February 5, 1995 |
Aren't computers wonderful? Thanks to the wonders of modern sound technology, audiences will be able to hear a sound that no longer exists in nature--the voice of a castrato. "Farinelli," which opens March 17, is the Belgian entry in this year's Oscar race and the surprise winner of best foreign film at the Golden Globe Awards (against such heavy favorites as "Red" and "To Live").
August 30, 1998 |
Country singer Johnny Rodriguez was charged with murder in the shooting death at his home early Saturday of an acquaintance he mistook for a burglar, his lawyer said. He was being held Saturday night in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Rodriguez, 47, is charged in the shooting death of Israel Borrego, 26, an unemployed laborer he met a few months ago. Borrego died at a hospital after being shot once in the abdomen.
March 7, 1991 |
Range, nimbleness afoot and a powerful throwing arm are the prerequisites for playing shortstop in the big leagues. Sara Hickman's trade has nothing to do with stopping grounders up the middle or turning the double play, but the Texas-based pop singer was not being presumptuous in calling her new album "Shortstop."
January 18, 1989 |
It's late afternoon at the Palomino, the North Hollywood cowboy bar that has played host to everyone from Waylon Jennings and Marty Robbins to an early-model Linda Ronstadt, and Jann Browne is waiting for Rosie Flores to finish her sound-check. Waiting is something the country singer from Mission Viejo is good at because it's something she's been doing for the last 15 years. But now Browne is about to get her shot at the big time.
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August 3, 1991 |
Singer Rick James, the Grammy-winning "King of Funk" of the 1980s, was arrested with his 21-year-old girlfriend Friday for allegedly imprisoning and torturing a 24-year-old woman with a hot cocaine pipe over three days at James' Hollywood Hills home, police said. James, 43, who with Prince spearheaded the '80s merger of funk and rock, was held in lieu of $1 million bail at the North Hollywood Division jail after he was arrested Friday morning at home with his girlfriend, Tanya Anne Hijazi.
December 19, 1993 |
Probation Officer Rudy Gutierrez took a wildly varied group of Roosevelt High School students--including a former gang member and a future nun--and formed a band to help remind them of their common Latino heritage. The Latin Singers, as they came to be called, was established as an outlet for Roosevelt students "to sing in Spanish, to sing something they are proud of," said Gutierrez.
February 17, 1989 |
As a singer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for nearly 30 years, mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias was always itching to tell the stage director what to do. "I would think, 'Ah, gee, I wish he would do this and I wish he would do that,' " Elias said recently. "Of course, sometimes I would speak up, but usually you have to leave it to their creativity." Since 1983, however, Elias has been doing what she long wants.
April 8, 1990 |
"Airrrrr!" The word is delivered as a joyous high note as singer Bobby McFerrin leaps to his feet when a window in this backstage room at UCLA's Royce Hall is finally opened, admitting a fresh spring breeze. McFerrin has been conducting one press interview after another on this recent Monday, and the windows have been closed because a radio show was being taped in an adjoining room.
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January 18, 1997 |
No stars were going to be made Friday. But they lined up anyway--singers and actors, students and bankers. Carrying sheet music, resumes and the occasional guitar, hundreds of twentysomethings waited for the first of two days of open auditions for "Rent," the rock opera that shook up Broadway last year. Inspired by Puccini's "La Boheme," but set among aspiring artists in the East Village, "Rent" won Tony awards for best musical, book and score.
May 22, 1992 |
Ask Maxine Weldon what her favorite music is and she'll surprise you by answering "Country." A woman known as a jazz and blues singer of quality and distinction loves country music? "I've been listening to it forever," she said, laughing. "My father loved it. When I was growing up in Holdenville, Okla., and then later in Bakersfield, it was what we heard on the radio. We used to listen to 'The Grand Ole Opry' and people like Red Foley, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams. I thought it was wonderful."