100 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
In honor of Black History of Month, this concert highlights the musical traditions of the African Diaspora. In a rare presentation of traditional African music and dance juxtaposed with blues, jazz and gospel, African Roots, African American Fruits offers a loosely-chronological trajectory of the African experience in the New World as told through music. In addition to standard compositions that represent the various genres, a new composition which celebrates the unity of African and African American cultures will be premiered. Featured performers will include Nigerian Master Drummer, Francis Awe, gospel vocalists from the local Pasadena area, and faculty members of the Jazz Studies Department of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
1890 Huntington Drive, CA, CA 91108
The February 21st Opera Talk will be on Mozarts The Magic Flute and will feature live singers performing selections from this classic opera that has long been a favorite for children and adults. Thanks to the Friends of Crowell Public Library, Soprano Anne Gholson and baritone Cody Lowry will be joined by tenor Roberto Esqivelzeta and perform excerpts from the opera, including such delights as the Queen of the Night aria. Cody Lowry grew up in Pasadena,CA and studied classical voice at Pasadena City College. He’s worked with Aram Barsamian, Gail Gordon, and thanks to the Pamela L. Gerard Scholarship, the internationally acclaimed artist Carol Vaness. He has performed such roles as Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro at PCC), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan Tutte at The Broad Stage), and Papageno (The Magic Flute at PCC). Anne Gholson obtained her B.A. of Music, with a focus in Vocal Performance at Cal State University, Long Beach. Once her love of opera had blossomed, she performed the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. Anne has had musical theater roles as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Vera Charles in Mame. Tenor Roberto Esquivelzeta hails from Mxico City and first studied with Maestra Diana Jimenez, and Maestro Julio Julin. Since then he has accumulated a multitude of performance credits, including his 2014 Los Angeles debut in concert with the Repertory Opera Company.
900 W 34th St, Los Angeles, 90089
Join us for a three-day retrospective of the work of Academy Awardwinning screenwriter Robert Towne. A key figure of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, Towne wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for what is perhaps the most iconic Los Angeles film of all time: Chinatown (1974). During the same era, he wrote several other classic films, including The Last Detail, Shampoo, and Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, all of which earned him Oscar nominations. He also doubled as writer and director on films including Personal Best and Tequila Sunrise. Over a career spanning Los Angeles films, action films, TV, and much more, Townes numerous other credits include Mission: Impossible I and II, Days of Thunder, The Firm, and, most recently, Mad Men. Screenings of Chinatown, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Days of Thunder, The Firm, Mission: Impossible, and others will be complemented by in-person conversations with Towne about the variety and longevity of his career. Townes friends and collaborators will also reflect on the vast and varied oeuvre of this Hollywood great.
10745 Dickson Ct, 10745 Dickson Ct, CA 0
Matthias Pintscher conductor; Faure Pavane Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 2 Ravel Ma Mere l’Oye ("Mother Goose") Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F major; Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Matthias Pintschers intrinsic understanding of the score from the composers perspective informs his ability to communicate on the podium. He is admired for his fresh and bold conducting style and wonderful rapport with musicians, serving as music director of the Ensemble intercontemporain and artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. LACO patrons can enjoy Pintschers remarkably acute visual sense in a varied program featuring Faur, Schoenberg, Ravel and Beethoven.
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1980, Park Circus, 219 min. After his Academy Award-winning triumph with THE DEER HUNTER, director Michael Cimino broadened and deepened his epic vision of America even further with this elegiac Western. Kris Kristofferson is a sheriff caught in the middle of mounting tensions between affluent landowners and newly arrived homesteaders in 1890s Wyoming; complicating matters is a burgeoning love triangle among Kristofferson, his paramour Ella (Isabelle Huppert) and hired gun Christopher Walken. In Cimino’s hands the personal, political, and historical intersect to powerful effect, with a majesty more apparent than ever in this stunning new restoration personally supervised by the director.
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, 90025
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and The New American Theatre celebrate El Niño with a perfect storm of comedy, romance, mystery and magic. Derived from Shakespeare's fantasy, The Tempest, this freshly conceived reconstruction is a potent confection of physical theater and verbal gymnastics — a father-daughter story for the ages that explores the power of love and forgiveness. Adapted, directed and choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca and starring New American Theatre artistic director Jack Stehlin (Weeds) as Prospero.