Lupita Infante performing at Joseph's Bar & Grill

DOWNEY — Lupita Infante will be performing at this year’s annual Ferias Legales Holiday Party taking place Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Joseph’s Bar & Grill. It is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. and is free to attend.

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A first generation Mexican-American, Lupita Infante is the granddaughter of beloved Pedro Infante, one of the greatest stars to come from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and music.


Lupita grew up in the suburbs of Downey, a city associated with musical history. It was here where Lupita began her creative development with music classes. Her excitement for the stage, along with inspiration drawn from her grandfather and father, led her to pursue voice and the study of music. Lupita graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2017, with a B.A. in ethnomusicology.


Lupita’s music is an artistic expression of her musical upbringing, paying tribute to her grandfather and her father accompanied by Mexico’s traditional mariachi sounds.


Her recorded music can be found on digital platforms worldwide. To celebrate this holiday season she’s releasing a mariachi version of Bing Crosby’s famous rendition “White Christmas” along with a Spanish version titled, “Blanca Navidad”.

Metropolitan Opera singer joins cast of 'It's Christmas in Downey' show

Christopher Job, a baritone singer with the Metropolitan Opera, will perform at the “It’s Christmas in Downey” show Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Downey Theatre.

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A graduate of Mater Dei High School and Cal State Fullerton, Job has been a house favorite at the Metropolitan Opera since the beginning of his career. He has been featured in six of their “Live in HD” broadcasts and has appeared in numerous other productions such as “Tosca” and “Macbeth.”


Other career highlights include creating the role of Sen. Thomas Jordan in the premiere of “The Manchurian Candidate” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts with the Minnesota Opera and his debut with Ash Lawn Opera as Olin Blitch in “Susannah.”


Job made his Italian debut at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Sparafucile in “Rigoletto” and Il Podesta in Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra.” He made his French debut as Alidoro in “La Cenerentola” with Le Festival Lyrique de Belle-Ile En Mer.


His concert appearances have included the Verdi and Mozart Requiems at Carnegie Hall and Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica Catalana, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall.


Tickets to see “It’s Christmas in Downey” are now on sale and can be purchased online or by calling the Downey Theatre box office at (562) 861-8211.

Paul Delgado chosen as chorus master for Downey concert

DOWNEY — Paul Delgado has been tapped as chorus master for the upcoming “It’s Christmas in Downey!” concert, taking place Dec. 16 at the Downey Theatre.

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Paul Delgado


A resident of Whittier, Delgado has been an active choral musician since the age of 6. He attended the Biola University Conservatory of Music and currently serves as choir director and music director at Rancho Community Church of Temecula. He is founder of the Paul Delgado Singers, an auditioned high-level chamber choir located in Orange County.


For the Downey concert, Delgado has the responsibility of gathering singers from all over Southern California. There is still room in the choir for people interested in participating in the Dec. 16 concert; previous experience with Handel’s Messiah is preferred.


For more information, or to purchase concert tickets, visit CathedralProductions.com or call (714) 883-7987.

'The Nutcracker' playing two shows at Downey Theatre

DOWNEY – Southern California Dance Theatre will present the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at the Downey Theatre right before Christmas.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at the Downey Theatre box office or online at downeytheatre.org.

Also available is a $100 VIP package, which includes premium reserved seating, a special Victorian tea before the Sunday matinee, and a behind-the-scenes backstage tour of the theatre.

Symphony performance earns standing ovation, calls for encore

DOWNEY – “Good concert etiquette is not to applaud after the second movement of Oscar’s Concerto, no matter how much you want to,” said Lars Clutterham as he interviewed David Van Maele, the evening’s virtuoso clarinetist. “The second movement is slow and melodic, and you want to let the poetry of it sink in.”

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Oscar Navarro


Before the program began, in the pre-concert remarks, Lars interviewed composer Oscar Navarro, who flew in from Spain for the North American première of his Third Concerto for B Flat and E Flat Clarinet. Lars is a Downey composer himself and audiences will hear his new piece, “Arc of My Life,” at the Jan. 19 concert.


“This is the Downey Symphony’s 60th year,” said Don Marshall, president of the Downey Symphonic Society, as he welcomed the audience. “And sixty years ago something else happened: the Dodgers came to town. Right now they’re up by one run in the seventh game of the playoffs.”


