Archive for January, 2010

Closer Than Ever to David Shire

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

It’s odd to think of movies as being made by their composer. But the New Beverly is hosting a double bill of films scored by David Shire. And not only will they have the films, David Shire is slated to be there in person! Who is David Shire? Well, I first blogged about him a […]

Taiwanese News Rocks

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Taiwanese news is amazing. Pundits screaming at each other, responding to people calling in to the television station, Chinese captions below keeping a meticulous written record of the debate, the endless pitter patter of verbiage sometimes in several different dialects (Mandarin and Taiwanese mostly). And this isn’t even one or two channels but 44!!! This […]

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Philip Glass is probably the classical composer with the most luck in comedy and being seen by a huge huge audience. Just last night he was on the Colbert Report, accompanying a ridiculous performance piece sketch on the piano. Glass even was compelled to play Shave and a Haircut. What??? Glass has been on Saturday […]

The Great Contender

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Recently there was a movie so big that it seemed unstoppable…breaking records along the way in seemingly once-in-a-lifetime movie experience. That movie was The Dark Knight. And The Dark Knight stopped short of the all-time great, Titanic. Now we have a movie that has a significant chance to take that prize. But it’s not so […]

Paint It Brown

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The Last Five Years is a musical by Jason Robert Brown, a composer as equally at home in pop music styles as he is in classical composition. Last Saturday, he proved something else to a sold-out audience at East West Players: he is also adept at performing at the keyboard and even singing. The truth […]