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August 15, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soul singer Curtis Mayfield is paralyzed from the neck down and remains in serious condition after being hit by a lighting scaffold blown down by a gust of wind during an outdoor concert Monday night in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mayfield, composer of such classic R&B tunes as "People Get Ready" and "Superfly," was about to begin performing at Windgate Field when a gust of wind dislodged an unstable scaffold of overhead stage lights and sent the tower crashing down on him.
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April 26, 2014 | By Kari Howard
Ever since I started working with Raja Abdulrahim on her Syria stories two years ago, I've listened to Radiohead while editing them. It didn't start out as a running soundtrack to a writer and the conflict she still covers, but Radiohead's music has that combination of sorrow and alienation and dread and vulnerability that runs through the Syria conflict. I remember choosing “Talk Show Host” for the first story. (Warning: There's a bit of Anglo-Saxon language.) Its line about “I'll be waiting with a gun and a pack of sandwiches” seemed to echo the story's juxtaposition of violence and everyday life.
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May 22, 1999 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
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April 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Keira Knightley is used to early wake-up calls. The actress has a penchant for period films, and it takes a while to get tied into a corset. But on the set of the modern-day romance "Begin Again," the British star's call time was decidedly later than on "Anna Karenina" or "Pride & Prejudice. " "I'm so used to sitting in a chair for two hours getting my hair and makeup done," she said recently via telephone from the U.K., "but this time I turned up half an hour before I needed to start shooting and chucked my hair in a ponytail.
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November 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
Italian singer Andrea Bocelli was among hundreds of mourners paying homage Friday to tenor Franco Corelli, one of the top opera stars of the 20th century, at his funeral in a Milan church. Corelli, whose career took him from La Scala to New York's Metropolitan Opera and other major stages, died Wednesday in a Milan hospital at age 82. He was hospitalized in August for what was believed to be a stroke.
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June 16, 1993
Latin pop singer Marisela was arrested for investigation of being under the influence of cocaine, and her red Porsche 928 with "Venuz" license plates was impounded by police. Marisela, 27, of Encino, whose full name is Marisela Hernandez, was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to appear Aug. 3 in Glendale Municipal Court, police said.
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January 31, 1991 | MARK SWED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The latest edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians lists Marian Anderson, Leroy Anderson and Laurie Anderson. But if June Anderson is not yet included among such company, it is only because the dictionary is a couple of years out of date. Since its writing, the soprano from Massachusetts has become one of the most celebrated and sought after divas of her generation. She has been hailed the next Joan Sutherland so often that, well, perhaps she is.
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October 30, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Jackson was slouched in a chair in a nondescript office in a Westside rehearsal hall. His body was there but his mind was miles away. The young singer-songwriter, the latest of the Jackson clan to do a solo album--"Randy & the Gypsys," on A&M Records--had just finished rehearsing with his band in preparation for tonight's show at the Roxy--the group's official debut. A study in preoccupation, Jackson was staring at the ceiling, at his shoes, at the table, at the walls.
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July 29, 2003 | From Associated Press
Singers Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and Monica will be among the guest stars on the upcoming season of the NBC series "American Dreams," set in the mid-1960s. Clarkson, the original winner of Fox's "American Idol" series, will play Brenda Lee and sing Lee's hit "Sweet Nothings" in the second-season premiere this fall. Monica will portray Mary Wells and sing the former Motown star's hit "My Guy." Keys, a multi-Grammy Award winner, will play Fontella Bass and sing "Rescue Me."
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June 3, 1986 | JOHN VOLAND
The musical birthday party given by the 29-voice Pasadena Repertory Singers Sunday afternoon in celebration of the Pasadena Centennial was very much like most anniversary celebrations: a little long and a bit too strait-laced, but warming and even surprising in the final analysis.
