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Louie Bellson, a jazz drummer and bandleader who combined remarkable instrumental virtuosity with far-ranging compositional skills, has died. He was 84. According to his wife, Francine, Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los...
There is much to envy about actress Beverly D'Angelo: ageless beauty, a Hollywood career of lasting duration, the fact that hunky Al Pacino parked his slippers at her front door for years and that she owns a 1920s Spanish-style gem of a house in Beverly...
From Moses to Malcolm X, Virginia Woolf to Loretta Lynn, historic figures have been showing up on the big screen since the early days of silent film. This year, by nominating six biographical pictures for Oscars — including three for best picture ...
Tags: Ray (movie), Al Capone, Movies, Katharine Hepburn, Mark Twain
Special To The TimesWhere do you want to go for your birthday weekend? asked my husband, Lauren. Carlsbad, I answered. You're kidding; we live here, he said. Yup, I said. And I never get to play tourist in my own town. I rarely walk on the beach or along the city's...
Tags: Entertainment, Children, Sports, Electronics, Enrico Caruso
Special to The TimesFor 20 years, my friend Vicki Sullivan had been talking about the red roofs of Lisbon. She caught a brief glimpse of the Portuguese countryside on a one-night layover decades ago and had been determined to return ever since. Now, with both our youngest...
Tags: Government, Landforms, Air France-KLM, Travel, Walt Disney
Times Staff WriterThey've just unleashed the dawgs on the streets of this college town — 36 fanciful fiberglass bulldogs that will be permanent works of public art in and around the historic downtown and on the campus of the University of Georgia, home of the Georgia...
Tags: Furniture, Crime, Law and Justice, Slavery, Arts, Bessie Smith
At the end of "Inventing a Nation," Gore Vidal recalls a conversation with John F. Kennedy at Hyannis in 1961. Kennedy was complaining about the proliferation of second-raters in government: "Then you read all those debates over the Constitution ......
The life of a black celebrity is perilous enough, but the black celebrity who becomes a spokesperson is asking for pure hell. Not only has the outspokenness of those regarded as radicals gotten them into trouble, but as Gary Giddins' recent book "Satchmo"...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMidafternoon, and we are sailing. The wide span of Century Boulevard seems vast in its possibilities, a seductive expanse with room to roam or expand. At quick glimpse, it is sparkling, but a brief pause at a light reveals something quite different--a...
Our Town CorrespondentThe Recessionals Jazz Band is coming to the Richland Performing Arts Center on March 23 beginning at 7 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band's “Go For Broke” tour is in support of their latest CD of the same title. Their danceable music has the...
Major soloists play the Jazz Showcase all the time, but something special often happens when the star shares the stage with students. The latest example came Thursday night, as trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – who has made a strong impression leading his...
A matchmaker meets her biggest challenge in "Hello, Dolly!," the latest production taken on by Laguna Beach High School's Park Avenue Players that opens this weekend. The play, which takes place at the turn of the century in New York, first debuted in...
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