart and, nationally, reaches No. 2. On the singles tally, teen dreamboats O-Town still reign with "Liquid Dreams."
November 30, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Reggae artist Shaggy is best known for the lurid sexual bragging of such hits as "Boombastic," and he did not disappoint on that count Tuesday at the Key Club. But the diverse music and a smattering of consciousness made his high-energy, 90-minute show a little more than mindless bump-and-grind. The Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-raised toaster specializes in dancehall come-ons, which begin to sound one-note (not to mention gratingly sexist) on his current album, "Hot Shot."
February 22, 1987 | David T. Friendly
In Hollywood, sometimes the story behind the deal is more interesting than the story in the script. Take "K-9," about a policeman and his canine partner. When it came in at 20th Century Fox, no one at the studio had heard of first-time writers Andrew Charles and Scott Myers. But the script was well-received: "No one thought much of the writing, but the idea seemed like a very commercial concept," said a Fox insider. "You could see the potential for a TV series, too."
April 5, 2012 | Amina Khan
When it comes to dino outerwear, shag might be the new scales. Fossil evidence from a trio of 125-million-year-old dinosaurs that were relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex indicates the giant creatures wore primitive feathers. The three tyrannosauroids -- one adult and two juveniles -- belong to a newly described species discovered in northeastern China. The full-grown Yutyrannus huali weighed 3,000 pounds and stretched about 30 feet from nose to tail. The younger ones were still impressive at about 1,100 and 1,300 pounds.
July 4, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
— While the recently concluded Milan menswear shows were nearly universal in going for the light — the easy, breezy fabrics, the white and sun-bleached khaki colorways, and the notion of traveling unencumbered — there was no such unifying theme to come out of the runways in Paris. But there were some noteworthy trends that rippled through last month's disparate collections of menswear that will probably be seen on the streets when these designer collections hit retail nine months from now. Among them: Blue man group Blue, traditionally a popular color in menswear (because it sells well)
Scooby-Doo, TV's comically cowardly Great Dane, is 40 years old this year. In all that time, through succeeding series on different networks, he has rarely been off the air. It is really quite remarkable, when you consider the generally poor animation, wan jokes and endlessly repeated plot line -- phony spooks mask criminal enterprise undone by meddling kids and their dog -- although perhaps that is also its appeal. You know where you are with "Scooby-Doo." If Scooby is not quite the cultural powerhouse he was back when a van with flowers painted on its side was a groovy thing and a boy might wear an ascot to high school without fear of harm, he is perhaps something more now: an icon with history, living in the collective mind of the generations who have grown up on him. Hugh Laurie has imitated him on "House"; the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" kids styled themselves a Scooby Gang, a phrase I've found handy, professionally, to describe any tight group of diverse characters involved in a dangerous adventure.
September 7, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
You say your golf game is going to the dogs? Well, consider the case of Oscar, a 5-year-old Labrador retriever who lives near a course in Dunfermline, Scotland. Chris Morrison, his owner, used to take Oscar for walks on the fairways and one day noticed that his mutt was, as he put it, "rattling." Further examination at a veterinarian led to surgery and that, in turn, led to a discovery that Oscar had been swallowing golf balls. Not one, not two, but 13. "It was like a magic trick," veterinarian Bob Hesketh told the Daily Telegraph.
July 23, 2008 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
In the first five minutes of MTV's new reality show "Buzzin'," which stars rising Malibu rapper Shwayze and his ne'er-do-well producer Cisco Adler, Shwayze's faced with an only-in-L.A. Sophie's Choice that could break his fledgling career. On one hand, he's booked to play a potentially lucrative Super Bowl party gig in Phoenix where sponsors from Pontiac want to talk song placements in an ad. On the other, he's due in Malibu at 8 a.m.
August 1, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
August is coming in like a lamb in the realm of DVD, with just a handful of films or TV series making their digital debuts. Spring's moderate box office hit "V for Vendetta" arrives in a special edition two-disc set (Warner, $35). Based on the popular graphic novel of the same title, the action-thriller stars Natalie Portman as a young woman who becomes embroiled with a charismatic freedom fighter named V (Hugo Weaving) who wears a Guy Fawkes' mask.
May 11, 1986 | Richard Buffum
Ah, spring, sweet spring in a Victorian garden, while sipping tea and listening to ancient music played upon a virginal, a type of early harpsichord, while beside my feet oregano grows rampant and overhead a great lemon tree dangles fruit the size of baseballs. Over the Minuet in G, over the hum of voices of others at tea, from behind the avocado trees and the giant pecan tree, from beyond the old barn, the honking of geese is heard.
March 10, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Going to this particular kennel for the fifth time since 1959, Disney trots out another incarnation of "The Shaggy Dog," its ever-hairy tale of man co-mingling with beast to his betterment. The original starred Tommy Kirk and Fred MacMurray, was one of the studio's first live-action comedies, and made lots of money.
October 3, 2004 | Bill Shaikin, Times staff writer Bill Shaikin last wrote for the magazine about Angels owner Arte Moreno.
There is one baseball field in Eric Gagne's hometown. On this brilliant afternoon, in a place where summer is all too short, the diamond is nearly deserted. There is one kid here, playing ball with his dad. He is about to see his favorite baseball card come to life. Gagne grew up in Mascouche, a Quebec town whose population would fill barely half of Dodger Stadium.
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