Patrick O’Heffernan: Athena is a magical musical angel whose songs release emotion like endorphins.
Mark Will: I always cast the I Ching in early January to get a feel for where I am and what’s to come. This year, according to the oracle, there is CONFLICT in the present, and the future will demand ADAPTATION. I’m still not sure what that means exactly.
Ed Rampell: LA Opera’s breezy production of Wonderful Town, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is a highly enjoyable, ideal holiday season treat for the eyes and ears.
Patrick O’Heffernan: As anyone who has followed Mayall for the past half century knows, hot or cool, he loves the blues and that love was on full display Friday night at Pasadena’s The Rose music venue.
Mark Will: Like the spirituals of old, a secular spiritual expresses a longing for connection with the divine mystery, but it does not promote any particular dogma or religion.