Author: Bliss Bowen

Trax – 02.01.18

KYLE CRAFT, Full Circle Nightmare (Sub Pop): **** 2016’s “Dolls of Highland” was a glam rock-dusted set that established the Louisianan-turned-Oregonian’s storytelling bona fides and serious study of ’70s rockers and songwriters. Poetic wordplay and bold, evocative arrangements stir memories of Bowie, The Band, and the Stones throughout this viscerally satisfying follow-up, but Craft doesn’t steal, he synthesizes, vividly depicting carnival-esque visions of “Fever Dream Girl,” “Slick & Delta Queen,” “Fake Magic Angel” and temptresses dancing to “Exile Rag” (“The barroom and the busted lamplight keep you company/ It’s there you’ll speak her name but give in to the...

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Historian David Goldfield discusses his new book ‘The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good’ at Vroman’s Monday

It has often been claimed that members of what Tom Brokaw dubbed “the greatest generation” were made of sterner stuff because of hardships endured during the Depression and World War II and that America advanced dramatically during their lifetimes thanks to their character.. But historian David Goldfield credits government programs established to address their needs. In his thoughtful new book, “The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good,” Goldfield writes that the “corporate concentrations that bedeviled the 1890s populists” and post-WWII Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower have returned “with a vengeance,” contributing to a 50 percent...

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Trax – 01.25.18

JAMISON ROSS, All for One (Concord): 3½ STARS More consistently song-focused than his bluesier, Grammy-nominated debut, 2015’s “Jamison,” this gospel-dipping set from the 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz drum competition winner strikes a tone of gratitude from the top. A celebratory groove through Allen Toussaint’s “A Mellow Good Time” is followed by Ross’ R&B balladry and choice standards like the Etta James-popularized “Don’t Go to Strangers” and Mose Allison’s “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy.” Tasteful arrangements overcome slick production, and Ross’ soulful vocals are elegantly couched by organist Cory Irvin and pianist Chris Pattishall, whose light touch on the keys...

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Cuban-Canadian Soñero Adonis Puentes brings his Voice of Cuba Orchestra and new music to Caltech Saturday night

A life devoted to making music is rare enough. A life in which said musical career begins in childhood and then spans from Cuba to Canada and California and back to Canada again sounds like a relic of the 20th century, or a figment of some novelist’s creation. But that has been the geographical arc of Cuban-Canadian soñero Adonis Puentes’ career. Born south of Havana in 1974, Puentes and fraternal twin Alexis grew up playing guitar and later performing in their father Valentín’s band. It was after touring through Canada with their father in the mid-1990s that the ambitious siblings...

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Pasadena Museum of California Art exhibit offers more boldly immersive feminine perspectives on nature and the environment

“Has there ever been a better time to discuss women and the environment?” So asks artist Constance Mallinson in conversation about “The Feminine Sublime,” an exhibit she curated that opens at the Pasadena Museum of California Art this weekend. Addressing themes of feminine perspective, environmental degradation and the artistic concept of the sublime, “The Feminine Sublime” upends preconceived notions of what constitutes landscape painting with bold, large-scale pieces by Mallinson and four other women artists based in Los Angeles: Merion Estes, Yvette Gellis, Virginia Katz and Marie Thibeault. The phrase “landscape painting” tends to conjure musty visions of gilt-framed...

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Upcoming Events

all-day Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Feb 24 all-day
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Award-winning Jazz and Blues Musical “I Wanna Be Loved,” the story of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, starring three-time Grammy-Nominee vocalist and two-time NAACP Theatre Award Winner Barbara Morrison as Dinah Washington. With an[...]
1:00 pm Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A guided tour visits works of bronze sculpture from ancient India to the 20th century, from 1 to 2 p.m. The Teen Arts Academy invites kids to join artist Michelle Antonisse to explore Rembrandt’s “Self[...]
4:00 pm Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm
The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series showcases the work of first and second-year fiction and poetry students, poet Lauren Swift and fiction writers Sarah Beth Rhyther, Gareth Seigel and Lara Fitzjarrald at 4 p.m.
7:00 pm Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Illuminate Dinner fundraiser benefits and celebrates the Alex Theatre art deco neon tower and marquee, featuring food by a guest chef and specialty wines, plus a wine auction, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets[...]
8:00 pm Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Co... @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Co... @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
The orchestra presents “Regal Classics,” performing works by Britten, Haydn and Ellen Reid, starting at 8 p.m. Douglas Boyd conducts. Featured soloist is Toby Spence, tenor. Tickets are $27 and up.

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