Friday, March 25, 2011

Ragtime Kid author LARRY KARP

Thursday, April 28th, 7:00 p.m. AUTHOR -- LARRY KARP -- IN PERSON. A mystery set in 1899 in Sedalia, Missouri, The Ragtime Kid weaves the story of a white teenage pianist who implicates his idol, Scott Joplin, in a crime. The Friends of the Crowell Public Library are honored to have the author, LARRY KARP, in person on Thursday evening, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Barth Community Room. Larry Karp grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and New York City. In 1995, he left medical work to write mysteries full time. Larry's books have been finalists for the Daphne and Spotted Owl Awards, and have appeared on the Los Angeles Times (The Ragtime Kid, December 2006) and Seattle Times (The King of Ragtime, November 2008) Fiction Best-Seller Lists. Larry lives in Seattle with his wife, Myra. The Ragtime Kid blends fiction and history, examining social attitudes and racial relations at the birth, death, and revival of ragtime music in America. The story begins when white music store owner John Stark is made the extraordinary and unexplained offer of a royalties contract for a tune, "Maple Leaf Rag," by a young, little-known black composer named Scott Joplin. Other upcoming ONE BOOK, ONE CITY festivities celebrating The Ragtime Kid are: Thursday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. Pianist DOUG HAISE Tuesday, April 12th, Musical Tour of Los Angeles Call the Rec Dept for details & reservations: (626) 403-2200 Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. CROWN CITY DIXELAND BAND Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. PHIL CANNON, ragtime aficionado & guitarist The more the merrier! Share this event on Facebook & Twitter. 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108-2595 ● Phone: (626) 300-0777

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LA Opera Talks Dance

All about… L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. SUNDAY, April 17th 2:00 p.m. What is L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato? The first-ever artistic collaboration with the Music Center, LA Opera and the Mark Morris Dance Group, for starters. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Mark Morris Dance Group performance of L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato at LA Opera will feature 24 dancers. Conductor Grant Gershon will lead the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as a quartet of world-class singers: sopranos Hei-Kyung Hong and Sarah Coburn, tenor Barry Banks and bass-baritone John Relyea. With George Frideric Handel's pastoral ode as the musical landscape, and set to the poetry of John Milton, along with sets inspired by William Blake's later watercolors, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato is a true artistic feat sure to captivate. “A work of genius…it fills the soul with wonder." - The New York Times "As waves of running, leaping dancers breast the stage, arms wide in a flying embrace, they gather you up into the simple exhilarating joy of the moment. You never want it to stop." - At Crowell Public Library, community educator BOYD COOK will discuss Milton’s poetry, Handel’s score, and especially the choreography. Coming from a family of dancers, Mr. Cook should bring significant insight to this aspect of the production. Whether a fine arts aficionado or a curious novice, attendees will be delightfully entertained and encouraged to ask questions and offer comments.