Arts Are Essential | April 2 – 9

What's Happening in Arts & Entertainment This Week

PHOTO: Films.Dance | South Pasadena News | GALOPE directed by Nur Casadevall for Films.Dance

Films.Dance premieres their newest release April 5 from director Nur Casadevall, featuring Gonzalo Garcia, “Galope” from Barcelona, Spain. New York City ballet principal dancer Gonzalo Garcia’s energy is like a hundred thousand horses as he delves inside the earth, inside himself. Directed by Barcelona-based Casadevall, it features original music from Alex Somers, composer for films including Captain Fantastic (2016), Honey Boy (2019), and Miss Americana (2020). GALOPE  is produced by Jacob Jonas The Company. This is the eleventh film from Films.Dance, a groundbreaking new global film series produced by and under the creative direction of Jacob Jonas The Company and in partnership with Somewhere Magazine. Streaming now at TheWallis.org, TheSoraya.org or on the films.dance website, Facebook and Instagram pages. New films premiere for free each Monday through May.

PHOTO: Neil Raja | South Pasadena News | LA Get Down Festival Director Shihan Van Clief

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors), in association with Da Poetry Lounge (DPL), presents The 5th Annual LA GET DOWN FESTIVAL, celebrating hip-hop and spoken word. DPL Co-Founder Shihan Van Clief returns as Festival Director. The festival, which takes place during National Poetry Month, begins April 6, 2021 with the closing ceremony on April 24. Festival performances stream online for free at Twitch.tv/GreenwayCourtTheatre and workshops and film screening are held online via Zoom. The festival will also feature its first-ever Drive-in Poetry Showcase on April 11 at the Melrose Trading Post (7850 Melrose Avenue on the campus of Fairfax High School) with a $10.00 admission fee per car. For Festival information, schedule, updates, registration or drive-in passes visit GreenwayCourtTheatre.org./LAGetDown2021.

PHOTO: courtesy of LACO | South Pasadena News | Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra CLOSE QUARTERS interdisciplinary digital series melding musical and visual arts continues with Concertmaster Margaret Batjer leading a performance of Beethoven’s “Serioso” String Quartet in F minor, arranged for string ensemble by Mahler. CLOSE QUARTERS cinematographer Michael Elias Thomas films the orchestra with direction by LACO Creative Director of Digital Content James Darrah and audio production by Robert Wolff. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, the new episode is available to the public at no cost and can be streamed on demand following its premiere on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 6:30 pm (PT), at www.laco.org/close-quarters/, LACO’s YouTube and Facebook live channels. A digital pre-concert conversation begins at 5:30 pm (PT).

“This episode is bursting at the seams with the brilliance of Beethoven,” says LACO Executive Director Ben Cadwallader. “Margaret Batjer’s extensive experience as a chamber musician shines through as she leads her LACO colleagues in a taut, fiery interpretation of Mahler’s elegant transcription of Beethoven’s masterpiece.”

PHOTO: courtesy of Pasadena Playhouse | South Pasadena News | Megan Mullally stars in Iceboy!

In Development: ICEBOY! Now streaming on PlayhouseLive. Join Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Adam Devine and Laura Bell Bundy as they give you a rare early look at this hilarious and irreverent new musical. From the co-creators of the Broadway hits The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Urinetown: The MusicalIceboy! tells the absolutely untrue story of a 10,000-year-old Neanderthal who’s discovered frozen in the Arctic, brought to New York, and adopted by Vera Vimm (Mullally), the biggest Broadway star of 1938. But once thawed, Iceboy (DeVine) becomes an acting sensation whose talents threaten to upstage the once mighty Vera. It’s All About Eve if only Eve were a caveman. Stream it at PlayhouseLive.org.