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MUSIC Kristin Chenoweth comes to Cerritos for intimate concert

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth’s intimate concert tour will not only present her playful personality and powerful pipes, but also a series of mystery guests to perform with her at each stop – but she keeps her lips zipped of who will join her on stage until show time.The Tony and Emmy Award-winning bubbly blonde is known for inviting her musical theater friends to the stage, including opera singer Renée Fleming and sactor Alan Cumming, to perform fun mash-ups and classic duets. The tour will stop at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 15.
I just want to keep focusing on being the best I can be instead of being famous.”Whether they are “gleeks” (“Glee” buffs) or “Ozians” (“Wicked” fanatics), Chenoweth takes her fan interaction seriously, including bringing up various audience members to sing with her on stage. She is also active on her social media platforms, which she said allows her followers to see the fun and personal side of her life. With all of her success, however, Chenoweth said that she has learned an important lesson about fame:“It’s fleeting and not real,” she said. “What I have learned is that it can easily deceive you.
Chenoweth said she will perform a variety of her favorite Great American Songbook and Broadway tunes she is known for, as well as songs from her latest jazz album “The Art of Elegance.” Her repertoire will include the show tune “Popular” from her Tony Award-nominated role as Glinda in “Wicked” and her personal favorite medley of Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind.”The Oklahoma-born musical theater sensation, who has starred in popular television shows such as Fox’s “Glee” and ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” received a bachelor’s in musical theater and a masters in opera performance from Oklahoma City University. Chenoweth said one of her OCU professors gave her the greatest advice that she’s carried with her throughout her career:
If you can’t, then you know this business is for you,” said Chenoweth in an email interview.After graduating in 1992, she followed her love for musical theater and moved to New York City after landing a role in the musical production “Animal Crackers” at the Paper Mill Playhouse. She made her Broadway debut in the “Steep Pier” in 1997, before being cast in her 1998 breakout role as Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which earned her a Tony Award for best supporting actress. “(They told me) if you can see yourself doing anything else and being happy, go do that.


Alternative-country rock band Lucero will headline Long Beach Folk Festival

Purchase tickets at The seven-piece band is known for its booze-infused songs and lyrics that talk of whiskey, heartache and hard times delivered by the tender growls of Nichols. Festival officials say more acts will be announced at a later date. Tickets are $25 in advance (goes up to $30 on July 15) and $40 at the door. Lucero, meanwhile, will bring more of a party saloon vibe to the concert.
The fifth annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival is returning to Rainbow Lagoon on Sept. 16 with alternative-country rock band Lucero headlining the day of folk, Americana, bluegrass and roots music.Based in Memphis and led by guitarist-vocalist Ben Nichols, the group has released a dozen albums and has been touring almost nonstop since forming in 1998.Also on the 2017 lineup, which was announced Thursday by festival organizers, are outlaw country singer Billy Joe Shaver, Matthew Logan Vasquez (the former Delta Spirit frontman) and festival veterans The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Valley Queen, a four-piece band that’s a mix between Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket led by singer Natalie Carol, and the Los Angeles based psychedelic duo Mapache.


Steve Smith: Robby Krieger celebrating the Doors’ 50th anniversary in Pasadena, and more

After opening with The Doors 1967 debut 45, “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” they continued with Willie Dixon’s “Back Door Man,” also from The Doors quadruple-platinum self-titled debut LP. Woman,” “People Are Strange” and of course, an extended “Light My Fire,” that featured solos from each band member (Chen’s included Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone from the Sun” and Krieger’s included The Beatle’s “Eleanor Rigby” and, delightfully, “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music”) that brought the evening to a close. With the spotlight on Krieger’s magnificently tasty guitar work, they delivered the expected hits, “Touch Me,” “Riders on the Storm,” “L.A.
However, the deeper cuts also resonated with these fans, including “My Eyes have Seen You,” the epic “When the Music’s Over,” the stomping blues of “Maggie McGill” and “Five to One,” “I’ll Never be Untrue” with guest vocalist Daniel Page that only appears in a box set, and “Moonlight Drive,” the first song Krieger ever played with The Doors, that segued into the pure wild and wonderful psychedelic strangeness of “Horse Latitudes.” Krieger’s tour will take him back to Southern California on May 27, when he shares a bill with The Yardbirds, Jo-El Sonnier and the Ragin’ Cajun Doug Kershaw at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park.

