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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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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) […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 4

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘It means so much to me that this is my first show as Associate Artistic Director. One of the first things Carey asked me to do when I came here was to build bridges in the community, and I couldn’t have imagined anything like […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | MISCELLANY

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | MISCELLANY I | II | III | IV ‘You found yourself utterly disarmed – open, unfettered, and believing you could: you can go there, you can be that, you can wear that (or not wear it), you can sing that, you can dance that. And not only can you dance […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 3

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘It felt like magic. It really felt like all these great things coming together.’ –Cindy Katz, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, South Coast Repertory (1996) Act II, Sc 2: All’s Well in the West Mark Rucker hated being told to do Shakespeare the […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 2

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘Shakespeare contains us; he always gets there before us, and always waits for us, somewhere up ahead.’ – Harold BloomShakespeare: The Invention of the Human ACT I, SC 3: North by Northeast Rising late on a Monday in the middle of that month, Rucker […]

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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 […]