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Author: Terry Schilling

Two Irvine Jazz Trailblazers

When I invited two gifted Irvine jazz musicians — Celine You and her husband Forest Muther — to join me on my patio for lunch and an interview, I got lucky. The weather was ideal, my table overlooking Shady Canyon was set, and they showed up.

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The Opera at UCI

The opera The Impresario, composed by W. A. Mozart, was recently performed by the students of vocal arts at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

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The West Coast Premiere of “Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt” Returns Like an Ark from the Pandemic Flood

We have all been thirsting for images and dialog distinct from what’s flushing from our current insentient media portal. UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, like an ark, disembarks with something living: The west coast premiere of Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt (Rebecca). And it’s funny.

I had the good fortune of recently meeting Eli Simon, the director and helmsman of this ark. Eli has been teaching drama at UCI for the past 34 years.

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Barclay President & Self-Described “Theatre Rat” Jerry Mandel Leads the Barclay Through the Pandemic

In 1990, the non-profit, 750-seat Barclay Theatre opened as a collaborative venture — owned by both the City of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine.

The COVID-19 pandemic turned out the lights in theatres all around the world. Some, forever. Yet, the pandemic was not a show-stopper for the Barclay.

That’s because for the past six years, the Barclay’s president has been Jerry Mandel, a self-described “Theatre Rat.”

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