2014 Archive Stories

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  • Arts focus of Santora building gets fuzzier BY ALEJANDRA MOLINA AND RICHARD CHANG
    Kathie Warren was working as a graphic artist when she stumbled upon a thriving art scene in downtown Santa Ana. It was the late '90s. Neutral Grounds, where Lola Gaspar restaurant now stands, would host poetry readings and open mic sessions. She found herself in the presence of muralists such as Emigdio Vasquez and Sergio O'Cadiz.
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Lady Antebellum stays on the road to maturity By: TIMOTHY GUY, STAFF WRITER
    Lady Antebellum – the trio of Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, which has become
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Krewella heads to Coachella ready to roar By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Some people go to Coachella strictly to spend thre
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Sublime with Rome's frontman slates solo show By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    So December's benefit Mouse House benefit shows from Sublime with Rome didn't sate your appetite for blunt
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars team for tour By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    We knew a tour announcement had to be forthcoming. What other reason would there be for gathering up members o
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Johnny Carson's best 'Tonight Show' interviews get new life on TCM BY PETER LARSEN
    There was a kind of magic that happened many nights when Johnny Carson, the legendary host of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” invited a Jimmy Stewart or an Angie Dickinson, a Sylvester Stallone or a Lucille Ball onto his stage and into our homes, says documentary filmmaker Peter Jones. For one thing, they’d o
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Lewis Black brings 'The Rant is Due' to Anaheim BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Lewis Black is known for his quick wit, sharp tongue and no-holds-barred approach to stand up comedy. The 65-year-old’s fiery rants often lead him to tightly ball his fists and cause veins to protrude from his neck and the middle of his forehead, as he vents frustrations via smart satirical bits about politics, religion and basic human stu
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Pixies to make Hollywood Bowl debut in fall By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    KCRW’s annual World Festival series at the Hollywood Bowl already looke
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • 'True Detective,' 'Friday Night Tykes' among TV's few winter winners BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Is television's Second Golden Age coming to a close? The explosion of quality and novelty that began with “The Sopranos” in 1999 and “Survivor” in the summer of 2000 is still going strong, but that's largely because of the significant number of excellent shows that have been around for a while. The new nuggets are becomin
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • New Marvel-themed race coming to Disneyland By SARAH TULLY
    ANAHEIM – Disneyland Resort will host a new half-marathon weekend this fall with a Marvel theme and characters cheering along runners, the company announced Tuesday. The 13.1-mile race will go through Disney’s two theme parks as well as along city streets on a new course yet to be revealed. The Avengers Super Heroes Half Mara
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • Bowie's pianist, Hoag doctor change lives with music By LORI BASHEDA
    Nancy DuFault was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 17 years ago. She shakes so much she has trouble bringing a fork to her mouth. But on March 1 she will let go of her walker, take her husband Bob’s hand and dance the Argentine tango. On stage. At Segerstrom Hall. In front of 1,700 people. And making
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • Courtney Barnett a sharp addition to Coachella bill By: PHILIP COSORES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    The Coachella late-add is a phenomenon that takes over many post-lineup announcement discussions, particularly on years when the roster underwhelms or a high-prof
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • Review: Remake builds a subtler 'RoboCop' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    In his spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Leone surrounded Clint Eastwood’s tall, monotone killer with extroverts and comic grotesques who kept the audience primed for action and made his antihero look supercool. In his reboot of “RoboCop” (1987), Brazilian director Jose Padilha does something excitingly similar. He encircles his talle
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Band of Horses still ambitious at acoustic show By: PHILIP COSORES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    The popularity of artists indulging acoustic sets dates back to before MTV Unplugged, KROQ's Alm
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • St. Lucia impresses in L.A., heads to Santa Ana By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Modern indie electro acts, like their synth-pop forebears from the ’80s, tend to function one of two ways
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Babyface bringing back romance at the Grove By: VANESSA FRANKO, STAFF WRITER
    Like a modern-day Lord Byron, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is a poet of love, penning romantic verse that
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Seven sweet spots for Valentine's Day BY THERESA WALKER
    In case anyone out there (hello, dudes) forgot, Friday is Valentine’s Day. If you’ve got a sweetheart – or hope to seal that particular deal today – we suggest these seven romantic ways to celebrate your heart’s content. After all, when you have Orange County, who needs Paris? Savor some c
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Brandon Boyd goes solo with Sons of the Sea By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, STAFF WRITER
    After two decades of writing and performing with multiplatinum L.A. rock band Incubus, vocalist Brandon Boyd had b
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • Oscar-nominated short films playing in O.C. By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    The short documentaries nominated for Oscars open at the South Coast Village this weekend. They provide straightforward portraits of artists displaying grace under pressure and unflinching accounts of people transcending political and personal demons. The artists are Ra Paulette in “Cavedigger,” who creates caves that soar un
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • 'The Lego Movie' mostly clicks BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Even when the wit in this cartoon mini-epic is scattershot, it knocks you silly, because the directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, launch it from a circus super-cannon. For two-thirds of the way through, their inventiveness keeps pace with a madcap plot – they concoct wild comic fantasias out of little Lego bricks. The film
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • Review: 'Monuments Men' leaves great true story in ruins BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    A 400-strong force of art historians, artists, impresarios and museum personnel became known as Monuments Men after entering the Allies’ Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives programs in World War II, determined to stop the ruination of European culture. They’re reduced to a skimpy, fictionalized squad of seven in “The Monuments Me
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • Focus: The Day the Music Died
    Fifty-five years ago today, rock ’n’ roll music icons Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa. See Focus on 'the Day the Music Died.'
    Mon Feb 03, 2014
  • Bruno Mars scores with Super Bowl show By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    “Are you ready for the biggest concert of the
    Mon Feb 03, 2014
  • Erotic idyll turns homicidal in 'Stranger by the Lake' By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    This French psychological thriller is both the opposite of “Cruising” (1980) and the movie “Cruising” wanted to be. It examines a specific gay subculture, graphically and sometimes humorously, while spinning an existential mystery out of the link between erotic urges and the death wish. The deceptively pristine se
    Fri Jan 31, 2014
  • Michael B. Jordan: 'I want the roles that Leonardo DiCaprio can't shoot' By BARRY KOLTNOW
    Michael B. Jordan was anointed Hollywood’s next big thing after his celebrated portrayal last summer of a young man shot to death by a transit cop in the searing drama “Fruitvale Station.” Earlier this week, he learned the price of such new-found fame when he officially lost his privacy. “I feel violated,&
    Fri Jan 31, 2014