After giving tryouts to a number of them, they realized that they had the ideal replacement within the band, drummer Phil Collins. Like Genesis, Krieger, who kicked off his brief 12-date Doors 50th Anniversary Tour last Friday at The Rose concert club in Old Town Pasadena, discovered that he didn’t have to look far to find a singer with many of Morrison’s vocal qualities. Since the death of Jim Morrison in 1971, former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has performed his band’s classic songs with, among others, The Cult’s Ian Astbury. When Genesis’ frontman Peter Gabriel quit the British progressive rock group in 1975, the remaining members of the band received 400 applications to replace him. It’s his son, Waylon, who first backed his dad in his Robby Krieger Band as a backup guitarist in 1991.
76 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011, was backed by noted bassist Phil Chen and drummer Ty Dennis, who served as the longtime rhythm section of the various Doors spinoff bands Krieger’s led with The Doors’ late keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Also, I have never seen so many cameras and cell phones recording a club show in my life. For many Doors fans, this was a special show. Seated nearby at The Rose were a mother and daughter who came from Prescott, Ariz., for the gig and next to them were a couple who came from Cincinnati. Integral to this group’s sound is Nathan Willett, leader of Long Beach indy rockers Cold War Kids, whose keyboards are Manzarek inspired. In addition to Waylon’s cool and confident presence behind his “I Spy” shades, the 71-year-old Krieger, ranked No. Indeed, as a veteran of many Rose shows, this concert packed them in far more than at any time I’ve ever seen.


Empire of the Sun brings its beautiful sound and vision to Coachella and L.A.

“Nick started talking about this concept of nature starting to overtake the buildings in the cities in the future, and that sort of developed the whole ‘Two Vines’ concept,” Steele says.Appropriate for its title and themes, much of the new album was recorded in Hawaii, with guest musicians and songwriters that included Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Wendy Melvoin of Prince’s band the Revolution, as well as pianist Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre who’d played with the late David Bowie on his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” respectively.
I’m not worthy!’“I grabbed her by the hand and said, ‘Katy, you are worthy!’ She said it was a spiritual experience.” “I remember coming off stage and Katy Perry walked up to me backstage and dropped to the floor and said, ‘I’m not worthy! It’s been six years since Empire of the Sun made its Coachella debut, and though the Australian electronic rock group returns to the desert fest for its third time this year singer-guitarist Luke Steele still sounds jazzed by the reception he and band mate Nick Littlemore earned on the Outdoor Stage in 2011.“That was so wild,” Steele says.
I was there too, and Katy was right: It was magic when Empire of the Sun arrived on stage looking like they’d beamed in from some other dimension, their costumes made of fur and feathers and leather and bone, a troupe of dancers gyrating as Steele and Littlemore and the other players set a course for a musical journey of peace and love and nostalgia for a future yet to come.Empire of the Sun, which will also play the Shrine Expo Hall on Wednesday, April 19, between its Friday sets at Coachella, released its third album, “Two Vines,” in the fall, a record inspired by the idea of nature taking over urbanity in time.
“Nick and I always have a really organic way of working. “I don’t know how he acquired this place but he was growing all of these vegetables and exotic flowers. “It’s funny,” Steele says by phone from Los Angeles where he and Littlemore both now live. We pick up things along the way on our travels and it’s seeping into our consciousness.”The seeds for “Two Vines” were planted while the duo were working on 2013’s “Ice On The Dune,” Steele says.“Nick was in Manhattan and I think he was the only guy in New York, in the East Village, who had a giant backyard,” he says.


Coachella 2017: Everything you need to know about day 1 of the music festival

The weather was gorgeous – as predicted, sunny and not too hot. Here’s a roundup of everything we saw at the festival’s opening day, from an extra 40 acres to pups in pastel:If you fell asleep before Radiohead went on, it was a doozy of a set – starting with sound problems that Thom Yorke blamed on the aliens, followed by more sound problems, followed by a rollicking set, followed by the band playing “Creep.” (Oh yes they did!) See photos from the set. Happy first Friday from the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival!

We met the Instagram famous, multi-colored malti-poos Nugget and Mali, the special animal guests of the festival.Oh, and if you didn’t hear, Lorde played a surprise show at Pappy & Harriet’s.Want more? You can celebrate Couch-ella by watching along at home on YouTube. Even better, get real-time updates without that pesky stream delay by following our team in real time. And don’t forget to follow us if you’re on Snapchat or Instagram.Keep reading for full coverage of Coachella 2017.

