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Frank D. Gilroy's "The Gig" (Friday at selected theaters) follows a quintet of full-time urban professionals--and part-time amateur jazzmen--who suddenly get a shot at a lifetime dream: playing an actual professional engagement before paying audiences. Accepting the gig--a last-minute fill-in--means they'll have to disrupt settled, conventional lives, jobs that include dentistry, real estate and used cars.
March 24, 1994 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
Michael Martin Murphey has a soft spot in his heart for the San Gabriel Valley where he used to live, but this weekend it's the Santa Clarita Valley that's drawing the New Mexico resident back to Southern California. The cowboy singer is in town to help Santa Clarita celebrate its Western heritage at the Cowboy Poetry, Music and Film Festival. His performances are Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. The cost is $15. Santa Clarita begins its celebration Friday at 8 p.m.
July 20, 1988 | KIRK JACKSON and DAVID OLMOS, Times Staff Writers
Jim Paul, manager of an Arco service station in San Juan Capistrano, knows what his customers like and dislike. "They don't like paying for air," says Paul, who believes that it is just not right to charge customers for a service that for years was free. Many motorists would agree with Paul. But the days when drivers could roll into almost any service station and find air and water hoses next to the gas pumps are rapidly disappearing.
May 2, 1986 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
"There's a lot of glamour tonight," Kenneth Norris proclaimed. Not the least, at Las Floristas' Floral Headdress Ball, was Norris' announcement that he was giving another $100,000 to support Las Floristas Handicapped Children's Clinics. Carolyn Stockwell, sitting with Randy and a raft of friends, was almost giddy with pleasure over the way the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom looked. Bowers of flowers were everywhere, mixed with a touch of blue neon.
December 5, 2004 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Adam Sandler, who stars in the upcoming holiday movie "Spanglish," has purchased a Pacific Palisades home for just under $13 million, according to real estate sources. Sandler bought a house, on two-thirds of an acre, with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms in nearly 13,000 square feet. The home, built in 1990, also has a pool. The property was not on the market.
February 5, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
In the 1939 film classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," Jimmy Stewart portrayed a naive but honest senator who railed against entrenched political forces in the name of democracy and human values. The film was on the mind of actor Wayne Rogers the other day when he was talking about his testimony before a House subcommittee in Washington Tuesday. Rogers is best known for his role as Trapper John in the television series "MASH" and perhaps for his current batch of commercials for IBM.
July 25, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
In a world that's constantly changing, it's good to know that some things basically stay the same — for example, the movie western. It's a genre that hasn't changed much in the last century of cinematic history: There are good guys and there are bad guys, horses and shootouts and probably a saloon or two. At the heart of any great western is the cowboy hero. Before there were such legendary movie cowboys as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Randolph Scott, Clint Eastwood and others, the Hollywood trail was paved by silent-era heroes, led by Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, William S. Hart and Tom Mix. Some of these early performers were true cowboys who did their own stunts.
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