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June 19, 2003 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
In an unbridled display of free-spirited pandemonium, they shout and dance and beat on everything imaginable -- cowbells, congas and timbales; West African djembes, Middle Eastern doumbeks and Jamaican kettledrums; water bottles, buckets, milk crates, cardboard boxes, pots, pans and skateboards. If it were possible to play a kitchen sink, some percussionists would do it. The call of the drum is that loud.
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November 29, 2007
What kid (and parent) doesn't need to whack something in a rhythmic fashion once in a while? Here's a comparison of two unique, popular weekly drum circles: the Saturday morning Kids Rhythm Club at the Remo Recreational Music Center (pictured) and the Sunday afternoon Venice Beach Drum Circle. COST: Both are free. PARKING: Plenty of free lot and street parking at Remo. In Venice, parking is either pricey or nonexistent. GEAR: Remo provides congas, bongos, sticks and more.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2007
What kid (and parent) doesn't need to whack something in a rhythmic fashion once in a while? Here's a comparison of two unique, popular weekly drum circles: the Saturday morning Kids Rhythm Club at the Remo Recreational Music Center (pictured) and the Sunday afternoon Venice Beach Drum Circle. COST: Both are free. PARKING: Plenty of free lot and street parking at Remo. In Venice, parking is either pricey or nonexistent. GEAR: Remo provides congas, bongos, sticks and more.
NEWS
June 19, 2003 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
In an unbridled display of free-spirited pandemonium, they shout and dance and beat on everything imaginable -- cowbells, congas and timbales; West African djembes, Middle Eastern doumbeks and Jamaican kettledrums; water bottles, buckets, milk crates, cardboard boxes, pots, pans and skateboards. If it were possible to play a kitchen sink, some percussionists would do it. The call of the drum is that loud.
NEWS
February 26, 2001 | JOSEPH HANANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sondra Tatum moved to Venice Beach three years ago from the San Fernando Valley hoping the nearness of the ocean would help speed her recovery from surgery. On the days she was too sick to climb down the flight of stairs from her second-floor apartment to the beach, she would position herself at the window to feel the sea breeze on her face and listen to the drums. Nearly every weekend for the last 50-odd years, the drummers have come.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2008 | Mark Sachs, Sachs is a Times staff writer.
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" wraps its seventh season next week with big finale shows on Monday and Tuesday, and judge Carrie Ann Inaba can use the time off. The Hawaiian-born choreographer has a dance-related website planned for the new year (thedanceinsider.com), and getting it in shape has been more work than she envisioned. "But I love it," she says. "It's allowed me to reconnect with the dance community that helped bring me to where I am today. It's going to be the go-to resource for everything dance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2009 | Anthony Pesce
Nathan Alan Morgan, 25, was found beaten to death and buried under a mound of sand on Venice Beach on the morning of March 10, 2008. More than a year later, police still don't know who killed him or why. Just hours before his battered body was found in the area where the Venice Beach drum circle is performed, Morgan had been treated in Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center's emergency room for an injury to his left elbow. Coroner's records show that he told hospital officials he had hurt himself while "doing gymnastics drunk."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2009 | Chris Barton
The jokes came quickly at Royce Hall on Thursday night as UCLA Live director David Sefton introduced the trio of virtuoso musicians about to take the stage. With Béla Fleck on banjo, Edgar Meyer on double-bass and tabla master Zakir Hussain, where exactly does one categorize such a seemingly bizarre mix of bluegrass, classical and Indian music? Despite each musician's diverse background, this wasn't an evening defined by jarring, chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter genre mash-ups. In fact, what left the biggest impression was how seamlessly the three principals' seemingly disparate sounds meshed.
WORLD
January 23, 2006 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
With giant drawings of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin as their backdrop, dancers twirled giant puppets and jugglers tossed lighted torches. The black-masked rebel leader formerly known as Subcomandante Marcos had come to town, and he was putting on a marimba-and-Marxism extravaganza.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2005 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
His torso gleaming with sweat, 6-foot-2 Jones Welsh is surprisingly agile as he hurls himself around the floor to the techno sounds of Austrian duo Kruder & Dorfmeister. He does a one-armed cartwheel here, a twisting yoga-like posture there and a series of kaleidoscopic turns that ends in an unexpected back flip. When a second dancer, the very petite Maria Gillespie, joins him, their duet becomes a flowing interchange of energy and weight as they take turns supporting each other.
NEWS
February 26, 2001 | JOSEPH HANANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sondra Tatum moved to Venice Beach three years ago from the San Fernando Valley hoping the nearness of the ocean would help speed her recovery from surgery. On the days she was too sick to climb down the flight of stairs from her second-floor apartment to the beach, she would position herself at the window to feel the sea breeze on her face and listen to the drums. Nearly every weekend for the last 50-odd years, the drummers have come.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Midnight Special Bookstore, 1318 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, on Saturday presents "Documental," its monthly documentary and experimental film and video series, composed of two different programs, at 7 and 9 p.m. Screening in the earlier program is Danielle Renfrew and Beth Seltzer's fascinating 25-minute "Dear Dr. Spencer: Abortion in a Small Town," a model of an illuminating documentary dealing with a controversial subject.
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