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  • Dance about Fear is Brings Fun (not Screams) to Live Arts
    Angel Acuna, Erica Ruse, and Minaqua McPherson. Photo: Doug McMinimy Schrekstoff is a chemical the body produces when we’re afraid, an alarm signal that warns other animals of danger. Simply for bringing that delicious word into my awareness, I’m grateful to Lavina Rich, who titled her latest dance “Schrekstoff: What... Read more »
  • The A’s, E’s and I’s Have It in NCR’s OK ‘Other Half’
    “I don’t think that I’ve ever been a political writer,” Britain’s Sir Alan Ayckbourn once told London’s The Guardian newspaper, “but I think I’ve been a social writer. I am interested in the world around me, although I generally write about the domestic, so it’s more the Jane Austen model... Read more »
  • Camarada Goes Calypso at the Mingei in Balboa Park
    Branching out from its customary programming, Beth Ross Buckley’s enterprising Camarada offered a laid-back concert of jazz-tinged calypso Sunday, April 15, at the Mingei International Museum. Considering the musical prowess of the ensemble assembled in the Mingei rotunda—the celebrated brothers Peter and Tripp Sprague, bassist Gunnar Biggs, guitarist Fred Benedetti,... Read more »
  • ‘Noises Off’ in Good Hands at Lamb’s
    Michael Frayn’s Noises Off has been celebrated as a farce to be reckoned with, and if reckoning means that the ensemble cast must execute precisely while pretending to be flailing about, then the cast of the current production at Lamb’s Players Theatre has reckoned well indeed. It is 1976, and... Read more »
  • Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez: Spicing Up the Staid Organ Recital in Balboa Park
    When the Spanish organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez became San Diego Civic Organist at the beginning of 2018, he made it clear that he intended to bring a fresh approach to programming at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. His program Saturday evening, April 14, displayed some of his ideas for revitalizing that... Read more »
  • “Coop” Opens Live Arts Festival with a Dream of a Dance
    Photo by Manuel Rotenberg Watching “Coop,” the piece by somebodies dance theater that kicked off the Live Arts Fest on Friday, felt like having a deliciously wacky dream. The evening-length work proceeded by a free-associative logic and offered moments of sublime dance. Choreographed by company directors Gina Bolles Sorensen and... Read more »
  • Accomplished Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford, Sings Rewarding Concert at All Souls’ Episcopal Church
    Sporting an impressive pedigree, the Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford, presented a substantial concert Friday, April 13, at the All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma. The 21-voice ensemble started its California tour last week at the Stanford Memorial Church, with Point Loma as the tour’s most southern extension. They... Read more »
  • Inspiring Followers Through Faith
    Josh Young and Ester Rada. (Photos courtesy of Ken Jacques.)Most singers who use religion to connect with others write music that appeals to people with similar beliefs. A good example is Shlomo Carlebach, an Orthodox Jewish singer/composer/lyricist with the nickname “the Singing Rabbi.” The touring production of the musical Soul... Read more »
  • San Diego State University Musicians Center Stage at the Jacobs Music Center
    In an event titled “SDSU Live Downtown,” major performing organizations from San Diego State University took over Copley Symphony Hall Sunday, April 8, filling the hall with exuberant music making. For a school whose large music department is a major source of music education—some 65% of music educators in San... Read more »
  • Andrei Ioniță’s Heavenly Bach on the San Diego Symphony’s Chamber Music Series
    Over the last weekend, the young Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniță thrilled San Diego Symphony audiences with his account of the Edward Elgar Cello Concerto under guest conductor Case Scaglione. After that stunning first impression, attending a chamber concert on Tuesday, April 10, in the Auditorium at TSRI featuring Ioniță was... Read more »

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