Or, how to keep busy on a beautiful winter weekend...Or, what to do when you love both politics and culture....
Friday: The Phil made the big hammer a selling point, at least to the former fishwrap of record, but you don't really need a selling point for Mahler's Sixth Symphony, often called the Tragic. So tonight it'll be Mahler's Sixth which is at the WDCH tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday afternoon. If you have never seen a Mahler symphony, this is the one to see first; it starts out as a brave march and ends up in what has been described as absolute despair, leaving you craving more of Mahler's complex and often tortured personal journey.
(And this is just my opinion, but: it's possible to find this long symphony on one CD. Why suffer through a noisy cd change when Georg Szell with the Cleveland Orchestra fits it all onto one disque?)
As for this performance, it will certainly be a treat to see Christoph Eschenbach, who has often previously conducted here with the far dinkier, tailored-to-Mozart orchestra, handle the full flush of LA Philharmonic sound, hammer and all. The orchestra always seems to respond very well to him, as enthusiastically as to Simon Rattle.
Saturday: well, Marat/Sade at Knightsbridge Theatre at the north edge of Silver Lake. I saw The Lark most recently at Knightsbridge, a very daring production, and that's what they do there best: daring productions.
Sunday: And finally, remember that line about Valley life south of the boulevard from Mrs. Robinson?
sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
going to the candidate's debate
You Vals could do a lot worse Sunday afternoon than to attend the "Early Look" Candidates Forum for the Democratic side of the 40th Assembly District, sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America - San Fernando Valley.
It's from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 at the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Rec Center, 5040 Van Nuys Blvd. I predict the winner will be the moderator, Ian Masters, who appears on KPFK, the station from which we libs all take our marching orders. So far, the Democratic field includes Dan McCrory, Laurette Healey, Stuart Waldman, Bob Blumenfield and Steven Zeldin.
Website for candidates here:
The 40th AD is currently represented by Lloyd Levine who is termed out this year, and lamenting as of last Tuesday.