Don had another first to announce: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard came on stage to congratulate and thank the Symphonic Society for their program which contributes to National Hispanic Heritage Week. “This proclamation shows that I have put this Downey achievement into the Congressional Record,” the congresswoman said.


State Senator Vanessa Delgado also presented an illuminated proclamation congratulating the Symphonic group on its sixtieth year. Mayor Sean Ashton, a staunch supporter of the Symphony and of the arts, presented President Don with a citation from the City Council recognizing the Downey Symphonic society for its 60 years of providing excellence in music for Downey. Josh Bell, the most recent baton winner, received a plaque for his contribution.

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Even before the audience began filling the auditorium, early-arriving patrons enjoyed the art show in the lobby. Board Vice President Carol Kearns and husband Frank, a poet and publisher of the boutique Los Nietos Press, checked out the oils and pastels and water colors in the show, which was curated by Andrew Hernandez of the Downey Arts Coalition. Javier Herrera’s depicted the evening’s theme of Viva el Arte with a field worker harvesting sugar cane with a machete. Lindsay Yost and Debbie Davidsohn also showed.


The Ugandan artist Emmanuel Lugano who also showed at Glennfest, was the art coalition’s featured artist and he had a corridor of his paintings on the patio. One of his personal favorites is a giclée “Broadway” ballet scene, all graceful shapes and flowing colors.


No show is complete without a work by Carolina Estrada-del Toro and she had two on display, as well as a painting by husband Jorge. No ceramic this time. Carolina will curate the art show this weekend for Downey’s Dia de los Muertos.


“This will be my second Bolero with Sharon conducting,” said Andrew Wahlquist, founder of the Downey Arts Coalition. “The first was in 2011.” Andrew’s wife, actress Lana Joy, introduced the artists from the stage, and they stood so we could recognize them. They mostly were wearing red, while Lana was splendid in a long flowered gown.

Emmanuel Lugano.

Emmanuel Lugano.


Spotted before the music began were Anna and Harold Tseklenis, talking with Ryan Keene and Tom Hutchinson, all Rotarians. Kiwanian Larry Lewis, a former president of the Symphonic Society, attended with wife Marge, long-time Assistance League member.


Board members Mary Stevens and JoAnne Gronley held forth in the lobby, distributing the evening’s program and also pencils for the audience survey to be found interleaved in the program. It’s important for the Board’s Marketing Committee to know how they can reach a wider audience.


While the stage was still empty, one noticed that the percussion section held some unusual instruments. There turned out to be six percussionists, one who had three tympani plus two other large drums to manage. There was a xylophone, and two keyboard marimbas (the marimba is the national instrument of Guatemala), which kept one more percussionist busy. Plus hanging chimes, bongos, a cymbal and a gong.

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Oscar likes his percussive sounds: any instrument that makes a sound when it is hit, shaken, or scraped is percussion. A harp completed the section, but the players also played the occasional castanets, clackers and other unexpected instruments.


Off-stage voice Mark Keller, just after asking the audience to check the nearest exit, and unwrap those candies now, not later, then announced, “The Dodgers are up by one run and they have the bases loaded.” It was time for the concert to begin.

Dorothy Pemberton.

Dorothy Pemberton.


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came out and conducted the National Anthem which sounded like cannon and fireworks, with the heavy artillery in the percussion. Oscar Navarro’s Downey Overture, by now an international favorite, displayed a gorgeous combination of Latin tempos and L.A. traffic.


Oscar studied music at USC and then worked here for a year, arranging and composing for films. At the conclusion of the piece, Maestro Sharon, who has conducted it at Carnegie Hall, held out her hands toward the audience where the composer was sitting, and Oscar rose and blew kisses to her and the orchestra, then turned to bow to the applauding audience.


Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia had lively and lovely melodies, and ended by gliding into the fiery Malagueña. Conductor Sharon surprised us by announcing a Cuban encore, the widely beloved freedom song by Jose Marti, Guantanamera. The audience received it enthusiastically.


The big piece of the evening was Navarro’s Clarinet Concerto #3, for both the standard-range B Flat instrument, and also the much rarely played E Flat one, which is in a higher register with a clear piercing quality. Belgian soloist David van Maele displayed his dexterity, alternating gracefully between the two.


