Live Music: Nellie McKay at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske It’s a Churchillian task to write about Nellie McKay‘s performance Saturday at Catalina’s. There she stood  in all her Debbie Reynolds-ness, offering  a figurative “blood, toil, tears and sweat,” among other exudations, in a skit that rivalled the works of Imogene Coca, Fran Leibowitz, Dorothy Parker, Fran Landesman  or Alice  Ghostley, with… Read More Live Music: Nellie McKay at Catalina Bar & Grill

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