| Sep 7, 2008
LOOKING classic-casual in a summer blazer, gray fedora and matching silk scarf, Ne-Yo leaned over his laptop in a West Hollywood recording studio one mid- August afternoon, playing selections from "Year of the Gentleman," his third solo album, out Sept....
| Sep 24, 2008
The three deejays spun R&B and hip-hop, with a focus on oldies, party anthems and black artists gone mainstream -- Michael Jackson, OutKast, Gnarls Barkley.
These were carefully chosen common denominators, songs that black and white club-goers might...
| Oct 17, 2008
There's nothing like a little harp music to soothe jangled nerves. Popular at weddings, funerals and not a few brises, the age-old instrument, with its sensual curves and ethereal-sounding glissandi, not only has an aristocratic air but also seems an...
| Apr 6, 2008
MOST pop acts would love to have a hit single, but be careful what you wish for. Topping the chart can be hazardous to an artist's health, especially an out-of-nowhere hit by an unknown.
It can make a career, of course, but it can also overexpose the...
| Jun 1, 2008
TALK about a tour manager's worst nightmare.
Chad Hugo had missed his flight from Virginia, skipped rehearsal and wasn't picking up the phone. Worse still, with less than an hour until show time it appeared the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and...
| Jun 29, 2008
Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships
When, where: July 26 and 27, Cesar Chavez Park.
Highlights: Kite-making, kite-flying lessons, kite ballet, kite battles, an attempt at a world record for giant creature kites.
| Jul 6, 2008
National Train Show
When, where: July 18 to 20 at Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave.
Highlights: Model-train displays, operating model railroads and landscapes made from Legos, free appraisals of old train sets, children's play area...
| Sep 11, 2007
On Sunday, as television's family hour gave way to raunchy prime time, a strange thing happened in living rooms across America. Britney Spears appeared on the annual MTV Video Music Awards in a sparkly black bikini, but the real disturbance developed...