We also found the best places to take your next social media profile photo (you’re welcome).This year’s merchandise included all the clothing for your next staycation, such as cozy socks, leggings, and even a bathrobe.If you’ve ever wondered how the Do Lab came to be such a huge part of the Coachella experience, wonder no more.Our music and pop culture reporter gave his thoughts on Friday’s performances from Father John Misty (mellow), The Lemon Twigs (carriers of the power pop glam rock torch) and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band (an absolute feel-good time). And by the way, Todd Rundgren showed up. Check out these photos of Friday’s bands and their happy fans.

The site of the festival has expanded by 40 acres, which allowed for a crowd capacity of 125,000 people.Check out some of the crowd scenes and…interesting outfits our crew Tweeted out.Our photographers traveled the grounds to capture scenes of festivalgoers enjoying the sunshine. Before the gates even opened, Sunday night headliner Kendrick Lamar caused a stir by dropping a new album two days before his scheduled performance.Even bigger than Kendrick’s highly anticipated Sunday night set is Coachella itself.


Coachella 2017: Art is always more than just music at the festival

Coachella wraps up its first weekend today with anticipated sets from rapper Kendrick Lamar and movie composer Hans Zimmer before its encore starts on Friday. A popular selfie spot is a metal frame holding 2,120 convex and concave mirrors. Art-driven pop icon Lady Gaga headlined Saturday, performing on the main stage in the periphery of the art pieces.Tall, boxy animal shapes that look like piñatas wearing party hats loom over one part of the grounds, while another is populated with colorful stucco gourd-shaped plants.
While last year’s festival featured six pieces, this year “we went for scale and more expansive work,” Lehrer said.Also unlike last year, none of the artwork at Coachella 2017 appears overtly political. In 2016, “Katrina Chairs” suggested communities left stranded by the 2005 hurricane in New Orleans, and “Besame Mucho” aimed to promote cross-border love and acceptance.The festival works with the artists it commissions to develop the pieces, but the goal isn’t to make a political statement, Lehrer said.
While the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has always revolved around music, the festival’s most enduring images — and those most likely to grace fans’ selfies and profile pictures — are the large-scale art installations.This year’s four major art works, including one that’s 75 feet tall and another that takes up more than an acre of the grassy festival grounds at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, are all about architectural scale and visual impact, said Raffi Lehrer, associate art director for the festival.

“Especially in this day and age, everyone’s so inundated with news and politics” that Coachella is intended to be a respite from political conflict, he said.The art on the grounds this year is more whimsical and confectionery, but it remains a key part of the Coachella experience.“I think it’s like the perfect setting for it,” said Alyanna Tekulve, 23, who came from Salt Lake City with her husband, Drew, 25, to the festival’s first weekend.“You’re out here all day, so at least they can have awesome things to look at.”


Coachella 2017: Lady Gaga takes music festival by storm and other day 2 highlights

Plus, Mitski won over a ton of new fans and Bon Iver got electronic. See all of the photos from Saturday’s performances.Drake regained the Coachella cred he lost a few years ago when he showed up in a yellow puffy vest to guest with Future on the main stage.It isn’t Coachella without fashion, so here’s a look at some of the striking characters roaming the Empire Polo Club grounds. Back to the music, it’s been a wild and wacky day – with Thundercat singing about, well, his cat, and being joined by yacht rock royalty Michael McDonald (he was one of many guests on Saturday, including Ms. Lauryn Hill with DJ Snake).

Piñatas? Take a look and interpret for yourself.But the art isn’t just inside the festival, there’s also more work with a message in the campgrounds, where the Raices Cultura project visualizes immigrants’ hopes for the American Dream. Rhinos? Unicorns? Oh, and at least one person had thoughts on President Trump and his tax returns.If the big art pieces aren’t showing up in your Instagram feed, I guarantee you that Coachella sunsets are. And everyone is asking–what are those colorful things in the field?

That’s pretty much all you need to know about Saturday, April 15, at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. See photos from Lady Gaga’s headlining set at Coachella. Before she even took the stage, Gagachella was trending on Twitter.Yeah, she may have gotten the call after Beyonce had to postpone due to her pregnancy, but Lady Gaga oozed confidence and shone brightly – literally. The fans watching on the field and at Couchella were digging the set.While she didn’t have any surprise guests, Gaga did premiere a brand new song, “The Cure,” which she later mentioned dropped on iTunes that night. Two words: Lady Gaga.
The thing with more than 2,000 mirrors isn’t a place for fans to check their makeup, it’s a thought-provoking installation called “The Lamp Beside the Golden Door.”The giant tree house in the middle of the field also has a message – one to narrow the class divide.If you’re the security guard in charge of the “Chiaozzo Garden,” you have to repeat yourself a lot. The things you’re seeing all over your social media feeds this weekend are the big installation art pieces at Coachella. They definitely have different Coachella vibes. But let’s back up a bit.


