As a conjurer of distinctive, unforgettable characters in his many novels, Charles Dickens could never be accused of lacking imagination. But I do wonder if he could have possibly imagined the many incarnations his 1843 book “A Christmas Carol” would assume in its long afterlife. Within a year of its publication, “A Christmas Carol” was […]
The National Endowment for the Arts has selected two San Diego County music organizations for major grants for the coming year. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced Tuesday (Nov. 27) that San Diego Opera is slated to receive a $50,000 grant in support of its new production in the spring of 2013 of 20th-century Italian composer […]
Life and death. The really big topics. Once religion had the monopoly on this conversation, but in our essentially secular culture, the arts increasingly carry on the discussion. Art of Élan staged Tan Dun’s evocative, recondite “Ghost Opera” Tuesday (Nov. 20) at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Copley Auditorium, the second installment on the […]
Tarell Alvin McCraney is clearly a theatrical heir of playwright August Wilson, and Mr. Wilson served as a mentor during his graduate playwriting education at Yale. Mr. McCraney’s work, like that of his mentor, is a product of big ideas and bold theatricality while at the same time honing to the cultural traditions of the African American community.
As a child I liked singing that old revival song “Blest Be the Ties that Bind,” but with adulthood came the realization that binding ties may bring about the opposite of blessing. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2008 play “The Little Flower of East Orange,” which San Diego’s adventurous ion theatre company opened Saturday (Nov. 17) in […]
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is not some zappy Japanese anime game for the cell phone. Instead, it’s a very moving account of a young woman’s battle with cancer. Really. She just happens to be Asian. Named Yoshimi. And “pink robots” is the name her doctor gives to the rogue cells, which are suddenly devastating […]