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July 25, 2009 | Dan Fost
Thanks to the Internet, the humble ukulele is pushing its recent popularity well beyond anything that old-time performers Don Ho, Arthur Godfrey or even Tiny Tim could imagine. From YouTube to manufacturers' websites, from bulletin boards to iPhone and BlackBerry applications that mimic ukes and teach chords, the Internet has been stoking the craze for nearly two years and unveiling fresh talent.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Kelly Corrigan
For Kate Friedricks, a Tujunga resident who grew up in Glendale and taught herself to play the ukulele as a girl, the instrument has become an addictive mode of expression that keeps her up at night playing song after song. All it takes, she says, is a quality ukulele and the Internet for her to put off sleep. “You get a good ukulele and you go online, and you just keep downloading all these wonderful songs, and it's midnight and you say, 'I really should have gone to bed an hour ago. But just one more.'” On the third Saturday of every month, Friedricks leads an ever-changing group of ukulele players who drive from near and far to play together, regardless of their skill level or how long they've been playing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2010 | By Daiana Feuer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A few months ago at a Venice Beach party called the Seventh Chakra Purple Party, the directive on the invitation was simple: "Wear purple and come with an open mind!" Inside the upscale house, the most mind-opening part was a rather explicit makeshift museum celebrating the female anatomy. Outside, New Age types in their 30s and 40s mingled flirtatiously around a lavish yard featuring a trickling Zen waterfall, floor pillows and artificial grass. Most guests, however, were crammed in the backhouse, where they cheered ukulele cover band the Ooks of Hazzard as the nine musicians headed toward a "Purple Rain" finale.
TRAVEL
April 21, 2013 | By Julia Flynn Siler
HONOLULU - He's known as the Woody Guthrie of Hawaiian music, a virtuoso ukulele player who's helped to introduce new generations to music that might otherwise be lost. But on the autumn morning I met up with Eddie Kamae, few people seemed to recognize the octogenarian wearing Levis and a blue work shirt. It was just after 9 a.m., and Eddie was eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream at the Wailana Coffee House in Waikiki. He had risen before sunrise to pray, read the paper and watch the sky lighten from the nearby apartment building where he and his wife, Myrna, have lived for nearly half a century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Kelly Corrigan
For Kate Friedricks, a Tujunga resident who grew up in Glendale and taught herself to play the ukulele as a girl, the instrument has become an addictive mode of expression that keeps her up at night playing song after song. All it takes, she says, is a quality ukulele and the Internet for her to put off sleep. “You get a good ukulele and you go online, and you just keep downloading all these wonderful songs, and it's midnight and you say, 'I really should have gone to bed an hour ago. But just one more.'” On the third Saturday of every month, Friedricks leads an ever-changing group of ukulele players who drive from near and far to play together, regardless of their skill level or how long they've been playing.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Warren Buffett, ukulele-strumming folk singer? The billionaire investor debuted his musical chops just in time for the Year of the Dragon, performing “I've Been Working on the Railroad” for a Chinese television station on the first day of the Lunar New Year. In the clip, the Oracle of Omaha is clad in a simple sweater and backed by a large model railroad set as he croons in a slighty gruff voice. At the end of his set, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman waves and says “xie xie,” or “thank you” in Mandarin.
TRAVEL
April 21, 2013 | By Julia Flynn Siler
HONOLULU - He's known as the Woody Guthrie of Hawaiian music, a virtuoso ukulele player who's helped to introduce new generations to music that might otherwise be lost. But on the autumn morning I met up with Eddie Kamae, few people seemed to recognize the octogenarian wearing Levis and a blue work shirt. It was just after 9 a.m., and Eddie was eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream at the Wailana Coffee House in Waikiki. He had risen before sunrise to pray, read the paper and watch the sky lighten from the nearby apartment building where he and his wife, Myrna, have lived for nearly half a century.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1998
On a sweltering August day in the '50s, I cut my summer school class at Hollywood High School and headed for the beach with my buddies. That afternoon, flaked out on the sand, one of the guys pointed out Catalina in the distance and speculated that it was "around 26 miles" away. (Yes, I now know it isn't.) I picked up my ukulele and began to compose a song called "26 Miles" (Across the Sea) that would ultimately take my high school recording group the Four Preps to dizzying heights and help put my daughters through college.