Why Coachella 2017 was the biggest ever

“Coachella is definitely the largest popular music festival in the United States. Now, “the U.S. A few EDM events draw large crowds, but in terms of total attendance, Coachella is the biggest in the U.S. has emerged as one of the strongest festival markets in the world,” Brooks said. and Canada,” said Dave Brooks, founder of concert trade magazine Amplify and a correspondent at Billboard.Although festivals such as Glastonbury have long been larger than Coachella, Brooks said it took a decade for the country’s concert promoters to develop a festival scene and create annual events that draw tens of thousands of people.
Every April, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival makes the Empire Polo Club in Indio ground zero for the latest in fashion, music and celebrity snapshots flooding social media.But for 2017, the tastemaking event is even bigger – from expanding the festival grounds to booking top-selling artists like pop icon Lady Gaga on Saturday night and closing night headliner Kendrick Lamar. And they’ll do it all again next weekend for the encore performance of the event.The festival, produced by GoldenVoice, added a seventh stage for its 19th year and expanded its lush grounds after the City of Indio approved a plan in 2016 that would up the physical space of the festival to 642 acres from 601 and the capacity up to 125,000.

The three-day festival has never looked more polished. Three of the other stages have been pushed back and nearly abut Monroe Avenue, with a palm tree-lined cement walkway separating the stages from the Coachella Stage. Dirt paths have been replaced with boardwalks and brick flooring.On the south end of the festival, the gates to the Blue Path entrance have been pushed back to make room for the addition of a whole new performance area known as the Sonora Tent, which features Latino and alt-rock bands.

But inside the gates, even the festival grounds are more expansive for roaming. Coachella was the second-highest grossing festival in 2016, only behind Desert Trip, the classic rock festival with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and more that Goldenvoice held in Indio last fall.Most of the growth on the polo grounds increases parking for general admission as well as the spaces for car camping. It’s also one of the most lucrative. In 2016, the two weekends sold 198,000 tickets, generating a $94 million gross, according to figures from concert industry magazine Pollstar.


San Pedro’s Golden State Pops gear up for 15th anniversary concert

“We’re hoping to grow the program and our ultimate goal is to include the Wilmington and San Pedro sites and maybe some other students from the Harbor Area.”It all blends in with the orchestra’s philosophy of bringing accessible, professional music to the community.Humble beginningsThe orchestra has come far since its beginnings, Fox said.“It’s gone from an organization that myself and a couple other people were doing whatever we could to put on a concert on stage with whatever musicians we could find,” he said. “We work with them in a small ensemble setting,” Fox said.

The concert will include plenty of singing.“It’s going to be two hours of really pure fun for the audience, hearing song after song after song with 99 percent of the program singing,” said Steven Allen Fox, artistic director and conductor of the orchestra.Warner Grand home base“We were very lucky to find (the Warner Grand) when we did,” Fox said.Working with theater manager Lee Sweet and Liz Schindler Johnson of the Grand Vision Foundation, Golden State Pops signed on with the theater in 2004 — two years after the orchestra was formed — and continues to consider it the group’s home base while branching out lately to perform on other stages.

“As we grow, our goal is to continue to do three to four concerts a year at the Warner Grand,” Fox said. “Looking far into the future, we really have every plan to continue with the theater and doing performances there even while expanding to other venues.”Boys and Girls Club outreachBut the group’s vision includes more than concerts.The orchestra recently established an outreach to local Boys and Girls Clubs, sending musicians twice a week to help work with aspiring music students who might not otherwise be able to take lessons or afford instruments.
Saturday that will feature guests Carol Connors (conducting “Gonna Fly Now” from “Rocky”) and songwriter Frank Stallone (performing “Take You Back” from “Rocky” and “Far From Over” from “Staying Alive”), along with music from “The Bodyguard,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Titanic” and “One Fine Day.” When the Golden State Pops Orchestra inked a deal with the Warner Grand Theatre, it was a coup for downtown San Pedro.Purchased by the city of Los Angeles in 1969, the historic 1930s-era theater was trying to find its niche for modern audiences.The energetic and upbeat repertoire of film music and other familiar pieces appeared to be a good fit. And so it was.The GSPO will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a concert at 8 p.m.


