Artscapes: OCMA Offers “California Landscape into Abstraction”

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  For most people, the word “landscape” means a picturesque countryside setting with colorful foliage and snow-capped mountains. For the artists whose work is included in “California Landscape into Abstraction,” the exhibit...

John O’Hurley Stars in “Chicago” at Segerstrom Center

The last time John O’Hurley came to town, he was playing King Arthur in a Broadway touring production of the musical comedy smash hit, “Spamalot,” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Now, O’Hurley is back to play the male lead in another hit musical: “Chicago,” which comes to...

Artscapes: : Off Center Festival Breaks Artistic Boundaries

Calling all arts adventurers! Why not punch through predictable boundaries and give a healthy stretch to task-weary imaginations this month? Segerstrom Center for the Arts brings back its Off Center Festival to kick start the year with an eclectic explosion of arts outside the...

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Curtain Up: A ‘Wicked’ Evening

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy I’m a “Wizard of Oz” fan. I’ve watched the classic 1939 movie at least 40 times and know most of the lines by heart. Maybe that’s why I’ve fallen in love with “Wicked,” the...

Curtain Up: Pacific Symphony stages “Tosca”

“It’s going to be exciting, I’ll just tell you that!” says Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St. Clair of this week’s highly anticipated performances of Puccini’s dramatic masterpiece “Tosca” at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. St. Clair’s words flow swiftly,...

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Under Cover: You’re Getting To Be a Hobbit With Me

The kids went back to school this week, which not only explains the bags under my eyes, but also signifies the official start of the new year. Last week, however while we were still enjoying the free and easy devil-may-care days of winter break, we were able to ring in 2013 all...

Under Cover: Loving Les Miserables

Growing up, my family wasn’t exactly what you’d call theatergoers. Our idea of theater was the kind where you could get a bucket of popcorn and watch a double feature. Later on, however, my mother began a love affair with “The Phantom of the Opera” that launched us down a new...

Under Cover: A Good Read – The Best Books of 2012

As we wrap up 2012 and look towards a new year, it is important to also look back and pat ourselves on the back for all our successes, both large and small, over the previous 12 months. This is true in all walks of life – parents need to praise their children, bosses need to...

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