Without a chance to brush up on my poor speaking or understanding of French, I was whisked away from LA to Montréal, Canada after an invite came into my inbox to attend the 3rd annual world music conference/festival Mundial Montréal.
This is an old tune, arranged perhaps with new words and rhythms to suit a modern audience, but it's the same prejudice-based "judicial" system that seems to dominate our world. And outside the law, are those most guilty the ones most often held accountable?
I have been going to Provence each summer for years now, and I have yet to run out of places to discover. Even when I get lazy and want only to swing in a hammock under a tree, the endless discoveries attract me too much to nap for too long.
Buyer & Cellar, a one-man intermissionless 90-minuter showcasing an extremely adroit Michael Urie, could easily be dismissed as a merely silly time-killer for La Streisand fans. Yet, in a larger sense, it inadvertently implies a reality about the American obsession with fame.
It's been more than fifty years since Paco de Lucía taught himself guitar and stunned the world of flamenco as a child prodigy, then went on to develop peerless technique and controversially reshape the boundaries of the genre.
I've told my adult children that for their own good - for their own, beautiful, hopeful, optimistic good, they are not to call me. No contact I said, until I can find a way to finally wrangle this malady to the mat.
Zee Avi is a celebrated singer/songwriter from Malaysia who packs an emotional wallop with her retro cool indie-rock folkiness. Moroccan-born songstress Hindi Zahra has been called a modern day Billie Holiday thanks to her unique blues, jazz-infused gypsy sound.
I'm so sorry that the late playwright and director Arthur Laurents wasn't able to read what Charles Isherwood wrote about him in the Times, because the piece incisively focuses on what might have been his most remarkable gift.
Commonly called "gypsies," the Roma are Europe's largest minority and fastest growing demographic, numbering nearly 10 million. But they are still largely excluded from political and civic life, battling centuries of discrimination.