An Illiad Surprises With Five Craig Noel Awards

By Bill Eadie | February 5, 2013 |

A modern interpretation of a classic text swept its nominated categories to receive five Craig Noel Awards tonight. Moxie Theatre parlayed three strong 2012 productions to take home the Braunagel Award for outstanding contribution to the San Diego arts scene by a small-budget theatre.

Caravaggio at LACMA (and in San Diego?)

By Kraig Cavanaugh | February 4, 2013 |

Could a Caravaggio painting, which turned out not to be a Caravaggio, become a Caravaggio painting again? If this all sounds very confusing, that is because it is! This “now you see it, now you don’t, now you might see it again” scenario is actually fairly common in the art world’s circle of scholarly debate. A painted portrait of a woman supposedly created by Caravaggio was purchased by the generous Anne R. and Amy Putnam sisters. Then they donated the portrait to the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) in 1942. Later, scholars decided that the woman’s portrait was actually…

Answers to Life’s Persistent Questions

By Bill Eadie | February 4, 2013 |

Chance Theatre’s current attraction, the West Coast premiere of Triassic Parq – The Musical, feels a bit like a rave. It’s ear-splitting, eye-popping, and sometimes too hip for its own good. But it’s also loose-limbed, terrifically sung, and hypnotically entertaining.

Latin American Music by Camarada

By Ken Herman | February 2, 2013 |

Chamber music thrives in San Diego County largely because the La Jolla Music Society, Mainly Mozart and the universities import it in large quantities. But chamber music regularly performed by local musicians remains the exception. Maybe with string quartets such as Emerson, Calder, and Pacifica making such regular visits, local string players figure, “Why bother?” We have two flutists to thank for the popular, well-attended chamber series that do engage local musicians. For the last five seasons, Demarre McGill, the former Principal Flute of the San Diego Symphony, and his partner violinist Kate Hatmaker have cornered the contemporary music niche…

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