CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 |
What do Richard Feynman , Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa and Boris Yeltsin have in common? The answer was embodied in a radiant, round-faced Siberian singer named Kongar-ol Ondar, whose voice was unlike any in the western world. Ondar was a master of throat singing, a vocal style native to his small Russian republic of Tuva. He mesmerized audiences with his ability to produce two or more notes simultaneously - a low, steady drone overlaid with higher pitched tones that to the unaccustomed ear sounded like a radio gone haywire.
August 4, 2013
Regarding "Packing to Avoid Extra Fees" by Ellise Pierce (More for Your Money, July 21): Ridiculous article that makes a simple subject far too complicated. Below is my time-honored list of what a well-dressed woman needs for a month in a temperate climate. I always travel in early spring or late fall when the leaves are off the trees, thus affording an excellent view of the architecture. Only coat required is a raincoat with an attached hood. Then you need one pair of slacks, one skirt, one jumper or dress, one vest, five tops (one matches the skirt and the slacks and the others are turtlenecks or mock turtles in optional colors or stripes)
August 2, 2013 |
He already did one late-night parody of the summer's biggest hit, and now he's at it again. Not long after Robin Thicke took to Jimmy Kimmel's show to spoof the controversial video for his No. 1 smash "Blurred Lines," the R&B singer hooked up with Jimmy Fallon for yet another rendition of the song, currently in its eighth week atop the Hot 100. The charm of this version, evidently taped in a dressing room at "Late Night"? It has Fallon's house band, the Roots, backing Thicke on the kind of instruments you used to play in elementary-school music class.
July 26, 2013 |
"Dancing With the Stars" dancer-choreographer extraordinaire Derek Hough will be dancing under the stars when he joins the California Philharmonic on Saturday at the Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for an evening of music and dance called "Dance Fever. " But while people may come for the dancing, the performance (repeating indoors Sunday afternoon at Walt Disney Concert Hall) will mark a personal milestone for Hough: It will be the first time he sings with a symphony orchestra.
July 20, 2013 |
TUCSON - Sitting on a swivel bar stool near the kitchen of her home outside Tucson, Suzy Horton Ronstadt listened to the familiar words of songwriter Jimmy Webb's pop-rock classic "MacArthur Park. " Ronstadt smiled at first, then had to blink as her blue eyes welled up at the line "After all the loves of my life, you'll still be the one. " But unlike countless listeners who've shed a tear or two over the anguished romanticism of that sentiment since actor-singer Richard Harris took it to the top of the pop charts in 1968, Ronstadt has a special attachment to the song.
July 10, 2013 |
"Sister Act" has been on quite the pilgrimage since its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006. Retooled for London's West End after a run at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, the show underwent further revision before making its way to Broadway, where it received five Tony nominations in a season dominated by another musical shimmying insouciantly to the Lord, "The Book of Mormon. " Those soulful (in the R&B sense) nuns have returned to Los Angeles in this touring Broadway production, which opened Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre.
July 7, 2013
True meaning of Gettysburg The words in the article on Gettysburg touched me deeply ["A Town That Never Forgets" by Catharine Hamm, June 30]. The heart-wrenching graphic details brought an important time in our country's history to life for me. And the closing words, "Nearly 54,000 days after Lincoln's death, this country is still alive," filled me with pride. Thank you for a wonderful tribute. Lora Crommett San Marcos Your story about what happened seven score and 10 years ago is timely, as we mark the Fourth of July and empower new leadership in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 |
Jubilant gay marriage supporters turned out in West Hollywood on Wednesday evening for a lively celebration of the Supreme Court's rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8. At the rally at the corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards, people danced and waved rainbow flags. Some held signs that said, "Ding Dong, Prop 8 is dead!" and "DOMA=DEAD. " Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" blared over the gathering crowd. Q&A: Key Prop. 8, DOMA questions answered Rick Watts carried his handmade sign with a checklist: "My Gay Agenda.