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April 2, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
The spring version Freeway Series might be nothing more than the Next Game on the Schedule these days, but the crowd at Dodger Stadium could get plenty riled up tonight. Manny Ramirez is back. And he'll play. With opening day only four days away, Manager Joe Torre said he wanted to get his team reacquainted with its home ballpark, which is why Ramirez and the other starters are scheduled to play at least seven innings tonight against the Angels.
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April 27, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA Slide show Pierre Odier will share his insights on Papua New Guinea, one of the last places where primitive man can still be seen in his natural Stone Age environment. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. WOMEN Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop for women interested in traveling alone. Topics to be covered include health and safety.
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OPINION
April 1, 2007
Re "Legislator proposes carpool snitch line," March 27 There will hopefully soon be a way to get back at solo drivers in carpool lanes who are under the misguided impression that carpool lanes were created just for them to break the law. A recently introduced bill says that anyone observing a car with only one person driving in the carpool lane can report this cheater. The cheaters will not be cited but rather will be sent a written warning. This is very good news for people like me who take laws seriously but have no recourse to punish the guilty.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The lead cut on the new Pixies album is called "What Goes Boom?," and one answer to that question is the Pixies' other albums. Formed in Boston in 1986, this smart but savage guitar band did as much as any to invent what became known as alternative rock. Its early records, such as "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle," were like a big bang that led to the creation of Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, whose Kurt Cobain once described his "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as a rip-off of the Pixies' soft-then-loud sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is currently opening the doors to his private life in the reality TV series "Being: Mike Tyson" on the Fox Sports 1 channel. Starting next year, the athlete will head to Britain to tour his solo stage show, with an opening set for London's Apollo Theatre in March. "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" is also scheduled to travel to Glasgow and Manchester before heading to engagements in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Tyson first performed the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2012 before taking it to Broadway.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage He later toured the U.S. with the show, including a stop at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2012 | By August Brown
There's a ghost that haunts the margins of Ben Gibbard's solo debut, "Former Lives. " It's not his ex-wife Zooey Deschanel, from whom Gibbard recently split after two years of marriage. It's another singer-songwriter with indie-scene roots who became a major star, ended up in L.A. and confronted some substance-abuse demons: Elliott Smith. Gibbard recorded "Former Lives" in Eagle Rock with Earlimart's Aaron Espinoza, one of Smith's friends and collaborators. The influence is subtle, but it's easy to hear their shared affection for the Beatles in the jangle and washy harmonies on "Dream Song," and in the solo-McCartney stoner sweetness of "Duncan, Where Have You Gone?"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Elvis Costello's been part of the pop music landscape for so long now, and has written and recorded so much, it can be hard at times to remember what it was like before he elevated the game with his razor wit, impeccable compositional skills and kiln-hot passion. The pre-Elvis age probably feels like another era to many -- as indeed it was before his explosive debut in 1977 -- and that may be the inspiration for the cheeky title of his current solo tour that stopped Tuesday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre: “2054 -- the Centenary Tour.” But even though 100 years haven't passed literally for the often-brilliant, engaging English singer and songwriter, he did tip his stylish raffia boater hat to nearly a century's worth of musical tradition.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2009 | Randy Lewis
What's the difference between hearing Roger Daltrey perform the Who's music when he's fronting the legendary band versus hearing him play those same songs solo? With the Who, you get Daltrey's voice, one of the Olympian wonders of classic rock; with Daltrey alone, you get an entire human being. Daltrey spent a generous amount of time sharing of himself during a nearly two-hour show Saturday at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, the fifth concert on his first solo trek in nearly a quarter-century.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
Unmistakable topicality and human interest infuses “From Wharf Rats to Lord of the Docks” and “To Begin the World Over Again,” now playing in rep at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. Writer-performer Ian Ruskin's solo shows about, respectively, labor-union pioneer Harry Bridges and American Revolution visionary Thomas Paine have their academic aspects, but both are undeniably apropos for the corporatist-beleaguered present. “Wharf Rats,” the older of the pieces, has been performed countless times, filmed by Haskell Wexler and broadcast by PBS repeatedly since 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2011
