Art Happenings This Week | May 18-23

A list of some highlights in the arts

PHOTO: Provided by SPMS | News | Members of the SPMS Orchestra perform “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as part of their end-of-year concert

Brad Colerick’s Wine & Song lineup at the Blue Guitar podcast #9 this week features Jodi Siegel, David Plenn, Daniel Neihoff, Catharine Beck, Poppa’s Kitchen, Bliss Bowen and Words With Chauncey.

Jazz at the Blue Guitar Podcast Episode 5. Features David Arnay, Bob Sheppard, Mark Goldenberg, John Proulx, Frank Potena, and Chad Edwards.

PHOTO: DmLemattre | | SPARC night at The Blue Guitar in South Pasadena

Be sure to check out South Pasadena Middle School band’s final presentation of the year “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” created as a virtual concert at under the latest SPUSD Snapshot.

PHOTO: Provided by SPMS | News | Members of the SPMS Orchestra perform “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as part of their end-of-year concert

The Norton Simon Museum is offering art-related activities including incorporating mindfulness and meditation into many of their in-gallery programs as a way to encourage thoughtful contemplation. They have recreated these concepts into an easy-to-follow at-home routine. LACMA features a behind-the-scenes video about Chris Burden’s Metropolis II that highlights the conservation staff who maintain this complex sculpture, including the dusting and cleaning of roadways, tracks and vehicles. Access this video and links to Norton Simon at

PHOTO: Norton Simon Museum

The annual National Memorial Day Concert that traditionally airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will switch to a virtual event on May 24. Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the PBS concert will feature new performances and tributes filmed around the country to honor the military as well as heroes on the frontline of the pandemic crisis. Among those appearing will be Gen. Colin Powell, Cynthia Erivo, Renee Fleming, Trace Adkins, CeCe Winans, Kelli O’Hara, Mary McCormack, the National Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Jackson, Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne and Esai Morales. Starting at 8 p.m. ET, the concert will stream on Facebook, YouTube and on PBS.


Sally Dworsky’s “This Day” video streaming on YouTube and all music platforms

Check out local singer/songwriters David Plenn and Sally Dworsky who have each dropped new singles on all streaming platforms. Plenn’s is a touching ode to a missing soldier called “Memorial Day” and Dworsky offers up her heartbreaking vocals on “This Day” which resonates profoundly in this time of social distancing and living in the moment.

David Plenn’s lyric video of “Memorial Day” now playing on YouTube and streaming on all music platforms

On June 6th, Barack Obama is set to give a commencement speech during YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual commencement. The event will also feature appearances by Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, BTS and more.  The schedule will be announced May 17; the event can be streamed on YouTube.

London’s Shakespeare’s Globe is a replica of the Elizabethan playhouse for which the Bard wrote many of his plays, and it often aims to reproduce the production conditions under which those works were originally presented. The company currently offers a free production from its archives every second Monday. The latest is its 2018 version of The Winter’s Tale, the Bard’s bittersweet portrait of jealousy, love, repentance, angry bears and magic statuary. It’s a wild emotional ride: The first three acts center on a Sicilian king whose paranoid mistrust of his wife’s fidelity leads to tragedy, but then the plays skips forward 16 years to a radically different mode of pastoral comedy. Blanche McIntyre directs the production, with a cast led by Will Keen, Priyanga Burford, Sirine Saba and Becci Gemmell. Available through June 1.

PHOTO: Marc Brenner | The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe