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  • Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox News, dies at 66

    Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox News, dies at 66

    Alan Colmes, the longtime liberal TV and radio host for Fox News, has died after a brief illness, the network announced Thursday. He was 66. Colmes was best known as the left-leaning foil to conservative Sean Hannity on the prime-time Fox News show “Hannity & Colmes” when the cable news network...

  • 'Fun Home' composer Jeanine Tesori hears the music in everyday life

    'Fun Home' composer Jeanine Tesori hears the music in everyday life

    The sounds of a rambunctious household are turned into music as “Fun Home” sifts through  one woman’s 1970s childhood, seeking clues to her father’s abrupt death. Jeanine Tesori, the show’s composer, thought back to her own youth as the creative team envisioned the household of Alison Bechdel, author...

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  • 'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

    'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

    What happens when musicians from one of the must musically fertile spots on the planet collaborate with peers from an equally vibrant cultural melting pot? Something like “Santiago,” the first track from the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s forthcoming album, “So It Is,” inspired in large...

  • Tony winner 'The Humans' and world premiere of David Henry Hwang musical to lead Ahmanson's 2017-18 season

    Tony winner 'The Humans' and world premiere of David Henry Hwang musical to lead Ahmanson's 2017-18 season

    “The Humans,” the Stephen Karam one-act that won four Tony Awards last year including best play, and “Soft Power,” a world premiere David Henry Hwang that work takes the form of a Chinese musical about present-day America, lead the 2017-18 Ahmanson Theatre lineup to be announced Thursday by Centre...

  • Marciano Art Foundation sets L.A. museum opening date for May

    Marciano Art Foundation sets L.A. museum opening date for May

    The Marciano Art Foundation has announced the opening date for its new contemporary art museum: May 25. The museum, from Guess cofounders Paul and Maurice Marciano, will be in a landmark Millard Sheets-designed building, a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard near Koreatown....

  • Oscars TV Lineup

    Oscars TV Lineup

      TV LINEUP 10:30 a.m. Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2017 Academy Awards A preview of Oscars night includes extensive entertainment insight to prepare pop culture fans for the 2017 Academy Awards.  (E!) 11 a.m. Barbara Walters’ Top Oscar Interviews of All Time (KABC) Noon The Academy Awards...

  • 'What can cinema do?' Travel ban puts Oscar nominees for foreign language film in the spotlight

    'What can cinema do?' Travel ban puts Oscar nominees for foreign language film in the spotlight

    In many ways, the Best Foreign Language Film category has always embodied the contradictory passions that surround the Oscars themselves — it’s wildly important to some, utterly meaningless to others and a vague sidebar to many. This year that role has become even more pointed. In an awards season...

  • Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

    Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

    If Alison Krauss has learned one thing along the way to becoming the musician laden with more Grammy Awards than any other woman in pop history, it’s to trust her instincts. So when her intuition told her it was time to step away from her longtime band Union Station to make only her second solo...

  • 'Critical Role' and 'HarmonQuest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours?

    'Critical Role' and 'HarmonQuest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours?

    Watching shows on Youtube is old hat, but not as old hat as tabletop role-playing games. Combining the two — watching people onscreen (online or TV) who are playing role-playing games — would seem to go a step too far in terms of our need to be entertained. At least two programs, though, are making...

  • Goro Miyazaki helps guide 'Ronja, the Robber's Daughter' to Amazon

    Goro Miyazaki helps guide 'Ronja, the Robber's Daughter' to Amazon

    “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” centers on the relationship between a father and his child, and his desire to keep her away from his successful, albeit illegal, business. The film’s director, Goro Miyazaki, knows a bit about having a father who is successful and choosing to follow in his line of...

  • Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

    Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

    With splashy performances by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars and major trophies presented to Adele and Beyoncé, Wednesday’s Brit Awards might’ve convinced those paying only partial attention that they were watching a replay of last week’s Grammys. Yet the U.K.’s most prestigious music awards show, held...

  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    Nearly 40 years ago “Weird Al” Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.  Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic’s early parodies of the Knack’s then-chart-topping new wave hit “My Sharona” (recast as “My...

  • Jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell dies at 73

    Jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell dies at 73

    Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the "Godfather of Fusion," has died in New York City. He was 73. His publicist, Kurt Nishimura, said Coryell died Sunday in his hotel room of natural causes. Nishimura says he had just performed two shows at the Iridium on Friday and Saturday. Coryell’s highly...

  • Louis C.K. headed to Netflix for two stand-up comedy specials

    Louis C.K. headed to Netflix for two stand-up comedy specials

    Netflix continues its steadfast expansion of stand-up comedy programming with the addition of two new specials from Louis C.K. The specials will be available exclusively on the streaming service. The first, which was shot in Washington, D.C., and is titled “2017,” will premiere April. 4. “Louis...

  • Journey on race relations takes some wrong turns in 'White Guy on the Bus'

    Journey on race relations takes some wrong turns in 'White Guy on the Bus'

    As the title suggests, “White Guy on the Bus” is a play about troubled urban race relations. Playwright Bruce Graham lobs a grenade at the post civil rights-era conceit that we’ve made real progress toward easing economic and cultural tensions between the haves and have-nots. A topical but problematic...

  • Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    A 60th anniversary update of Harry Belafonte’s 1957 hit “When Colors Come Together (Island in the Sun)” caps a new retrospective album. The collection will survey the storied career of the veteran singer, actor and political activist who will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 1. The song, which...

  • Why Little Big Town went 'hillbilly Sade' to follow up 'Girl Crush'

    Why Little Big Town went 'hillbilly Sade' to follow up 'Girl Crush'

    Only three acts performed more than once at this month’s Grammy Awards. One was Adele, who opened the night with “Hello” and then paid tribute to the late George Michael. Another was Bruno Mars, who sang his song “That’s What I Like” as well as Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The third was Little Big...

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