In the bleak years following World War II, there isn't much that could raise the spirits of the Poles (now under Soviet domination, after having had their country raped by the Nazis), except perhaps music. Hard-scrabble farmers and villagers sing old songs of broken hearts, sounding as if they'd been dug from the soil. Wiktor, a music anthropologist, eagerly records them, hoping to document an authentic, timeless sound. Holding auditions for parts in his new troupe that will perform folk songs and dances, he spots a comely young blonde, Zula. She may not have the best vocal range of those trying out, but she sure has something – it's evident in the curl of her lips, her tussles of hair, her languorous movements. There is also an air of mystery about her – did she actually kill her father, as some reports suggest? So begins "Cold War," a new film from director Paweł Pawlikowski, whose last picture, "Ida," won the Oscar in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. In that … [Read more...] about Review: In stunning “Cold War,” love and music attempt to surmount Iron Curtain
Festivals and music tours
PUBLISHED: 15:02 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 19 November 2018 Dan Patlansky. Photo: Tobias Coetsee/Noble PR Tobias Coetsee/Noble PR South African singer-songwriter Dan Patlansky, with support from Gorilla Riot, will be headlining The Waterfront in Norwich this Thursday [November 22]. Dan Patlansky's album cover for Perfection Kills. Photo: Courtesy of Noble PRFollowing Dan Patlansky’s sold out March 2018 UK tour, he is hitting the road again in a few days time on another UK tour that will see him headline The Waterfront in Norwich on November 22.Patlansky’s blues/rock sound stems from a childhood in which he was immersed heavily in the genre.“It was my parents constantly listening to the blues and their fairly extensive album collection that I grew up with.”“When it came time to pick up the guitar in my early teens it was the most natural form of music to play because I felt like I knew it and I had listened to it for so long.”Having … [Read more...] about Dan Patlansky speaks about his career and upcoming tour ahead of his Norwich show this week
By Heather McRea | [email protected] and Jennifer Karmarkar | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 27, 2018 at 10:52 am | UPDATED: June 29, 2018 at 8:15 pm Many Orange County communities are preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks shows, festivals, parade or runs/walks. Following is a listing of the options for how to spend your Independence Day. You can also check out the Orange County Fire Authority’s website, ocfa.org, for a listing of where professional fireworks shows are planned and information on the communities that allow safe and sane fireworks with some safety tips from the fire agency. Events are on the Fourth of July unless otherwise noted. Anaheim The Anaheim Hills Community Council hosts its annual day of activities. Events include the Firecracker 5K/10K Run/Walk beginning at 7 a.m. at Canyon High School’s track; the pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Canyon High cafeteria; and Yankee Doodle Dog Show at 9:30 … [Read more...] about Where you can celebrate July 4th in Orange County with festivities and fireworks
WITH Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music, it's almost impossible to remember a time when people actually visited record stores to buy music. But every April, music enthusiasts celebrate Record Store Day to pledge their support for independently-owned music shops. Here's the lowdown... When is Record Store Day 2018? Record Store Day was first founded over 10 years ago as a way of supporting independent music shops in the advent of downloading and streaming. The annual event is being held TODAY, April 21, 2018. It is held every year on a Saturday in April and the first Record Store Day took place in 2007. It was officially founded during a record store owners' meeting in Baltimore and each year has grown in size. What is Record Store Day 2018? It sees both artists, fans and shop owners come together across the world to discuss their favourite music and their love of vinyl records. To mark the day, a string of special vinyl records are released for music fans to snap up at their local store. … [Read more...] about Record Store Day 2018 is TODAY! What are the big vinyl releases and what’s the date all about?
THIS IS A FESTIVAL with tons of music, but it isn’t a music festival. Michael Mahgerefteh, the mega-excited mind behind Saturday’s StarFire Festival 2, designed it that way.The music will be on point – Mahgerefteh, the drummer for the headlining electronic rock band Galaxy Dynamite, wouldn’t allow anything less. But the three stages of funk, rock, jam and electronic tunes will be a soundtrack to the activities swarming at the festival ground, O’Connor Brewing Co.Kids can have fun in the video, board game, or virtual-reality area, while adults compete in the galaxy (beer) pong contest or find something cool in the vinyl-record swap. Tarot card readers? Yep. Cash for cosplay? Check. Glass blowing and fire-spinning performances? Of course. Yoga workshops? Why not?Last year’s fest brought in more than 2,000 people, and many of them left asking if the party would return. Mahgerefteh realized he had gotten what he wanted.“I didn’t want to throw … [Read more...] about Want tarot card readers, fire-spinners, cosplay and music? Try Norfolk’s StarFire