| Nov 29, 2012
It would be difficult to say anything about the 2012 remake of the 1976 film Sparkle without mentioning the truth for which it’s probably best known and for which it will be remembered — as Whitney Houston’s final screen performance. The...
| Dec 23, 2012
Let’s say this up front: Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes is what it is: a glorified Jersey bar band – actually, a hell of a bar band. But front man Johnny Lyon’s singing voice is that of an everyman......
| Jun 26, 2009
Michael Jackson was fascinated by celebrity tragedy. He had a statue of Marilyn Monroe in his home and studied the sad Hollywood exile of Charlie Chaplin. He married the daughter of Elvis Presley.
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| Jul 8, 2009
At the Harold Washington Cultural Center, the line began forming at about 8 a.m., and it eventually stretched halfway around the building.
In Daley Plaza, as many as 150 people stood in silence during the normally bustling lunch hour, every head turned...
| Jul 29, 2009
| 6:33 PM
In the 1970s, Bob Garrett performed at Reno Sweeney, the same New York cabaret where Jackie Kennedy's eccentric cousin "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale sang. More than three decades later, Garrett gave Drew Barrymore vocal training needed to simulate one of...
| Mar 26, 2009
| 4:19 PM
Win 27 Grammys and one Emmy, and throw in seven Oscar nominations. Would there be anything left for you to do? Quincy Jones could have settled for being the first African-American record executive in 1964, when he was vice president at Mercury Rec-ords....
| Jan 24, 2010
Last week was a rough one for the state of Michigan, with a setback in its lawsuit against Illinois over the Asian carp. But maybe better things are ahead for our neighbor to the east: Tuesday marks the anniversary of its statehood -- the all-important...
| Jul 28, 2010
| 6:44 PM
It is known as "The Jewel of the Missions." And it is surely one of Orange County's most significant cultural and religious landmarks. Mission San Juan Capistrano, the seventh in a chain of 21 California missions under the leadership of Padre Junípero...
| Mar 12, 2011
Frank Remesch's mission was clear, if daunting. Somehow, he had to convince people that the hulking, cavernous 1st Mariner Arena, a 1960s relic that civic leaders had been talking about razing for years, was still a player — could still attract big-...
| Dec 28, 2010
Long before she became an '80s funk-pop infanta, or Rick James' protégé and lover, Teena Marie was a Motown-enamored schoolgirl in one of L.A.'s last historic black enclaves.
The singer-songwriter, who died Sunday at her Pasadena home at age 54, grew...
| Dec 28, 2010
| 9:57 AM
It's impossible to lend an ear to today's crop of R&B divas without hearing just a little bit of Teena Marie.
Though she never had the blockbuster commercial success or universal household appeal of some of her peers ( Patti Labelle, Anita Baker and...