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September 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Murphy Matthews, 71, who promoted zydeco and Cajun music and dancing in Los Angeles, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack while dancing at a Redondo Beach fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina. An aerospace worker by profession, Matthews moved to Los Angeles in 1973 from his native Louisiana. He quickly sought out members of Southern California's Creole and Cajun communities and began organizing musical get-togethers and dances.
If you've still got cabin fever after all the rain, you'll find plenty of chances to kick up your heels this week--starting tonight at the Crazy Bull in Camarillo. Acousticat fiddler Phil Salazar and Acadiana offer a gumbo of delightful Cajun and zydeco music at 8 p.m. They'll even throw in some Cajun dance lessons to boot. Then Friday and Saturday, Heartbreak Kid makes its third appearance at the Bull. I caught the local group last month at the club's six-band jamboree and liked what I heard.
Desiree Bigger watched her mom tear the head off a blistery red boiled crawfish, rip open the hard-shelled body and pop the tender pink meat into her mouth. "Ick," she said, with all the disgust a 7-year-old can muster. Mom Sheri Bigger simply smiled. She knew better. "Mmmmm," the elder Bigger said. "Cajun food. It's wonderful."
September 5, 2005
It is hard to believe that New Orleans will ever recover from this disaster, but I sure hope it does. New Orleans is arguably the immoral center of the United States; Las Vegas is too artificial and "Hollywood" too superficial. With the religious right attempting to turn this country into the Christian equivalent of a Mideast oligarchy, we need the city now more than ever. Despite being in the center of the Bible Belt, the city's jazz, prostitution, Mardi Gras, voodoo, Cajon/Zydeco music and sinfully delicious food help counteract this fanatic influence.
February 18, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Movies don't get much more minimal than "Schultze Gets the Blues," yet it clocks in at 114 minutes, which makes it a tough go because so little happens. Filmmaker Michael Schorr places a great deal of faith in the efficacy of drollness reduced to its driest tone, but "Schultze" is simply too tedious and stretched out to be amusing. Had Schorr brought in his picture at 80 or 90 minutes "Schultze" might have been a different story.
June 20, 1991
The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series will start its seventh year of free concerts tonight as part of what officials say will be 10 weeks of an eclectic mix of pop music and artists. "Though our summer concerts have become a tradition, we never want to repeat ourselves," said Elaine Mutchnik, operations manager for the Pier Restoration Corp., the nonprofit group that runs the pier. The concerts will run Thursday nights through Aug. 29--except July 4--from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
May 3, 1999
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Irvine Barclay Theatre will jointly sponsor a four-concert "World Stages" series at the Irvine theater in 1999-2000. The series will open Oct. 14 with flamenco guitarist Paco Pena and the Chilean group Inti-Illimani. It will continue Jan. 14 and 15 with the Shanghai Kunju Opera Theatre of China; March 28 with BeauSoleil Cajun band from Louisiana and Ad Vielle Que Pourra folk group from Quebec; and May 1 with the Chucho Valdes Quartet from Cuba.
August 28, 1988 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
The KCSN-FM Barn Dance is moving to the Palomino, where it will happen every Tuesday (and be broadcast from 9 p.m. to midnight over KCSN). To kick off the new venue, host Ronnie Mack has lined up an all-star stable of talent, including George Highfill, Lucinda Williams, Big Jay McNeely and the Lonesome Strangers. Admission is free. . . . Those adventuresome rock nights at the John Anson Ford Theatre continue Sept.
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