March 27, 2013 |
The Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach has announced its 2013-14 season, which will include a typically eclectic offering of dance, music, cabaret and more. The center is located on the campus of Cal State Long Beach. The season will feature an appearance by Garrison Keillor (Oct. 17); a performance of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" by the Aquila Theatre (March 15); and John Lithgow performing "Stories by Heart" (May 10, 2014), his stage memoir that has toured the country and previously performed at the Mark Taper Forum.
March 21, 2013
Catch the amazing tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover in a special performance called "Sole Sanctuary. " Glover made his name thanks to the popular Broadway musical, "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. " Additional credits include the Broadway shows "The Tap Dance Kid" and "Black and Blue," and the Hollywood hit, "Happy Feet. " Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. 8 p.m. Fri. Prices vary. (562) 916-8501; http://www.cerritoscenter.com .
January 31, 2013
Free-swinging jazz is consistent with Marsalis' New Orleans-based family dynasty. The saxophonist will no doubt keep things at a steady boil here, aided in no small part by a band that includes bassist Eric Revis, pianist Joey Calderazzo and a young force of nature behind the drums, Justin Faulkner. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 8 p.m. Sat. $45-$75. http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org .
October 18, 2012 |
Attempts at musical crossover pairings aren't always successful, sometimes resulting in more clash than chemistry. In the case of Broadway star Kelli O'Hara and operatic baritone Nathan Gunn, their recent onstage collaborations apparently have proved to contain the latter, in abundance. On Monday, O'Hara and Gunn will appear in a concert of classic Broadway show tunes at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. The program includes extended scenes from "Carousel" and "Show Boat," as well as songs by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein.
September 22, 2012 |
When David Sefton resigned as the executive and artistic director of UCLA Live at the end of the 2009-10 season, he complained that excessive budget cuts would afford him little opportunity to keep the campus' venturesome performance series relevant. The deciding factor was the university's elimination of the high-profile and hugely valuable International Theatre Festival that Sefton had established. With generic programming in its stead, UCLA overnight got the reputation for provincialism, eclipsed in scope and sophistication by the programs at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and the smaller UC Santa Barbara.
September 15, 2012 |
If the Tournament of Roses is anything to go by, marching bands haven't changed all that much since, well, forever. Certainly not from the days when I was a clumsy clarinetist schlepping through the Junior Rose Parade, that is until the bandmaster had had enough and told me to carry the tuba, the instrument having gotten too heavy for the little guy saddled beneath it. I noticed Thursday night that the Asphalt Orchestra, a 3-year-old New York hipster...