| Feb 9, 2012
| 7:51 PM
Next week's classical lineup features music in a much-lauded concert hall and music played by America's (arguably) greatest orchestra.
A chamber group comprised of musicians from the Pacific Symphony will be performing at Soka University's wonderful...
| May 4, 2008
The Dead All Have
the Same Skin
Boris Vian, translated from the French
by Paul Knobloch
TamTam Books: 120 pp., $18 paper
Imagine an intellectual, astutely French, who hangs out with the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, has a child's sense of humor...
| Feb 17, 2009
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...
| Dec 27, 2009
You know you've reached a career pinnacle when an award is named after you. So it was only fitting that the Alex Award, created for excellence in entertainment package design, was named after Alex Steinweiss, the father of modern-day album covers....
| Oct 4, 2008
Pierre Boulez once infamously called for burning down opera houses as a way of beginning all over again with what seemed, to progressives in the 1950s, a moribund art form. He, of course, kept his matches in his pocket.
Thursday night during a Los...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 4, 2010
Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served presidents from Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 90.
Allen died of renal failure Wednesday at a hospital in Takoma Park, Md., the Washington Post reported.
Allen, who was black,...
| May 23, 2010
Home Alone With Classic Cinema
W.W. Norton: 416 pp., $18.95
Gary Giddins is well known for his writing about music — he was a Village Voice jazz columnist for three decades, and his books, among them the biography...
| Aug 26, 2009
Ernest "Brownie" Brown, a legendary tap dancer who was part of the Cook and Brown duo and the traveling Copasetics dance troupe, has died in suburban Chicago. He was 93.
Brown died Friday at a nursing home in Burbank, Ill., according to Scott Stearns,...
| 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 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...