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April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
More civil lawsuits may be on the way against major Hollywood players in connection with sexual abuse allegations that have ensnared director Bryan Singer and other top entertainment industry figures. Jeff Herman, the attorney for the man who has accused Singer of abusing him as a teenager, told The Times that he's heard from other alleged victims. He said he's investigating these potential new cases and hopes to expose more illegal activity. “I've heard from dozens and dozens alleging they were abused in Hollywood as minors,” Herman said.
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April 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The attorney for the man accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse has filed additional, similar cases against three Hollywood executives. Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Singer was accused in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting Egan in the 1990s. Ancier is a prominent television executive who has held senior positions at Fox and NBC. Neuman is a former senior Walt Disney television executive.
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April 21, 2014
Northern California-reared country singer Kevin Sharp, whose gentle tenor voice helped him score a handful of country hits in the late 1990s after winning a battle with cancer as a teenager, has died at 43. It wasn't the cancer that took his life but complications from digestive system illness he developed in recent years and for which he underwent surgery about five years ago, his sister, Mary Huston, told the Sacramento Bee . He died Saturday,...
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April 21, 2014
Kevin Sharp Country singer scored a handful of hits after overcoming cancer Kevin Sharp , 43, a Northern California-reared country singer whose gentle tenor voice helped him score a handful of country hits in the late 1990s after winning a battle with cancer as a teenager, died Saturday at his mother's home in Fair Oaks, a Sacramento suburb. It wasn't the cancer that took his life but complications from a digestive system illness he developed in recent years and for which he underwent surgery about five years ago, his sister, Mary Huston, said.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"What's my motivation?" is a standard laugh line satirizing the acting profession, a livelihood in which it's not always clear why one is doing what one needs to do. At the moment, Daniel Beaty and Keith David may be the two American actors least likely to say it. They are playing (and singing) the role of Paul Robeson in two separate plays on two separate Los Angeles stages. Their shared motivation is telling a story that is the ultimate retort to the idea that there's an unbridgeable gap between being a performer and living a serious life.
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April 17, 2014
Phillip Hayes Dean Actor, director wrote one-man play 'Paul Robeson' Phillip Hayes Dean, 83, a playwright, director and actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. His plays include "The Last American Dixieland Band," "Moloch Blues," "Freeman," "The Owl Killer and Dink's Blues" and "The Sty of the Blind Pig," which Time magazine called one of the best plays of 1971.
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August 22, 1986 | CHRIS PASLES
Local job opportunities for opera singers got a boost early this week, when Opera Pacific issued a casting call for apprentices and chorus members for the company's upcoming production of Puccini's "La Boheme." The Irvine-based company will present Puccini's beloved work, to be staged by composer Gian Carlo Menotti, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on March 28 and April 1 and 4.
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July 11, 2012 | By Marcia Adair
My, my, where does the time go. Where, where does it go go, does it go, my time, where does it go? America's minimalists, once bright young things rebelling against the tonal austerity of serialism via rhythmically complex but harmonically gentle loops, are now contemporary music's elder statesmen. Terry Riley turned 75 in 2010, Steve Reich in 2011, and the 2012 birthday boy is Phiip Glass. The chances of Fame and Fortune smiling upon you as a composer of classical music are, in the main, negligible.
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April 16, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Don't let Lorde's self-aware nonchalance fool you -- she's still a teenager and will squeal excitedly when presented with one of her idols, specifically "Lizzie McGuire" star Hilary Duff and "Girls" wunderkind Lena Dunham. The young Grammy winner's public display of freak-out comes in the May issue of Teen Vogue , in which the cover girl's feature interview opens with her fascination with Duff attending one of her shows last February. From grungy goth queen to bubble-gum commercialism?
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April 15, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
"Almost Doesn't Count" for Brandy -- the singer has called off her engagement to music executive Ryan Press.  "They are no longer together. The engagement is off, but the friendship is still on," the R&B singer's rep told Us Weekly on Tuesday. "The Game" actress, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, and Press announced their engagement in December 2012. It would have been her first marriage. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2014 "They decided to take a step back and reevaluate the relationship," the rep said.
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