Arts Are Essential | March 26 – April 2

What We’re Checking Out in the Arts This Week

PHOTO: Center Theater Group | “Tango The Musical by Sergei Tumas” comes to Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage March 25 through March 28, 2021.

“Tango The Musical by Sergei Tumas” comes to Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage March 25 through March 28, 2021. Presented Thursday at 5 pm; Friday at 5 and 8 pm; Saturday at 5 and 8 pm and Sunday at 1 and 5 pm, the streaming video will cost $10 for all viewers and will be available at www.centertheatregroup.org/digitalstage/premium-events/tango-the-musical/.

Featuring a cast of 11 world-champion Argentine tango couples accompanied by a premiere 10-piece orchestra of Latin Grammy Award-winning tango musicians under the musical direction of pianist Cristian Zárate, “Tango The Musical” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Argentinian composer and pioneer of tango nuevo, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). “New tango” is a cultural blend of classical, jazz, rock and folk music and dance and this production is a complete Astor Piazzolla experience in music and dance, with glamorous costumes and lighting design, under the artistic direction of Maestro Sergei Tumas and choreographed by Argentinian choreographers Iván Leonardo Romero and Silvana Nuñez.

“Tango The Musical” tells the story of Los Desaparecidos, those who disappeared during Argentina’s Dirty War which began in 1976. It follows an angel, Romeo, who falls in love with Isabella and goes through a journey of varying physical, psychological and spiritual states, all rooted in Greek mythology and presented through the dramatic language of the Argentine tango – the eternal dance.

Wine & Song at The Blue Guitar is back with podcast #46 featuring  Ray Bonneville, Raye Zaragoza, Dana Cooper, Brad Colerick, Chauncey Bowers, Leeann Skoda, and David Plenn. South Pasadena’s own David Plenn plays a track is from his upcoming album. Tune in at BlueGuitar.club

This week’s Films.Dance release is “SIT STILL”.Alone in a vacant school, Montreal-based filmmaker Vincent René-Lortie directs seven-year-old Adeline Kerry Cruz on an intimate and exhaustive journey of self-expression.With choreography by Russell “Gutta” Ferguson, she navigates her emotions through the free and expressive street dance style Krump and to the original score by Brady Kendall of Alaskan Tapes. SIT STILL is produced by Jacob Jonas The Company. This is the tenth 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.

Young Stars Theatre presents LIVE Comedy Murder Mystery games you can watch! YST still needs your support and you need some mental relief. Tune in to these and do both! One night only, Saturday March 27 at 6pm. It’s 1985, and real estate developer and “entrepreneur” Whit Wiley has just cut the ribbon opening the newest marvel in his shopping mall empire: the Wiley Waterside Galleria Mall in Malibu. Whit was to top the Forbes list of most rich and powerful men of 1985 – until he washed up in the mall fountain, strangled by his skinny tie.

Who could be responsible for the murder of this influential businessman? Time to whip out that credit card and tease that hair as big as it can go – we’re shopping for a murderer in 80’s Mall Murder Madness! Head over to YoungStarsTheatre.org to support and purchase tickets. $25 Zoom Family Pass for this adult cast performance.

Pasadena Symphony and Pops presents Award-winning Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez performs Grieg’s hugely popular piano concerto full of drama, joy and celebration of Norwegian folk dances. Plus revel in the whimsical sing- song rhythms of the sea for one of Elgar’s most popular works, his lyrically nostalgic Serenade. The concert will premiere on March 27 at 4pm and will be available to stream for free to the general public for 48 hours on their YouTube channel or pasadenasymphony-pops.org

Gabriella Martinez, pianist Pasadena Symphony