Hendrix, Sunset Strip, 1969 — part 2 2

ed note: This excerpt from “Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child” by Harvey Kubernik & Kenneth Kubernik, Sterling Books (2021) is published with permission of the authors. Part one is here. Part two is below. Cover image “Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child” Wendy Weatherford believes: “What happened there was entirely different from what happened at the Whisky and ...

From our Washington D.C. correspondent, Toni Basil

Dance · Music
photo courtesy toni basil, and the kennedy center awards Toni, who choreographed multiple of Midler’s ornate staged pageants, writes on Facebook: So proud to have been with my incredible, long-time friend, Bette Midler, to watch her receive her lifetime achievement award for artistic achievement at The Kennedy Center Honors. Other honorees included Berry Gordy, Lorne ...

‘I can’t dance,’ signals Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in ‘Being The Ricardos’ 2

Dance · Film
It’s no spoiler to share that in one scene of BEING THE RICARDOS, a cultural cataclysm heading our way December 10 in theatres and on Amazon PRIME, Nicole Kidman, as Lucille Ball, lets drop that her sexy boyfriend Desi Arnaz (Javiar Bardem) is going to teach her how to rumba. The embarrassing display that follows ...

Von Sternberg silent movie, a trove of great early-cinema collaborators, @UCLA Film Archive 1

A double bill of early movies directed by Josef Von Sternburg is set to spool for an in-person audience in January, and it looks particularly luscious. One picture is the director’s final extant silent movie; the second, his first using sound. Set almost entirely in a seedy portside tavern where the doomed and desperate carouse, ...

Love is Love: Pride Night at ABT ‘Nutcracker’ December 15

In the video above, Hee Seo, rehearses for opening night of American Ballet Theatre‘s “The Nutcracker”Friday night at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The video displays what an exquisite ballerina she is. There is no doubt that every night at the ballet is a pride night for gay men and women. That’s indicated by the ...

A flash of modernism: E.O. Hoppé meets The Firebird 2

Dance · Visual arts
Tamara Karsavina, Adolph Bolm in “The Firebird” (1911) A moment of silence, please, for this splendid photograph, a capture of choreographer Michel Fokine’s “The Firebird,” a ballet created to Igor Stravinsky’s stirring score for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Dancing in their originating roles are Tamara Karsavina and Adolph Bolm. Yes, it’s a sensational, dance historic moment. ...

Jimi Hendrix, Los Angeles, 1969

(left) Monterey Pop Festival, Nurit Wilde/from “Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child”(right) with Michelle Phillips & Mama Cass Henry Diltz/ from “Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child” ed note: This excerpt from “Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child” by Harvey Kubernik & Kenneth Kubernik, Sterling Books (2021) is published with permission of the authors. In 1960s rock royalty, none wore the ...

Yuval Ron’s mystical music magic to whirl in garden setting

Dance · Music
banafsheh sayyad The weather may be nippy at these outdoor-garden events, but isn’t it time we generated a little heat within? That is on offer as the indefatigable Yuval Ron invites our attendance at Rumi’s Wedding Night. Yuval, a master of the Middle Eastern lute, the oud, assembles a troupe of players for evenings of ...

Los Angeles, California, home to two choreographer-goddesses

Dance · Reviews
Macaela Taylor, Danielle Agami It’s exciting. For awhile there, things were looking bad. We seemed to be losing the female voice in the contemporary dance space, as men, holding the reins of most operating companies, naturally meted out sparse commissions and jobs to guy-pals. Female dance leaders, critics and scholars sounded the alarm. Foundations, universities, ...

Quarantine blues, back-to-nature edition

Dance · Film
There’s the walking blues, the talking blues, and now thanks to filmmaking collaborators Wade Robson and Tony Testa, there’s “DisInteGrated,” the dancing blues, filmed in Maui. Testa, looking like Gilligan in search of his island, convenes with nature — sand, sea, sky, forest, even planted!