| Jan 4, 2012
| 11:46 AM
In mid-December, we caught Columbia's Alicia Graf in a premiere program presented by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Seeing her back performing with Ailey as part of the company's 50th anniversary celebrations was definitely a...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 1:35 PM
It's not often in judging the biography of a great artist that you can just pick up the phone and call one of the people who knew him best — and remains a principal keeper of the historical flame.
But that is exactly the case with Cab Calloway, the...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Without Cab Calloway, it is hard to imagine there would have been a Michael Jackson or a Prince or hip-hop moves.
If that sounds like hyperbole, tune in to PBS' "Cab Calloway: Sketches," an "American Masters" presentation airing Monday, Feb. 27 (check...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:27 PM
A cultural treasure returns to Orange County next week, marking a new period in its renowned history.
"The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958; it was a company for all types of dancers — black, white, Hispanic, Asian. There...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:43 PM
Sixty-three years ago, Donald McKayle had no idea that he would wind up in dance.
All that the kid from East Harlem needed was a spark to ignite a passion in him, which would enable McKayle to establish an ongoing legacy for years to come.
| Mar 4, 2012
Myron Martin was in fourth grade when he attended an opera at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston.
"Our school bus pulled up to the front, and I saw this majestic building, and I knew that we'd gone someplace special," he said of his first...
| Mar 3, 2012
| 6:56 PM
Winter Bulb Festival
The UCI Arboretum will host its annual Winter Bulb Festival. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2. The arboretum is south of the corner of where Campus Drive intersects Jamboree road. For more information, call...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 2:58 PM
The Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Pkwy.) is readying a mix of dance, jazz and cabaret offerings for its 2012-13 season, one that will include a production celebrating Cuban art and uniting River North Dance Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic....
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
A vast national audience rooted for Precious, the heroine of the film of that name and of Sapphire's novel "Push," as she learned to read with a dedicated teacher's help. Profoundly abused, obese, barely literate and HIV-infected, Precious set about...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 9:32 AM
Dance companies see winter coming long before the rest of us. Many of their performance dates have been booked since May, and their season brochures have long since gone to the printers for distribution to potential subscribers.
The Washington Ballet was...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 9:19 AM
Someone once said that ballet and modern dance would merge when a contemporary dancer donned toe shoes and ballerinas went barefoot. Well, that did happen in an Alvin Ailey piece years ago, and it was evident again last week in the dance kickoff of...