“THE TEARS OF ST. PETER:” PETER SELLARS DIRECTS THE LA MASTER CHORALE

TEARS OF ST PETER

For two performances only, October 29 and 30, Peter Sellars will direct the LA Master Chorale in “Lagrime di San Pietro” (The Tears of St. Peter), an a cappella Renaissance masterpiece by composer Orlando di Lasso. Sellars, as you may know, is the internationally acclaimed theater and opera director who shot out of Harvard in […]

KAZUO OHNO, TAKAO KAWAGUCHI, AND THE ART OF BUTOH

TAKAO KAWAGUCHI

Recently I caught a mesmerizing dance performance at the downtown REDCAT Theater: “Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno–Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces.” Ohno (1906-2010) was one of the founders of the revolutionary dance form known as Butoh, an avant-garde discipline, often done in white body makeup, that arose from the ashes of WWII. As defined by […]

SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN AND THE REPTILES AT THE L.A. ZOO

SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN

“Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia” (1995) is a memoir by Alabama native, journalist, and creative writing professor Dennis Covington. In 1991, preacher Glenn Summerford was convicted and sentenced to ninety-nine years for forcing his wife at gunpoint to stick her arm into a cage of rattlesnakes. Covington covered the […]