An especially animated and warm crowd poured out of Copley Symphony Hall Tuesday. Several dashed into the cool night air without a coat. Many rubbed their ears. A nimble silver-haired woman pushing a walker remarked, “Wow, that screamed 80s,” and several young couples appeared slightly dazed. They’d all just experienced the Joffrey Ballet’s performance […]
Artworks influenced by medical research and inspired by a concern for our water supply can either quench or parch a viewer’s intellectual thirst. In her current exhibition What Comes to Mind: Nature-Human Nature and Visual Translation at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw contends with disparate issues such as death, […]
If the scores of certain recent musical theater works express operatic pretensions—think of Evita or Phantom of the Opera—is it at all surprising that operatic productions are beginning to take on the show biz glitz of musical theater? San Diego Opera opened its new season with a rollicking production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Daughter of the […]
Pete ‘n Keely has a very thin premise, and the way it’s fleshed out is every bit as predictable as you’d expect. Its saving grace is getting to hear two talented performers sing and act their way through a bunch of standards.
With the demise earlier this month of Anthology, San Diego’s premier jazz venue, local jazz fans have every right to feel blue. Tuned in aficionados, however, experienced a momentary reprieve Sunday (Jan. 20) at Space4Art when Brooklyn-based jazz pianist Erik Deutsch and his ensemble gave an electric program for Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound series. Centered […]
Playwright Bruce Norris takes Avenue Q’s snarky bromide that everyone’s a little bit racist to its logical conclusion in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, now playing through February 10 at San Diego REP’s Lyceum Stage. I have a bone to pick with how Mr. Norris manipulates the story, but I have no bones about recommending this solid-at-every-level production.