| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:33 PM
If at first you don't relate what 31-year-old Tom McNalley plays to what you know of the guitar, don't be put off. He's not approaching either the instrument or his music in a conventional way.
Distorted effects, clean picking, ferocious fusillades,...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:43 PM
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...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 4:01 PM
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...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 1:06 PM
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...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:35 PM
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...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 11:44 AM
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,...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 9:21 PM
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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...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 9:47 AM
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...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:36 PM
It's rare for a symphony conductor to be passionate about bringing jazz to young people. But Rachael Worby is a rarity just for being a female conductor. She is artistic director of Mus/ique, a live series that stages music in unlikely settings. True to...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 4:20 PM
The world of Baroque chamber music usually isn't the place to look for rebellious ways to present and interpret that style of musical expression. After all, it's a genre of the 17th and 18th centuries, and one might think that the last word has been heard...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 3:10 PM
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,"...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:17 PM
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,"...