November 22, 2014

34th Annual “Messiah” Sing-Along, December 7

 Belting out the Hallelujah chorus has become an exhilarating and joyous holiday tradition, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s (LAMC) famed “Messiah Sing-Along,” conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, continues to reign supreme as the ultimate must-do for sing-along fans on Sunday, December 7, 7 p.m., at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all abilities—even those with no singing experience—are welcome to the Chorale’… [Read More...]

Olde Fashioned Yuletide Celebration and Benefit, December 13

 The Theatricum

 Botanicum will present an Olde Fashioned Yuletide Celebration on December 13, 6 p.m., at Topanga’s Mountain Mermaid.
 Festivities feature special guest Amy Madigan reading Leo Tolstoy’s holiday story, “What We Live By,” and will include a host of seasonal enticements; carol singing, sweet and savory goodies, a silent auction, holiday libations, an artisan gift shop, a visit from Father Christmas and the story of “St … [Read More...]

Topanga Symphony Concert: In Appreciation of Jack and Gaby Smith

 As a classical guitar aficionado, during his 28-year tenure as President and Membership Chairman of the Topanga Symphony, Jack Smith recommended guitarist Jordan Charnofsky as a soloist. Charnofsky quickly became one of the Symphony’s favorite soloists performing on many occasions. At the November 9 concert, Charnofsky was again performing, but this time it was to honor the dedication and years of service Jack and Gaby S… [Read More...]

Dave Grohl Visits Houses of the Holy on “Sonic Highways”

 Foo Fighters spend as much time on album as on documentary with mixed results. “Sonic Highways”serves as the Foo Fighters’ latest cog in an album triumvirate supposed to show what “real” rock is supposed to be compared to today’s pop consumerism milieu. The overarching concept is a welcomed and grand experiment. However, where there is a tremendous depth of living history, unfortunately, there is a dearth o… [Read More...]

Music Interview: Catching Up With…Lyndsay Hailey

 Writer, Improviser, iO West teacher discusses her one-woman show, “30% Chance of Hailey,” comedy and catharsis. Sometimes the best laughter comes with the ability to laugh at yourself. While Lyndsay Hailey’s sketch show “30% Chance of Hailey” isn’t a full hour of light-hearted fluff, the paydirt she is looking for is something far more substantial, humanistic and universal. It also happens to be very funny. “30% Ch… [Read More...]

Theatre Review: “30% Chance of Hailey,” a Storm Unto Itself

 One-Woman Show at iO West takes no prisoners. “It’s awkward if you don’t applaud because if you don’t applaud I don’t know if you like me.” With that slight, subtle and well-sung plea we know that Lyndsay Hailey has heart, a raw nerve and a raging id ready to break out. The premise behind her one-woman show, “30% Chance of Hailey,” is that 30 percent of the content would be authentic extractions from her li… [Read More...]