[Performance of “Welcome to Nowhere,” directed by American Kenneth Collins, as part of this year’s Young Director’s Project]
Dries Verhoeven’s “YOU ARE HERE” takes home honors at the Salzburg Festival
Out of the field of four participating productions at this year’s Young Directors Project Powered by Montblanc at the Salzburg Music Festival, Dries Verhoeven’s and his innovative “YOU ARE HERE” stood out from the rest, winning the competition, its €10,000 prize money, and a Montblanc “Hommage à Max Reinhardt” Salzburg Special Edition fountain pen.
Participation in the Young Directors Project offers young directors from all over the world the unique opportunity to present themselves for the first time to the international press in the German-speaking area of Salzburg. Some past participants have since started outstanding careers.
Behind the scenes of the creative world of film and music
After creating Turn Me On, a ground-breaking viral video with over 5 million views last year, JVC Mobile Electronics shot their follow up video, Turn Me On Again, on April 1st and 2nd at the Universal Studios backlot and CBS Studios. Chad Vogelsong, JVC Mobile’s general manager of marketing, Danny Klein, creative director, and Steven Lippman, director, brought out beautiful women, cars, and rock stars for this epic music video-style shoot. This year’s video stars rock acts The Charm City Devils and The Darling Stilettos. The video will go live in May, so you’ll have to wait until then to see the final cut.
[Center, Left to Right: Lowe Taylor, Rick Segall. Background, Left to Right: Leslie Stevens, Gabrielle Wagner and Gregory Franklin]
Yes, Art and Living does theater reviews. Here’s our first one
By Jeff Marinelli
Divorce! The Musical is definitely a play for everyone—absolutely brilliant! I haven’t had this much fun in a musical in a long time. If you’re single, you should go to see what you have to look forward to; if you’re married, you should go see how to avoid an unwanted end to your union; if you’re divorced, you should go for a little perspective on what you have been through. The acting and lyrics to the musical captured me and the audience the entire time without missing a beat.
[Left to right: Ronald Davis, Ron Cooper, Robert Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, and Larry Bell]
Actor and artist Dennis Hopper curates two exhibitions to honor long-time Taos friendships—and to mark the 40th anniversary of Easy Rider
Dennis Hopper first set foot (or wheels, as the case may be) in Taos, New Mexico in 1968 while directing one of the 60s’ most powerfully iconic visions, Easy Rider, a film that looked so real, felt so raw, and sounded so good it helped define a social movement—and, some may say, the way a nation saw itself.
For the next 15 years, Hopper pretty much made Taos home, taking up residence at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house, continuing Mabel’s tradition of hosting the best, brightest, and surely the most off-beat of his generation.
[Blake Edwards at the opening of his PDC exhibition]
The Art of Blake Edwards: A Retrospective of Sculpture and Paintings 1969 - 2008
By Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer, Curator
Everybody has always known Blake Edwards as a successful writer, producer, and director of film, but very few people knew about his secret passion for painting and sculpting. I have known him for 35 years and had no idea how many paintings he had created and stored while also making successful films. I knew he had about ten paintings stashed in the closets but, through the years, that number grew to hundreds. His art has even ventured into three dimensions; in 1983, when Blake was doing a movie about a sculptor, he started creating the sculpture himself. The quality of the art is so extraordinary.
35th Annual Candlelight Concert Benefits Artistic And Educational Programs
By Tina Marie Tyler
Platform shoes, big eyelashes, and clutch in hand, I stepped inside of Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center to see a legend. What I experienced, however, was so much more than song.
Ms. Ross could not perform on just any stage. The theater had been transformed into a stunning 1970s Las Vegas showroom, complete with a scarlet red, crushed velvet drape backdrop, black magic rose topiaries atop gold pedestals adorning each table, and gold dupioni silk-skinned chandeliers that rose up in the air during Ms. Ross’s performance. A red carpet lead guests into the dramatic scene befitting a diva. Guy Genis, founder and CEO of Eventmakers, beamed as he described his creation. “We wanted to create a glamorous, glitzy environment befitting an icon and her special guests,” he explained.
[Jethro Tull in Athens, 2007. Image courtesy of the band]
Jethro Tull is a unique phenomenon in popular music history. The band’s mix of hard rock, folk melodies, blues licks, surrealism, and creative lyrics has inspired musicians and similar artists all over the world for over forty years. With eleven gold and five platinum albums under its belt, the group has carved a place all its own in popular music.
Presently, Jethro Tull continues to tour the globe, sharing a love of music and creative wisdom while keeping a cultured, outside-the-box identity.
As he heads out for his band’s 40th Anniversary World Tour, frontman Ian Anderson talked with Art and Living’s Bobby Marinelli about his outfit’s love and celebration of music, art, culture, and — of course — flutes.
Lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman Celebrate 50 Years of Collaboration and Bringing the Art of the Lyric to Film
By Janet Margolis
“Your girl is lovely, Hubbell,” Katie says as she strokes the lock of hair on Hubbell’s forehead. The music swells as The Way We Were’s title song and accompanying scene become entrenched in our hearts forever.
This year, “The Way We Were” songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman are celebrating fifty years of artistic devotion to their life’s work: writing lyrics, many of them to the soundtracks of well-known films.