Navarro wrote the piece specifically for Van Maele and he knew what a difficult task he was setting for his friend. The labor deserves the rich rewards. The first movement began with a tempest of tympani booms, and then the clarinet appears almost bird-like and quick, with showy cadenzas and a shower of light in its wings.

Frank Kearns.

Frank Kearns.


Soloists appreciate playing for conductor Sharon because she is always aware of their movements, and ready to turn them over to the audience in the difficult and showy passages, of which this Concerto had plenty. The entire orchestra became involved, louder and softer and louder again.


The music glides into the Second Movement, dedicated to the son the clarinetist lost when he was 6. “I am happy when I play this,” David said, “because I see Mattiece and I am with him again.”


The melody becomes almost a lullaby and at the moments when the orchestra took the development of the theme, David stood, head bowed, and waited. The high pitch and clarity of the E flat clarinet lifts the orchestra to almost a heavenly plane, as the movement ends on a high note and then silence.


The moment was held without interruption, and then the lively, quick and complex Third Movement began. The E flat instrument is brilliant and edgy, and the piece ends with the brass leading the ensemble in a triumphant statement, flutes valiantly striving to match the clarinet, strings soaring.


The audience gave the piece and the performer a standing ovation, and standing O’s are difficult to get in Downey – and a curtain call. Shouts of “bravo” were heard as composer Oscar Navarro came up to the stage to embrace his good friend David the clarinet player, and to hug the conductor, whom he has known since his USC days, where Sharon is a professor at the Thornton School of Music.


To send the audience into the intermission happy, Mark Keller’s voice announced, “You can go out knowing that the Dodgers won.” That put them into the World Series. Later Mark confessed, “If they had lost, I never would have said anything at all.”


The buzz on the patio at intermission confirmed the success of the new composition. Bernice Mancebo Stumps, with Roy and Barbara Briley Beard, praised the performance, as did Nancy Ramage and Ruth Hillecke, board secretary. Greg Welch, president of the Rotary Club of Downey was spotted, with Adam from Senator Delgado’s office.


We missed Barbara Risher Welch, Greg’s wife and a past District Governor of Rotary. Also seen were Dr. Jose Torreblanca and wife Carmen, whose support helped bring Osar and David to the concert.


Dorothy Pemberton looked snappy in black to match the black sling holding her right arm immobile after her recent shoulder surgery. Dorothy now heads PTA HELPs, a food pantry for needy families, and her other arm was scratched, having been mauled by her own cat Cosmo when she tried to rescue it at midnight from neighbor dogs. Never a dull moment with Dorothy.


Frank Kearns commented that he had met David during rehearsals. “Great performers are transformed when playing,” Frank said. It’s like what Allen Ginsberg said about meeting Bob Dylan in his early electric days at a Newport Folk festival when Dylan performed his first electric concert.


For the second part of the program, Alberto Ginastera’s Estancia had Conductor Sharon practically dancing on the platform to the Argentine rhythms. And then the 17-minute show piece of the evening, Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” began, innocently enough, with just a flute carrying the melody and a single snare drum tapping a quiet beat.


The cellos and basses pluck their strings, as does the harp, signaled by delicate finger gestures from the hand of the conductor. The shadows and tension grow deeper as more instruments, a saxophone, then the brasses and woodwinds, join in. The bolero is a dance rhythm, and the audience unconsciously nods and begins to sway, tapping their fingers or toes in time to the beat.


Still the violins and basses hold off and pluck their strings, the players cradling their instruments like a ukelele. Oboes and bassoons take up the insistent melody, and the uninterrupted plucking and tapping became more demanding, as Sharon’s arm movements and shoulders grow heavier.


Cellos held back, as do the big drums until at last the suspense is broken and the full orchestra, strings leading, takes up the melodic theme and everything rises to a crashing crescendo with tympani, bass drum, cymbal, gong and a high piercing E flat clarinet wildly changing key in the last few phrases until, with a flourish of the baton, it is over. The audience applause was deafening.


