Killing us softly: Roberta Flack in concert @ Pepperdine

Music
Songstress Roberta Flack, who forged such a striking presence in seventies pop music as a songwriter/performer, will grace the cozy Smothers Theatre stage at Pepperdine University next month in an evening of concert music. She is the first artist to win Grammy Awards in two consecutive years, for “The First Time Ever I Saw Your ...

Rhoden’s RISE revisited

Dance · Music
Just loved getting another look at Complexions Contemporary Ballet romping through Dwight Rhoden’s exemplary “RISE,” set to a sound score by ’80s rock band, U2, last night at the Smothers Theatre of Pepperdine University’s Center for the Arts. The work, a kind of dance corollary to the ecstasy of a rock concert-on-fire, stands up well. ...

Curtain closes twice at Laguna Dance Festival

Dance
First, the curtain fell on the effervescent Aspen Santa Fe Ballet‘s wonderful performance at The Laguna Playhouse. Then, two hours later, down came the magic curtain over the Pacific Ocean —  the California coastline town’s main attraction. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the second contributor in a festival that also featured Parsons Dance, surfed smoothly through ...

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet circles Southern California

Dance
Editor’s note: We reprint this interview with choreographer Jorma Elo dating from 2011 to encourage you to catch a performance of the wonderful Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in the southern California region. Oct 2, Granada Theater, Santa Barbara Oct 11, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, Malibu Oct 13, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach  ********************************************* A ...