If there’s an equivalent today to the movie goddesses of yesterday—and I think there is—it’s Bernadette Peters. Despite recent TV appearances in such shows as “SMASH” and some 17 film credits, she seems woefully underused by Hollywood producers. Less gorgeous or glamorous than the likes of Alice Faye, Ginger Rogers or Rita Hayworth? Not in my book.
Hollywood’s oversight has been Broadway’s gain, of course. BP (and I don’t mean the UK oil magnate) has hardly been under-appreciated on the Great White Way or in the hinterlands, where she takes her act on the road as often as time allows. She’s also busy on the good-cause circuit, most notably as co-founder (with pal Mary Tyler Moore) of Broadway Barks!, an organization that promotes the adoption of shelter animals.
It’s been a while since the three-time Tony winner favored OC with her talents, which makes her performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on October 11 something of an occasion. She’ll also appear at Cal State Northridge on October 19, before returning to Manhattan next month to join the cast of Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis' “A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair.”
SCFTA: www.scfta.org; CSUN: www.valleyperformingartscenter.org.
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My friend Eric Marchese advises that it’s time to “dust off your finest Edwardian-era finery” for RagFest 2013, OC’s 13th ragtime music festival, held October 19-20. Steamers Jazz Club & Café (138 W. Commonwealth Ave. in downtown Fullerton) will offer continuous entertainment from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, with pianist Bill Mitchell, vocalist Erika C. Miller and pianist-composer Marchese himself among those on the bill.
Muckenthaler Cultural Center (1201 W. Malvern Ave. in northwest Fullerton), provides musical entertainment from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, beginning with Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys, and including the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, vaudeville duo Evans & Rogers, and Brad Kay & Those Syncopating Songbirds. All events are free. Info: http://www.ragfest.com/
Word just in: UCI alum Sean Cawelti, artistic director of Rogue Artists Ensemble, is among the three finalists selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2014 Richard E. Sherwood Award.
Hot tip: Palm Springs International Film Society presents “One World,” a program of multi-cultural short films from around the globe, in Riverside County this month (including a screening at UCR on October 15). Visit www.psfilmfest.org
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