At the champagne reception on the patio afterward, to which all the audience was invited, artist and host of the Green Salon Roy Shabla commented how “the Bolero is so familiar, no one takes it seriously. Until tonight, with Sharon’s interpretation.” Bill Hare, Treasurer of the Symphonic Society Board, allowed as how the evening was a success.

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What a gift to Downey, great classical symphonic music presented by a fine regional orchestra, a hard-working Board and Guild helped by ticket sales, memberships, and donations and grants. The other side of the effort is the comprehensive Music in the Schools Outreach Program, aided by the Downey Unified School District, the City of Downey and Kiwanis Foundation. But tonight was the night for the orchestra to shine, through the works of great composers like Ravel and Oscar Navarro.


Tonight it was all about the music, an emotional evening. It’s not a bad thing for the 60-year old Downey Symphony to be to be linked with the Dodgers. The Dodger might say the same thing about Downey.

Dia de los Muertos Festival to feature new film festival

DOWNEY – This year’s Dia de los Muertos Festival in Downey will feature a film festival, organizers announced.

Photo by Pam Lane, DowneyDailyPhotos.com

Photo by Pam Lane, DowneyDailyPhotos.com


Presented by Cinema Culturas, “From Indo to Downey” will feature short, entertaining films relevant to Mexican society, family and culture.


Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is an age-old tradition in Mexico and Central and South America. The day celebrates the spirits of the dead, who are said to return to earth for one day to rejoin their loved ones.


Families welcome the spirits by building altars (ofrendas) that include mementos and reminders of the deceased, such as photos, favorite foods, hobbies, music, etc.


Customs include eating sweet bread (pan de muertos), decorating sugar skulls (calaveras), face painting, and decorating doorways with colorful papel picado.


City officials are anticipating 30,000 people to attend Downey’s Dia de los Muertos festival, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in and around the Downey Theatre.


The event will feature continuous ballet folkorico and film inside the 738-seat theater, along with facepainting and arts and crafts in the theater patio.


Also planned:

  • A sampling of Mexican music formts on the Zocalo stage in the theater courtyard

  • Variety acts on the Community stage, including ballet folklorico, mariachis, and singers

  • A fine art exhibit in the theater lobby, curated by the Downey Arts Coalition

  • An “urban art alley” featuring 20-ft. tall “found art” sculptures and the “Parade of the 10-ft. Cantinas”

  • The Casa Calaveras Experiences, a multi-media exhibit

  • “Car Altar Avenue,” the merging of Southern California car art and traditional altars

  • Papel picado demonstrations by renowned artisan Aurora Sanchez. Festival goers can also make a papel picado luminaria to take home

  • The Mercado, approximately 50 vendors selling Dia de los Muertos themed merchandise

  • Calaveras decorating

  • 20 booths for local merchants selling their products and services

  • Food trucks and food carts


The festival officially opens when a troupe of 35 Aztec dancers imbue the area with good spirits.

New Cerritos Library exhibit explores history of blues in America

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CERRITOS — Music historian and acclaimed guitarist Joey Leone will present the history, influence and impact of American blues music through songs and stories on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Cerritos Library Skyline Room.


Seating will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis for this free event.


Leone, who will be accompanied by other musicians at this event, has toured with numerous high-profile artists, including Etta James, The Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and Chaka Khan.


The Cerritos Library is located at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue. For more information, call (562) 916-1342.

Latinx theater panel includes Downey natives

DOWNEY – A panel of Latinx theatre artists will converge in Los Angeles this weekend to discuss artists of color, hopefully shining some light and exposure onto their work as well.


The panel will take place Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Geffen Playhouse, and will explore and discuss the legacy of Latinx theatre in Los Angeles.


The curator of the event, Raul Espinoza, says that he wanted to examine up-and-coming artist as opposed to just reflecting on old standards.

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Sylvia Blush


“Part of the intention by bringing all of these people to the Geffen Playhouse is it’s also west-side theatre that rarely does Latino work or represent our stories,” said Espinoza. “I want to demonstrate to the Geffen itself that this is who we are, and I don’t mean just community theatre but professional theatre.”


The discussion will be moderated by Oscar Garza, and will feature Latinx artists Sylvia Blush, Theresa Chavez, Eileen Galindo, and Eric Reyes Loo. Of the four featured artists, Loo grew up in Downey and Blush is a current, longtime resident.