Coachella 2017: Kendrick Lamar crushes, Han Zimmer stuns during day 3

Music writer Peter Larsen called it “magic,” and “one of the biggest highlights of the weekend.” Inside the Antarctic dome was a planetarium-style digital light show that paid homage to the desert and Joshua Tree.During his set, Ezra Furman stuck it to the man by calling out Goldenvoice owner Philip Anschutz for his alleged donations to anti-LGBTQ groups.We discovered the secret speakeasy tiki bar. Hint: Poke around the corners of the Craft Beer Barn.Festivalgoers scribbled their best Coachella thoughts, moments and drawings on paper for our photo project.Hans Zimmer brought his 80-piece orchestra to Coachella and hit everyone with the nostalgia stick by playing songs from scores like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lion King.

Check out photos of her performance, plus other acts from the day.More stories, photos from Coachella 2017:• Photos: What it actually looks like to be at the festival• Here’s how the first Friday at Coachella went down• Photos of the bands and their fans on Friday, Weekend 1• Photos of Radiohead from weekend one• Who wore it best (or worst)? Photos of festival fashion• Everything you need to know about Saturday, Weekend 1 Lorde pulled a Gaga and dropped a new single called “Homemade Dynamite” during her set.

What we discovered Easter Sunday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival:Kendrick Lamar likes kung-fu movies. Oh, and he crushed the main stage set — we have proof in photo form.We found out why French rap duo PNL cancelled their set (visa issues).A couple from Scottsdale, Arizona, staged a wedding anniversary photo shoot, Coachella edition, complete with a frilly floor-length ivory dress.The crowds were massive this year owing to the expanded size and hugely popular acts like Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. And the festival has never looked more polished.

• Photos of the bands and their fans on Saturday, Weekend 1• Photos of Lady Gaga from Weekend 1


Coachella 2017: 17 things you need to know about the festival’s first weekend

Plus, it had couches and air conditioning.7. Best place to feel like you’re in a cartoon: Sonora TentWith street art covering the walls and colorful cacti sculptures, Coachella’s newest stage is part hip-club, part ’90s Nickelodeon cartoon.It was also the home to some rock acts like Guided by Voices and T.S.O.L., getting ever more rare at Coachella as the fest trends towards electronic dance music. Best blasts from the past: Todd Rundgren and Michael McDonaldA pair of stars who released great albums long before most of the attendees at Coachella were even born were among the true surprise guests at the fest. 6.
Weirdest set props: Travis ScottThe young rapper had throngs flocking to his Outdoor Theatre set Sunday night where he started the night with multiple cardboard cutouts of himself on stage. Oh, and later, Hans Zimmer brought out Pharrell, too.5. By the end of the night, Scott was rapping with his permanent Auto-Tune sound atop a giant bird that had red eyes and flapped its wings. Best singalong: Hans ZimmerThe award-winning movie composer was so embraced by the Coachella faithful that he got his own Snapchat filter Sunday. Then everyone sang along to “The Lion King.” Coachella went Disney in the most Coachella way possible. 4. But the crowd that mobbed his evening performance at the Outdoor Theatre actually sang along to the instrumental “Pirates of the Caribbean” score. And then there were trees and giant bird cages.

the Black Turtle, which led to ninja dancers on stage with him at one point. With the first weekend of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the rearview mirror, here’s a look the hits and misses of the event watched by tens of thousands at the Empire Polo Club in Indio and even more online via YouTube. Coolest stage set: Kendrick LamarThe Sunday night headliner had a new production design that included a video screen that was sort of a movable ceiling that could be lowered up and down and have images project down from it. As a bonus, he also had three video segments throughout that were done like an old Bruce Lee-era kung fu movie: “The Adventures of Kung Fu Kenny,” which started Lamar as Kenny a.k.a. Coachella returns to the desert with Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar for another sold out weekend beginning Friday, April 21.1.

All of that dancing and suggestive writhing and she had no runs in them at all. Singer Thom Yorke blamed alien interference, but then they played “Creep” and all was forgiven. We see an infomercial in her future.3. Best explanation for sound issues: AliensRadiohead battled through some major sound problems on Friday night, with the music cutting out multiple times. 2. Also, where did she get those tights? Most practical costume: Lady Gaga’s unitardLady Gaga had plenty of costume changes, but they were all over her black unitard, which allowed her to dance, play guitar and keytar and jump into the audience with ease.


