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May 6, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
Cesar Rodriguez knew he was addicted to electronic devices. But the Los Angeles 10th-grader had no idea just how sick he was. "I can't stand it," he wrote in his journal on the second day of a one-week attempt to survive without television, iPods, cellphones, BlackBerrys and computers. "I woke up last night but I was still kind of asleep and I was having a dream about my phone and I started to bang my head against the pillow. I AM GOING CRAZY!!!"
April 23, 2014 | By David Horsey
The Koch brothers have a new ploy to protect the traditional energy business that helped make them the planet's fifth- and sixth-richest humans. They are funding a campaign to shackle solar energy consumers who have escaped the grip of big electric utilities. Of all the pro-business, anti-government causes they have funded with their billions, this may be the most cynical and self-serving. On Sunday, a Los Angeles Times story by Evan Halper outlined the Koch's latest scheme. Along with anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, several major power companies and a national association representing conservative state legislators, the brothers are aiming to kill preferences for the burgeoning solar power industry that have been put into law in dozens of states.
April 29, 1985 | DON WALLER
With slick, videogenic acts dominating today's pop charts, the local rock scene's pendulum-like reaction has been a return to unplugged purism. Saturday night at the Lhasa, an all-acoustic show starring ex-Plimsoul Peter Case and Dream Syndicate headman Steve Wynn--and stolen by Victoria Williams--made for three transfixing hours of eclectic entertainment.
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, the largest of California's 21 missions, is offering a sanctuary from life's frenzy during its new Quiet Monday retreats. Visitors to Mission San Luis Rey are encouraged to meditate, write in a journal, read a book or simply take a nap during a day in which they are unplugged from the outside world. On request, the Franciscan friars will provide spiritual direction. Franciscans have operated the “king of the Missions” since its founding in 1798.
January 30, 2011 | Doyle McManus
Is the era of WikiLeaks over? It's been less than a year since the underground organization made its first big splash with the release of thousands of U.S. military files from Afghanistan. And it's been only two months since WikiLeaks began releasing documents from its trove of 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables. But with fewer than 3,000 cables released, the newspapers that were given access to the database have found that it has already reached the point of diminishing returns.
November 1, 1995 | SANDY MASUO
With their current live album, "The Isle of View," the Pretenders have proved that even in acoustic mode, they still pack a powerful charge. The fresh arrangements highlight head Pretender Chrissie Hynde's subtler strengths as a singer-songwriter, not just a dynamic front person. Featuring those same arrangements (including strings courtesy of the Duke Quartet), there weren't any big surprises when the Pretenders took the stage at the Wiltern Theatre on Monday night.
April 29, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
Can it be done? In the year 2009, in a hopelessly wired world, can a small group of willing but nervous Los Angeles 10th-graders survive one long week without using any electronic devices? "I suspect that people will be going crazy," said student Jamila Mohedano, who doubts her own ability to go unplugged without becoming unglued. The torture at Guantanamo Bay was nothing compared to this.
From the promos, ABC's "In a New Light: Sex Unplugged" might seem like an MTV-style look at sex and teens today. Check out the hosts--doe-eyed Stephen Baldwin and excitable Rosie Perez--in their club-like setting. The hip quotient is high. So it's almost startling when dignified--and grandfatherly--C. Everett Koop, former U.S.
January 17, 1993
"The Grammy Tip Sheet" (Jan. 3), Paul Grein's annual forecast, does a good job of summing up the competition (or lack thereof) in each of the categories. I realize he is not selecting albums that he deems worthy of Grammys (rather likely winners), but we longtime fans of Eric Clapton know full well that "Unplugged" is one of his lesser efforts. Perhaps Grein just inadvertently chose the wrong label to hang on that best-selling album, but his description of the live "Unplugged" as a "career retrospective" is also inaccurate.
June 26, 1994
Regarding "After All, Life Isn't Just a Video," by Daniel Cerone (June 12): It's always a riot when those that create a system condemn it, as if they had nothing to do with its invention. The bedding down of the record companies with MTV a few years back killed off virtually all non-MTV airing of music videos. The granting of exclusives on broadcast rights of videos by superstar artists moved them from a marketing tool to a bargaining chip assuring extensive play. The hands were washing each other pretty raw for a while.
