The Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer Ryan Murphy has been taking prime-time television by storm with his genre-bending projects since 1999. He is the cocreator of Popular, Glee, The New Normal, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens; the creator of Nip/Tuck; and the producer and director of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
In her extended work, Passing: A California Suite, pianist and composer Cathlene Pineda pays tribute to the complexities and wonders of the city of Los Angeles with music that is airy, elegant and haunting (Bakersfield Californian). Pineda and her close-knit quartet navigate the musics emotionally rich and rhythmically dynamic landscape in a series of compositions inspired by the works of Los Angeles first poet laureate, Eloise Klein-Healy.
In the Mongolian grasslands, a plucky young girl finds a small dog in a cave and befriends it despite her fathers objections. The Cave of the Yellow Dogs gentle hymn to nomadic life in the steppes depicts a tale of canine companionship resonant with Buddhist tradition, as well as a familiar parental dilemma. (2005, dir. Byambasuren Davaa, color, in Mongolian with English subtitles, 93 min.). Recommended for ages 7+ though all ages are welcome.