| Apr 6, 2010
| 4:32 PM
These may be tough times for maintaining excellence in public education, given the condition of the California state government that's primarily responsible for funding it, but that's not stopping the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts from...
| Sep 29, 2010
Richard "Dick" Griffey, founder of the Los Angeles-based R&B record label Solar, which was once touted as "the Motown of the '80s," has died. He was 71.
Griffey died Friday at a Canoga Park rehabilitation center of complications from quadruple-bypass...
| May 10, 2010
| 6:54 PM
"Stormy Weather" was Lena Horne's signature song as well as a chillingly apt metaphor for her career. Long celebrated for her striking beauty and silky voice, she overcame profound racism on her way to becoming one of the best-known African American...
| Oct 31, 2010
From onstage at the 32nd Carousel of Hope, emcee Jay Leno surveyed the crowd before him, describing the gala as one where "the audience is more famous than you."
The Oct. 23 affair at the Beverly Hilton had no shortage of star-power onstage or off. Tom...
| Dec 3, 2010
Jay-Z is a great American artist — and he'd be the first to tell you so. "Decoded" is an elegantly designed, incisively written bid for cultural legitimacy by a man whose XXL ego is underscored by an equally outsized inferiority complex (as big egos...
| May 4, 2011
UCLA sociologist studied common sense
Harold Garfinkel, 93, a longtime UCLA sociology professor whose groundbreaking work examined the importance of common sense in everyday situations, died April 21 of congestive heart failure at his...
| Dec 30, 2010
Billy Taylor, an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who became one of the genre's most ardent advocates through radio, television and the landmark Jazzmobile arts venture, has died. He was 89.
Taylor died of a heart attack Tuesday in Manhattan, said his...
| Jan 2, 2011
It had been a long night — a concert, a reunion with an old friend, a midnight meal — but as the clock ticked past 2 a.m. Quincy Jones sat in a rare state of silence in his estate at the very top of Bel-Air. The man they call Q nodded at the...
| Jan 9, 2011
A verdant acre in the residential heart of Beverly Hills is the setting for a contemporary home with Old World flair designed by architect-to-the stars Harold "Hal" Levitt.
Levitt's design combines modern elements such as geometric skylights, generous...
| Jul 18, 2010
When journalists ask Herbie Hancock which musicians he listens to, he thinks that they're expecting him to say Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea -- that is, virtuoso jazz pianists like himself.
"I do listen to those musicians," Hancock said recently,...
| Aug 24, 2010
| 3:05 PM
Update: Internet pioneer David Bohnett has sold his Holmby Hills compound to art dealer Larry Gagosian for $15.5 million, according to public records.
The technology entrepreneur and philanthropist had put the restored Holmby Hills estate on the market...