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Tim Greiving

Fred Willard (doughnut box in lap) and some of his MoHos; Credit: Photo by Mary Willard

Fred Willard Is 76, Has a Sketch Troupe, Isn't Slowing Down

Some 76-year-olds do crossword puzzles to keep their minds sharp. Fred Willard writes sketches. “Every week I try to make it a point to write [one],” he says. “I’ve got about six cardboard boxes full of sketches. Some I look at and say, ‘What was I thinking? This is no......
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Fiore Market Café in South Pasadena Likes It Slow and Small

Fiore Market Café is one of the culinary jewels of South Pasadena. It’s an avatar of a city that operates at a slower pace than most of Los Angeles — a city that, despite being 15 minutes from downtown L.A., feels more like a small town in the midwest. Hidden......

A John Williams Celebration

The most recognized, most loved and most Oscar-nominated film composer in history will share the spotlight with the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the L.A. Philharmonic kicks off its 96th season — and its 10th year in the Gehry-designed musical space(ship). A John Williams Celebration won't be just another greatest-hits......
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Why We Love The Simpsons' Music So Much

Twenty-five years ago, a family of strangely coiffed, yellow cartoon characters scurried home to gather in front of their TV for the first time. The Simpsons has since become an animated thread in the fabric of American pop culture — and, starting from the angelic chord and cascading harp of......
Jeff Beal

Why TV Shows' Musical Scores Are Getting Better

Original scores for television have never had the cachet reserved for film music - let alone concert music - and for good reason. Past the early glory days of The Twilight Zone and Lost in Space, which saw greats like Bernard Herrmann and John Williams writing sophisticated scores for the......
Danny Elfman gives voice to his claymation creation.; Credit: Juan Ocampo/Nokia Theatre L.A. Live/Bernstein Associates

Danny Elfman's Incredible Concert of Tim Burton Film Music: Our Review

Imagine Jack Skellington putting on a rock concert in Los Angeles. If you grew up watching The Nightmare Before Christmas (at any age), that might be the most exquisite Halloween gift conceivable. Well kids...he did. This week's run of concerts at the Nokia Theatre, Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton, brought Jack (whose singing voice was performed by Elfman in the 1993 film) out of retirement for a raucous and unforgettable evening powered by a full orchestra and choir, which began with the wailing, sci-fi voice of a theremin and ended with Elfman incarnating Nightmare's Oogie Boogie.

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