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MOST BE...

MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE

MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE Cesar Cipriano is Kayama in Chromolume’s production of Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures. by CRISTOFER GROSS | December 1, 2017 In the early 1970s, Stephen Sondheim made musical history, winning the Tony Award® for Best Original Score in three consecutive years: Company in 1971, Follies in 1972, and A Little Night’s Music in […]

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CAMERMAN OBSCURA

CAMERAMAN OBSCURA Luis Fuerte’s new memoir sheds light on KCET’s historic ‘California’s Gold,’ its host Huell Howser, and himself. by CRISTOFER GROSS To focus on the subject in their viewfinder, early photographers covered their cameras and themselves with a black drape that blocked out the light. Similarly, Luis Fuerte, the cameraman behind KCET’s landmark "California’s […]

THE PLA...

THE PLAYWRIGHT ESSAYIST Playwright Richard Greenberg talks about his book of essays, Rules for Others to Live By. by MADELINE KING PORTER Playwright Richard Greenberg doesn’t go out a lot. Some people who know this about him but don’t know him, are quick to apply the label "hermit." Greenberg is not a hermit. He just […]

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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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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 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 […]