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  • Spotlight on the holidays: Local stages are filled with holiday cheer

    Spotlight on the holidays: Local stages are filled with holiday cheer
    It's that time of year when, once again, local stages light up with holiday-themed treats for audiences of varying ages. The festive offerings range from the soulful (a symphonic concert) to the intentionally ridiculous (anarchic clowning, a British-style...
  • Van Bloem Singers ensemble does it 'for love'

    Van Bloem Singers ensemble does it 'for love'
    Amid the carolers and choruses who will volunteer in local holiday performances this month, one longtime group offers what they hope will be something a little different. The Van Bloem Singers plan to entertain with relatively modern Christmas music...
  • The Glendale Pops roars back into action at the Alex

    The Glendale Pops roars back into action at the Alex
    Part of the collateral damage of the Alex Theatre's ambitious physical face-lift has been the suspension of the Glendale Pops series. Saturday night, after a year's absence, director Matt Catingub gave a decisive demonstration of why this remains one of...
  • An unlikely pair gets ready to swing

    An unlikely pair gets ready to swing
    When swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy formed in 1993, they were a severe anomaly, one that seemed destined to be overshadowed by the Nirvanas, Tupacs and Whitney Houstons who ruled the pop charts. Twenty years later, the brassy septet has outlived...
  • Gene Kelly: the dancer and the bookworm

    Gene Kelly: the dancer and the bookworm
    Ask a 20-something if they know who Gene Kelly was and most likely the response will be a blank stare. Start singing the lyrics to “Singing in the Rain,” and immediately his or her face will light up with recognition of one the most famous,...
  • Glendale theater troupe gets a glorious donation

    Glendale theater troupe gets a glorious donation
    This post has been corrected. See details below.  When the stage lights come up on the Stepping Stone Players’ production of “Oliver!” Friday night, the show will have benefited from a $2,000 donation from the Walt Disney Co., after...
  • Take a nostalgic seat at 'Smokey Joe's Café'

    Take a nostalgic seat at 'Smokey Joe's Café'
    Jeffrey Polk, director of the new Pasadena Playhouse production of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller,” knows why the show has been successful since it bowed in 1994. “The strength,” he declares, “is in the...
  • Mandy Patinkin tells a story with music

    Mandy Patinkin tells a story with music
    These days Broadway, film and TV star Mandy Patinkin may be best known for his role as CIA Division chief Saul Berenson in the hit show "Homeland," but his first love is singing on stage. "There is nothing better or more fun. It's the love of my life,"...
  • Putting his Stamp on a great role

    Putting his Stamp on a great role
    Renowned British actor Terence Stamp was initially hesitant to take on the role of a curmudgeonly pensioner in the touching new film, "Unfinished Song," opening this week at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. "I don't know if I play ordinary that well,"...
  • Alex Theatre continues to make history

    Alex Theatre continues to make history
    History can be seen everywhere in Glendale's venerable Alex Theatre. It's in the classic terrazzo walkway before the front doors. It's in the neon of the one-hundred-foot high art deco tower, added to the building in 1946. It's in the deep carpet of the...
  • Partners with 12 strings attached

    Partners with 12 strings attached
    When Robert Wetzel met fellow classical guitarist Fred Benedetti in the master's degree program at San Diego State University, they found a musical kinship that would evolve into a long professional bond. Each had played in enough situations to know...
  • Ten one-acts of great comedy

    Ten one-acts of great comedy
    When it comes to one-act plays, comedy seems to work best. You put a couple of outrageous characters on stage, have them trade barbs with one another for about 10 minutes, and watch the hilarity ensue. It’s quick. It’s simple. it’s...