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  • Elvis Costello looks at the orchestral possibilities in Bowl shows

     Elvis Costello looks at the orchestral possibilities in Bowl shows
    Don't think that just because Elvis Costello is joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic for two shows at the Hollywood Bowl this week that the former Angry Young Man of the British new wave movement has gone soft now that he's turned 60. In fact,...
  • Oakland: It's Berry Gordy Day, a tribute to Motown Records' music man

    They'll be dancing in the streets of Oakland on Monday (today) toasting Berry Gordy, the man who created Motown Records in Detroit. Alameda County invites the public to celebrate Berry Gordy Day in the East Bay with an event that features the legendary...
  • Titus: 'Peter Pan' soars — figuratively

    Titus: 'Peter Pan' soars — figuratively
    Every year, the Summer Players from South Coast Repertory's Theater Conservatory seem to get more and more ambitious. This year's production is a sprawling, multi-ensemble version of that century-old family favorite "Peter Pan," now celebrating its...
  • L.A. theater openings, Aug. 10-17: 'Elvis '68,' 'Bird Lives!' and more

    L.A. theater openings, Aug. 10-17: 'Elvis '68,' 'Bird Lives!' and more
    The King lives again in "Elvis '68" at Fullerton's Maverick Theater, and jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker is saluted in “Bird Lives!” at the Chromolume Theatre at the Attic. Plus, “Dreamgirls’ ” Jennifer Holliday and others...
  • Review: 'Michael Jackson, Inc.' by Zack O'Malley Greenburg

    Review: 'Michael Jackson, Inc.' by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
    Michael Jackson made a few brilliant business decisions in his life and a lot of cruddy ones. But probably his most effective move of all — from a financial sense, anyway — was to die of a drug overdose at age 50 on June 25, 2009. Before...
  • Maya Angelou's death will leave somber tone at Civil Rights Game festivities

    Maya Angelou's death will leave somber tone at Civil Rights Game festivities
    There will undoubtedly be a solemn tone to this week's Civil Rights Game festivities in Houston. Nationally renowned poet and essayist Dr. Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday, was scheduled to be one of three Beacon Awards recipients in a luncheon prior to...
  • Wayne Kirby, others look forward to Orioles' matchup with Astros in Civil Rights Game

    Wayne Kirby, others look forward to Orioles' matchup with Astros in Civil Rights Game
    Ask Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby about April 15, 1997, and the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder's eyes will spark as he recalls his days playing in the major leagues. On that day, the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking major...
  • '12 Years a Slave,' 'The Butler' Score Big in NAACP Nominations

    The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for "12...
  • Johnny Rivers: the 'Secret Agent' of rock 'n' roll

     Johnny Rivers: the 'Secret Agent' of rock 'n' roll
    Johnny Rivers sits in a booth at the retro-themed Mel's Diner in Hollywood and marvels at the pace at which not just his career but pop music in general moved when he was getting started half a century ago. Within a span of a few months in 1964,...
  • Don Engel dies at 84; entertainment attorney represented major pop stars

    Don Engel dies at 84; entertainment attorney represented major pop stars
    Don Engel had only a small law firm in Los Angeles — just two or three attorneys in addition to him and his wife. But a phone call from Engel could strike fear among the loftiest executives in the music business. Engel, who represented some of the...
  • Duke Ellington musical at Broward Stage Door in Coral Springs

    Duke Ellington musical at Broward Stage Door in Coral Springs
    “Sophisticated Ladies,” the celebration of composer Duke Ellington’s music now at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, sounds as good as it looks. And that is really saying something about the music, because thanks to Peter...