| Oct 3, 2012
| 8:47 AM
When Alabama Shakes take the Virgin Mobile FreeFest stage on Saturday, the quartet — all from Athens, Alabama — will likely play its biggest hit, "Hold On," within the first few songs.
This is a deliberate move, and also a sort of challenge...
| May 17, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Donna Summer was typecast as the disco-era “bad girl,” the diva who was too salty and sexual for some radio stations to play in the ‘70s. But she was also a musical revolutionary, a versatile singer who created a radical new template for...
| Oct 21, 2012
Katie Kay Mead was sitting behind the counter in her Los Feliz boutique, GatherLA, in late summer when two European tourists came in, asking for directions to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The tourists gazed curiously at a taxidermied fawn displayed among...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 10:20 AM
First published on Oct. 30, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
Set an out-of-towner loose to roam the Los Angeles area between West Hollywood and Koreatown, and what can you expect? A food-truck overdose, perhaps. Or the bold suggestion that...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 6:05 PM
It's summertime, and school's out. It's time to kick off your shoes, settle into a relaxing place and read the day away. Then, be a critic. Tell us what you thought of a book you recently read, and you could be published in Printers Row Journal.
| Jul 5, 2012
| 12:26 PM
The Festival of Arts celebrated its 80th season at an invitation-only party Saturday night that harkened to the 1930s.
But it was this year's show that created the buzz.
"It is stunning," said Rosemary Swimm, wife of artist Tom Swimm, who was decked out...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:34 AM
The Golden Bear closed down in January 1986, though to hang around people who frequented the place, you might swear the dark, cozy, intimate musical venue once located near PCH and Main is still there. People speak of it in such loving and present terms,...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 5:03 PM
Indie-rock trio Fun. and R&B/hip-hop star Frank Ocean scored big in Grammy Award nominations, scoring six nods apiece mostly in the top Grammy categories. The Recording Academy announced the nominations Wednesday during a show in Nashville. The 55th...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 7:36 PM
The second week of battle rounds on NBC’s “The Voice” brought a slew of questionable fashion decisions and equally questionable song choices. But “questionable” doesn’t always mean less delightful.
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en...
| Jan 10, 2013
Chicago Live! is taking to the road again, traveling north to Ravinia for a special Valentine’s Day show. UPDATE: This event has reached capacity. Sold out.
Yes, that Ravinia, which for more than a century has been offering some of the area’...