| Apr 20, 2008
MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the...
| Jun 7, 2009
His magazine was approaching its fifth birthday, and Hugh Hefner wanted to celebrate in a big way. The founder of Playboy does not think small, so in August of 1959, he had George Weinimpresario of the Newport Jazz Festivalcreate a weekend of music....
| Nov 18, 2008
It was ambitious to schedule a jazz show as the Greek Theatre's season finale.
But it may have been less the fear of a chilly November night than a sky full of smoke and a weekend of tragedy that kept more music fans from showing up Sunday for the...
| Jan 30, 2008
The military government's tightening grip doesn't give people here much to sing about, and when they do feel the urge to make music, even that can be risky.
The generals who rule Myanmar have spies snooping around for subversives in the most unlikely...
| Dec 28, 2008
Actors, actresses and entertainers
Maila Nurmi, 85; actress created the character Vampira as hostess of late-night TV horror show (Jan. 10)
Jack Eagle, 81; a comedian and actor who played Brother Dominic in a Xerox ad during the 1977 Super Bowl (Jan....
| Dec 27, 2008
Dale Wasserman, a playwright best known for writing the book for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha" and the stage version of Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," has died. He was 94.
Wasserman died Sunday of...
| Sep 30, 2009
During the late 1940s and throughout the '50s, there was no hotter dance team than Marge Champion and her second husband, Gower Champion.
The diminutive Marge and the tall, lanky Gower waltzed across the stages of nightclubs and theaters and starred on...
| Oct 10, 2009
Actress in action serials
Pamela Blake, 94, a B-movie actress known for her roles in such late 1940s action serials as "Chick Carter, Detective" and "Ghost of Zorro," died of natural causes Tuesday at a Las Vegas care facility, her family...
| Oct 23, 2009
Soupy Sales, a comic with a gift for slapstick who attained cult-like popularity in the 1960s with a pie-throwing routine that became his signature, has died. He was 83.
Sales had numerous ailments and died Thursday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, said...
| Oct 29, 2009
Roy DeCarava, an art photographer whose pictures of everyday life in Harlem helped clarify the African American experience for a wider audience, has died. He was 89.
He died Tuesday in New York City, his daughter Wendy DeCarava said. The cause was not...
| Jun 7, 2009
Though her 1968 debut album, Song to a Seagull, was no small feat of folk glory, it was by Joni Mitchells third and fourth releasesLadies of the Canyon and Bluethat her status as one of the most significant songwriters of her generation was cemented....