March 28, 2013
The guitarist Rez Abbasi embodies the globally omnivorous state of modern jazz. Born in Pakistan, schooled in L.A. and now a New Yorker, he's interested in reinventing a huge swath of American jazz and South Asian classic music. In his hands, the globe's music feels relentlessly new and progressive. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut Onizuka St. Suite 301, L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. bluewhalemusic.com .
March 27, 2013 |
How quickly we move on. Tuesday's Season 4 blind auditions marked Shakira's and Usher's second night on "The Voice," and it was already beginning to feel as though they'd been on the show forever. Cee Lo? Xtina? Who are they again? The new coaches happily, scrappily continued to grapple with Blake Shelton and Adam Levine for talent, and the teams began to take shape. By the end of the night, Usher, Shelton and Levine each had three of the 12 singers they need to complete their teams, and Shakira had four.
March 25, 2013 |
One of my favorite weekend activities just got a whole lot better. And no, I'm not talking about naps. There aren't many more pleasant ways to pass a weekend afternoon than a visit to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center on the Palos Verdes shore. Take a sandwich, watch some whales, then stroll the cliffs afterward, enjoying the alternating aromas of wild sage and ocean breeze. The sticking point is the sandwich. On Saturdays, we usually stop on the way over at Santa Fe Importers in Long Beach for one of their hot subs.
March 18, 2013 |
A robotic ocean explorer has found the first Antarctic whale fall marine scientists have ever studied - and discovered nine new deep-sea species among the critters living off the enormous skeleton, according to British researchers. The 35-foot southern Minke whale bones, described in the journal Deep-Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, give researchers a rare glimpse into the rich ecosystem provided by these giant sea creatures once they die. Whale falls - when the body of a deceased whale sinks to the bottom of the ocean - can become an oasis rich in resources for deep-sea life.
March 18, 2013 |
The spectacle of Charlie digging into a family-size bucket of fried chicken is one of the sadder sights in "The Whale," Samuel D. Hunter's mordantly funny, bitterly angry and ultimately deeply moving portrait of a morbidly obese man stuffing himself to death after his lover's death. As played by Matthew Arkin (with fleshy prosthetics and makeup wizardry adding elephantine girth to the actor's medium build), Charlie is willfully drowning in his own flab - nearly 600 pounds of it. But please don't get the idea that this play, having its West Coast premiere at South Coast Repertory under the direction of Martin Benson, is setting up a situation that could be resolved by the dictatorial intervention of celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels.
March 17, 2013 |
The morbidly obese protagonist of "The Whale," the latest play by Samuel Hunter running at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, weighs close to 600 pounds, scarfs meatball subs and hasn't left his dingy apartment for months. Creating the character of Charlie has been a technical challenge for the play's production team, which includes several costume fitters and an Academy Award-winning makeup artist. By far the biggest challenge belongs to actor Matthew Arkin. For eight performances a week, he must wear a 30-pound costume - he refuses to call it a fat suit - that is made out of Lycra, nylon, micro foam beads and foam sculpted from king-sized pillows.