June 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK - You hear choreographer Mark Morris before you see him. He's humming as he approaches his front door, maybe a Tchaikovsky fragment, maybe something else. He doesn't even know he's humming, much less what it is, he says later, "but people know I'm coming, like belling the cat. I'd make a bad spy. " But given his passion for music, all kinds of music, Morris should make a good music director for the 2013 Ojai Music Festival. Music is as embedded in his spirit as dance, he says a million ways, and any doubters can only take a look at the eclectic and packed schedule he's put together.
May 26, 2013 |
Life is not always smooth flying for airline executives, even with relatively stable profits and growing demand. Take Ben Baldanza, chief executive of Spirit Airlines, the no-frills carrier based in Florida. He had been scheduled to appear on CBS' “This Morning” show Wednesday. By coincidence the latest Consumer Reports airline ratings were released that same day. The survey ranked Spirit dead last by consumers and Baldanza was suddenly in the hot seat, forced to defend an airline that got a 50-point rating on a 100-point scale.
May 23, 2013 |
Hundreds gathered under stormy skies in Oklahoma City on Thursday to mourn 9-year-old Antonia Lee Candelaria, one of seven children who died when a tornado leveled their elementary school Monday. It was the first of the funerals for the 24 victims of the tornado that devastated Oklahoma City and the suburb of Moore. Antonia, known as "Tonie” had the “sweetest, most gentle and loving spirit about her,” according to her obituary. “She was a beautiful young lady on the inside and out. She had her own most special and beautiful way of looking at the world.
May 17, 2013 |
About 7,000 people were on hand at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre last month when Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Class of 2013, along with Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Heart, Albert King, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler. Those who did attend (this reporter included) would testify that there were times when it felt as if roughly 6,950 of those in the audience were fans of the Canadian prog-rock trio. In any case, starting May 18, the rest of the world can judge for itself as HBO premieres three hours' worth of highlights from the 5½-hour marathon of music and testimonials to this year's inductees.
May 16, 2013 |
Effortless and effervescent, "Frances Ha" is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that's true. It's both a timeless story of the joys and sorrows of youth and a dead-on portrait of how things are right now for one particular New York woman who, try as she might, can't quite get her life together. That would be the Frances of the title (the Ha isn't explained until the film's charming final frame), a joint creation of and career high point for both star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, who met on the director's "Greenberg" and co-wrote the script.
May 10, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- In a development described as miraculous, a woman emerged alive Friday from the rubble of a collapsed building 17 days after it pancaked just outside the capital of Bangladesh. In an interview from her hospital bed, the survivor, a seamstress identified with the single name of Reshma by local media, told a Bangladesh television station that she stayed alive by eating dried food -- which ran out after 15 days -- and drinking sparingly from bottles of water she had around her in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza building.
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May 10, 2013 |
Wendy Greuel called on Eric Garcetti on Friday night to stop all negative advertising in the last 11 days of the Los Angeles mayor's race, a challenge that her rival dismissed as "disingenuous" for a candidate whose campaign is effectively "bankrupt. " "OK, my campaign consultants are probably not going to like this, but I say no more negative ads," Greuel told Garcetti in a debate aired live on KABC-TV (Channel 7). Garcetti said he had already endured "eight weeks of pummeling" by Greuel, including an accusation that he was "causing cancer for children" with a lease of oil drilling rights beneath his family's property in Beverly Hills.
May 10, 2013 |
The supernatural side of Sin City will be on display as the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference casts its spell May 19-21 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino . Local ghost hunters Robert George Allen and Janice Oberding are hoping for plenty of paranormal activity over the course of three days. A planned seance will try to put participants in touch with Liberace. The legendary entertainer, who died in 1987, was known as Mr. Showmanship, and the seance is to be held in his old dressing room.
May 7, 2013 |
Spirit Airlines, the Florida-based no-frills carrier that introduced fees for carry-on bags, has found another way to pass on its costs to its passengers. The airline quietly replaced its toll-free customer help numbers with regular toll-charge number. "Our new numbers are allowing us to keep our costs low, which we in turn continue to pass along to our customers by way of the ultra-low fares they have come to know and love," said airline spokeswoman Misty Pinson. Quiz: Test your knowledge about airport security The Spirit phone numbers all have 801 area codes, which corresponds to an area near Salt Lake City.
April 22, 2013 |
People who experienced Woodstock through the lens of the 1970 documentary film "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music" can describe every contour of Richie Havens' face. With focused eyes and a scraggly beard, the singer, songwriter, guitarist and activist, who died on Monday at age 72, is ingrained into a generation's memory. In the film and on record, you can hear the mantra that he offered echo across Max Yasgur's farm, and that message has resonated over the years to become one of Woodstock's archetypal performances.