April 6, 1990 |
Five years ago, Lou Friedman was struggling to start a Muzak-type service. These days, the Canoga Park man fancies himself a Masked Avenger of rock 'n' roll. Friedman and a friend, Rob Raino, are co-hosts of a weekly radio show on tiny KWNK (670). "Bootleg Radio" broadcasts one hour of contemporary rock--the kind of music that plays on KPWR (105.9) or KQLZ (100.3)--but the program features unknown, unsigned bands that most radio stations won't give a chance.
April 1, 1988 |
Flashing a "thumbs-up" sign, producer Nick Vanoff called it "one of the country's great benefits." Comic Jackie Mason (a little tired from his early morning shooting schedule for "Caddyshack II") loved it--"This is one terrific show." "Don't you think it was great?" asked Joan Weiss, herself an organizer of major benefit events. Yes, said producer Peg Yorkin. Yes, said Occidental's Rosemary Tomich. Yes, yes, said Ginny Mancini.
January 22, 1992 |
Saxophonist Dan St. Marseille makes jazz unpretentiously. In fact, you might say the 29-year-old resident of Orange simply stands and delivers. Leading a first-rate quintet at the Old Dana Point Cafe, St. Marseille employed good taste, calling choice tunes, and on these selections offering a series of superior improvisations in the be-bop and post be-bop traditions. Performances by St.
November 9, 1985 |
The posh Civic Theater, which has housed the San Diego Symphony among other attractions for the last two decades, was dark Thursday night. The marquee heralded an upcoming rock concert. A few blocks away, at 7th and B streets, the San Diego Symphony was busy inaugurating a glamorous new home: the erstwhile Fox Theater. It is the first home the orchestra can call its own in its checkered 74-year history.
November 2, 1999 |
The Los Angeles edition of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a sublimely trashy and surprisingly powerful musical now at the Henry Fonda Theatre, doesn't have certain advantages the show's off-Broadway New York version had. It hasn't bubbled up seemingly from nowhere. It hasn't sneaked into town. Rather, this ode to an East German transsexual rocker--written by and originally portrayed by John Cameron Mitchell--has traveled to L.A.
October 27, 1985 |
"They take good care of us," Cheryl Parrish says of the management of the San Francisco Opera Center. The soprano from Texas, who appears in recital at Caltech this afternoon at 3:30, refers to herself and other young vocal artists attached to San Francisco Opera.
July 21, 1988 |
Pops conductor Ned Battista takes his work seriously but not somberly. Founder and resident conductor of the Houston Pops, the Texas maestro is not the sort of pops conductor to wear funny party hats and snort corny jokes into the microphone between pieces. Nor does he tire of defending the pops repertory to the highbrow aficionados of classical symphonic music. "I'd say that my own orchestra is the best defense of pops music," Battista said.
June 15, 2003 |
Actress Sela Ward has sold her Beverly Hills compound to Madonna for $12 million, Westside sources said. Ward and her husband, venture capitalist Howard Sherman, purchased the property in 2000. The home, expanded since then, has seven bedrooms in about 16,500 square feet. The estate, on slightly more than an acre, also has a home theater, a tennis court, two guesthouses, a gym with a steam room and a large pool. The compound is behind gates and has a long drive.
January 31, 1985 |
Smartly dressed in a gray suit, blouse and heels, she strolled down the street, entered a restaurant and sank into a booth for a bowl of soup. At 57, Patti Page--the recording star of a few decades ago--seems to have aged gracefully, yet few heads turned. Too bad she hadn't been humming "Tennessee Waltz," "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window," "Mockin' Bird Hill" or any of her other major hits of yesteryear. Heads would've turned then for certain.
October 11, 1998 |
Singer-songwriter FIONA APPLE and her boyfriend, filmmaker PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON, have purchased actor JASON PRIESTLEY's former home in the Los Feliz area for about $1.9 million. Apple, 21, won a Grammy this year for best female vocal rock performance. She was named best new artist at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. Her debut CD, "Tidal," went platinum and produced hit singles in "Shadowboxer" and "Criminal."