September 12, 2013 |
As a child growing up in Houston, David Roussève spent most of his Sundays attending an African American Roman Catholic church. Though determined to be a model altar boy, he questioned the definition of sin. "I certainly wasn't in touch then with my own sexuality," says the now 53-year-old choreographer, who came out as a gay man in his mid-20s to his family. "But I knew for a fact there were people in that congregation who were having sex and who weren't married, and it didn't seem right that all these people were going to hell.
August 10, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Though unassuming, the kitchen clock onstage near Willie Nelson's amplifier at the Hollywood Bowl was the perfect prop. The Texas singer on Friday night delivered the entirety of his 1978 album of classic ballads, "Stardust," and the second hand circled, chronicling the moments while elegantly crafted lines and melodies, as pure as a perfect haiku, drifted into the crowd. "Funny how time slips away," he observed in his self-penned classic of the same name.
August 9, 2013 |
Willie Nelson didn't get labeled an outlaw for nothing. Having turned his back on the Nashville-based country music establishment that tried to reign him in as a performer in the 1960s, Nelson hit his stride in the 1970s with a series of singles and albums made pretty much exactly the way he wanted them made. But that was hardly the end of the story for his idiosyncratic ways. After scoring his first No. 1 country hit as a performer in 1975 with "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and returning to the top spot on the country chart that year in tandem with Waylon Jennings with "Good Hearted Woman," Nelson helped usher in a new era of maverick country music.
June 2, 2011 |
Is there a more stunning hotel lobby than the one at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel? With its heavy painted beams, chic leather daybeds and grand proportions, it exudes old Hollywood glamour. A stately hush hovers over the vast room, and most of the time it's quiet enough to talk, a perfect place to meet for a drink after a film at the American Cinematheque. From the Library Bar tucked in one corner you can order up a classy Manhattan made with rye, Carpano Antica vermouth and maraschino cherry liqueur.
April 24, 2011 |
Comet Tempel 1 has received more attention than any other comet in the universe -- at least as far as we know! Comets are part of our solar system, but we don't see them very often. Lots of comets hang out (with Pluto) beyond the orbit of Neptune. This region is called the Kuiper (KY-per) Belt. Many more comets (maybe a trillion!) live much, much farther away in another region of the solar system called the Oort Cloud. Comets seem to be mostly ice with rocks and dirt mixed in. As a comet approaches the Sun, it gets warmed up and some of the ice boils off, taking some of the dust with it. This material forms a cloud -- a coma -- around the comet nucleus.
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April 19, 2011 |
Orrin Tucker, a bandleader whose orchestra achieved national prominence with a 1939 recording of "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!" and who decades later owned a big-band venue on Sunset Boulevard, has died. He was 100. Tucker, who was a longtime resident of South Pasadena, died April 9 in the San Gabriel Valley, said his daughter, Nora Compere. After forming the band in 1933, Tucker was its primary vocalist until jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong suggested that a petite singer named Evelyn Nelson would be a good fit for the group, according to biographical references.