From the personal to the politic

Singe-songwriter Michael Fracasso - Sings Like Hell 8/27/16 Lobero Theatre

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Michael Fracasso made his 3rd appearance @ Sings Like Hell Aug. 27th, and what a pleasure to hear him again! Backed by Betty Soo (an SLH alum) on keys & bass, and drummer Mark Patterson, Michael’s pure high tenor and very personal songwriting were so right it almost hurt. My favorites of…

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Breaking glass

Paige Tautz (Laura Wingfield), and Chris Wagstaffe (Jim O'Conner) - publicity photo for Lit Moon Theater Company's "The Glass Menagerie" 8/20/16 Porter Theater, Westmont College

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  When director John Blondell and his merry band of thespians of Lit Moon Theatre Company tackle a classic, you can expect the unexpected to reign. Mixing the seemingly anarchical with intoxicating playfulness and rigorous attention to details while throwing new light on well known plays are the hallmarks of this this daring troupe. To kick…

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Sounding so sweet

Karla Bonoff at the Lobero Theatre 8/18/16

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  Karla Bonoff has one of the sweetest voices and writes achingly beautiful songs about being in and falling out of love, so it was a truly special evening, to be serenaded by one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time. Karla is also a master of between song banter. Her story about Wynonna Judd (known…

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A balmy evening of

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The wonderful home of hostess Lilian Lovelace, nestled in the foothills above Montecito, made the perfect setting for a languorous evening of fine music and food in honor of Camerata Pacifica’s new “Bernard Gondos Chair in Violin,” Kristin Lee. Attendees were treated to a short concert by Ms. Lee accompanied by Egle Januleviciute, followed by a…

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