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  • Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

    Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro
    Billy Childs remembers the only time he saw Laura Nyro, the influential singer and songwriter whose albums became part of the soundtrack to his boyhood. She was performing at the Strand in Redondo Beach during the mid-'90s, and for a musician who grew up adoring her recorded works, the evening proved a sobering experience.
  • Blessing the Boathouse

    Blessing the Boathouse
    Here he grows again. Clayton Peterson, the Costa Mesa native who took over a 1940s industrial building on the west side of town to record local bands, showcase his personal art collection and host a private venue, is now hoping to liven up the space...

    City Lights: Pointing out music that's worth discovering

    The late rock critic Paul Williams once wrote that, when dealing with works of art, praise amounts to pointing at something, declaring it "great" and hoping that readers agree. Of course they don't always, which provides impassioned fodder for any...

    Barbara (Bobbie) Taft GalpinAugust 26, 1925 - September 11, 2014

    Barbara (Bobbie) Taft Galpin<br/>August 26, 1925 - September 11, 2014
    Barbara Taft Galpin of San Marino, California passed away peacefully in Newport Beach at the home of her daughter, Cinda Galpin Hoeven on September 11th.  Barbara Jean, daughter of Mabel and Harold Taft,  grew up in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and...

    Violinist Joshua Bell opens Pacific Symphony's 'season of giants'

    Violinist Joshua Bell opens Pacific Symphony's 'season of giants'
    Pacific Symphony is billing its next go-round as the "season of giants." And, if the press is any indicator, they don't come much bigger than Joshua Bell. The violinist, who will play at the symphony's season opener Thursday, once inspired a critic to...