Standout artist round-robin

old-boyfriends

Did'ja know that a strong title from the '70s cinema canon, OLD BOYFRIENDS (1979), was directed by a woman, Joan Tewkesbury? The underrated Talia Shire and the lovely late actor, Richard Jordan, star in a life-retracing journey of one woman's romances. Is she nostalgic or just nuts? Film kicked off UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Liberating Hollywood" female-director series with Ms. Tewkesbury in the house.

40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)

Tony Curtis, pouty-faced here, leads a bandwagon of fun in a film I had never seen, FORTY POUNDS OF TROUBLE (1962). Reminding us why he was such a big movie star, Curtis hits every note as a playboy with a soft touch for a foundling left at his doorstep -- who weighs 40 pounds. Shot at Lake Tahoe and at length, on location in Disneyland, this delicious flick screened at the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Esa-Pekka-Salonen

Even though this New Yorker magazine image of Esa-Pekka Salonen portrays him in San Francisco, where he is artistic director-designate of the local symphony, we all know where E-P left his heart. Come on! At Disney Hall on Bunker Hill! I will see the Great Esa bring his artistry to conducting The Colburn Symphony Jan 31 at The Soraya.

marsalis

A modern master of tenor saxophone seen Jan 24 in the intimate 'jazz club' setting at The Soraya. Branford Marsalis headed his own quartet with stellar pianist, Joey Calderazzo and a monster drummer Jeff Watts. Blasting off with a quirky avant-garde number, the playlist ambled into a conventional territory for my taste and closed a tad lackluster. But still!

nicholas mcg

A "Baroque Masters" concert by the Pasadena Symphony Jan 26 at the stalwart Ambassador Auditorium was revelatory for one reason: Nicholas McGegan. The maestro knit together a program of golden Bach/Vivaldi oldies with sparkle and panache, most memorably in a Correlli concerto that smoothed every jagged edge Donald Trump and his shutdown (there I go again) installed in my brain.

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