highslide for wordpress

MIRIAM MAKEBA DOCUMENTARY

Miriam Makeba—the South African singer and anti-apartheid activist—was “the voice and the hope of Africa. Her music influenced artists across the globe, and remained anchored in her traditional South African roots, conveying strong messages against racism and poverty. “Forced into exile in 1959… she performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone, and Dizzy Gillespie, and was […]

OKWUI OKPOKWASILI AT REDCAT

In a Los Angeles premiere, the great Okwui Okpokwasili brings her POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM to Redcat for a long weekend of performances. Mixing music and video with “ritualistic and hallucinogenic movement,” Okpokwasili and collaborator Peter Born create a dystopian dreamscape, investigating the erasure of Nigerian women’s resistance movements by means of collective amnesia and apathy. […]

CANDIDE AT THE MUSIC CENTER

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta CANDIDE (1956)—musical theater’s polymorphous masterpiece—started out as a Cold War retort against McCarthyism, with a libretto by Lillian Hellman, and lyrics by film writer James Agee (which were dropped), Richard Wilber, John Latouche, and Dorothy Parker. In the 1970s, a book by Hugh Wheeler—truer to Voltaire’s satire—replaced Hellman’s (who had prohibited use of […]

RE-MAKE RE-MODEL

“I loved American music. From the age of about 10, every week you’d discover somebody new. I was very much into jazz. You know how English people are; there’s a certain amount of musical snobbery. I mean, I loved Little Richard and Fats Domino, but when I heard Charlie Parker for the first time, this […]

KEIGWIN + COMPANY DANCE BERNSTEIN

Leonard Bernstein’s centenary is being celebrated by orchestras, opera companies, museums, book publishers, and arts organizations around the world. This weekend at CSUN, the troupe Keigwin + Company will dance two world premieres set to Bernstein compositions: SONATA (based on the composer’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano), and THREE PLUS ONE (from Piano Trio). Also on […]

EXENE CERVENKA AND JOHN DOE

Join Exene Cervenka and John Doe at the February “First Fridays” at the Natural History Museum. The X founders will perform, as will Phoebe Bridgers. And Benjamin Dickow, Peter Westwick, and Diana Trujillo will join moderator Patt Morrison for the discussion “L.A. to Infinity and Beyond.” “Explore the Museum after hours. There are bands in the […]

THE JIMMY DONAHUE STORY

This week, in the CLUB 57 program ERIC MARCIANO FROM FILM TO VIDEO, the Museum of Modern Art will screen Marciano’s jazz-infused take on alcoholic walker Jimmy Donahue, along with the early short PLAIN (1981), and the filmmaker’s mid-nineties 35mm work NARROWCAST.   THE JIMMY DONAHUE STORY—PLAIN—NARROWCAST, Monday, January 29, through Sunday, February 4, continuous […]