Author Archives: Bob Lee

Beat Recommends: Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys This Sunday

Stevie Wonder is a national treasure, and any time spent in presence is likely to leave you feeling a little better about the state of the world than you did before. This December, that soothing presence feels utterly necessary, a … Continue reading

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Rita Rudner Returns From Vegas To Tickle Southern Californians Personally

Comedian Rita Rudner is a low-key American institution. A ubiquitous presence on TV during the “standup boom” of the late 1980s and early 90s, with multiple HBO specials filmed during thaat time, she has spent much of the last sixteen … Continue reading

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Tropicalia Music & Taco Festival: Live Review and Photo Gallery

Having attended multiple events at the Queen Mary in years past, including a great staging of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2003, and multiple versions of the Ink And Iron Festival, I thought I knew what we would be … Continue reading

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Pepperdine University – Live Review

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall have been married for forty-three years, and are still a very cute couple. They give PDA at every opportunity, even in the music videos projected on the big screen behind them. They each talk about … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Dead Boys At The Viper Room Friday 11/10

The full name of the outfit that is currently on tour to promote the 40th anniversary of the rather excellent record album Young, Loud and Snotty, is “Dead Boys Featuring Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz.” Of course there is no … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Tropicalia Music & Taco Festival this Saturday at Queen Mary

Here in LA, “festival season” is practically year-round — we just take a little break between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. We can’t think of a better way to send out 2017 than the inaugural Tropicalia Music & Taco Festival, happening … Continue reading

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The Ponte Introduces its Inviting Fall Menu

The Ponte, a contemporary Italian venture from Chopped star Scott Conant and fab Executive Chef Freddy Vargas, is a small, friendly place on West Beverly, situated near some of the city’s most esteemed chow pads. There’s a dignified, modern-old-Hollywood air … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert: California Jam 2 1978

Travel back in time with us to the pre-cable and VCR days when rock bands could only ever be briefly glimpsed on TV late on Friday nights, and if you were lucky, you might get to see a full show. … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert: Kiss in The Makeup Years

Travel back in time with us to the pre-cable and VCR days when rock bands could only ever be briefly glimpsed on TV late on Friday nights, and if you were lucky, you might get to see a full show. … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert: Kate Bush at Hammersmith Odeon 1979

Travel back in time with us to the pre-cable and VCR days when rock bands could only ever be briefly glimpsed on TV late on Friday nights, and if you were lucky, you might get to see a full show. … Continue reading

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