Finding a lot to laugh about in Spamalot

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: March 05, 2014

Rubber chickens, Vegas, disco and gay marriage in Camelot? Richard Burton would not be amused. But the current musical Spamalot at Toby’s Dinner Theatre is two letters and five decades removed from the venerated 1960 Broadway production.And audiences are not just amused, they guffaw and snort with laughter at every double entendre, every pun, no matter how puny, and every fart... READ MORE

Time to dress up for El Paseo Fashion Week

By: Jorie Parr
Posted on: February 20, 2014

Fashion mania will sweep over the valley in the wake of the 9th El Paseo Fashion Week, March 16-22, presented by Palm Springs Life (PSL) magazine, with title sponsor Saxony Group.Trimmed this year to an actual 7-day week, the event headlines Palm Springs-based designers Michael Costello and Jim Mullin of JM Couture, and culminates with Zang Toi, the first New York notable to participate.The ... READ MORE

Conference explores music’s effect on brain

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: February 07, 2014

Most of us enjoy listening to music. But did you know that what is a pleasurable pastime — whether you’re listening to Bach or Bieber — can also be a boon to our brains? The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University is going to explore just that topic at a two-day international conference on Thursday and Friday, Jan.30-31.Open to the public, “Music, Mind,... READ MORE

Irish dance show has contemporary twist

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: February 03, 2014

Traditional Irish step dancing — with some Latin, African and beatboxing rhythms blended in — will be featured in the Teelin Irish Dance Company’s upcoming show at the Jim Rouse Theater in Columbia.The company’s two performances, on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., will fuse the “heart-pounding rhythm of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography,” said... READ MORE

Arts festival season kicks off in January

By: Jamie Lee Pricer
Posted on: January 31, 2014

Come rain or shine, every year the Coachella Valley hosts three major outdoor art festivals that attract more than 30,000 visitors.Scheduled to allow art fans to wander through shows in the desert’s most agreeable weather, the festivals benefit art education and local businesses, and offer art pieces for most any taste. All three have dining, places to sit, valet parking,... READ MORE

Around the world with Jewish music trio

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: January 17, 2014

You don’t have to know Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Luganda, Arabic or even English to sing and swing along with the Robyn Helzner Trio when they present “A Concert of World Jewish Music” in Columbia.The words — even if foreign to your ears — and the music will draw you in by “the emotion and the celebration” in song of the Jewish experience, said Robyn ... READ MORE