Weekly Update

WHO ARE THOSE GUYS?

Magi_(1)For Epiphany, today, the Economist investigates the three magi who brought gifts to the Christ child. Who were they and where did they come from? Or is it what they symbolize that really counts? Click HERE.

 

AMERICAN BALLET: QUIET REVOLUTION OR…?

Five prima ballerinas are retiring all at once. Carla Escoda of Ballet to the People asked each of them: What in your view has been the most significant change in the dance world since you started out as a young dancer? Their often-surprising answers illuminate the biggest changes in the American ballet scene, now much more influenced by technology and the media. Click HERE.

RICHARD WAGNER’S TRISTAN MASTERSTROKEJohn William waterhouse_tristan_and_isolde_sharing_the_potion 1916

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Munich premiere of Tristan und Isolde, a musical melodrama that irrevocably changed the trajectory of Western classical music. Its yearning, restless opening chord does not find final release until, five hours later, in the Liebestod (“lovedeath.”) Click HERE. (2015 also marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Hmm.)

CABRILLO’S URINETOWN REVIEW

Don Adkins thinks it’s their best since Oklahoma! Click HERE.

XANDY JANKO’S MOVIE IS ON ITS WAY

Last June, Monterey’s own screenwriter, producer, composYBTS-Jankoer Alexander Janko successfully funded his film, A Year by the Sea, based on Joan Anderson’s best-selling memoirs, using Kickstarter. That seed money has now sprouted and Xandy reports the film “is a go!” and pre-production is underway. (Janko was our Performing Arts People person on April 15, 2014.)

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

This week it’s Howard Rugg, legendary maker of mountain dulcimers in the redwoods of Felton. (He also makes ukuleles when the spirit moves.) Click HERE.

8 TENS AT EIGHT

Eight ten-minute plays, 20th anniversary season, at Center Stage in Santa Cruz, for one month starting this Friday. Playwrights include Bryan Harnetaux, Wallace Baine, Wilma Chandler, Lisa Hadley, Jean Blasiar, JM Eisenman, Charlotte Ortiz Colavin, Brian Spencer, Greg Rowe, Mercilee Jenkins, Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, John Boni, Jody McColman, E Borg, Steve Spike Wong and Vincent Durham. See our CALENDAR for more info.

Scott MacClelland, editor