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.
Ed Rampell: This Halloween screening of Nosferatu with live instrumental and voice accompaniment is part of LA Opera’s crusade to keep opera relevant to contemporary audiences.
Mark Will: I wrote the song about four years ago, probably around the time of the previous electoral carnival, but it originated with impulses which were completely personal, not political.
Ed Rampell: In their manifesto Marx and Engels wrote “a specter is haunting Europe” and in Verdi’s version of the Shakespearean classic as presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, specters in the form of a coven of witches haunt the stage.