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February 8, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
We were promised "shocking eliminations" and "major meltdowns," as well as "phenomenal performances," on "American Idol" on Thursday night -- Hollywood Week, boys, solo round -- but really all we got were some perfectly fine numbers and a few people who were sent home because their voices didn't quite measure up. Most of those cut left with grace. There were a few weepers, sure. One politely disgruntled guy, Nicholas "Big Nick" Mathis, complained he was more talented than others who'd made it through.
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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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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.
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
August 7, 1993
Thanks to Michelle Huneven for spotlighting a good-news trend for solos that is mushrooming across the country ("The Food's Secondary at Ciao Bella," July 30). But, contrary to Huneven's belief, Ciao Bella's cheek-by-jowl, long-table community dining is a comfortable way for shy and not-so-shy solos to blend into a restaurant--and a terrific opportunity for folks to enjoy "a side of company" along with a plate of pasta. Ciao Bella's recipe is but one variation of community dining.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 1990
School's back in session, rock fans, and it's time for a pop quiz on concert etiquette. 1--True/False: It is proper to conduct a conversation while the opening act performs. Answer: True. Only family members and friends of the opening-act band arrive for the first set, and they've heard the songs before. Remember to raise your voice so the music won't drown out your insights on the Cowsills' comeback. 2--True/False: Members of the audience should chat during guitar solos, keyboard solos, etc. Answer: True.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012
MUSIC Make jokes about patchouli scents and endless solos if you must, but there's no denying the ambition of Phish's Trey Anastasio's intentions in a special, one-night pairing with the L.A. Philharmonic. Promising to deliver orchestra-assisted takes on his band's broad songbook as well as his solo compositions, this show probably won't gain many converts among those not already a fan of the guitarist's dexterous runs and surrealistically upbeat turns of phrase. But as his 2009 symphonic collaboration "Time Turns Elastic" proved, there's no doubting Anastasio has the chops to pull off this collaboration.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1998
Mike Boehm must have attended a different Rod Stewart performance ("Every Concert Tells a Story," Sept. 26). What other enthusiastic (standing through almost the whole concert) audience members and I witnessed was an energetic and truly entertaining concert by a man who continues to give people their money's worth. I would have gone back to see him a second night if it were possible. We enjoyed the old and new songs, thought his voice sounded great, and didn't care if he "blew a cue" once.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2012 | By Todd Martens
The second and final day of the FYF Fest in downtown Los Angeles was three hours old before it received a wake-up call. It came in the form of a menacing bass rumble and a cloud of dust, the latter of which was quickly becoming visible from a nearby tent dedicated to comedy and electronic music. From a distance, it looked as though something may have been wrong. Security need not have worried, even as officials kept a nervous eye on the swelling mosh pit. All that was happening was a mid-afternoon set by Ceremony, a Northern California punk band that understands the value of musical thriftiness, the importance of a fist-in-the-air guitar riff and the crowd-unifying power of a simple lyric.
SPORTS
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.
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.
FOOD
June 14, 2000
New from Emile Henry are these individual 16-ounce oval gratin dishes. Mix and match them for a vibrant accent to your dining table. They're available in cobalt blue, green, blue, red, white, saffron and sable. Oval dish, about $18, at Cookin' Stuff, Torrance, (310) 371-2220; Jordanos, Santa Barbara, (805) 569-6262; and Cooking.com (http://www.cooking.com). Hold the Eggs This no-cholesterol, egg-free low-fat Miso Mayo from So Good Food Co. in Venice is a good alternative to high-fat products.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 1995
Ozzy Osbourne has returned with his first studio album in four years, and it's obvious that headbangers everywhere are glad to see him back. "Ozzmosis," the heavy metal favorite's 11th solo record, debuts at No. 7 in The Times' Southern California album chart and No. 4 in the national chart. Also enjoying a strong week out of the box was Alan Jackson's "Greatest Hits Collection," which is No. 9 in the local chart and No. 5 in the national chart.
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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