| Feb 20, 2011
First published on Feb. 20, 2011. Revised and expanded in January 2012.
South of Los Angeles and north of San Diego lies an intermittently magical 789-square-mile realm where freeways hum and Disneyland flourishes, where immigrants remake old communities...
| Aug 24, 2011
Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for singers Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday, his former publicist said. He was 70.
Ashford, who along...
| Oct 21, 2011
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Phoebe Taylor and Micah Dunson tied the knot on Sept. 17 at the official center of the world — Felicity, Calif., a town (population, oh, around 5) founded in 1986 by Taylor’s grandfather Jacques-André Istel.
Of course, spin a globe...
| Sep 10, 2011
Sitting in the hall that she operates in Leimert Park on a recent afternoon, Barbara Morrison is uncharacteristically sedentary. She recently lost a leg to diabetes. While she speaks with customary grace and cheer, the jazz vocalist is in a period of...
| Dec 8, 2011
Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer and soul singer who scored his biggest hit in the early 1970s with "Drift Away," has died. He was 71.
Gray, who had cancer, died Tuesday at his Nashville home, said Charlie Andrews, his attorney.
Before he adopted the name...
| Aug 2, 2011
Gene McDaniels, who emerged as a pop singing star in the early 1960s with hits such as "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" and "Tower of Strength" and a decade later wrote Roberta Flack's No. 1 hit "Feel Like Makin' Love," has died. He was 76.
| Apr 11, 2007
'THAT'S SOME nappy-headed hos." When white radio shock jock Don Imus dropped this little gem about the Rutgers women's basketball team onto the airwaves, he couldn't possibly have imagined that it would trigger a two-week suspension of his top-rated radio...
| Jan 24, 2009
Musician in Charles band
Leroy Cooper, 80, who played baritone saxophone for Ray Charles from the 1950s through the 1970s and at times served as bandleader for the R&B pianist, died of heart failure Jan. 15 at his home in Orlando, Fla., the...
| Feb 1, 2009
Sweets for your sweet
Where: Ethel M Chocolate Factory, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson
Highlights: Stop by to watch Valentine's chocolates being made. Then buy a heart-shaped box full of the elegant treats for someone special.
| Dec 1, 2009
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At the age of 52, the Grammy Awards are set in their ways. As the Oscars and the Emmys made dramatic changes to their galas, upping the number of nominees of major categories, the Grammys waved goodbye to polka. Changes......
| Dec 4, 2009
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The Pasadena Playhouse said today that it has lined up some big theater-world names for its new play program, including Theresa Rebeck (pictured), Lee Blessing and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz. Hothouse at the Pasadena Playhouse, which began in 2005,.....