| Dec 9, 2008
NEW YORK -- Christie Hefner, daughter of Hugh, is stepping down from her position as the chairman and chief executive of Playboy Enterprises, the company said Monday.
Playboy Enterprises Inc. has named Director Jerome Kern as interim non-executive...
| 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...
| Jan 21, 2009
| 7:41 AM
A great speech doesn't speak only to the audience at hand, even if that audience numbers in the billions and engulfs the globe. A great speech also speaks to the past.
For a better appreciation of Obama's address, we've highlighted passages in which...
| Jan 25, 2009
Leslie Uggams and Lena Horne have crossed paths only a few times. But Uggams feels that the force and power of the iconic singer have always been a part of her.
"Lena was a goddess in my house -- my mother played her records all the time, and I was...
| May 1, 2008
The UCLA Film & Television Archive is no small place. The Library of Congress aside, it's the biggest collection in the country, with film holdings alone numbering a staggering 85,000 titles. Wouldn't you like to take a peek at the rarities hidden in...
| Jun 10, 2008
NEW YORK -- "Finally my mother can see something I've done," said opera singer Nathan Gunn, "that she actually likes."
The 37-year-old baritone was speaking of tonight's concert version of the pioneering musical "Show Boat," the centerpiece of a season-...
| Jun 13, 2008
Though the late Shel Silverstein is best remembered as an author of wryly subversive children's poetry, his 40-year career spanned a dizzying array of artistic media: songwriter-musician, cartoonist, screenwriter and playwright. His work in that latter...
| Aug 27, 2000
Fall is coming, which is one of the best excuses there is for taking a drive, and this year, the feds have given us a little help. Thirty highways have been added to the Department of Transportation's list of roads designated National Scenic Byways--...
| Jan 19, 2008
Song Man: A Melodic Adventure, or, My Single-Minded Approach to Songwriting
By Will Hodgkinson
Da Capo, 290 pages, $16.95 paper
'Stay uncommercial. There's a lot of money in it," said Jerome Kern, who did OK by himself when he added "Ol' Man River,"...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Tony Martin, one of the last of the big-name singer-actors from the golden age of Hollywood musicals, has died. He was 98.
Martin, who toured for years with his wife, dancer-actress Cyd Charisse, died of natural causes Friday at his home in Los Angeles,...
| Aug 16, 2009
Ernst Katz, who nurtured thousands of young musicians during 72 years as the founding conductor of the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California, died of natural causes Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to his nephew, Gary S. Greene. He was...
| Jul 29, 2010
| 9:14 AM
It isn't all about music, but inevitably, a "Summer Under the Stars" involves some.
The annual Turner Classic Movies festival that presents a different actor's movies each day of the month begins anew Sunday, Aug. 1. This time, the highlighted performers...