Rihanna remains atop iHeartRadio’s L.A. Top 10 songs

Love On The Brain: Rihanna2. Eagles Bruno Mars3. Linkin Park4. One More Night: Maroon 5IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 ARTISTS IN L.A.1. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran3. Adele10. Drake2. Demons: Imagine Dragons7. Imagine Dragons9. The Chainsmokers6. That’s What I Like: Bruno Mars5. Migos8. Passionfruit: Drake4. Shawn Mendes7. Ed Sheeran5. When I Was Your Man: Bruno Mars9. Fake Love: Drake8. Counting Stars: OneRepublic6. MUSICIHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A.1. Stay: Rihanna10.


How poet Emily Dickinson’s life became ‘A Quiet Passion’

Fortunately, the singular English filmmaker Terence Davies knew more about her and is used to having hard times funding his movies (“Passion” took 4 1/2 years to get off the ground). But while his life of Dickinson may look conventionally uneventful, he draws an emotional and intellectual maelstrom out of star Cynthia Nixon and a sharp supporting cast playing Emily’s relatives and acquaintances, which includes Jennifer Ehle as sister Lavinia, Duncan Duff as brother Austin and Keith Carradine as their dad, Edward.

“It’s surprising that, apart from ‘The Belle of Amherst,’ this one-woman play in the 1970s, they’ve never tried to make a movie of Emily Dickinson before,” adds Nixon, who grew up watching the PBS version of “Amherst” and listening to recordings of Dickinson’s poems by its star Julie Harris. “It must be partly because of how solitary she was and the external events of her life are not that dramatic. But the passions inside her, between her and her family members and would-be lovers, were very intense.”

Or conventional romance (for its heroine anyway; Emily got pretty worked-up about her brother’s infidelity, among numerous other topics). “I discovered her poetry when I was 18,” says Davies, who’s best-known for his semi-autobiographical films about growing up in postwar working-class Liverpool, “The Long Day Closes” and “Distant Voices, Still Lives.” “She’s my favorite American poet, and when I heard about this extraordinary life I read quite a bit and I thought, this is a very powerful story.”But one with no action.

At least according to anybody who’s ever had the wherewithal to make a motion picture, which explains why “Passion” is the first Dickinson biopic. “A Quiet Passion” is an exquisite film about the life of Emily Dickinson. Good thing it is, too, since we’re not likely to get another biopic about the great American poet anytime soon.The crude outline of the Belle of Amherst’s life story, that she was a recluse who spent practically all of her 55 years in her father’s house, ain’t exactly cinematic material.


Grammy-nominated No Age has a date at The Federal Underground

Noise rock act No Age is teaming up with a couple of well-known Long Beach locals for a one-night show at The Federal Underground on Sunday.With such influences as The Byrds, The Ramones and Husker Du, No Age is made up of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall. They were nominated for a Grammy in 2008 and are on tour in support of their fourth full-length album, “An Object.”Opening the show are Long Beach locals Rudy De Anda and Travesura.De Anda first earned a passionate local following as the frontman of his former band Wild Pack of Canaries and later as a solo artist.

Tickets for the 9 p.m. He recently performed at Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good festival shortly after the release of his debut album, “Delay Cadaver of a Day.”Travesura, a folksy mix of Americana and blues, is led by professional skateboarder and Long Beach resident Leo Romero. all ages show are $17 and can be purchased at


That trumpet you heard in ‘Rogue One’? This Pacific Symphony musician played it

When Barry Perkins puts a trumpet to his lips, instrument and man meld into one and the notes fill your soul.If that sounds like hyperbole, you haven’t heard Perkins play. Or more likely you have – you just didn’t know it.Those amazing trumpet notes soaring in the latest “Star Wars” smash movie “Rogue One”? That was Perkins. Same with “Star Wars VII, The Force Awakens.” Ditto with “Avatar.”But Perkins is much more than a Hollywood musician. He is principal trumpet for the Pacific Symphony, a former member of Mexico City’s symphony, and leader of the Barry Perkins Collective, a small group of musicians who play everything from classical to jazz.
Like his father before him, Perkins picked trumpet.By the time he was five, Perkins could play notes – not an easy thing on an instrument that demands near-perfect embouchure. To borrow from Chuck Berry — roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news: Classical is fine.But for the 21st century, “Star Wars” rules.PRO AT 20With a father who was a chemist and a lifelong musician, Perkins and his brother grew up learning to play the piano under dad’s tutelage as well as a second instrument of their choosing. Perkins’ brother choose the flute.
The crowd stirs in their seats, claps, giggles.Perkins holds his trumpet high and aims toward the corners of the grand concert auditorium. A quiet, clear sustained note casts a spell. As Perkins plays, there is no orchestra to accompany him, no lush visuals. There is only his trumpet. Yet most of all, this man who lives with his family in Murrieta is a teacher.Perkins shows us how something made of brass can have all the nuance, all the colors of the human voice.HOLLYWOOD HEAVENPerkins steps to the front of the stage and playfully teases the audience with a slice of “Star Wars” music.