The erstwhile Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore's latest solo venture (and there have been many) is a departure from his typical avant-garde shredding. "Demolished Thoughts" is a tender, considered album of acoustic guitar work produced by Beck that's surprising and unexpectedly moving. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Thu.-Fri. $20. troubadour.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: The Angels were one out from defeat, and three runs down, when Raul Ibanez stepped to the plate in the ninth inning. Ibanez delivered a three-run home run - his second home run of the season, and the 2,000th hit of his career - to force the game into extra innings. But Mets catcher Anthony Recker had the game-winning hit, a 13th-inning home run off the last man in the Angels' bullpen, Matt Shoemaker. AT THE PLATE: Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta each hit his first home run of the season.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Annette Bening will tell you about Sinatra's phrasings, the beauty and brutality of "The Iliad," homeless enchanters, acting classes, the knife edge between the hilarious and the tragic and those transcendent roles such as her adulterous real estate agent in "American Beauty," when "the roof comes off and there's this whole other dimension. The larger part of life. I get it. It's tangible. I'm in it. " Dimensions are the tricks of craft for a woman who contains multitudes, precisely the character Bening will channel in her solo performance of "Ruth Draper's Monologues" at the Geffen Playhouse.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The season-opening Daytona 500 was less than an hour old when Barney Visser saw his latest $1-million NASCAR investment literally go up in smoke. Visser owns Furniture Row Racing, which fields one car - the black No. 78 Chevrolet - driven by Martin Truex Jr. in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. After weeks of preparation for the Daytona 500 and then being forced to use a backup car because of a crash in qualifying, the team saw the engine on Truex's car blow up only 31 laps into NASCAR's crown-jewel event last month.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Chris Barton
"Good things come to those who wait," Neneh Cherry sings over stormy electronics and a skittering rhythm on her first solo album in 16 years. If there's a lingering take-away from "Blank Project," that's it. Cherry, whose breakout hit "Buffalo Stance" was practically inescapable in the late '80s, left music for years before reemerging with "The Cherry Thing" in 2012. A brash stab of skronky jazz-punk that paired Cherry's soulful vocals with a blustery Scandinavian saxophone trio, the record was one of the year's best.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Goodbye, Oscar; hello, Neil. That's what stagehands at the Dolby Theatre might say next month when Neil Young moves into the Hollywood venue (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) not long after the Academy Awards are handed out there on March 2. The rock veteran announced Thursday that he'll play two shows at the Dolby on March 29 and 30, both solo gigs expected to be like those he played last month at Carnegie Hall in New York, according to Young's representative. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Writing about the first of four Carnegie Hall concerts, the New York Times' Nate Chinen said , "... the impression created onstage was tent show troubadour: Mr. Young, in a brimmed hat and a baggy coat, moved deliberately among a trove of instruments, including two battered pianos, a hulking organ, a banjo and more than half a dozen acoustic guitars.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By August Brown
Give credit to the virtuoso party starter Andrew W.K. for breaking new ground in charging up his audience. The pop-metal celebrant ( and avant-garde classical pianist! )  is teaming with illusionist David Blaine for " Electrified ," a New York show on Sunday where Blaine will submit himself to various electrical tortures over three days. The centerpiece will be when Andrew W.K. takes to a specially rigged keyboard attached to a Tesla coil that, when W.K. plays a solo, will send one million volts of juice through Blaine's body.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Goodbye, Oscar; hello, Neil. That's what stagehands at the Dolby Theatre might say next month when Neil Young moves into the Hollywood venue (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) not long after the Academy Awards are handed out there on March 2. The rock veteran announced Thursday that he'll play two shows at the Dolby on March 29 and 30, both solo gigs expected to be like those he played last month at Carnegie Hall in New York, according to Young's representative. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Writing about the first of four Carnegie Hall concerts, the New York Times' Nate Chinen said , "... the impression created onstage was tent show troubadour: Mr. Young, in a brimmed hat and a baggy coat, moved deliberately among a trove of instruments, including two battered pianos, a hulking organ, a banjo and more than half a dozen acoustic guitars.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By August Brown
Straight hipster boys, envy L.A. singer-songwriter Ben Cassorla, because he just lived out your wildest dream date in his new music video for the single " Bona Fide . " Cassorla is a seasoned session hand, having played with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and drummer Ben Riley (who was part of Thelonius Monk's band), and he uses junky vintage gear to craft an expertly screwball indie-pop sound. But for this tune, released under his solo project Cassorla, he got "Parks & Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza out for a sax-besodden afternoon in Echo Park.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Michael Ordoña
The Coen brothers' new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," covers one drain-circling week in the life of a marginally successful folk singer in 1961 New York City, inspired in part by the memoir of folk personality Dave Van Ronk. But to be clear, Llewyn Davis is not Bob Dylan. He's not Van Ronk. He's not even Oscar Isaac. "The description at the audition was, 'He is not Dylan. He is not the poet. He is a workman, a blue-collar guy from the boroughs.' So I latched on to that idea, the workman, and what that meant," says Isaac.
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