| Nov 5, 2008
Ray Ellis, the versatile pop music arranger who wrote the charts for hits by the Four Lads, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Doris Day and Johnny Mathis, has died. He was 85.
Ellis, a longtime resident of Ojai, died Oct. 27 of liver cancer at an assisted-...
| Dec 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2008 - LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine today announced the selection of Nic Harcourt as Editor at Large, Music & Culture. Beginning February 8, 2009, in LA's January/February double Oscar issue, Harcourt will contribute a...
| Dec 12, 2008
Set in a dystopian metropolis bathed in shades of amber and blue, Rachel Samuels' retro-noir "Dark Streets" feels like a labor of love, the kind that blinds as well as inspires. The movie, drawn from Wallace King's adaptation of Glenn Stewart's play,...
| Mar 17, 2009
It was 50 years ago that Nat King Cole went to Brazil and was greeted with staggering street-side ovations. "There was so much affection, it's hard to describe what it was like," said Carole Cole, one of the late singer's daughters. "It was almost like...
| Mar 18, 2009
Jack Lawrence, a songwriter who wrote the lyrics for hits such as "All or Nothing at All," "Tenderly" and "Beyond the Sea," has died. He was 96.
Lawrence, who fractured his pelvic bone in a fall in his Redding, Conn., home Friday, died of complications...
| Apr 6, 2009
The Quai Branly Museum, a steel-and-glass palace on the Seine River, has news for the culture world: "Three Little Bops" is art.
The Looney Tunes cartoon from 1957 retells the Three Little Pigs as a jazz fable with music by...
| Apr 19, 2009
The Song Is You
Random House: 250 pp., $25
The circle of young expatriates that Arthur Phillips assembled in Budapest in his debut novel, "Prague," (you had to be there) are no doubt thickening at the waist now and may only...
| Apr 26, 2009
The Steppenwolf Theatre feels like a womb. It's warm, dark, soporific, full of voices barely loud enough to be distinguished, a setting beyond time. Outside, the streets of Old Town are laced with spring afternoon snowflakes; on the South Side, at U.S....
| Apr 28, 2009
Frankie "Musclehead" Manning, a Harlem dancer and Tony Award-winning choreographer widely celebrated as one of the pioneers of the Lindy Hop, a breathlessly acrobatic swing dance style of the 1930s and '40s, died April 27 at New York City's Lenox Hill...
| Sep 1, 2009
Chris Connor, a smoky-voiced jazz vocalist who gained renown for her recording of "All About Ronnie" and other singles with the Stan Kenton Orchestra before going solo in 1953 and having success with songs such as "Trust in Me" and "About the Blues,"...
| Oct 27, 2009
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Now Arias is preparing to make a Los Angele homecoming--he was raised here and was a founding member of The Groundlings comedy troupe--with an extended run at REDCAT of his new show, 'Arias With a Twist.' The 'twist' in question is famed puppeteer Basil...