But under Perkins’ musicianship, the visual hardly matters.The music alone offers a new hope.During a wide-ranging discussion at his home nestled between the Santa Ana mountains and Mount San Jacinto, Perkins chuckles about the dwindling popularity of classical music compared to the public’s love for anything Hollywood.“When I leave to play Mahler and Mozart, my kids just say, ‘Goodbye,’” Perkins laughs. “But when I say I’m going to play a ‘Star Wars’ score, they say, ‘Wow, Dad, that’s so cool.’” Many people in the audience don’t know or don’t remember the exact movie scene in “Episode IV”; it’s when Luke Skywalker walks toward the horizon as twin suns drop.


Here’s what happens when Long Beach Opera collides with Culture Clash

This adaptation, which premiered in Chicago last year, will be sung in English with music conducted by Martin Haselböck; the music director of Long Beach’s Musica Angelica. It will be performed by Musica Angelica and will consist of the original score composed by Purcell in 1692.“You get the original sound, how it sounded back then, but in a completely new setting; a nightclub in Las Vegas where the dances from 1692 become dances in a nightclub,” Mitisek said. Mitisek describes the music as “sparkly” and rhythmically driven.
“I wanted it to be a reflection of our society on stage and to play with the new way that people see relationships and sexuality.”During the past three decades Culture Clash has earned critical acclaim for staging smart and comical social satires as well as sharp political plays. “I wanted to take it outside the regular context of opera,” Mitisek said. But this is the first opera for the troupe, which is made up of founding members Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza.“One of the reasons (LBO) wanted to do this and why we got excited was getting a diverse cast,” Salinas said. “Once we got that, man, we started cooking.”

With a story set in a Las Vegas nightclub about a couple with wondering eyes and a love potion that drives people mad with lust and blurs the lines of sexuality, this is not your typical opera, even for a typically daring company.The Long Beach Opera is once again going off script when it comes to putting on a show and teaming up with the Los Angeles-based theater troupe Culture Clash for “The Fairy Queen,” an original adaptation of Henry Purcell’s own re-telling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“I wanted it in a nightclub because it’s my modern version of the woods where people like the lovers in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ go and all these strange things happen,” said Andreas Mitisek, LBO’s artistic and general director, who collaborated with Culture Clash for the new adaptation. The company, well known for putting on innovative operas often in unusual settings, will perform this show on a traditional stage at the Beverly O’Neill Theater Jan. But it all happens with a multicultural cast telling a centuries-old story set in the nontraditional location thought up by Mitisek and members of Culture Clash. 22 as well as Jan 28.


Lucinda Williams talks love and loss ahead of Troubadour concerts

For singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, there’s apparently nothing like love and death to set fire to the muse.Early in her career, Williams famously toiled over songs or in the studio for years before judging new work ready for release. Now, in little more than two years, she’s released two double albums, 34 songs and more than three hours of music that’s been heralded as some of her best ever.Some of that she attributes to the steadiness she’s felt in her life since she fell in love and married her manager, Tom Overby, in 2009. But a lot also flows from the flood of feelings that surfaced after the deaths of her parents in recent years.

“But what I was saying, it’s kind of like bookends, because I lost my mother in 2004, and then almost 10 years later, my dad,” she says. 1. “I hate to go back to death and loss, but God knows it’s been such a year,” says Williams, 63, who comes to the Troubadour in West Hollywood for four shows Jan. 29-Feb. “So in between that it just catapulted things.“People ask me all the time, ‘How come all of a sudden you’re more prolific?’ I don’t know if it’s actually the case or it’s a combination of experiencing that loss. There’s always been things to write about, but I think maybe it’s gaining more experience as a songwriter, gaining more confidence.”
The road it references runs from South Carolina to Texas, tracing the land in which this Louisiana native was raised and traveled. “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” the most recent of those albums, is especially drawn from the colors of people and places past. But its heart lies with the people she’s known there, and none casts a bigger shadow than her father, Miller Williams, a former poet laureate of the United States.Two years after his death, when asked how it’s been, Williams takes a deep breath and says, “Not easy, not easy.” Because her mother long struggled with mental illness, her father had always been her rock, she explains.