Loo is a writer currently preparing for his play “Death and Cockroaches” to take the stage at the Atwater Village Theatres from Nov. 8 to Dec. 1.


“Growing up,I wanted to create a narrative,” said Loo. “Writing felt like creating a world of my own design.”


Loo says that the upcoming panel would help dispel the myth that there isn’t an abundance of working Latinx artists.


“Especially coming from Downey and coming from a place where I didn’t know a lot of people who worked in the arts… as Latinx people, a lot of us come from working class backgrounds and our parents aren’t exactly thinking that we should go into the arts,” said Loo. “Being able to talk about being a Latinx artist is a real special thing.”


“To spread that that message that so many of our stories that we don’t see represented on the stage or in the media, to highlight that and to talk about this journey about being Latinx theatre artists was really important.”


Blush, currently working on her thesis project Euripides’ Medea at UCLA, said that a lot of work from artists of color is not necessarily as visible on the national scale as other contemporary works.


“I think similarly to what we see with the movements happening with the academy awards, it’s difficult I think for theatres who typically hire some of the same artists to take chances on artists they don’t know,” said Blush. “When you do that, over the years you end up inadvertently or advertently putting one group on the frays.”


“The bigger the institution, the more draw you might receive from the media; they want to see what the big named companies are doing. So, if they’re not taking chances on artists of color in smaller houses, the media is not going to attend. It’s harder to try to get people to come see us.”


The panel will follow the 3 p.m. matinee performance of “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona.” RSVP’s are required to attend this free to the public event.


For more information, visit www.geffenplayhouse.org/latinx-theater.

Rock, comedy and Broadway: La Mirada Theatre releases 2018-19 schedule

LA MIRADA — La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts has announced its 2018-19 calendar of special events, packed with performances by Paul Anka, Lee Ann Womack, the Blues Brothers, and more.

Below is the full schedule, which kicks off next month.


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Lee Ann Womack
Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
$35-$60

Lee Ann Womack was born August 19, 1966 in Jacksonville, Texas. Her debut album, Lee Ann Womack, was released in 1997. The next year she was back in the spotlight with Some Things I Know. Her next effort, I Hope You Dance (2000), became her biggest success so far. Something Worth Leaving Behind (2002) was less successful. In 2005 she came back victorious with a return to traditional country music.




The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 pm
$35-$55

‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Using state of the art video projection, incredible lighting and a full live band ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ is a moving and powerful concert featuring all the hits such as ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘The Sound Of Silence’ and many more.


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Paul Anka
Nov. 16-17, 8 pm
$55-$180

One of the biggest classic pop performers, Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka moved from teen heartthrob to adult artist with a slew of hits. "Diana" sold millions of copies and set him up as a top teen idol with prolific songwriting abilities. He then appeared in several films, headlined a Vegas act, hosted TV variety shows and wrote hits for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. He rose to the top of the charts again with the 1974 duet "You're Having My Baby."

In this show, Anka honors Frank Sinatra by performing all his hits.


A Carpenters Christmas
Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 pm
$15-$44

Based on The Carpenters’ beloved holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, “A Carpenters Christmas” features “Merry Christmas, Darling,” the jazzy “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and all the hits.

Lisa Rock and her six-piece band keep The Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive.


The Ten Tenors
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 pm
$45-$65

Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera The Ten Tenors as they amaze and enthral with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favourites. With soaring versions of Joy to the World, White Christmas, Amazing Grace, Winter Wonderland, Feliz Navidad and more.


The Young Americans
Dec. 6-16
$25-$65

The Young Americans transform the La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland, bringing holiday cheer to theatre-goers of all ages.

Featuring a cast of 250, the theater comes to life with 45-ft. digital screens, over 6,000 costumes, 30 festive scene changes, and even snow. There are also dancing Santas, toe-tapping penguins, The Nutcracker Suite, and your favorite Christmas songs.


The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
$25

The beloved holiday classic comes to life in the acclaimed production from Santa Barbara’s State STreet Ballet. The majestic sounds of Tchaikovsky’s legendary score are matched by colorful sets and costumes.

Join young Clara on a magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince, as she travels through the Land of the Snowflakes to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets.


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Back to the 80s Weekend: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
Friday, Feb. 8, 8 pm
$10-$52

One of the greatest synth electro-pop bands of all time, Berlin made its first national impression with the provocative single “Sex (I’m A…)” from the gold-selling debut EP “Pleasure Victim” in 1982.

Berlin topped the charts in 1986 with the single “Take My Breath Away,” the love theme from the Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun.”




The Princess Bride Quote-Along
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 pm
$15-$18

A special screening of one of the most beloved romantic comedy adventures of all time. It’s an interactive experience with the beautiful Buttercup and “as you wish” Westley as they face kidnapping, sword duels, R.O.U.S. (rodents of unusual size) and more.

Costumes are encouraged for this quote-along screening, which comes with a fun pack of props and pre-show excitement including costume contests, trivia, and recitations of “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”





Moana Sing-Along
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 pm
$15-$18

The epic journey continues for “Moana” fans with Disney’s sing-along version of the hit comedy adventure. With all the lyrics on screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of other delighted, enthusiastic fans.

Free goodie bags are included, and come dressed up for a costume contest.





O Sole Trio - From Pavarotti to Pop
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2 pm
$10-$20

Songs made famous by legendary singers Enrico Caruso, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis and Andrea Bocelli are given new life by combining virtuosic musical feats with the engaging program of well-known classics. It’s fast-paced, funny and touching, with two stellar voices and one commanding accompanist.

Enjoy an afternoon performance that takes you on a musical journey, revealing how Italian Americans influenced popular music throughout the decades. From humorous storytelling to their innovative and unique arrangements, this trio of artists is incredible fun and a true tour de force.



Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 pm
$10-$44

A Valentine’s Day date night special. This hit comedy is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling book.

Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Sexy and fast-paced, the show is definitely for adults.






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The Choir of Man
Friday, Feb. 15, 8 pm
$20-$39

The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour. Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show”, The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of part party, part concert, with foot-stomping choreography, high-energy dance, and live percussion.

The cast of nine men sings everything from pub tunes, folk, Broadway and classic rock.





Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango
Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 pm
$20-$42

This long-running Broadway smash features 14 world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina.

“Tango is passionate, it’s melancholic. It’s tender, violent,” says creator Luis Bravo. “More than just a dance, the tango is music, a drama, a culture, a way of life.”



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The Clairvoyants
Friday, Feb. 22, 8 pm
$30-$50

Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass, collectively known as The Clairvoyants, were 2016 finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” chosen from more than 100,000 contestants.

They first leapt to fame when they were offered a featured spot in “The Illusionists,” the largest touring magic show in the world, which took them to Australia, Mexico and the Middle East. Since then, they’ve lit up Broadway, were awarded the “German Champions of Mentalism,” and “Magicians of the Year.”




The Magic Theatre
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 pm and 9 pm
$45

Five of the top magicians in the world -- all of whom have triumphed at the unparalleled Magic Castle -- will transform the La Mirada Theatre into the Magic Theatre for one night only.

Every space will become a private room featuring close-up magic, including lobbies, backstage, onstage, and even the bar.

Never attempted anywhere else, this night out will have only two showings limited to just 125 patrons each.




Mystic India: The World Tour
Sunday, March 10, 3 pm
$15-$59

The internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular is inspired by ancient India’s transition into modern India.

Lavishly produced and featuring renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, aerialists and acrobats, and over 750 opulent costumes, the show is a fusion of dance, theater, and special effects.




Corazon de Mana - A Tribute to Mana
Friday, March 15, 8 pm
$15-$38

Corazon de Mana is a tribute comprised of five fans of the beloved Mexican rock band Mana. It’s a celebration of all their hits, including “El Verdadero Amor Perdona,” “Oye Mi Amor,” “Labios Compartidos,” “Como Te Deseo” and the breakout smash, “Rayando El Sol.”

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Paul Reiser
Saturday, March 16, 8 pm
$35-$55

Paul Reiser, known for co-creating and starring in the hit sitcom “Mad About You,” brings a comic view to his tales of love, life and the funny things about relationships.

A seasoned actor, writer, stand-up comedian and musician, Reiser has spent the last 30-plus years acting in Oscar and Emmy Award winning movies and TV shows, most recently Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

Along with roles in the hit films “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Diner,” “and “Aliens,” he’s written two No. 1 best-selling books: “Couplehood” and “Babyhood,” the latter featuring his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father.




Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, March 17, 2 pm
$15-$40

With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present band was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently ever since.




Turn the Page: Tributes to Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Friday, March 22, 8 pm
$15-$34

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band provided the soundtrack to a generation. With 10 consecutive platinum albums between 1975 and 1995, the library of Seger’s beloved hits is nearly endless.




Blue Brothers Revue
Saturday, March 23, 8 pm
$15-$46

There are many imitators, but there is only one duo in North America sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues.

Discovered in Las Vegas, performers Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers.




Hamiltunes
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm and 7 pm
Free (must reserve online at lamiradatheatre.com)

Fans of the Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton” can let their collective voices ring out in this singalong, using tracks prepared by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself.

In addition to singing along from your seat, you can sing up to be one of the singers who leads songs from the stage. To be considered, visit LaMiradaTheatre.com. Singers are chosen at random and informed in advance. Costumes are encouraged.




Classic Albums Live: Damn the Torpedoes
Saturday, April 6, 8 pm
$25-$75

Classic Albums Live performs rock’s most influential albums live on stage. Featuring a roster of world class musicians, they will perform Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 1979 album, “Damn the Torpedoes” in its entirety, followed by a set of greatest hits.




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Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland
Saturday, April 13, 8 pm
$15-$45

Angela Ingersoll celebrates American icon Judy Garland, as seen on her current PBS television special. Ingersoll won acclaim for her portrayal of Garland in the hit production of “End of the Rainbow” last season.

In this live concert, Ingersoll captures Garland’s emotional and vocal power, and crafts stories with a naturally winning humor. Songs include the signature classics “Over the Rainbow,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “The Man That Got Away.”





Slapstick Sillies
Saturday, May 18, 1 pm
$9

Slapstick Sillies is a series of wild comedy shows, appropriate for all audiences. Highlights include live, composed-on-the-spot musical scores by pianist/historian Ben Model and a performance of Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock.”






An Evening with James Barbour
Saturday, May 18, 8 pm
$15-$48

Fresh from his Broadway run as “The Phantom of the Opera,” James Barbour takes the audience on a song-filled journey of show tune classics and pop hits that highlight his award-winning performance style.





Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Friday, May 24, 8 pm
$32.50

Showcasing a European sensibility glossed with American ebullience, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s unique brand of contemporary ballet have fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West. Entering its third decade, the company maintains its focus on commissioned works and compelling, innovative dance.





Randal Keith in The Music of Robert Goulet
Wednesday, June 26, 2 pm
$20

With movie star good lucks and one of the most beautiful baritone voices of all time, Robert Goulet’s rise to fame was instantaneous with his Broadway debut in “Camelot.” Soon, he was starring in films and on television and producing award-winning albums.





Kenny Metcalf as Elton: The Early Years
Saturday, June 29, 8 pm
$10-$35

Kenny Metcalf is a superstar performer -- and a La Mirada native. His show was featured twice on “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” launching him as a national touring act. It’s an on-your-feet night of nostalgia, with all of Elton’s hits of the 70s and 80s, compete with all the glam and bling.





Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Sunday, June 30, 2 pm
$10-$27

This program offers a stirring look at George Cohan’s life and music, including “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “H-a-rr-i-gan,” “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and all his other hits. As a special treat, Cohan’s great-granddaughter will be in attendance for a rare talk-back.

All events are the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased online at LaMiradaTheatre.com or by calling the box office at (562) 944-9801.

Billy Ocean, Villalobos Brothers top Downey Theatre’s 2018-19 calendar

DOWNEY – The Downey Civic Theatre released its 2018-19 schedule Tuesday, highlighted by performances by English R&B star Billy Ocean, a Christmastime show by the Mariachi Divas, and a performance by the Villalobos Brothers.

Below is the full schedule, with show descriptions provided by the Downey Theatre. 

 

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 am and 2 pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 am and 2 pm

‘Tis the season for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Downey Theatre. Rudolph returns, live on stage, for four November performances.

A beloved TV holiday classic, “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage. Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all your favorite characters from the well-known tv special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new musical. 

It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.


