Picks of the Week: October 9 – 14

BY DON HECKMAN Los Angeles Oct. 11. (Thurs.)  Dr. John, the Lower 911 and the Blind Boys of Alabama.  “Spirituals To Funk.”  The title is right on target, with Dr. John’s inimitable, funk-driven, Crescent city swing and the gripping spirituals of the Blind Boys.  Valley Performing Arts Center.  (818) 677-8800. – Oct. 11. (Thurs.)  Frank… Read More Picks of the Week: October 9 – 14

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Here, There & Everywhere: The 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts

By Don Heckman Herb Alpert has had more successes – creative and financial – than most artists can dream of experiencing.  And to his credit he’s handled them with remarkable finesse and generosity.  Music programs at UCLA and CalArts have benefited from his multi-million dollar grants to each institution. Today, another impressive display of the… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts