Last night, we celebrated my birthday by going down to McCabes Guitar Shop to see Tom Paxton. Now, Tom didn’t come to town just for my birthday (although it is nice to think he did), but it was nice synchronity. It was also one of the high points of a mostly poor birthday day (the day started with a 3am migraine, and ended with the headache coming back). Tom’s concert was a good one, and was reasonably upbeat. The concert also features the multitalented Fred Sokolow as Tom’s accompaniest. Tom was also joined on two songs by Joe Frazier, who was an original member of the Chad Mitchell Trio. The song set was a mix of old favorites, one or two new/unrecorded songs, and a few topical songs:
Upcoming Theatre: Next week brings a bunch of dance programs at Van Nuys High School, with a Dance Showcase on Thursday, and the Alumni Dance Show on Friday. Saturday is
still pending ticketing, but I hope to see “Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein” at ICT Long Beach. February starts with “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune” at Repertory East on February 4, and (pending a ticket switch) “Dangerous Beauty” at The Pasadena Playhouse on February 5. The next weekend also brings two shows: “The Marvelous Wonderettes at Cabrillo Music Theatre on February 12, and “Adding Machine: The Musical at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble on February 13. The third weekend of February is another with two shows: “Rock of Ages at The Pantages Theatre on February 19, and “33 Variations at the Ahmanson Theatre for February 20. February closes with “Moonlight and Magnolias” at The Colony Theatre on February 26. March is also starting to fill up. It begins with a Noel Paul Stookey concert at McCabes on March 4. “Dangerous Beauty” was originally ticketed for March 5 , but I’m hoping to change that so I can attend the MRJ Regional Man of the Year dinner at TBH. March 12 is being held for “The Cradle Will Rock” at the Blank Theatre (pending ticketing). Lastly, March 26 brings “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Repertory East. April will bring the Renaissance Faire, “The Producers” at Cabrillo Music Theatre, “The All Night Strut” at the Colony Theatre, and (pending ticketing) Brian Stokes Mitchell at the new Valley Performing Arts Center.