PREVIEW: Musical gumbo due at Balboa Theatre
UT San Diego
By George Varga
May 14, 2013
How easy is it for a savvy pop-music critic to make accurate predictions? Allow me to demonstrate with three examples:
1. Before he kicks off the U.S. leg of his troubled world tour here at Valley View Casino Center on June 22, Justin Bieber will make more headlines regarding a controversy. Said controversy may involve pot, paparazzi, Selena Gomez, Bieber's errant pet monkey, or some combination thereof.
2. The ongoing "50 and Counting" Rolling Stones' concert tour will not suddenly add a San Diego date.
3. There will be spontaneous dancing in the aisles at the Balboa Theatre this weekend.
REVIEW: Poles and Germans Without Conflict for a Change
By Ken Herman
May 11, 2013
In 2005, the young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz surprised the world and thrilled his fellow countrymen by winning the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the first Pole to take top honors at the Chopin Competition in 30 years. Poles have the same relationship to Frédéric Chopin as Americans have to baseball, so this was truly a big thing in Poland.
Blechacz (pronounced BLAY-hahch) made his San Diego debut Friday (May 10) in an exciting and rewarding solo recital in La Jolla's Sherwood Auditorium.