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TIME BE...

TIME BEYOND THE TIME

TIME BEYOND THE TIME Art Podell’s Folk Music Revival Revival by CRISTOFER GROSS Once a month, the Tudor House in Lake Arrowhead presents a live Saturday night taping of JP Houston and Julie Van Dusen’s "American Parlor Songbook." It’s an evening of humor, song and cultural pulse-taking whose broad perspectives owe to an unapologetic embrace […]

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THE MEDICI OF FIRENZE

THE MEDICI ON STAGE An English-language drama in the heart of Florence recalls the first family of the Italian Renaissance. by MADELINE KING PORTER Who ever said, I’m off to Florence to see a play? My guess is, no one. Tourists go to Florence primarily because, as the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city boasts […]

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A BOUNTIFUL TRIP TO ‘ORANGE’

A BOUNTIFUL TRIP TO ‘ORANGE’ Aditi Brennan Kapil circles back to the family in foreign Orange County by CRISTOFER GROSS Playwrights start each script staring into blankness. Somewhere in that word doc or sheet of paper is the trailhead to something undiscovered – possibly ancient and unformed – they hope to capture in words and […]

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DONALD HARRISON’S JAZZ GUMBO

JAZZ GUMBO Finding unity in the musical universe of saxophonist Donald Harrison. by CRISTOFER GROSS RECORDINGS Click image to shop Amazon for CDs and LPs. New Orleans Gumbo (2013) Dr. John Meets Donald Harrison Quantum Leap (2012) Donald Harrison This is Jazz (2011) Donald Harrison, with Ron Carter, Billy Cobham Spirits of Congo Square (2000) […]

MARK RU...

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL A group portrait of the brilliant theater director who recast bow-taking by CRISTOFER GROSS PROLOGUE

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Theater @ Boston Court 2017 playwrights: clockwise from left, Julia Lederer, Dan O'Brien, Jen Silverman

This week, with 2017 occupancy of the White House – and with it the ninth chair on the Supreme Court – getting a little too close for comfort, it’s comforting to hear that occupancy at Pasadena’s Boston Court is set for a world premiere by Dan O’Brien and West Coast premieres from Jen Silverman and […]

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A JONES FOR MILES

A JONES FOR MILES Musician, composer and educator Sean Jones is in the trumpet chair for SFJAZZ Collective’s 2016-17 tribute tour to Miles Davis. by CRISTOFER GROSS OWN IT Click album to purchase from Roots Sean Jones No Need for Words Sean Jones Im•Pro•Vise: Never Before Seen Sean Jones The Music of John Coltrane SFJAZZ […]

THANK Y...

For the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, ten who have spent their professional life in theater share favorite experiences when his words gave the theater life. April 23 marked the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The body of work he left was so alive with poetry, characters, insight and inspiration, that it […]

JOHN MA...

JOHN MAYALL’S BLUES

JOHN MAYALL’S BLUES The 82-year-old ‘Godfather of British Blues,’ a Southern Californian since 1969, has a flurry of new recordings and tours as the Blues Hall of Fame inducts him. PHOTO: ARNIE GOODMAN A Special Life John Mayall Find a Way to Care John Mayall Blues from Laurel Canyon John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric […]

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STAGE TO PAGE

STAGE TO PAGE: ‘FORNES’ AND ‘FOWL’ There’s reading in store this April when critic Steven Leigh Morris and playwright Anne Garcia-Romero each appear with their new books at shops and events. Fowl Play: A Novel in Three Acts Two books of interest to theatergoers, by writers within the Theatertimes social network, are now hitting the […]