The Arts Are Essential! Dec 10-17 Highlights

What’s Happening in the Arts & Entertainment This Week

PHOTO: Courtesy of artist | Compañía Guadalupe Torres

The NYC company Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana celebrates Spanish dance in a festival that features distinctive performances by four companies.

The dances debut at 7pm EST on successive nights this week and remain viewable for one week afterward: Sintonía Tattooed (Thursday), Emilio Ochando y Compañía’s Clásica Tradición (Friday), Compañía Guadalupe Torres’s Acuérdate Cuando Entonces (Saturday) and Compañía Isaac Tovar’s Añejo (Sunday). A $25 ticket gets you access to all four. At noon this weekend, the festival also offers master classes by Jesús Carmona (Saturday) and Patricia Guerrero (Sunday) for $20 apiece, or $55 for both. Through Dec. 20 at flamenco-vivo.org/ventanas/anejo

Brad Colerick at The Blue Guitar continues to give us our weekly serving of Wine & Song with podcast #33 featuring Robinson & Rohe, Bryndle, Brothers Landau, Wild Ponies, Kevin Welch, Duff Ferguson, all topped with a bit of Jim’s Red Willow Chipotle sauce. Tune in at BlueGuitar.club

Don’t forget, this weekend is Young Stars Theatre’s LIVE via Zoom performances of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are available now for YST’s own original adaptation which will be performed live December 11, 12 & 13. For tickets and info on more ways you can support our youth community theatre at Fremont Centre Theatre visit their website at YoungStarsTheatre.org

August: Osage County premieres December 9, 2020. The audio production is streamed free to the public and available on demand until February 7, 2021 at centertheatregroup.org/digitalstage/streaming-series/audio-adventures.

Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play, Tracy Letts’ darkly comic epic offers a painfully funny look at a family struggling in the desolate heart of America. The L.A. Theatre Works audio production of “August: Osage County” is directed by Bart DeLorenzo with original music by David Singer and was recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in July of 2014.

PHOTO: Cylla von Tiedemann | SouthPasadenan.com News | Antoine Yared as Romeo and Sara Farb as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet premieres Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m. Pacific and is available on demand through March 8, 2021. The lavish Stratford Festival film will be free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters and $10 for all others at centertheatregroup.org/digitalstage/digital-stage-plus/the-stratford-festival-presents-romeo-and-juliet.

Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families. But daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost, as the needless sacrifice of young lives brings this heartbreaking story to its tragic conclusion.

Directed by Scott Wentworth, “Romeo and Juliet” is the first of five Shakespeare plays captured at North America’s leading classical theatre company which will be presented on CTG’s Digital Stage.

PHOTO: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera | SouthPasadenan.com News | Samson and Delilah at The Met

The theme next week at The Metropolitan Opera is “Epic Proportions” and it doesn’t get more epic than the towering biblical story of Samson and Delilah. In Saint-Saens’s operatic take from the 2018 season, show-stopping vocal displays, thrilling choruses, and an engrossing plot set against a sweeping, pseudo-historical backdrop make for a bold, exciting production. Starring Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Laurent Naouri, Elchin Azizov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Monday December 14, streamed for 24 hours at MetOpera.org