February 6, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It's been a whole week since MTV premiered Miley Cyrus' much-hyped installment in its "Unplugged" series, which means the time clearly has come for bonus content. The network doled some out early Thursday in the form of "Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged & Uncensored," an online version of the special that it says drew 1 million television viewers on Jan. 29, the highest rating for an episode of "Unplugged" in a decade. On the broadcast , Cyrus complemented country-fied versions of tunes from her 2013 album "Bangerz" -- including a take on "We Can't Stop" featuring Madonna -- with a boot-scooting rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene.
January 30, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
For close to eight months now -- since she released the music video for her song “We Can't Stop” -- Miley Cyrus has had a look in her eyes that's proved nearly as transfixing as the other body parts she's put on public view. It's a mixture of determination and desperation, a raw visual expression of how brazenly the former Disney Channel star has remade herself in a hip-hop image but also, it seems, of a creeping fear that her license to appropriate may be revoked at any moment.
October 5, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Although doggedly held back from reviewers before opening, the Christian-oriented musical drama “Grace Unplugged” proves a far more involving, accessible and enjoyable movie than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy suggested.  The key to its success: a smartly measured script by director Brad J. Silverman that feels like it was created on an actual screenwriting instrument and not, as can be the case with faith-based films, with a sledgehammer and...
October 3, 2013 | By John Horn
The last three movies produced by Mark Burg - a sequel to "Saw," the remake "Texas Chainsaw 3D" and a violent revenge tale called "The Tortured" - were all rated R for "grisly" and "sadistic" violence and were hardly pleasant experiences for characters trying to remain alive. But Hollywood has a habit of making strange bedfellows, and when Burg's latest project arrives in theaters on Friday, fans of the horror veteran's work may be surprised by its story: "Grace Unplugged" is a Christian drama about a church singer (AJ Michalka)
September 8, 2013 | By Avital Andrews
VACAVILLE, Calif. - A few months ago, I found out that my life was about to get louder. Seeing the word "pregnant" appear on a stick can quickly change how you look at - and hear - things. With quiet and solitude about to become rare commodities, it seemed like a good time to head to Silent Stay, a monastic retreat atop a Vacaville hill about 30 miles east of Napa. The idea, basically, is to shut up while you center yourself. The concept intrigued me, so I booked the three-night minimum stay.
June 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Country music singers and songwriters Aaron Benward and Brian McComas on Friday begin the fifth year of “Nashville Unplugged,” their weekly Las Vegas show. The duo will celebrate the show's anniversary at the Red Rock resort with special guest Rivers Rutherford , who has written songs for such Nashville stars as Faith Hill, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. “Nashville Unplugged” goes beyond a concert performance. Guests share the stories behind their lyrics before performing the songs with Benward and McComas.
October 29, 1995
Re "Do Families Matter?" (Oct. 15): It's not what is on TV that bothers me (though it's pretty bad) as much as the passivity and uninvolvement it engenders. I've devised my own solution--call it "L.A. Unplugged." That's right. Unplug the monster and then wait for the weeping and wailing from spouse and child. First surprise: a very brief period of adjustment, followed by child actually playing with roomful of toys, husband actually listening and responding to conversation. Second surprise: Six months later, we are still unplugged.
October 26, 2009 | Randy Lewis
The direct impact of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts is as plain as the joyful faces of the special-needs school's students, many of whom watch each year from an onstage riser placed right behind the performers. Those faces were often captured by the video cameras that were otherwise trained on the stars of this year's shows, which got underway Saturday at Shoreline Amphitheatre just north of San Jose with unplugged sets by No Doubt, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, Monsters of Folk, Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother and Gavin Rossdale.
March 28, 2013 | By Scott Collins
"SoCal Connected" might be going dark for good.  The award-winning nightly news show on KCET-TV has just wrapped up its fifth season, but staffers fear the program won't be coming back because of lack of funds. "As happens every year, there are questions about the show's future," Bret Marcus, the show's executive producer and a senior vice president at the station, wrote in a statement. "And the answer is always the same: 'SoCal Connected' depends on public funding and we don't know at this time what that funding will be. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The picture looks much darker than in years past, however.
October 25, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Fans of Tucson desert-noir band Calexico no doubt went home disappointed Wednesday night as an electrical outage apparently caused by a mischievous animal in a substation left the Henry Fonda Theater in the dark. Still, you can't accuse the band of not trying. Before the show was called off, bandleader Joey Burns took the stage with an indeterminate number of musicians (it was dark, after all) to lead the band through a very unplugged version of the live staple "Minas de Cobre" backed by accordion and mariachi horns.
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