| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:41 PM
It's the time in a movie when most audience members take their attention off the screen — when they begin talking, checking their phones and shuffling out of the darkness.
For Carl St.Clair, it's sometimes the best part of the film.
| Apr 7, 2014
| 1:57 PM
The most thought-provoking moment of Diana Krall's performance Saturday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts came at the end, when the singer cranked up a 78 rpm disc on an old record player before leaving the stage.
As she prepared to set the needle,...
| Apr 3, 2014
It's a bit of technology whose name might elicit a puzzled look from millennials, and it sounded — scratchily — over the phone from Diana Krall's apartment.
Those familiar with the history of vinyl will know that 78 rpm records, or 78s,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:32 AM
In the 1950s classic "Roll Over Beethoven," Chuck Berry declares, "I got the rockin' pneumonia / I need a shot of rhythm and blues / I caught the rollin' arthritis / sitting down at a rhythm review."
The day may never come when music can cure...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 1:19 PM
Matthew Morrison is nothing like Will Schuester.
The 35-year-old actor susses out people and their true intentions, while the William McKinley High School teacher on Fox's TV show "Glee" is a hopeless optimist.
Both look for the good in people —...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Talk about a perfect song for a small crowd on a rainy night.
Thursday evening at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, former Byrds member John York opened with a truncated rendition of Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom."
The song —...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:14 AM
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will offer a hat-trick of sorts in the 2014-15 season it announced Monday: Audiences can hear programs led by the music directors of three of California’s top orchestras.
Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:27 AM
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa will present its annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" until Dec. 26.
Jerry Path's adaptation of one man's redemption and new lease on life stars Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge for the 34th...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:22 PM
The Fourth of July is often a time for family gatherings, and when Glen Marhevka takes the stage with his bandmates Friday, he'll be surrounded by a group that feels like family to him.
OK, maybe that sounds like the hoariest cliche in the book. But Big...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:06 PM
When Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman takes the stage on the OC Fair's opening night Friday, he may play to some audience members for whom he played a vital role in childhood.
Not as lead guitarist of the Offspring. As Mr. Wasserman, the head custodian....
| Sep 4, 2014
| 7:43 PM
Wounds to Bind
Jerry Burgan with Alan Rifkin
Rowman & Littlefield; 209 pages
I still remember the first time I heard We Five's 1965 hit "You Were On My Mind." It came on my bedroom radio when I was 8 or 9, and I quickly began taping it, mistaking...
| Aug 15, 2014
In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.
She has played the instrument for years but never in front of a live audience. Though she found the element particularly...