Happenings—Calder Quartet Bringing Beethoven, New Commission To The Broad Stage, And More… | BH Courier

Happenings—Calder Quartet Bringing Beethoven, New Commission To The Broad Stage, And More…

The Calder Quartet. Photo by Autumn de Wilde
Geoff Elliott as Don Quixote and Kasey Mahaffy as Sancho Panza in A Noise Within's "Man of La Mancha." Photo by Craig Schwartz
Author Rabih Alameddine will speak at the Hammer Museum.

Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 5:38 PM

BOOKS

Author Explains “The Art And Science Of Loving The Place You Live” In This Is Where You Belong

Most Americans have moved a few times in their lives. Maybe out of state for college, or to the city for a job, or to the next town over for a cheaper house. Considering that the average American moves 11.7 times in his or his life, maybe all of the above.

Whatever drew you to your current play, you know that some places more like home than others. Why? What makes you want to put down roots? How do you make the place you’re living the place you want to stay?

No matter how long they’ve lived there, This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live (Viking) will make people want to celebrate, support and engage their city, making them happier where they are right now.

In this timely and accessible book, author Melody Warnick share her own restless journey (five states in 13 years) and her efforts to find out what makes people feel connected to their towns and cities, and why it matters.

She dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that resident sometimes feel with their town—and look at the spreading movement of placemaking, a term for how citizens are making their communities more liveable.

In travels to towns across America, Warnick talk to both Movers and Stayers about what attracted them to their town, make them fall in love with it, and them made them stay.

At home, she applies what she’s learned with a series of “Love Where You Live experiments” designed to make her feel more at home in her new town of Blacksburg, Va.

MUSIC

Calder Quartet To Present Beethoven And A New Commission

The Calder Quartet, artists in residence at The Broad Stage, continue their concert series with a program of Beethoven and a new commission, at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 9 at the theater, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.

The program will feature Beethoven String Quartets, No, 2 Opt. 18/2 and No. 8, Op. 59/2 and Andrew McIntosh’s wrestle, stain, whistle, pound.

“While writing this piece I read an essay by American poet Mary Oliver, titled Of Power and Time,” said McIntosh. “Oliver’s essay is about concentration and creative work and seemed particularly relevant at the time, so the name of the quartet is a reference to the essay.

“During the process of writing this piece a great deal of musical material was generated in sketches,” said McIntosh.“The challenge then became how to narrow that material down into concentrated and focused ideas, which I rethought, reorganized, re-orchestrated,and rewrote many times until it finally felt organic, clear, and distilled. I also immersed myself in studying Beethoven’s second Razumovsky quartet (Op. 59/2) in preparation for writing wrestle, stain, whistle, pound. I am not sure how directly it influenced the work, but it served as a subconscious model and is related harmonically. I suspect there are subtle shadows of gestures from the Beethoven that appear in my quartet if you look for them.”

Founded in 1998 at USC’s Thornton School of Music, Calder Quartet members are Benjamin Jacobson (violin), Andrew Bulbrook (violin), Jonathan Moerschel (viola) and Eric Byers (cello).

Tickets start at $36 and are available online at www.thebroadstage.com, by phone at 310-434-3200 or at the box office.

READINGS

Hammer Museum Author Series Continues With Best-Selling Rabih Alameddine

National Book Award finalist Rabih Alameddine will discuss his latest novel, The Angel of History, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11 at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

In the new book, an acerbic and intelligent Yemeni-born poet narrates a life story over the course of one night in a psychiatric clinic’s waiting room.

Alameddine’s novel An Unnecessary Woman garnered universal acclaim following his best-selling epic The Hakawati, termed “an Arabian Nights for this century.”

Alameddine is also the author of Koolaids; I, the Divine; and The Perv. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

Coffee and tea will be served with a book signing to follow.

UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes the series, hosts post-reading discussions. Supported in part by the UCLA Department of English and the Friends of English.

Free tickets are required and available at the box office one hour before the program. One ticket per person, first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.

For more information, visit hammer.ucla.edu.

THEATRE

ANW Offers Insights Into Madness, Redemption with King Lear, Man Of La Mancha

Classical repertory company A Noise Within (ANW) continues its 25th anniversary season with the musical Man of La Mancha, based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote, playing through May 21 at the company’s Pasadena theater.

The Impossible Dream musical by Dale Wasserman features music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion.

“Though many often associate Man of La Mancha with elaborate set pieces and fanciful costumes,” says Director/ANW Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, “Its earliest stagings were sparse, encompassing the spirit of a rag-tag band of prisoners putting on a play with found objects.

“My goal is to evoke that magical, improvisational quality we have as children, but is often lost as adults,” says Rodriquez-Elliott. “The modern-day setting – a bleak, destitute ‘holding tank’ for prisoners – is intentional. Reminiscent of third-world prisons and military detention centers, and populated with empathetic characters, I want this La Mancha to feel personal to our audiences. The stakes are real, and I want the transformation from hardened criminals to true believers to be palatable to our audiences.”

The play is running in repertory with Shakespeare’s King Lear, also directed by Rodriquez-Elliott, through Saturday, May 6.

Both productions star ANW Artistic Director Geoff Elliott and Kassey Mahaffy as Lear and the fool and Cervantes/Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. The Man of La Mancha cast also includes an iron-lunged Cassandra Marie Murphy as Aldonza, Cassie Simone as Antonia/Fermina, Jeremy Rabb as Padre, Gabriel Zenone as Innkeeper/Governor, Cynthia Marty as Innkeeper’s Wife/Maria, with ensemble members Tyler Miclean, Jordan Goodsell, Andrew Joseph Perez, Michael Uribes, Mario Arciniega and Marissa Ruiz.

On two Saturdays (April 22 and May 6) audiences can see both shows on the same day. Called “The Great Escape,” the day will feature dining with the casts and artistic team between performances. Tickets are $50 per person and include food and drinks (show tickets are purchased separately).

“It seemed natural to pair Shakespeare and Cervantes–two essential figures in English and Spanish culture–on the heels of the 400th anniversary of their deaths,” said Elliott. “I saw an opportunity to approach Lear and La Mancha in a fresh new way.”

ANW’s Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, the spring 2017 season, also includes Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy, Ah, Wilderness! now through May 20, 2017.

Post-performance “Conversations” with the Man of La Mancha artists, will be after the 8 p.m., Friday, April 7; 2 p.m., Sunday, April 16 and 8 p.m., Friday, May 12 performances.

Tickets for Man of La Mancha, King Lear and Ah, Wilderness!, starting at $25, are available online at www.anoisewithin.org and by phone at 626-356-3100.

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