This Is It (2009)

This Is It (2009)Director: Kenny OrtegaStarring: Michael Jacksonhttp://www.thisisit-movie.com/http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/michael-jacksons-this-is-it/featurette-travis-payneThis Is It is one of those films that defies logic. As a document of the last months of Michael Jackson’s life, a behind-the-scenes record of rehearsals for the come-back tour that  ...

Inherit the Wind, London

Inherit the Wind by Jerome E. Lawrence and Robert E. LeeOld Vic Theatre, LondonOctober, 2009http://www.oldvictheatre.com/Lawrence and Lee’s 1955 Broadway drama has been revived as part of the Charles Darwin anniversary celebrations. It is 200 years since Darwin’s birth and  ...

Six Films from the Arab Film Festival

6 Films from the Arab Film Festival San FranciscoOctober, 2009Pomegranates and Myrrh (2008 )  Palestine  95 mins. Salt of This Sea (2008 )   Palestine 104 mins. Casanegra (2008 )  Morocco  124 mins.Help ( 2009 )  Lebanon   77 mins. Not  ...

Elixir of Love, Houston

The Elixir of Loveby Gaetano DonizettiHouston Grand OperaOctober 24, 2009Houston, TXwww.houstongrandopera.orgEktarina Slurina (Adina)  HGO Chorus. Photo: Felix Sanchez. Attention sensitive men of questionable self esteem, sometimes you get thegirl, and if you are lucky, the money too. So it goes  ...

Abduction from the Seraglio, SF

The Abduction From the SeraglioOpera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto by Johann Gottlieb StephanieDirected by Chas Rader-ShieberConducted by Cornelius Meister/Giuseppe FinziSan Francisco OperaSept. 23, 26 and 29; October 2, 11, 17 and 23, 2009http://sfopera.com/o/286.aspAnna Christy (Blonde). Photo  ...

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater1909-2009: The Great Collaborators of the Ballets RussesOctober 15-17, 2009Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha HallHouston, Texashttp://www.dwdt.org/Domenico Luciano and Felicia McBride in Dominic Walsh's "Le Spectre de la Rose" . Photo: Gabriella Nissen Photography.Three years  ...

Sammy, San Diego

Sammyby Leslie BricusseOld Globe TheatreSan Diego, CAhttp://www.TheOldGlobe.org/Obba Babatundé as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Heather Ayers as May Britt. Photo by Craig Schwartz.Sammy Davis, Jr. was undoubtably a giant of American entertainment. His talents, revealed at the early age of  ...

Ancient Sounds: Music of Iraq and India

 Ancient Sounds : Music of Iraq and India> Rahim AlHaj and Alam Khan and musicians> 19 Sept 2009 Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA> www.ciis.eduAlam Khan>>While this concert was hardly opera, all music is, to some degree,> theatrical, and dramatic  ...

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Destination: Berkshires, MassachusettsSomewhere In BetweenSeptember 2009Somewhere between Boston and New York is an impressive area of beauty and tranquility, the antithesis to its urban bookends.  The Berkshires, named for the hills and mountains that surround the area and easily  ...

Il Tabarro, Pagliacci, Houston

Il Tabarro/ PagliacciGiacomo Puccini/Ruggero LeoncavalloOpera in the HeightsOctober 1, 2009 http://www.operaintheheights.org/Kirsten Hoiseth playing Nedda, Chad Karl playing Tonio in Pagliacci. Photo by David HuntWhen I saw a man strolling down the aisle toward the stage, I figured he was  ...