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ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Hard-core rap could soon be experienced by a whole new crowd. A new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur's music is in development, with an eye toward Broadway. Helmed by Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun," "Fences"), "Holler if Ya Hear Me" is being workshopped in New York and could debut during Broadway's 2013-14 season. While fueled by Shakur's songs, the production isn't a biographical drama based on the late rapper's life. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage "Holler if Ya Hear Me" is a fictional account of two childhood friends and their families facing challenges in a Midwestern industrial city during the present day. The creative team includes Tony-winning choreographer Wayne Cilento ("Wicked")
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SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Terry Bradshaw has a loyal following in Pittsburgh. I don't know. Something about winning four Super Bowls with some team called the Steelers. So who better than the blond bomber to kick off a summer concert series June 14 that also features Motown legend Smokey Robinson and old-school favorites the Oak Ridge Boys and 38 Special at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pa., about 30 minutes outside of the Steel City? Sounds great. He can just stand there and tell football anecdotes while laying on that down-home charm that has made him a favorite during Fox's football coverage all these years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Carole King's life and times - and songs she wrote with her ex-husband, Gerry Goffin -- will be the stuff of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” whose producers are aiming for a spring 2014 opening on Broadway. Playbill reports that producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are bannering the show's story as the biographical account of “Carole Klein [King's real name], Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah [who] fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a hot career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll.” Screenwriter Douglas McGrath (Woody Allen's “Bullets Over Broadway”)
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
The Academy Awards haven't been kind to songs of late. The last few years, the category has been treated as an after-thought, with either one film dominating the slate of nominees or voters struggling to find five songs worthy of contention. After the nadir that was 2012, when only two songs were recognized, the academy has promised change. Five songs will be nominated for the upcoming awards, and once again the rarely showcased art of cinematic songwriting will be handled with grown-up respect.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2010 | Los Angeles Times
New Orleans musicians often write about tragedies and the BP oil spill is no exception. These are just a small sample of the jazz, bluegrass, rap and other songs New Orleans musicians wrote about the spill. Nobody knows nothin' . Written by John Boutte, Bill Lynn and Paul Sanchez. Featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Clint Maedgen and Threadhead Records artists John Boutté, Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, Craig Klein, and Margie Perez Ain't My Fault. with Mos Def', Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty, Tim Robbins, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sorry Ain't Enough No More by Shamarr Allen, Dee-1, Paul Sanchez, & Bennie of Hot 8 Sportsman's Paradise by Ramblin' Letters Sweet Crude Blues by John Bagnato Hey Tony!
TRAVEL
April 19, 2013 | By Michele Bigley
Kaunakakai, Hawaii - A fire that raged through Hotel Molokai's Hula Shores restaurant last spring did not keep the kupuna - and their audience - from claiming their spots near the lapping sea and coconut palms. For more than a decade, at 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 to 30 kupun a ("elders" in Hawaiian) have gathered at the hotel to strum their ukuleles and sing the lost songs of their youth. Half of the kupuna had their backs to the audience; instead of performing they sat around card tables sipping wine, laughing and enjoying themselves.
NATIONAL
July 28, 2010 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Ben Jaffe, the tuba player and creative director for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, was sitting in his Faubourg Marigny house one spring morning, drinking fresh-brewed New Orleans chicory coffee and worrying about the oil spill. He and music producer Bill Lynn had just watched oil executives blame one another for the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster, and Jaffe, who comes from a long line of jazz musicians, was sick of it. He glanced over at a glum Lynn, and as if by instinct, they started riffing on a standard New Orleans tune, "It Ain't My Fault."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The film academy has released its list of the 75 songs that will be competing for the 2014 original song Oscar. Taylor Swift, U2 and Coldplay are on it. So is "Let It Go," the pop power ballad from Disney's animated "Frozen" that every 12-year-old girl already knows by heart. "The Great Gatsby" has five songs on the list. So does "Kamasutra 3D. " "Austenland" has four, and there's ... Wait. What? There are five songs nominated from "Kamasutra 3D," a movie that, judging from its trailer , looks like a glossy mashup of "Spartacus," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a Zalman King compilation reel (not that there's anything wrong with that ... and, wow, the music must be great!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
TUCSON - Sitting on a swivel bar stool near the kitchen of her home outside Tucson, Suzy Horton Ronstadt listened to the familiar words of songwriter Jimmy Webb's pop-rock classic "MacArthur Park. " Ronstadt smiled at first, then had to blink as her blue eyes welled up at the line "After all the loves of my life, you'll still be the one. " But unlike countless listeners who've shed a tear or two over the anguished romanticism of that sentiment since actor-singer Richard Harris took it to the top of the pop charts in 1968, Ronstadt has a special attachment to the song.
WORLD
February 18, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Doha Al Zohairy, Los Angeles Times
The song just came to him. Boiling with anger on that first day of February after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down, Ramy Essam grabbed his guitar. Within 20 minutes, he banged out lyrics cobbled together from the chants of the crowd in Tahrir Square, and then climbed a wobbly stage. "All of us are standing together, asking for one simple thing: Leave, leave, leave, leave," he sang, in a hypnotic echo of the words that had ricocheted through the square all day. "He will leave, because we won't leave.
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