That’s how I learned to write, was learning how to edit.” Not until after 2001’s album “Essence” did she stop sending him all of them before she headed into the studio to record them, Williams says.“I wanted his approval,” she says. He would say, ‘You don’t need that word.’ He was a great editor. “Because I couldn’t even imagine. “I mean, I just remember thinking when I was younger, I don’t even want to think about losing my dad,” Williams says. “I want to make sure, like, ‘Is there anything you see here that could be improved upon?’ ’Cause that’s how I learned over the years. We were just really, really close, you know?”For years as a young songwriter, she would send him songs she was working on. They wouldn’t be big things. From a very, very, very young age I bonded with him.


‘American Berserk’ opens a concert trilogy celebrating John Adams at Cal State Northridge

Others however, including Adams loved it, and the piece has gone on to become one of his landmark creations. Wonderful things can happen when a composer gives himself permission to break his own rules. Purists booed and decried the work as heresy, comparing Adams’ creation to the commercialism of McDonalds and Walt Disney. It certainly did in 1982 when John Adams, up to that point a dyed-in-the-pulse minimalist, decided to take a break from being so serious and have some fun.The result was “Grand Pianola Music,” a two-movement concerto that fused meticulously evolving minimalist patterning with a jubilantly gaudy sense of humor that referenced such non-classical influences in Adams’ life as jazz and the movies.
15, Adams, a New Englander-turned Californian, will celebrate his 70th birthday. And in recognition, musical celebrations are taking place all over the world, including at the Valley Performing Arts Center, where the first of three Adams concerts took place Saturday. On Feb. Subsequent concerts are scheduled for Feb. The concert, whimsically titled “American Berserk,” also marked the first collaboration between VPAC and the Santa Monica-based music series Jacaranda. 3 and 16.A major part of Jacaranda’s mandate (as curated by director Patrick Scott) is to combine musical entertainment with a sense of historical context so audiences can connect the “now” of a piece to its historical and cultural roots.

Feb. Feb. Lawrence String Quartet); 8 p.m. ★★★&#xbdWhere: Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St.When: Next concerts in the series are 8 p.m. 16 (Wild Up).Tickets: $63.Suitability: Family entertainment, but not for small children.Information: 818-677-3000, www.valley 3 (St.

Gottschalk cakewalks faded into the era of ragtime with Taylor delivering light-fingered renditions of three rags by Scott Joplin: the “Paragon Rag,” “Bethena” and the composer’s most famous ditty (made popular in the movie, “The Sting”), the “Maple Leaf Rag.” Joplin’s rapid fingerings and merry-go-round rhythms gave way to the sophisticated rhythms of Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood” performed in a 1948 arrangement by Art Tatum. All that was missing was the smoky blue haze of a Manhattan super club. Smooth as silk, it introduced an entirely different atmosphere of sultry melodic syncopation.

The first half of Saturday’s concert was devoted to the 150 years of American piano music that paved the way to “Grand Pianola Music” performed by the superbly skilled pianist Christopher Taylor. He began with three rollicking works from the 1850s composed by the rock star pianist of his day, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Renowned for his flamboyant appearance and dazzling virtuosity, Gottschalk was the son of a Jewish London-born businessman and a notoriously beautiful Creole belle.Taylor’s renditions of “Banjo,” “Ojos Criollos” and “Pasquinade” captured the flowing lyricism of Chopin and combined it with the rollicking spirit of American folk tunes and Gottschalk’s favorite dance style, the cakewalk.


Billy Joel to play Dodger Stadium in 2017

Other notable performers at Dodger Stadium over the years include the Rolling Stones, KISS, Madonna, The Bee Gees, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Genesis, Eric Clapton, U2, the Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, AC/DC and the Three Tenors.

Piano man Billy Joel is playing Dodger Stadium on May 13, 2017, the pop legend announced today on Twitter.Tickets will be on sale for American Express cardholders at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. The stadium opened in 1962, and one of its most famous musical performances was headlined by the Beatles in 1966, the final year the British band toured. 13, according to Joel’s Twitter post.• PHOTOS: Piano man Billy Joel to play Dodger Stadium on May 13, 2017The concert is being presented by Live Nation.The famed baseball stadium is an infrequent concert venue. 9, with sales to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.