Jazz Pick of the Week – Henry Franklin Quartet

With his huge, buoyant sound and a supple sense of swing veteran Los Angeles bassist Henry “The Skipper” Franklin has been a dependable rhythm section sparkplug for five decades. In the late 1960s and 70s he gained international … [Continue reading]

Guy Martin – Digital Craftsman

Photo via Metropolis Magazine web siteLast week Metropolis Magazine published a really interesting interview with Guy Martin, principal of Guy Martin Design. Trained as an architect, Martin runs a very unique practice in that he doesn’t design … [Continue reading]

LACMA Student Tours – Turning Kids Onto Art

One reason I became an avid museumgoer as an adult and developed an appreciation for the arts was because I was regularly taken to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and other museums when I was a child. Many kids aren’t that … [Continue reading]

LA Themed Smartphone Apps Now On Curating Los Angeles

I just added a new section to this site that highlights smartphone apps which have something to do with Los Angeles. Some are focused on news, some on food and others on places to visit. If you don't see an LA themed app that you like, on any … [Continue reading]

Art Deco Chic Meets Gilles Apap & The Transylvanian Mountain Boys

This Monday evening, Gilles Apap, the former concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony and classically trained French violinist, is joined by The Transylvanian Mountain Boys at Cicada at the Oviatt.  Hailed by Yehudi Menuhin, his mentor, as "a … [Continue reading]

Jazz Pick of the Week – Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

When Allison Miller arrived in New York City in the mid-90s, she was looking to establish herself as a straight ahead jazz drummer with the chops and taste to accompany the city’s elite improvisers. Within a few years she attained her ambition, … [Continue reading]

Free Community Conversation with Tenor Ben Heppner

Seldom does the public have the opportunity to hear a leading figure in the music world speak about his or her work in person. Rarer still is the opportunity to participate in such an event at no cost, which is why our community is so fortunate that … [Continue reading]