THIS EVENING! – DUDAMEL conducts MAHLER’s 4T – oh man, I love Mahler and our LA Phil Music Director Gustavo too, it is one of his areas of great passion and recognition when he won the first Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2004 at the age of 23 brought him worldwide attention , all of the top orchestras were courting him, and that had a lot to do with his appointment a few years later as director of our LA Philharmonic (he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Personalities in 2009) and Did you know Mahler as one of the best Conductor of his time? We’ll have to wait for another Mahler until next March, the 7th, Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Walt Disney Concert Hall, DTLA, $ 20-227.
X, BLASTERS, horror pops – I might have been a bit shy if I hadn’t seen X after many years in the Teragram Ballroom a few years ago postulating that people won’t quit their jobs, they will be replaced by androids and the mighty Billy Zoom no longer shreds his guitar from an almost split rock and roll stance, but sits on a stool and looks almost unrecognizable – but who cares, he still plays like a monster and Exene is still a phenomenon that this legendary one LA band leads, at 65 maybe as good as it ever was, and the Blasters? I promise you will see rockabilly heaven, Greek Theater, LA, Sat 7pm, $ 19-79.
EM THE MASTER + ANGELO MOORE’s Dr Madd Vibe & The Missin ‘Links – I’ve been giving EM’s show a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for months and still do, but tonight you get a big bonus when the above musical mayhem dealers come to her come open. Angelo was the founding singer and saxophonist of the groundbreaking crazy great Fishbone, you may have caught his former conglomerate Trulio Disgracious, he’s also a published poet, and his father played saxophone for Count Basie. Don’t miss this one. Tue 9:30 p.m., Harvelle’s, DTSM, $ 12.
PETER ERSKINE TRIO – It might be a strange thing, but I’m usually content to “see” a great artist or band once or twice, but there are a handful of exceptions and jazz drummer Peter Erskine is one, every time if I can see him without buying a plane ticket, I’m there. He started playing drums at the age of 4, joined Stan Kenton’s band at 18, then Maynard Ferguson, then Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius – this is now a rhythm section – Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, now more than 700 albums and soundtracks , preferably up close, because Erskine plays so gracefully and without lightning, melodically, like a gifted classical pianist, in such a captivating style, and Sam First, an intimate jazz club near LAX, is the perfect place for it. He has a first class trio here with Alan Pasqua on piano and Derek Oles on bass. Next Thursday, 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm, Sam First, LAX, $ 25.
THIS EVENING! HAMILTON – No, no, still didn’t get it – hey, I have poetry readings and phenomenon jugglers on my busy calendar – but I think I can only go wrong if I don’t recommend it, based on what I’ve heard and read have . Tonight, Fri, Sat, Tue, Wed, next Thu 8 p.m., Sun 1 p.m., 6.30 p.m., also Sat 2 p.m., all performances in the Pantages Theater, Hollywood, $ 49-3000 +, depending on date / time.
THEARICUM BOTANICUM presents –
Familiarity creates contempt, they say, but just because you’ve gotten used to seeing those three pieces in this RECOMMENDED column week after week it just means this: It’s a shortened season so I got to see them all first, and myself assure each of these lives up to the company’s decades-long reputation, so why not recommend them every week? There’s always a lot of good theater in LA, but these three are all as good as you’ll find.
If you see her sitting there in NOTEWORTHY every week for a long summer, you can always put it off. Not. You don’t want to miss any of these and time is running out and the days will soon be shorter and the nights cooler so just go now.
“THE LAST, BEST SMALL TOWN” – this moving, contemporary original with the themes of racism, small town life, youthful rebellion, tradition – is set in a small town that both nourishes and dumbs down. Great acting, but that could be said about everything TB does. This is a world class company. Sa 7:30 p.m.
SHAKESPEARES “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” – one of the best “AMND” I can remember. Loved the inventive physical comedy, and these fairies are show stealers; who could not be enchanted by their little chirps? So 4 p.m.
SHAKESPEARES “JULIUS CAESAR” – historically informative, makes ancient political drama appear contemporary. All politics are local politics, right? Every word shimmers through the performance and play of the TB thespians. Christopher W. Jones stood out as the contradicting villain Brutus, as did Willow Geer as Portia, with particular linguistic laurels for Melora Marshall as Cassius, who was created for this role, despite being a male role. It pulls you right into the moment. Sun 7:30 p.m.
All benefits TB, Topanga Canyon, $ 10-60.
LA OPERA presents WAGNER’S “TANNHÄUSER” – no shrinking violet, no master of the minuet, Wagner is getting big (and that’s why Hollywood loves his melodies) and that is the archetypal Wagner, with LA Opera with 145 actors and musicians, about his sin and redemption to present drama of a knight who decides it is time to return to the real world, to normality, morality and what is expected of a knight, and to pursue the woman of virtue who he after a year of fullness Deserving debauchery with Venus in her underworld Playgirl Mansion. He was “caught”, he said – can he?
“’Tannhäuser’ is widely regarded as one of the most majestic, sublime and moving of all operas,” I am told, and who should I contradict, there are a few that I have not yet seen. Lead Issachah Savage is considered a “heroic tenor” or “heroic tenor”. Well, if you own him and put your voice in one of the opera’s most sophisticated roles, the chances are you can support him, and I can’t wait, Sun 2 p.m., Wed 7:30 p.m., Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, DTLA , $ 19-292.
UPCOMING ATTRACTIONS: LA OPERA ORCHESTRA plays live soundtrack for the horror film “GET OUT”, The Theater at Ace Hotel, October 29-31; MONTY ALEXANDER, Catalina Jazz Club, October 29-30; LIBRARY GIRL, Ruskin Group Theater, 11/14; LA OPERA presents ROSSINIS “CINDERELLA”. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 11/20/12/12; DIE SCATALITEN, The West of Venice, 12/3; PONCHO SANCHEZ and his Latin Jazz Band, Catalina Jazz Club, 12/10/12; JOHN MAYALL, WALTER TROUT, Saban Montclair, 12/12; X, BLASTER, HENRY FONDA, 12/16; MUSICARES HONORS JONI MITCHELL, LA Convention Center, 1/29/22.
Charles Andrews has heard a lot of music of all kinds, including more than 2,000 live shows. He has lived in Santa Monica for 34 years and would not live anywhere else in the world. For real. Send love and / or rebuke to [email protected]