NEWS
August 28, 2003
Three cheers for the ukulele revival! (Calendar, Aug. 21). But why does Susan Carpenter need to slam the late Tiny Tim? Here was a man who lived for the joy of introducing people to the great songs of the early 20th century (he knew thousands by heart), and to the ukulele. Eccentric he was, but his passion for this music was no joke, and millions loved him just as he was. Barret E. Hansen ("Dr. Demento") Lakewood
OPINION
April 20, 2003
Re "Students Participating in Antiwar Rally Show Christlike Values," April 13: The students at Mater Dei school were certainly not Christlike, as stated by Debby Bodkin in her letter. The school wisely canceled classes and, therefore, prevented violence. The cancellation also served as a method to save these insolent young people from further self-embarrassment. Their ridiculous signs, accompanied by a ukulele and chants, clearly showed that they were interested in one thing: drawing attention to themselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Marcia Adair
DORTMUND, Germany - At 5:30 p.m. backstage at a concert hall here a few weeks ago, a security guard delivers a small brown bag from a chocolate shop in Paris. Devouring the contents is not a folk-rock pixie and her gang of bearded sidemen but eight mostly middle-aged ukulele players. Still, they are rock stars of a certain kind. In 21/2 hours, 1,500 Germans of all ages and social classes will lose their minds when the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain takes the stage. It's not just the Germans.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The ukulele takes center stage Feb. 9 and 10 at the Ukulele Picnic Weekend in Honolulu. There will be music competitions, a benefit concert and (of course) a picnic. The activities kick off Saturday morning with the International Ukulele Contest at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort . From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., musicians in three categories will strum their small, guitar-like instruments. The public is welcome and admission is free. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. that day, a benefit concert will be held on the great lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village . The evening will features a lineup of Hawaiian and Japanese entertainers, headlined by BEGIN , a pop-music group from Okinawa.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Nearly two dozen students who survived the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,  have joined with indie folk-pop singer Ingrid Michaelson to record a version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as a benefit for the Newtown Youth Academy and the United Way of Western Connecticut. The single was produced by Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and recorded at their home studio in Connecticut. The song premiered Tuesday on ABC's “Good Morning America” and is available at iTunes and Amazon.com and other online sources, credited to the Children of Newtown.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | Ed Stockly
“Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: “Killing Memories” and “The Anniversary”: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman. “The Wendy Williams Show” 11 a.m. Friday, Fox: Broadway: Actor Blair Underwood of "Streetcar Named Desire. " “Art in the Twenty-First Century” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: History: Artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramovic. “Masterpiece Classic” 9 p.m. Sunday, KOCE: "Birdsong": Lovers are torn apart by World War I. “FIDM Fashion Show 2012” 9 p.m. Sunday, KLCS.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Because it's Good Friday, and because we all need a pick-me-up after this morning's sour jobs data, here's yet another video of Warren Buffett doing his song-and-dance routine. This time, the venerable investor is singing "I'm only a Paper Boy" ... while dressed as a paper boy. Though he's no Kanye West, the billionaire clearly has his eye on show business. In January, he strummed a ukulele and crooned "I've Been Working on the Railroad" on Chinese TV. In 2010, he donned fake tattoos and a ratty wig to spoof Axl Rose in a Geico video (the insurance company is a subsidiary of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway)
BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Warren Buffett, ukulele-strumming folk singer? The billionaire investor debuted his musical chops just in time for the Year of the Dragon, performing “I've Been Working on the Railroad” for a Chinese television station on the first day of the Lunar New Year. In the clip, the Oracle of Omaha is clad in a simple sweater and backed by a large model railroad set as he croons in a slighty gruff voice. At the end of his set, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman waves and says “xie xie,” or “thank you” in Mandarin.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | Ed Stockly
“Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: “Killing Memories” and “The Anniversary”: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman. “The Wendy Williams Show” 11 a.m. Friday, Fox: Broadway: Actor Blair Underwood of "Streetcar Named Desire. " “Art in the Twenty-First Century” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: History: Artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramovic. “Masterpiece Classic” 9 p.m. Sunday, KOCE: "Birdsong": Lovers are torn apart by World War I. “FIDM Fashion Show 2012” 9 p.m. Sunday, KLCS.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Because it's Good Friday, and because we all need a pick-me-up after this morning's sour jobs data, here's yet another video of Warren Buffett doing his song-and-dance routine. This time, the venerable investor is singing "I'm only a Paper Boy" ... while dressed as a paper boy. Though he's no Kanye West, the billionaire clearly has his eye on show business. In January, he strummed a ukulele and crooned "I've Been Working on the Railroad" on Chinese TV. In 2010, he donned fake tattoos and a ratty wig to spoof Axl Rose in a Geico video (the insurance company is a subsidiary of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Bill Tapia, a virtuoso ukulele player from Hawaii who learned to strum the instrument at age 7, performed for U.S. troops during World War I and was still touring and teaching well after hitting the century mark, has died. He was 103. Tapia died in his sleep Friday at his home in Westminster, said his booking agent, Mark Taylor. Tapia was born in Honolulu on New Year's Day in 1908. As a child he heard musicians playing at a neighbor's house and became fascinated by the size and sound of the ukulele, which had been introduced to the Hawaiian islands by Portuguese immigrants in the late 19th century.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2011
BOOKS Meghan Daum L.A. Times columnist Meghan Daum will moderate a panel about fiction and narrative nonfiction at Skylight Books. Those answering the questions are local memoirists and novelists James Brown ("This River"), Seth Greenland ("Shining City"), Diana Wagman ("Spontaneous") and Leslie Schwartz ("Angels Crest"). The discussion is sure to be lively and timely. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175; skylightbooks.com . EVENTS LA Comedy Fest 365 This year-round comedy series highlighting up-and-coming comedians and filmmakers presents two shows by local improv groups: the trio Circle One and the colorfully named Yellow-Bellied Marmots.
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