| Jul 19, 2014
| 2:19 PM
It was proclaimed more than once over the evening at California Plaza that history was being made in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night as part of the Grand Performances series. For the first time, a choice selection of the iconic Nigerian bandleader...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Mecca of R&B music, aka Harlem's Apollo Theater, played host to Monday's world premiere of Universal's James Brown biopic "Get On Up."
"I first saw James Brown at the Apollo," said Mick Jagger, who produced the film through his shingle Jagged Films....
| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Back in the summer of 2010, Janelle Monae staged a dynamite set at the Greek Theatre, performing a suite of tunes from "The ArchAndroid," her then just-released debut LP that ranged from amped-up R&B to Bowie-esque glam rock. The problem was that hardly...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 4:00 PM
There is dark, and then there is the über-noir, transgressive vision of modernist choreographer Angelin Preljocaj.
Founding Ballet Preljocaj in Champigny-sur-Marne in 1984, the French-born Albanian shot to fame in 1990 by setting "Romeo and Juliet" in...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 10:30 AM
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is in a box office universe of its own.
Marvel-Disney's sci-fi actioner opened to $37.8 million Stateside on Friday. It looks to sky-rocket to $92 million-plus this weekend, which would crush the record for August's top debut,...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Universal Pictures' new biopic "Get on Up" about the influential performer James Brown has a clear target audience: fans of the Godfather of Soul.
But the studio ran into the problem of how to broaden the audience and lure younger people with more...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:57 PM
Ernest "Ernie'' Ray Lancaster was president of the 1971 senior class at Mount Dora Bible, played high-school baseball and basketball, and was in chorus.
Then his life really became busy.
Lancaster wrote songs and played guitar on more than 40 albums...
| Aug 12, 2014
Founder of famed Paris ice cream shop
Raymond Berthillon, 90, the founder of the celebrated Paris ice cream parlor that bears his name, died Saturday, the company announced on its website.
With lines of tourists down the street...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
"Finding Fela!" is a hall-of-mirrors documentary that dissects the complex public persona of the late Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti though the lens of the 2009 Broadway musical biography "Fela!"
Directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, whose...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 3:48 PM
"What would James Brown do?"
Anyone who knows the groundbreaking soul singer's biography understands that's not a question that inoculates against trouble. But in certain circumstances, such as when America is paying witness to the Ferguson, Mo., racial...
| Aug 8, 2014
James Brown's effect on popular music need only listen to Prince or Bruno Mars. Fifty years after Brown's early hits and eight years after his death, the nickname Godfather of Soul becomes more evident every year.
But Brown's son Daryl says his father...