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March 15, 2011
Sing You Home A Novel Jodi Picoult Atria Books: 466 pp., $28
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
December 17, 2010
Holiday Sing-Along Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown L.A. When: 11:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday Tickets: $32-$83 Information: (323) 850-2000 or
April 11, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
My, Lorde, you sure can sing - and swear too. In case you missed it, the precocious New Zealand teen with the unique voice - and the performing style she copied from Joe Cocker - helped induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night. Lorde's rendition of “All Apologies,” backed by Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as well as added guitarist Pat Smear, certainly did the late Kurt Cobain proud. Then, showing that she can not only rock with the best of them but roll with the guys too, she tweeted: “so honoured and happy i got to help celebrate nirvana's rock and roll hall of fame induction tonight.
November 27, 2010
Of Thee I Sing A Letter to My Daughters Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long Alfred A. Knopf: 40 pp., $17.99
December 1, 2001
At this time of global unrest and uncertainty, all of us are looking for comfort and praying for peace. I wonder what would happen if, at every Christmas service, here and around the world, and especially on Christmas Eve, the service was ended with the singing of the "peace song." Perhaps all of the voices and linked hands could be the catalyst for some sort of miracle. So that everyone is included, perhaps our Jewish and Muslim friends could somehow incorporate the song into their celebrations of Ramadan and Hanukkah.
September 2, 1989
My wife and I attended Diane Elias' recital at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and we were disappointed with Bruce Burroughs' review ("Mezzo Diane Elias in Hometown Newport Recital," Calendar, Aug. 8). We thoroughly enjoyed the choice of songs and the singing as well as the opportunity to hear Miss Elias sing. We do not agree with Mr. Burroughs' review. Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT D. HUNTER, Huntington Beach
August 2, 2010 | From Bloomberg
Mitch Miller, the baton-wielding host of the "Sing Along With Mitch" television show who promoted performers such as Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 99. He died July 31 in Manhattan after a short illness, the New York Times reported, citing his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther. Miller was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2000, when he still worked actively as a guest conductor. Throughout his life, he was noted for the considerable energy and self-confidence that accompanied his musical ability.
October 18, 2009 | Steve Appleford
Hope Sandoval prefers the darkness. It's how she feels comfortable onstage, with the lights down low, freeing the singer from the distraction of all those strangers watching from the audience. "I just hide and sing," she explains. Sometimes, she hides a little too well. After a September performance in San Francisco, four fans demanded a refund because they couldn't see her, as if unconvinced that Sandoval had been there at all. "It's so ridiculous," she says, more puzzled than annoyed.
September 12, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Irwin Silber, who became a key figure in the revival of folk music beginning in the 1950s as editor of the magazine Sing Out!, has died. He was 84. Silber, who was also a producer and wrote and edited several books on music and other subjects, died Wednesday at an extended-care facility in Oakland, his stepdaughter Nina Menendez said. He had Alzheimer's disease. Silber founded Sing Out! in 1950 with legendary folk singer Pete Seeger and others. It became an influential publication that covered 1950s stars such as Seeger and Woody Guthrie, then in the '60s included such upcoming artists as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and many others.
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - "Don't speak! Don't speak!" Dianne Wiest immortalized these words in her Oscar-winning portrayal of aging Broadway diva Helen Sinclair in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," and I kept murmuring them to myself for a different reason while writing this review of the new musical adaptation. There's certainly much to savor in this gin fizz cocktail of a show, tossed back in the Art Deco glory of Prohibition-era New York. But the ostentatious flaws of this much-anticipated production, which opened at Broadway's St. James Theatre, make it difficult for me to hold my tongue.
April 9, 2014 | By David Ng
Anne Hathaway has yet to make good on her oft-professed desire to perform in a Broadway musical. Her Oscar-winning turn as Fantine in the 2012 movie version of "Les Miserables" showed that she has the singing chops. And if we need more proof, the actress appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday to remind us that she can belt it out as good as Broadway's best. Hathaway, sporting close-cropped hair and a black pant-suit number, was accompanied on the piano by host Jimmy Fallon in a series of rap and hip-hop songs performed in a humorously over-the-top Broadway style.
April 7, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Ed Sheeran might be past his frizzy-haired Brit-folk phase. A year after the young guitar-picker teamed with Elton John for a rather warbly performance of "The A Team" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Sheeran released a new song Monday, one that trades the cozy acoustic vibe of the earlier tune for a high-gloss pop-funk sound shaped in part by Pharrell Williams. "Sing" is the lead single from an album Sheeran is expected to release this summer, the anticipated follow-up to his hit major-label debut, "+," which came out in the U.K. in 2011 before arriving in U.S. stores the next year.
April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran serenaded a 15-year-old Irish fan just minutes before she died Tuesday of cystic fibrosis, according to British media reports. "Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x," "The A Team" singer tweeted after finding out the teen had passed away. Before lunchtime that day, he'd been on the phone singing her the tune " Little Bird " from his 2010 album "Loose Change. " He was reportedly her favorite singer, and "Little Bird" her favorite song. Triona's brother Colm, along with his sister's friends, started a #SongForTri Twitter campaign last week after she revealed her dying wish, Ireland's Independent reported Wednesday.
March 13, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
A show about the late Weimar era vocal troupe the Comedian Harmonists bearing the title "Harmony" had better have memorable singing, and on that score this musical by Barry Manilow and his writing partner Bruce Sussman doesn't disappoint. In solos, duets and ensemble numbers especially, the voices soar on lilting melodies that strive to conjure the glory days of the American musical, that period bookended between Rodgers & Hammerstein and Kander & Ebb. The show's numbers may not evoke those easy-listening Manilow hits of the 1970s, but they have an ingratiating beauty that serves to remind that the man who made famous the Bruce Johnston lyric "I am music.
March 4, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
There's no question she was playing to a bigger audience Sunday night at the Academy Awards. But Idina Menzel appeared to be having way more fun Monday when she dropped by "The Tonight Show" to jam with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots. As she did on the Oscars (where John Travolta notoriously mangled her name in his introduction), the singer performed "Let It Go," the sweeping power ballad from Disney's "Frozen" that was named best original song Sunday. OSCARS 2014: Full coverage | Best & worst moments Backed by Fallon and his house band on a variety of kid-friendly instruments, though - a setup the host used in his "Late Night" days for appearances by Carly Rae Jepsen and Robin Thicke - Menzel seemed far more relaxed than she did at the Dolby Theatre.
January 7, 2009 | Todd Martens
Katy Perry fans will have the opportunity to sing along with the pop star during a performance of "I Kissed a Girl" at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. Fans can upload a 30- to 60-second audio clip of them singing along to Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" to the CBS website through Jan. 22. CBS will announce the top 20 videos the following day, and fan voting will run through Feb. 6. According to the CBS site, there is some cash involved as well, with the...
August 4, 1990
Americans take most things too seriously. A case in point is the recent faux pas committed by Roseanne Barr. She didn't do a very good job singing, or should I say, screeching the national anthem, but when people ask a comedienne who can't sing to sing, what do they expect? Roseanne Barr attempted to do the obvious; since she couldn't sing, she tried to make her rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" funny. She failed. So what? There are anthem singers whose voices would make dogs howl.
March 3, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Composer-singer-vocal contractor Ronald Hicklin has sold his Pasadena home for $2.25 million in less than a month and at 25% above the asking price. Set in a quaint neighborhood near the Huntington Library, the one-story 1952 traditional sits on a knoll of more than a third of an acre. Features include an oversized family room, two bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,080 square feet of living space. A 527-square-foot guest house has a kitchenette, fireplace and a three-quarter bathroom.
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