February 7, 2013
Fresh off an eclectic monthlong residency at the Blue Whale, Grammy-nominated keyboardist John Beasley leads this funk and soul-jazz-oriented trio joined by bassist Daryl Jones and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. The trio, titled 3 Brave Souls, will be joined by a pair of vocalists in Nayanna Holley and Dwight Trible, who reliably can take any song directly into interstellar space. The Jazz Bakery at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Fri., 8 p.m. $25. http://www.jazzbakery.com .
February 7, 2013 |
One is real, one is Super, and one is the future. Such were KiaÂ"s offerings at ThursdayÂ"s Chicago Auto Show. The automaker used its news conference to unveil the all-new Kia Forte Hatchback, a special edition Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid show car, and the Cross GT Concept. Photos: Kia's trio of vehicles at 2013 Chicago Auto Show Only the Forte Hatchback is confirmed for production. The Optima Hybrid was created in conjunction with DC Comics to raise awareness for DC Entertainment'Â's "Â"We Can Be HeroesÂ"" charitable campaign, while the Cross GT was created to tease the design direction of a future Kia product.
February 3, 2013 |
Considering the powerful audience that New York trio Fun. performed for last month, its set during next week's Grammys telecast must feel like a house party gig. "When President Obama asks you to play, there's no way you can say no," said Nate Ruess, the group's singer, about Fun.'s set at the president's inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. "Just before we met him I had to keep reminding myself, 'Don't call him Obama!' I wound up going with 'Mr. President' instead. " Those are the kinds of welcome new quandaries now facing Ruess and his band.
January 10, 2013
Equally adept with classical and jazz, New York-based pianist Uri Caine performs with a trio that includes bassist Drew Gress and drummer Clarence Penn for a night that should be reminiscent of his celebrated Village Vanguard live recordings and his 2011 album "Siren" (which surprisingly marked his first studio recording in a trio). The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Suite 301., L.A. Sat., 9 p.m. $15 http://www.bluewhalemusic.com .
January 9, 2013 |
Audi will use the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to add a little more speed to its lineup. The company will be unveiling on Monday, Jan. 14 a revised R8 lineup for 2014, an RS5 convertible and the fastest version yet of its Q5 crossover SUV, the SQ5. R8 The R8 gang starts by gaining a new member in the form of the R8 V10 Plus. The car will wring 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque from the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. Audi says it also sheds about 100 pounds by using carbon fiber for several body panels, swapping in a small fuel tank and adding ceramic brakes.
January 9, 2013 |
“X Factor” fan favorite Emblem3 have inked a deal with Syco Music and Columbia Records, the labels announced on Wednesday. News of the deal shouldn't come as a surprise to viewers. Week after week, the young Huntington Beach trio made up of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg and best friend Drew Chadwick made teenage girls swoon with sunny renditions of other artists' hit songs on the Fox competition series. A fusion of pop, ska and hip-hop - think Sublime, only dreamier with washboard abs and tousled hair - Emblem3 were pegged as early front-runners but came in fourth place after a surprising elimination (country crooner Tate Stevens won the prize)
January 3, 2013 |
Basically a video diary of an ingratiating, if unremarkable trio of teenage friends, the documentary "Only the Young" often seems to exist because well, it can. Co-directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims show genuine affection for their subjects but, despite some evocative visuals, never zero in on an involving structure or narrative. The filmmakers focus as much on their young leads - Garrison Saenz, Kevin Conway and Skye Elmore - as they do on the kids' Canyon Country community, which is portrayed as a kind of fiscally failed hybrid of badlands and tract houses.
December 23, 2012 |
One might assume that a story already covered by a trilogy of documentaries, numerous books, countless articles and with a trail of celebrity supporters including Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines had already earned enough attention. The young men known as the West Memphis Three - Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley - became modern-day folk heroes as the story of their imprisonment over the graphic, sensational 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark., spread during their nearly two decades in jail.
December 19, 2012
NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and two members of his production team, producer Ghazi Balkiz and cameraman John Kooistra, have been released after five days in captivity in Syria. The network released the following statement Tuesday: "After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country.
December 14, 2012 |
Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin star in "Stand Up Guys," a buddy comedy about a trio of wise guys coming out of retirement for one last roll of the dice. Frankly, they had me at Pacino, Walken and Arkin. Despite long and wide-ranging careers, the three have never been in the same film. They are as curmudgeonly and entertaining a rat pack as you might expect. Director Fisher Stevens splits his time these days between acting and making documentaries, including an Oscar win in 2010 for "The Cove" (shared with director Louie Psihoyos)