Books: Brian Arsenault Takes on Kafka’s “The Castle” and Writes To Son Brent About It

By Brian Arsenault Hey Brent, You asked me to tell you more about the class I’m taking on Franz Kafka’s The Castle. I’ll start with Ed. who’s teaching, or rather leading, the class. I’ve taken literature courses with Ed before: Kerouac’s The Road, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio so I knew the course would be worth… Read More Books: Brian Arsenault Takes on Kafka’s “The Castle” and Writes To Son Brent About It

Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman French and American musics of the early 20th century were linked by many common interests, not the least of which was jazz.  On Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the baton of Stéphane Denève, gave an illuminating performance of works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Maurice… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: “Candide” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Thursday was Leonard Bernstein night at the Hollywood Bowl – a concert performance of his too rarely heard operetta, Candide. With Bramwell Tovey conducting a musical congregation that included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and an impressive line up of singers, the potential for a memorable evening seemed… Read More Live Music: “Candide” at the Hollywood Bowl