August 29, 2012 |
Paramount Pictures is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and what better place for this Hollywood institution to throw a party than the Hollywood Bowl? On Sunday night, Jason Alexander will host the event, which features Oscar-nominated composer David Newman conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and music from such Paramount classics as "Wings" (1927), "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). FOR THE RECORD: Paramount's 100th anniversary: In the Aug. 30 Calendar section, an article about a celebration of Paramount Pictures' 100th anniversary at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night said that the program would include music from "Raiders of the Lost Ark. " It will include music from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
August 24, 2012 |
An L.A.-bound JetBlue flight from New York was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver this week when a Chicago man allegedly groped a pregnant woman, then refused to follow crew instructions. Authorities say the 32-year-old was intoxicated and groped the woman as he waited for the bathroom while on the flight . . . . The number of people taking trips of 50 miles or more over Labor Day weekend will increase to 33 million from 32.1 million last year, AAA says in its annual forecast.
August 24, 2012 |
When last year's Sunset Junction festival in Silver Lake fell apart because of long-standing permit troubles, several nightclubs and business owners in neighboring Echo Park cobbled a last-minute replacement event that they called Echo Park Rising. This year, they had the luxury of actually planning for the fest. "It has been easier this year," said Liz Garo, the talent buyer for the Echo and Echoplex, who helped organize the event. "Last year, we threw it together and the next thing we knew it was actually happening.
August 19, 2012 |
To get a sense of the booking variety at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which concluded three days of events with a street party Saturday in West Hollywood, it's instructive to look at a single snapshot moment within the roster. In one two-block span at dusk, it was possible to stroll through the event to see gigs by former teen idol and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” star Leif Garrett and his rock band at the Whisky A Go Go, or catch legendary O.C. power punks Bad Religion on one of the two Sunset Boulevard outdoor stages. At the same time at the Roxy, you could check out Das Racist, the Brooklyn rap trio best known for its songs “Michael Jackson” and “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” or walk into the Key Club, where former reality-music-show competitor Vicci Martinez of NBC's “The Voice” was trying to turn that fleeting prime-time moment into a viable career. PHOTOS: The Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 Such is the scope of the Los Angeles music scene, where performers are a dime a dozen and has-beens wrestle with would-bes and wannabes for billing.
August 17, 2012 |
"Days Go By" is the first album since 2008 for the Offspring, and the title's twilight tone makes you wonder what message is being transmitted from the skate park in Huntington Beach. Nostalgia for guitar solos? A lament for long-gone platinum sales? Or maybe just the end of summer school? Dexter Holland, lead singer of the Orange Country pop punk stalwarts, considers the question from the driver's seat of a customized black van with leopard-print upholstery. As he drives toward the Huntington pier he explains that the theme is one of resilience and perseverance - a less-biblical message of "This too shall pass.
August 15, 2012 |
When Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger reformed the Doors with a comeback gig at the Whisky at last year's Sunset Strip Music Festival, it was the hottest ticket at the event, with landmark songs like "Riders of the Storm" and "Light My Fire" echoing once again at the club where the band first made its mark. This year's festival is giving the iconic '60s band an even larger spotlight. Now in its fifth year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival once again pays homage to the Strip's illustrious musical heritage with an event at the House of Blues on Thursday that will pay tribute to the Doors with Krieger, Manzarek and John Densmore in attendance.
August 14, 2012 |
Given that many parts of Southern California truly experience summer heat for only a few scant weeks, it's unfortunate that two of the area's most prominent specialty music festivals, Rock the Bells and the Sunset Strip Music Festival, opted to book their big outdoor events smack in the middle of the season. But this weekend as the temperature peaks and the asphalt starts to burn, both will celebrate the past, present and future of music -- albeit with little artistic overlap. Rock the Bells has become the premier hip-hop festival for a reason: Its bookers understand that the music in 2012 is an umbrella term that encompasses many varieties and generations of fans, each of which may need a little schooling in the listening habits of the others.
August 13, 2012 |
Given that many parts of Southern California only truly experience summer heat for a few scant weeks, it's unfortunate that two of the area's most prominent specialty music festivals, Rock the Bells and the Sunset Strip Music Festival, opted to book their big outdoor events smack in the middle of season. But this weekend as the temperature peaks and the asphalt starts to burn, both will celebrate the past, present, and future of music - albeit with little artistic overlap. Rock the Bells has become the premier hip-hop festival for a reason: Its bookers understand that the music in 2012 is an umbrella term that encompasses many varieties and generations of fans, each of which may need a little schooling in the listening habits of the others.
July 30, 2012 |
The Sundance Kid will soon come to Sunset Boulevard. Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas announced Monday that it will open its Sundance Sunset Cinema on Aug. 31 after an extensive remodel of the former Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood. Sundance took over the lease of the cinema on Dec. 1 from Laemmle Theatres, which operated the Sunset 5 for two decades. Sundance Cinemas, based in Westlake Village, Calif., operates theaters in Madison, Wis., San Francisco and Houston. The theater circuit offers a range of alternative programming, lectures and screening series, taking advantage of Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and the Sundance cable TV channel.
July 26, 2012
Re "A masterpiece or a mess?," July 23 The debate over the Sunset Lanai Apartments in West Hollywood isn't a dispute between "good" preservationists and the "bad" building owner. Rather, the owners - of which I am one - share the goal of continued rental housing in a distinctive setting. But when basic building systems are at the end of their life cycles, there is tension between a multimillion-dollar renovation and the limited revenue under rent control. Recognizing that this problem is not unique, the West Hollywood City Council decided to explore financial incentives before designation as a cultural resource.