June 5, 2011
Playboy Jazz Festival When : 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 3 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday Where : Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. Lineup : Saturday : The LAUSD All City High School Big Band, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, Cosby All-Stars, A Night in Treme featuring Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins, SFJAZZ Collective, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Fourplay, Terence Blanchard with the Roots, Dianne Reeves. Sunday : Pullum High School Jazz Band, Carlos Varela, Bill Cunliffe and the Resonance Big Band, An African Tribute to James Brown, Geri Allen and Her Timeline Band, Harmony 3, Naturally 7, John Scofield and Robben Ford, Lee Konitz New Quartet, Buddy Guy. Price : $20 to $150 Info : (310)
May 8, 2011 |
Every city has its own singular character — just ask Minneapolis about St. Paul — but there is perhaps no American city as singularly singular, as stubbornly exotic, as attached to its difference as New Orleans, that funky little cosmopolis set down in a bowl between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. A blighted town with a tourist economy, stuck in time and outside of time, conservative and anarchic, vulnerable and violent, it is the City That Care Forgot but sometimes also the City That Forgets to Care.
March 27, 2011 |
Tangled Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99 It's a testament to how strong a year 2010 was for animation that Disney released its best non-Pixar feature in two decades yet didn't even get a best animated feature Oscar nomination. Ah, well. The studio will just have to settle for a half-billion-dollar worldwide gross and the satisfaction of having produced a new classic. "Tangled's" riff on Rapunzel sees the long-haired princess adventuring outside her tower with the help of a handsome thief in a movie full of catchy songs, clever visual gags and gorgeous computer-generated imagery.
June 16, 2010 |
Shooting has just wrapped for the season on HBO's "Treme," and Khandi Alexander is packing up, trying to fit Zulu parade coconuts and Mardis Gras beads into her boxes along with an overflow of bittersweet memories. "What we've gone through down here in the past few months — it seems surreal. I don't have the vocabulary to describe it," says the actress, whose inner fire and sharp-etched strength have helped make her character, New Orleans bar owner LaDonna Batiste-Williams, one of the standouts in the new show from David Simon, creator of HBO's "The Wire."
June 16, 2010 |
Fans of classic TV may always look into John Goodman's face and want to cry out, "Dan!" — recalling him as the gentle working-class husband he played for nine seasons on "Roseanne." Goodman's OK with that, but lately he's been working on shifting his image with other roles, working alongside Al Pacino in HBO's "You Don't Know Jack" and in a regular part on David Simon's "Treme." Plus, with "Treme," Goodman gets to work out of his own backyard, as a longtime resident of New Orleans.
May 1, 2010 |
"I've got five bands today," Blake Leyh said while standing on bohemian Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, where cameras, crew and extras including a punk on a skateboard with an upright bass surround street musicians playing "The House of the Rising Sun." As the music supervisor for "Treme," the new HBO series set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he's a busy man. The first episode began with the Rebirth Brass Band leading a second line and ended with the Treme Brass Band playing a funeral.