Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Random comments.

In the Larry King tradition, here's another multiple-item entry.

1. The Redondo Poets literary poetry reading at Coffee Cartel in Redondo Beach now can be seen on YouTube.  Here's a link: http://www.poetry.la

2. Lately, I've been reading Richie Unterberger's THE UNRELEASED BEATLES, an informative coffee-table volume covering the live tracks, studio outtakes, TV footage and BBC radio recordings that are often bootlegged.  Recommended for both new and long-time Beatles fans.

3. Xavier Rudd's FOOD IN THE BELLY is recommended for those who like music somewhere between 70s-era Paul Simon and Dave Matthews.

4. PREMIERE magazine will end its print edition as of the April issue.  Those with long memories will recall the film magazine ran then-edgy inside-Industry articles along with more standard celeb profiles from its birth in 1987 until the mid-90s.  The magazine has been somewhat more bland and cautious in recent years, though Glenn Kenny's reviews and Paul Rudnick's Libby Gelman-Waxner pieces have been worth checking out.  PREMIERE will survive online.  Now, it remains to be seen how much longer HOLLYWOOD LIFE (formerly MOVIELINE) will carry on.

5. Pete Justus, veteran of Los Angeles poetry (his book TRUTH, TAPS AND TIME is highly recommended), makes a rare appearance featuring at The Rapp Saloon (a venue he co-founded with the late Jack Shafer) in Santa Monica this Friday at 8:00 p.m.  For more information about the Rapp, please log onto http://www.therappsaloon.com


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