July 16, 1991 |
The crowd peaked at 350--nearly twice what party planners had expected--during Friday's "Red Hot & Blues" benefit for children's cancer research. The fund-raiser, hosted by the local chapter of Concern II, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization, started late (8 p.m.) and ended early (2 a.m. Saturday). In between, party-goers at the Beverly Heritage Hotel in Costa Mesa sampled from a full menu of entertainment--including psychics, karaoke singing and limbo dancing.
March 12, 2000 |
The saxophone has been, almost from the music's earliest years, one of the primary voices of jazz. From Johnny Hodges and Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, the instrument has virtually defined jazz for many listeners. And, in the new millennium, it continues to be heard in an amazing number of styles and settings.
April 25, 2007 |
KAWASAKI'S KLR650 has been the bestselling dual sport for the last few years, but that hasn't stopped owners from complaining. The saddle was as comfortable as a plank of petrified wood, they whined. The windshield didn't live up to its name. The spongy rear shock forced their spines to pick up the slack, and weak brakes were cramping their style. For the KLR650's first major overhaul in 20 years, Kawasaki has worked to improve all that, and then some.
December 29, 1989 |
Living the single life can be expensive. Food, shelter, clothing, taxes, insurance, even pleasurable pastimes--vacations and entertainment--cost more when you're alone. But you don't have to wait for Mr. or Ms. Right--or earn a six-figure salary--to build a firm financial base, says Victoria Felton-Collins, a certified financial planner. As a partner of Felton-Collins, Woodhouse & Associates in Costa Mesa, she regularly advises people from all income levels.
December 19, 2002
A classic column ("Yes, Virginia, You Must Believe," Dec. 12). And you're single why? Or maybe you're not and that's just your marital status de plume. Bob Colleary Sherman Oaks
January 1, 2010 |
Of all the acclaim that's come to Colin Firth's depiction of hidden grief in "A Single Man," precious little of it has focused on the physical Firth. At 49, the Golden Globe nominee looks 10 years younger and as fit as he was in those glory days as Mr. Darcy on TV's "Pride and Prejudice." "I pick up the script, and it says 'Naked man lies on bed.' And then a few pages in, 'Naked man jumps in ocean,' " Firth recalls. " 'Well,' I thought. 'It's time. One more push against gravity before I turn 50 and it's all downhill.
May 23, 1996 |
In a recent conversation, bassist Ron Carter promised that his nonet was going to be something special. And he was right. His opening set Tuesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill offered perfect testimony to the fact that innovation and adventure still exist in jazz, at a time when the music is passing through a period of distinct retrospection. A group consisting of four cellos, two basses, piano, drums and percussion is, on the face of it, an unusual instrumentation.
November 7, 1988 |
For more than a decade, England's Siouxsie & the Banshees have portrayed a dark, phantasmagorical world filled with a dreamy sensuality and a sense of dark foreboding. Friday night at the Universal Amphitheatre, the group brought an elaborate stage show that resembled a cross between a German Expressionist, "Blue Angel"-type cabaret and a post-atomic shindig, marking the first time the quintet has delivered a theatrical performance befitting it's idiosyncratic vision.
November 20, 2005 |
Wilco "Kicking Television: Live in Chicago" (Nonesuch) * * * 1/2 IT'S funny when Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy sings the musical question, "Do you still like rock 'n' roll?" in "Misunderstood," which opens this in-concert collection -- and the fans respond with a rousing, affirmative cheer. Wilco arguably abandoned rock 'n' roll and, for that matter, alt-country, back in 1996 when it first recorded that song.
May 26, 1997 |
There's reason to celebrate this season. The stock market's up, the Angels have won more often than they've lost, and saxophonist Bennie Wallace is making local appearances again. Wallace, among the most singular and enthusiastic tenor players on the planet, has forgone live performances in all but Europe and New York City in recent years. Instead he's been concentrating on his writing and film score work while living in Pacific Palisades.