San Francisco veered from winter straight into summer with barely a glance at spring, but Smuin Ballet is handing us a Spring "Bouquet" of a mixed bill and we're not going to point out that it's 90 degrees outside.
Singer-songwriter Thom Chacon has elevated his poignant Americana sound alongside that of John Prine, Willie Nelson and Guy Clark, to name but three. Like Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl ballads, Chacon's characters face hard times and desperation.
I am often asked by new audience members of all ages, but especially young people, what should they look for at a dance performance. I decided to ask my colleagues to answer this question in one sentence.
The Big Bang may have been the theme of this year's Watermill Center extravaganza of a summer gala, with its outsized red phalluses, neon ninjas, and popping balloons, but many East End events make big noise.
John Pizzarelli: Favorite album of all time? ... Abbey Road is pretty close to the top of the list. It's funny. You could say Abbey Road or you could say In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, because they're the types of records you put on and say, 'Oh, I'll just listen to one or two tracks.'
Paul Kelly is a well known and highly respected songwriter all over the world, but not necessarily in the United States. Here he shares his thoughts about his music having been somewhat elusive to American audiences.
Each year in NYC, legendary musician Paul Winter presents two annual celebration concerts on the summer and winter solstice. I recently had the pleasure of talking with Winter about the upcoming summer solstice concert.
As a cranky, sleep-deprived new parent in the throes of box sets by hipsters, I declared (on Twitter, no less) that there was absolutely no need for me to hear Kanye's latest magnum opus. Until I heard a track on YouTube.