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  • Holiday special! A YouTube Christmas, especially for you

    Holiday special! A YouTube Christmas, especially for you
    The holidays are a special time — that is to say, a time for specials. All over the television, the seasonal signifiers, the holly and the mistletoe, trees and lights, snowflakes and fake furs are dragged out of storage and gaily appended to sitcoms, serials, talk shows, game shows and come-but-once-a-year simulacrums of this or that person's old-fashioned, down-home-in-the-holler, up-on-the-mountain Christmas.
  • Rick Braun joins Mindy Abair, Peter White on annual smooth jazz tour

    Rick Braun loves a good standard. The smooth jazz trumpeter is a big fan of the Great American Songbook, the pop music from the 1920s to 1950s. In fact, he detoured from smooth jazz to sing on two collections of jazz standards in 2011 ("Sings With...

    Hershey Felder gives Irving Berlin one-man-play treatment at Geffen

    Hershey Felder gives Irving Berlin one-man-play treatment at Geffen
    Hershey Felder may be the most efficient performing artist on the planet. One man, one grand piano, one composer's body of work at a time, and you get six plays — seven if you count "Abe Lincoln's Piano," which uses Civil War-era songs for the...

    Book offers peek into musical world of Hollywood's Stein on Vine

    Book offers peek into musical world of Hollywood's Stein on Vine
    The plane landed in Los Angeles, and Gary Chen decided not to make his connection to Taiwan. It was 1980 and the young musician wanted to check in on some friends, so he did. Not a bad city, thought Chen, who had just finished music school in Boston....

    Ginny Mancini gives back to the music that nurtured her

     Ginny Mancini gives back to the music that nurtured her
    Ginny Mancini gets lots of solicitations delivered to her Westwood home, thanks to her many decades of philanthropy. But regrettably, she said, she can't answer every plea for help. She's 90 years old, after all, and everyone has to slow down at some...