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July 17, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
How does Starr Parodi categorize her music? Even she isn't sure. "American classical music?" she ventured between sets at the Atelier on Sunday afternoon. Eventually, she simply called it "piano music," perhaps as accurate a description as any given her colorful, genre-crossing career. Parodi may be best known for her stint as the keyboardist on "The Arsenio Hall Show." But the L.A.
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July 17, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
How does Starr Parodi categorize her music? Even she isn't sure. "American classical music?" she ventured between sets at the Atelier on Sunday afternoon. Eventually, she simply called it "piano music," perhaps as accurate a description as any given her colorful, genre-crossing career. Parodi may be best known for her stint as the keyboardist on "The Arsenio Hall Show." But the L.A.
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January 11, 1992 | SUSAN KING
Starr Parodi gets busy five nights a week as the keyboardist--and only female member--of the "Posse" on "The Arsenio Hall Show," which just celebrated its third anniversary. But Parodi, who hails from Los Angeles, didn't begin playing the keyboards until she was a teen-ager. "When I was a kid, my mother forced me to take piano lessons for a year," Parodi recalls. "I hated it. She made me a promise that I only had to take piano lessons for a year and on the date of that year, I quit.
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September 6, 1992
Hilburn's article provided an overall fair assessment of the pop artist's career. Although his wide body of work contains worthwhile inclusions to this day, his first couple of albums achieved the best impact for artistic credibility. It is true that John was the most popular artist of the '70s. But he lacked the sex appeal of either the Beatles or Elvis, which definitely caused him to be hurt by acknowledging his bisexuality.
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July 10, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Starr Is Dim on Dice: Don't look for Starr Parodi, the keyboardist on the Arsenio Hall talk show on KCOP Channel 13, to be tickling the ivories tonight when controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay guests. Parodi has taken up the protest cry of "Saturday Night Live" star Nora Dunn, and will not appear with the band during the show. "This Starr says no Dice," Parodi said, echoing the sentiments of Dunn and others who have blasted Clay's humor as racist and sexist.
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July 13, 1990 | ROBERT BURNS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's cool, she's funky and she's got the beat, but she wasn't there on Tuesday's Arsenio Hall show. Keyboardist Starr Parodi, who usually makes some of the most eccentric fashion statements on commercial TV, was making a different kind of statement Tuesday when she boycotted the show because of an appearance of controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay, who frequently targets women, minorities and gays in his disparaging humor.
NEWS
September 6, 1992
Hilburn's article provided an overall fair assessment of the pop artist's career. Although his wide body of work contains worthwhile inclusions to this day, his first couple of albums achieved the best impact for artistic credibility. It is true that John was the most popular artist of the '70s. But he lacked the sex appeal of either the Beatles or Elvis, which definitely caused him to be hurt by acknowledging his bisexuality.
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July 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Foulmouthed comedian Andrew Dice Clay is under attack from more of his peers. Clay generates "brown shirt humor" for an audience of teen-agers who have grown up believing that contempt for civil rights, women and gay people is condoned by the government, says fellow comedian Richard Belzer. Belzer characterized Clay as "just a demigod who panders to the worst instincts of humanity" during a taped interview with talk-show host Geraldo Rivera. The interview is to be broadcast Wednesday.
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July 11, 1990 | From Associated Press
A defiant Andrew Dice Clay shrugged off criticism that his comedy is racist and sexist, tearfully telling Arsenio Hall's audience that his foul-mouthed routine is a deep expression of belief in himself. Clay appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show" Tuesday night to promote his new film, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." He faced a walkout by a member of the syndicated television talk show's band and blunt questions from Hall about his brand of shock-comic routine.
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January 1, 1988 | BILL STEIGERWALD
As long as there is weather, Fritz Coleman will always have at least one easy job to fall back on. But Coleman, KNBC-TV's warm weeknight weatherguy who moonlights in comedy clubs as a stand-up comic and even turns up occasionally on "The Tonight Show," does a pretty smooth job of running a comedy-variety hour too. Not that anyone is going to die laughing at "Fritz," Coleman's variety special tonight at 9:30 on Channel 4.
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January 11, 1992 | SUSAN KING
Starr Parodi gets busy five nights a week as the keyboardist--and only female member--of the "Posse" on "The Arsenio Hall Show," which just celebrated its third anniversary. But Parodi, who hails from Los Angeles, didn't begin playing the keyboards until she was a teen-ager. "When I was a kid, my mother forced me to take piano lessons for a year," Parodi recalls. "I hated it. She made me a promise that I only had to take piano lessons for a year and on the date of that year, I quit.
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July 13, 1990 | ROBERT BURNS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's cool, she's funky and she's got the beat, but she wasn't there on Tuesday's Arsenio Hall show. Keyboardist Starr Parodi, who usually makes some of the most eccentric fashion statements on commercial TV, was making a different kind of statement Tuesday when she boycotted the show because of an appearance of controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay, who frequently targets women, minorities and gays in his disparaging humor.
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July 10, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Starr Is Dim on Dice: Don't look for Starr Parodi, the keyboardist on the Arsenio Hall talk show on KCOP Channel 13, to be tickling the ivories tonight when controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay guests. Parodi has taken up the protest cry of "Saturday Night Live" star Nora Dunn, and will not appear with the band during the show. "This Starr says no Dice," Parodi said, echoing the sentiments of Dunn and others who have blasted Clay's humor as racist and sexist.
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May 16, 1992 | HERBERT J. VIDA
An estimated 100 guests watched as the United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Orange County honored outstanding volunteers, corporate supporters and staff members at its recent awards program at Le Meridien Hotel in Newport Beach. Heading the list of honorees was Barbra Marches of Newport Beach, who received the coveted President's Award.
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