In the heyday of Southern California surf music, this pop style seemed remote from the world of jazz, but composer and jazz guitarist Peter Sprague created his unique “saltwater jazz” style surfing the waves off Del Mar . . .
You’ve seen Sam Galahad hundreds of times before, even if you’re not a big film noir fan. North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Gunmetal Blues,’ in fact, is betting on that amid its decent effort at mounting a funny live look at the staple genre.
The last time San Diegans encountered baritone Morgan Smith, he was riveting their attention in the role of Starbuck in San Diego Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” one of the few contemporary operas that have found favor with opera’s notoriously conservative audience. Back in town for the first opera of San Diego’s 2015 season, Smith shares his insights and inspirations . . .
“I wanted to get rid of the old pillow cases in my closet,” she said, “and the new dances are about the people who slept on them. They are autobiographical stories and mixed up by passing of time. I asked Meagan Marshall to write narratives based on those memories. They’re embellished and names are changed. So who knows what really happened?”