THEATER & DANCE
High Release Dance
"In the Blue Dawn," choreographed by Elizabeth Muller, was the opening performance of High Release Dance's 2013 program. Virginia Bock,
Irina Degtiar and Lisa Navarro, from left, were among the dance's nine performers.
High Release Dance,
a highly unusual troupe -- with no director, but with 16 or so members who decide things democratically -- puts on its one big show every two years, to raise money to pay for rehearsal space, then burrows back underground like cicadas, to gestate new dances for the next show. We caught the show this year and loved it. Read the review
Divas for Life
Divas For Life photo
Mollie Bell in front, and, from left in back, Annmarie Martin, Angela Gunter, Diana Torres Koss, Riette Burdick, Kristin
Stokes, Carrie Madsen (hiding back there), Meghann Reynolds and Katherine Von Till, during the 2008 Divas for Life show. This year's program takes place on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Los Altos.Bay Area theater performers put on a show to raise money for cancer victims and their families. Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, California. $30-$80. Visit divasforlife.org
Mark Kitaoka / TheatreWorks
Colman Domingo, as Gil, stars in his own play, "Wild With Happy," which is running at TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, June 5-30, 2013. On the bed is Sharon Washington as Aunt Glo. The two, and two of their friends, take a wild road trip to the happiest place on earth, with Gil's mother's ashes.
"Wild With Happy,"
a new comedy by Colman Domingo, is running June 5-30, 2013, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, produced by TheatreWorks. Domingo and Sharon Washington, who star, are both fabulous, powerful and hilarious. Read the review
Tracy Martin / TheatreWorks
Sharon Washington is so great in "Wild With Happy" that we've all been advised to wear sunscreen to the theater. She plays two roles in the Colman Domingo play, which runs June 5-30, 2013, at TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. We spoke with Ms. Washington. Read the interview
helped playwright Colman Domingo shape his bright new comedy, "Wild With Happy," when both of them were appearing in "The Scottsboro Boys" on Broadway. Then she helped workshop it at TheatreWorks New Works Festival, then got rave reviews for it in New York. Now the play is back at TheatreWorks in Mountain View. We talk with Ms. Washington about this and about the book and possible one-hander play she is writing. Read the interview
Sarah Lowe / TheatreWorks
TheatreWorks needs to clear some space, and raise some money, so is holding a significant kind of rummage sale at its Newark scene shop on June 14 and 15, 2013. Among items for sale are vintage suitcases and hatboxes, a prop arcade console, Chinese lanterns, a Baldwin Acrosonic spinet piano and a replica of
a 1966 Eero Aamio chair.
See that piano up there?
That's a Baldwin Acrosonic spinet piano that Kenny Brawner, Laiona Michelle and Jayne Deely all played in "Clementine in the Lower 9" at TheatreWorks in 2011. A great
production. A photo of Mr. Brawner performing in that play, at that piano, is below. One of these days, Triviana will get around to posting John Orr's review of that show. He liked it a lot. Which is part of the reason why John wants
that piano. Also, he just kinda wants to have a piano in the house. But, the piano is not free. In fact, it is for sale, in one of TheatreWorks' huge rummage sales, wherein people are allowed to look through the great theater troupe's store of costumes, props and set pieces and buy them, if they meet the minimum asking price. We don't know the details, sorry. The piano was for sale at last year's sale, but apparently nobody bought it, which is why it is still available. The sale takes place at TheatreWorks scene shop, 37886 Filbert Street, Newark, California. For more information, email email@example.com
. If you buy that piano, please give it a good home and the love it deserves.
Mark Kitaoka / TheatreWorks
Kenny Brawner at the piano as "Chorus" in the world premiere of "Clementine in the Lower 9," staged October 5-30, 2011, by TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. At background right is John L. Worley Jr. on trumpet.
Kevin Berne / Center Rep
Molly Bell in the title role of "Sweet Charity," which runs at Center Rep in Walnut Creek, California, May 18 through June 22, 2013.
The more we learn about Molly Bell
, the more we admire her. Singer, dancer, actor, playwright, composer, doer of good works, mom to two beautiful children. She's in "Sweet Charity" at Center Rep at the moment, will be part of a great Divas for Life show on June 10, has a number of other things going on, and we just want to know what phone booth she uses to change into her superperson garb. She's great. Read about Molly Bell
Mark Kitaoka's profiles
Mark Kitaoka photo
Image back story:
Me: "Emily I want you to tell me the most embarrassing story about your Dad that he'd never want anyone to hear!"
Billy: "Emily, do you ever want to sing in one of the school performances ever again?"
The Dog: "Photographers are bad people!"
TheatreWorks Music Director, music professor at Gunn High,
conductor of symphonies and choral groups, William Liberatore is an amazing and deeply respected fellow. Read Mark Kitaoka's profile of him
. This profile is part of an ongoing series of idiosyncratic profiles written and photographed by Mark Kitaoka. See the index to these pieces
A. Gomez / Smuin Ballet
Jonathan Dummar and Jane Rehm rehearse Helen Pickett's "Petal" for the Smuin Ballet, part of Bouquet, the troupe's spring program than began May 10, 2013.
The Smuin Ballet is offering Bouquet
for its spring program. Triviana dance writer Virginia Bock, herself a dancer, watched the troupe rehearsing "Petal," by Helen Pickett. Read Ms. Bock's story about the experience
Mark Garvin / Berkeley Rep
Hershey Felder wrote the book and stars in "George Gershwin Alone," which is to run at Berkeley Rep June 8-23, 2013. Call 510-647-2949 or visit berkeleyrep.org
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For ears and eyes
Molly Bell is amazing
. We have a profile of her here in Triviana Arts & Entertainment, but here's a favorite video
of her performing in Divas for Life. Find out more about Divas for Life
Lake Street Dive
is a band formed by Rachael Price, who is a wonderful vocalist. I love this tune, which I heard on A Prairie Home Companion. Then I found this video
I heard this duo perform "Home"
on "A Prairie Home Companion" and was knocked out.
Another from The Avett Brothers.
Here is another tune that delves deep into emotion and yearning.
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Fabulous band performs
in 2004 to honor George Harrison upon his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Steve Ferrone, Dhani Harrison and Prince. Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers does the early solo stuff. Prince shows up and takes over.
"Deportee." The Kingston Trio
version, posted July 14, 2012, in honor of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. Thank you, Mr. Guthrie.
Tim O'Brien: "Hey, Joe,"
at Celtic Connections 2009, Glasgow Scotland.
Willie Dixon: "I'm Nervous."
Funny and charming video of the great songwriter, singer and bassist.