My latest for Open Culture: Listen to Leonard Bernstein’s LP What Is Jazz?
Here’s a new piece I wrote for Open Culture on this bizarre David Lynch awards video.
In my latest for Open Culture, check out this article on this mashup of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, showing the breadth of interpretations out there.
My current post at Open Culture has been very popular: The Oldest Known Footage of London (1890-1920) Shows the City’s Great Landmarks.
My latest for Open Culture: Watch Milton Glaser draw Shakespeare and talk about drawing.
My latest for Open Culture: Have fun with this virtual tour of Abbey Road Studios.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Open Culture on one of Sesame Street’s first psychedelic animations: Jazzy Spies.
The Santa Barbara Arts Council will celebrate the announcement of Sojourner Kincaid Rolle as this year’s Poet Laureate with a special ceremony this afternoon during the City Council meeting at city hall. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, the award will kick off a full two years of special events and commissioned writing for Ms. Rolle, who has long been a part of the Santa Barbara poetry community, and has been one of the important players in the creation of the Laureate title through the Arts Commission. April will be the busiest month for the poet, with a full schedule of events and appearances.
When “Chicago” comes to the Granada this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, it brings along actress, singer, comedian and voice actor Roz Ryan , who in 2013 broke the late Marcia Lewis’ record of 223 weeks playing the essential role of Matron “Mama” Morton. She’s now in that show’s 19th year. When asked if she remembers the day they told her she’d broken the record, she says, “I can’t remember the day they called and told me, but I was on Broadway when it happened.” (The date was Oct. 21, 2013, in case somebody wants to check.)
When Out of the Box’s Samantha Eve put out the call for actors for “The Wild Party,” Andrew Lippa’s musical based on Joseph Moncure March’s Prohibition Era poem of the same title, she got a surprise.
“We had responses from people all over the place. I had someone write me from Florida (who wanted to audition).” Turns out that “The Wild Party” is on many musical actors’ to-do lists, with its wealth of meaty roles and its smart lyrics. Everybody wants to get invited; it’s that kind of party. It’s also an Out of the Box production in which a majority of the cast members are new to the company.”