DIFFICULT WOODY WORDS, COMIC OPERAS
WOODY’S WORDS ALWAYS KILL FASCISTS
Fifty years after his death, “the sad truth” about the great American troubadour, social activist and iconic songwriter Woody Guthrie, “is that much of what Woody wrote about racism, economic inequality, treatment anti-American immigrants, war, the corruption of wild capitalism – is still very much present today, “wrote Robert Santelli in his introduction to the just-released tome,” Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art * Words and Wisdom “. (Chronicles Books, 346 p., $ 40)
It is “organized” by his daughter Nora Guthrie. A visually stunning recording of her work in her own words and her own hand, it’s a thematic archive showcasing her handwritten and typed journals, song lyrics, and personal photos. I found Woody’s work surprising and impressive. I didn’t know he could draw. It reminded me of James Thurber. Guess that was the inspiration for Bob Dylan, who adored Woody, to start drawing and painting while on tour. Dylan has become quite accomplished, and a few years ago I saw an impressive gallery exhibiting his work in Bergamot. (You know, that silly old art center we’re going to trade in for a place to stay and a hotel.)
Yes, his song about Fred Trump, the famous racist dad from Donald Trump’s slum, is here, written while his family lived in one of Fred’s apartments in Brooklyn. Too bad he probably doesn’t know that Donald’s grandfather Frederick was kicked out of Germany for tax evasion and evasion. Eh. Could have added a whole other verse or two.
EM THE MASTER – I’ve given EM’s show a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR months now and still do. “The master”? Too much hype on the marquee? Not if you can save it, and EM does. She sings, dances, has dancers. She crawls across the floor like a reptile, grabbing the mic and never missing a beat. She doesn’t play the piano, she attacks it. Creatively uses his voice as an instrument. His energy is uninterrupted and seemingly limitless. Writes great songs perfect for her number, and she can remind you of a more energetic Lady Gaga. Every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., Harvelle’s, DTSM, $ 10.
THIS EVENING! – HAMILTON – I think I can only go wrong in not recommending it, from what I have heard and read. Tonight – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Next Thursday 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m., also Saturday 2 p.m., Pantages Theater, Hollywood, $ 49-3000 +, depending on date / time.
LA OPERA presents “CINDERELLA” by ROSSINI – What gives? In the same week we have the opera that goes to kindergarten twice. What happened to cosmic questioning? The human condition? Sturm und Drang? Frankly, I’m a little fed up with heeding stories based on archaic morality from the 18th and 19th centuries that just seem ridiculous in the 21st. What’s wrong with comedy with your great musical score and spectacular sets? And acting is not easy, you know. What’s wrong with telling the story of poor Cinderella who opposes her imposed social status and wants to hook up the sexiest guy in the kingdom and live happily ever after? With all the screen time lately for Princess Diana, another who wouldn’t be content with her imposed status, it’s actually timely. Sat 7:30 p.m., Pavillon Dorothy Chandler, DTLA, $ 18-282.
PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT presents HANSEL AND GRETEL – A few years ago opera from LA did H&G and I had doubts, I mean really, a children’s fairy tale, not the heavy moral issues opera is facing usually attacks? But it was awesome and funny, and I expect POP to deliver their own unique brand of this genre, sung in English, suitable for families, outdoors at Forest Lawn Cemetery, this is the introduction. perfect at the opera for children and adults who act like children on the opera. The achievement of co-founder Josh Shaw is a big plus. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and tables will be available for picnics before and during each show. Free parking available. sat, sun 5 p.m .; Forest Lawn Glendale, $ 10-125.
BONEDADDYS – They were already a favorite LA band when I moved here in 1980. Hard to categorize or even describe what they play, but here they are trying on their website: “funk, rock, blues mambo , soca, Latin, rock – stable and psycho-billy in two steps for an afro-surf twang meets a spaghetti-western instrument. Lots of bands are launching eclectic labels, but the Bonedaddys have been perfecting it all for 40 years. A line-up fluid, of course, and some members have split up to form other local legends like I See Hawks in LA and Burning Sensations (“Belly of the Whale” and one of the best band names of all time), but as long as founder Mike Tempo is on percussion, you’re good. There’s also a sax so I’m waiting… Bonedaddys and that’s a good thing Sun 8 pm, Venice West, $ 10.
THE TOLEDO SHOW – There is little in this life that you can count on, especially in the live music world, but two of them are Toledo Diamond: 1) showing up at Harvelle every Sunday night, without fail, for 20 (!) years, and 2) deliver a great show. I’m now in my fourth decade of being entertained by The Toledo Show, dating back to the early days of Sunset Strip, and the show and its band have only gotten better over the years. Every Sunday at 9:30 p.m., Harvelle’s, DTSM, $ 12.
UPCOMING ATTRACTIONS: JEFF ELLWOOD QUARTET, Sam First, 11/26; LA OPERA presents “CENDRILLON” by ROSSINI, Pavillon Dorothy Chandler, 28 / 11-12 / 12; THE SKATALITES, Venice West, 12/3; CHARLIE HUNTER – SCOTT AMANDOLA DUO, Venice West, 12/4; PONCHO SANCHEZ and its Latin Jazz Band, Catalina Jazz Club, 12/10/12; JOHN MAYALL, WALTER TROUT, Saban Montclair, 12/12; TAKE 6 NOL, Pepperdine, 12/15; X, BLASTERS, Henry Fonda, 12/16; STEVIE WONDER’S 23rd HOUSE FULL OF TOYS BENEFIT CONCERT, Microsoft Theater, 12/18; MUSICARES honors JONI MITCHELL, LA Convention Center, 01/29/22.
Charles Andrews listened to a lot of music of all kinds, including over 2,000 live performances. He has lived in Santa Monica for 34 years and would not live anywhere else in the world. Truly. Send him love and / or a gripe at [email protected]