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  • Pasadena Symphony musicians avert a strike with new five-year contract

    Pasadena Symphony musicians avert a strike with new five-year contract

    More than a month after members of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops voted to authorize a strike for higher pay, a new five-year labor contract agreement has been reached, the Pasadena Symphony Assn. and American Federation of Musicians Local 47 will announce Friday. The retroactive agreement, which...

  • The Moviegoer, Jan. 21-27

    The Moviegoer, Jan. 21-27

    The Greg Proops Film Club Tim Burton’s 1985 feature film directorial debut Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, starring Paul Reubens as the exuberant man-child Pee-wee Herman, has proved to be an enduring paean to nerdiness, individuality and kitsch. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323)...

  • Mary Gauthier's 'Rifles and Rosary Beads' album born of writing with combat vets, spouses

    Mary Gauthier's 'Rifles and Rosary Beads' album born of writing with combat vets, spouses

    Nashville-based musician Mary Gauthier has been working for more than four years with wounded combat veterans through Songwriting With Soldiers, a program that offers a forum for members of the military to process their war experiences through music. But the critically acclaimed singer and songwriter...

  • Rolling down Rosecrans in Compton, L.A. hip-hop's Main Street

    Rolling down Rosecrans in Compton, L.A. hip-hop's Main Street

    Like Sunset Boulevard and rock or Beale Street and the blues, Compton’s Rosecrans Avenue — described in song by producer-rapper DJ Quik as “a long-ass avenue that goes from the beach to the streets” — conjures a musical essence beyond the pavement itself. If Compton is the heart of L.A. hip-hop,...

  • What are the best songs that reference Rosecrans Avenue?

    What are the best songs that reference Rosecrans Avenue?

    You can learn a lot about a place by the ways in which it’s treated in song. With Compton in general and Rosecrans Avenue in particular, the lyrical lessons mostly involve themes foreign to those unfamiliar with the terrain. Below, five crucial songs that have helped define West Coast rap’s boulevard...

  • How hip-hop storyteller Kendrick Lamar describes hometown Compton

    How hip-hop storyteller Kendrick Lamar describes hometown Compton

    Like the fictional Yoknapatawpha County where writer William Faulkner set many of his stories, the rapper and lyricist Kendrick Lamar, who is nominated for seven Grammy Awards including album of the year, has populated his hometown of Compton with stories, plots, images and recollections that map...

  • Friday's TV highlights: 'High Maintenance' on HBO

    Friday's TV highlights: 'High Maintenance' on HBO

    SERIES MacGyver The team heads to New Orleans to catch a con artist (guest star Amy Smart) who is trying to pass herself off as the wife of Duke Jacoby, an alias Jack (George Eads) used to use, but her gambit backfires when “Duke’s” old enemies start looking for revenge. Lucas Till, Tristin Mays...

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