Mariachi Divas Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 pm

Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, under the musical direction of Grammy Award-winning Alberto “Beto” Jimenez Maeda, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. 

With two Grammy Awards, five Grammy nominations, and one Latin Grammy nomination, the Mariachi Divas are a unique, multicultural, all-female ensemble imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles. 

The Divas’ discography includes nine albums released through Shea Records and East Side Records. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.


Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at 8 pm

This band, comprised of five respected, multi-talented top music industry professionals, presents a dynamic exciting show saluting the music of The Eagles, a super group whose music has proven to have a staying power that few bands lay claim to. Finally, audiences can once again experience the energy and magic of this timeless music.

This highly acclaimed presentation has a great reputation and excellent references. Hotel California has become one of the most sought-after acts in the world, with name recognition and true marquis value paralleling today’s modern recording artists.

Each concert presents an exciting showcase of The Eagles mega-hits such as “Take it Easy”, “Heartache Tonight”, and “Hotel California” as well as newer releases “Get Over It” and “Love will Keep Us Alive”. The group also performs select titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.

This timeless music is appealing to audiences of all ages, bringing back memories and touching the hearts of every generation. So join us now on a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience the Grammy Award winning sounds that defined a generation.


The Villalobos Brothers with Flor de Toleache
Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 pm

The Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto and Luis) use their violins and voices to define contemporary Mexican music. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice. 

Artistic Director and guitarist Humberto Flores, drummer Rosa Ávila and bassist Leo Sherman complete the line-up.

The group’s virtuosic performances have delighted listeners from Latin America, India and Russia to Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, Carnegie Hall and the Latin Grammy Awards. Their work has been recognized by numerous awards including the Vox Populi Award by the Independent Music Awards and the Ultimate Winners in WNYC’s 2013 Battle of the Boroughs. 

In 2015, the group was chosen as Musical Artist in Residence for Lincoln Center Education, 92st Y, Latino Arts, and The New York Botanical Garden’s record-breaking exhibit “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.”


 

Blue Oyster Cult
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8 pm

For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. 

Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it’s one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. 

BÖC’s canon of hits include the truly haunting “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from 1976’s Agents of Fortune, the pummeling “Godzilla” from 1977’s Spectres and the hypnotically melodic “Burnin’ for You” from 1981’s Fire of Unknown Origin. 

Other notable BÖC songs include “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” “Then Came the Last Days of May,” “I Love the Night,” “In Thee,” “Veteran of the Psychic Wars,” “Dominance and Submission,” “Astronomy,” “Black Blade” and “Shooting Shark.”


Billy Ocean
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7 pm

Born in Trinidad, Billy Ocean settled in London’s East End when he was a seven-year-old calypso crazy kid. He soon got turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. 

Billy Ocean went on to become the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. The million selling American No.1 single “Caribbean Queen” won Billy a Grammy for best R&B Vocal. It was followed by “Loverboy” and “Suddenly,” which became the first of Billy’s killer ballads. 

The album from which these singles came spent a year in the US charts selling double Platinum. More hits were to follow with the now classic “Get Outta My Dreams; Get Into My Car,” another US No. 1 hit, “When the Going Gets Tough,” “Love on Delivery,” “Stop Me,” and “Red Light Spells Danger.”


ASERE! Havana Cuba All-Stars
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8 pm

ASERE! - A Fiesta Cubana features the Havana Cuba All-Stars - some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, musicians and dancers showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats in a joyous spectacle. 

The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens. In their upcoming “Asere”- or “Friendship”- tour, the All-Stars will be backed by three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples. 

With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.


Los Chicos del 512 - Selena Tribute
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 7 pm

It is a mind-blowing experience and the closest you can get to a live Selena concert. Simply, the best Selena tribute band out there. 

All of its band members have lived and played the remarkable music that Selena brought to us for at least 15 years. After living through her music, they wanted to have an opportunity to bring this incredible show to all of her fans. 

For the past two years, they have performed this amazing experience to Selena fans across the country. These musicians came together and orchestrated an extraordinary show that will have you back in 1995 within seconds of their first song. 

Los Chicos del 512 will bring to you the finest Selena tribute that you can possibly imagine. Now, get ready to sing, dance and relive Selena.