In my opinion, the act of mentally disappearing is more than just something that feels good; it’s a welcome manifestation of our fight-or-flight response. But it’s not just a defense mechanism or a response that has to be one or the other. It can be both at one time, even if you’re not at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
'Memphis' plays at the
Segestrom Center Nov. 6 - 18.
The subject of whether the holiday season is stressful or not is too obvious and too apparent for me to write about it, so let’s just dive right in and talk turkey.
After more than 10 years in San Francisco and Seattle, “Teatro Zinzanni” premieres at Segerstrom with three hours of theater and a five-course meal from Chef Joachim Splichal’s Patina catering. Did I mention there are drinks?
A mental change of locale can travel as far as Broadway. Or you can avoid the crowded airports and be transported to the music history of Tennessee to see four-time Tony Award-winning “Memphis.” The musical, by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, is loosely based on disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. The DJ teams with a black nightclub singer who also believed that music via the airwaves transcended a turbulent society. This is their story of making it happen.
Which brings us to my personal respite – and I’m sure I’m not alone here. To me, music as its own entity removes the confusion of visuals and allows me to simply listen, dropping me into a blissed-out zone. On Nov. 2, Segerstrom presents Brahms and Dvorak Piano Trios with David Finckel, Wu Hand and Philip Setzer. This group figuratively turns music into literature, making it every bit as escapist, emotional and dramatic. scfta.org
≈ ‘Teatro Zinzanni’ through Dec. 31
≈ ‘Memphis’ Nov. 6 – 18
≈ ‘Brahms and Dvorak Piano Trios’ Nov. 2
ALSO, CHECK OUT:
• 2012 Winter Fantasy
Sawdust Art Festival Grounds
Nov. 17 – Dec. 9
After spending 10 years in Chicago, I gravitate toward any event that contains the word “winter.” Here, you will find more than 170 vendors selling arts and crafts, so I dare you not to find a gift for those “eccentric” friends and family members. sawdustartfestival.org
• ‘Spanish Masters: Goya Picasso Dali’
Through Jan. 6
I realize art is extremely subjective. My taste in art tends to run on the quirky side. This exhibit features something for people who, like me, tend to appreciate the upper end of crazy, as well as works that follow a more introspective view of Spanish artists. muzeo.org