Books and Lectures

‘The Notebooks of Alexander Skryabin’ from Oxford University Press

February 15, 2019 | By Nestor Castiglione | Category: Books and Lectures, Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Alexander Scriabin’s music was, arguably, the catalyst that set in motion Sergei Rachmaninoff’s career as a touring pianist. Synthesizing elements from Chopin and Russian music with uniquely personal spiritual beliefs, his art captivated audiences, as well as fellow musicians.
Yet after his untimely death in 1915 at the age of 43, his music would come to [...]

Holiday Read: ‘The Enchanted Sonata’

December 21, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Most of us are lucky if we can excel at one thing, but Heather Dixon Wallwork appears to be a triple threat: a musician, Disney illustrator and novelist. Her latest work, The Enchanted Sonata, is an engaging fantasy that retells the beloved story of The Nutcracker. Her writing flows like exquisite music and sweeps us [...]

ALOUD Speaker Series

February 27, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

A pillar of the downtown LA cultural scene, the ALOUD series presents an award-winning and distinguished array of authors to discuss trending topics and engage in critical discourse with audiences at the LA Public Library and beyond.
Spring 2017 Schedule:
The Constitution and the Presidency (March 2)
Erwin Chemerinsky in conversation with journalist Jim Newton
Chemerinsky, the founding [...]

Boston Court Presents Art Song and Poetry With Hila Plitmann, Mark Abel and Red Hen Press

September 14, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures, Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Boston Court presents “An Autumn Evening of Art Song and Poetry” on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in Pasadena. Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and pianist Tali Tadmor will perform the world premiere of composer Mark Abel’s newest song cycle, “The Palm Trees Are Restless.” Also on the program are three excerpts from the [...]

Book Review: Adventures in the Scream Trade by Charles Long

October 10, 2012 | By Penny Orloff | Category: Books and Lectures

For two decades Charles Long was one of a handful of American baritones at the top of the international opera scene. Singing opposite such luminaries as the late Shirley Verrett, Carlo Bergonzi, Sam Ramey and other legendary stars, he was known for his gleaming high notes, meticulous musicianship and infallible dramatic rightness. At the peak [...]

A x S Festival, Pacific Standard Time and Art Night in Pasadena

October 2, 2011 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums, Books and Lectures

The A x S Festival 2011 runs Oct. 1 through 16, continuing the Pasadena Arts Council’s biennial celebration of Pasadena’s unique heritage as a city of art and science. The festival, focused on the theme of fire and water, features two weeks of art, dance, music, theater, performance and conversation at venues throughout the city. [...]

UCLA Live: Billy Collins and Kay Ryan

April 26, 2011 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

In celebration of National Poetry Month, two former U.S. Poets Laureate took the stage at Royce Hall on April 23. The UCLA Live event featuring Billy Collins and Kay Ryan was an immensely entertaining and very funny evening of poetry and conversation.
Entertaining and funny poets? Yes, and it should have been no surprise given that [...]

Billy Collins and Kay Ryan at UCLA Live

April 6, 2011 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

UCLA Live presents an evening with two of America’s premier poets, former Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Kay Ryan, appearing at Royce Hall Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.
In conjunction with the event and tied to National Poetry Month, UCLA Live is holding a poetry-writing competition. Collins and Ryan will judge the winners from selected [...]

Wallace Shawn’s ‘Real World, Fake World, Dream World’

January 23, 2011 | By Colleen M. McLellan | Category: Books and Lectures

“I’ve done some things, and some of you may have come for some of them.”  With that, Wallace Shawn – whose program bio mentioned neither My Dinner with Andre nor The Princess Bride – embarked upon an evening of readings called “Real World, Fake World, Dream World,” presented by UCLA Live at Royce Hall on [...]

UCLA Live Presents Wallace Shawn

January 17, 2011 | By Colleen M. McLellan | Category: Books and Lectures


With that catch phrase from The Princess Bride out of the way, let’s consider the life’s work (so far) of Wallace Shawn, a native New Yorker with a big-screen background, a small library of plays to his name (and an Obie award), a 2009 collection of essays (now out in paperback), and a political [...]