Reviews – January 2010

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Cds

Buika – El último trago
Warner Music Latina

Grabado a principios de 2009 en Cuba, contine doce temas del repertorio que acompañó a Chavela Vargas a la cima del éxito con temas como; Las ciudades; Las simples cosas; Sombras y Luz de Luna. Ahora la mallorquina resucita estas canciones con sus cuerdas vocales inigualables acompañados por arreglos de Chucho Valdés.

Alejandro Fernández – Dos Mundos. Evolución + Tradición
Universal Music Latino

A muchos nos gusta la interpretación que Alejandro le da tanto a sus temas rancheros como a los temas pop. En esta ocasión le da gusto a sus dos públicos sacando al mismo tiempo un disco ranchero y uno pop, que también están disponibles como disco doble. Ya se escuchan en la radio temas como Se me va la voz, y Estuve.

Thalía – En Primera Fila
Sony Music

Es el segundo de una serie de conciertos realizados sin artificios ni efectos especiales, donde Thalía interpretó temas inéditos como su nuevo éxito Equivocada; un medley de cuatro de sus más grandes éxitos (Entre el May y una Estrella, Piel Morena, No Me Enseñaste y Amor a la Mexicana), así como clásicos del cancionero popular latinoamericano.

Katharine McPhee – Unbroken
Verve Records

Poignant, vital lyrics swell over full, lush melodies. McPhee’s supple, clear voice, resonating with emotion and confidence, caresses each note on this collection of soon-to-be pop classics. Fans first met McPhee on Season Five of American Idol. Her vocals display a new vulnerability and maturity that make Unbroken compelling listening.

Tegan And Sara – Sainthood
Vapor/Sire/Warner Bros.

Sainthood – addresses secular themes of devotion, delusion, and exemplary behavior in the pursuit of love and relationships. Inspired by emotional longing and the quiet actions we hope may be noticed by the objects of our affection. Sainthood is about obsessions with romantic ideals.

DVDs

End of Love
Breaking Glass Pictures

An extraordinary tale of sexual obsession, unrequited love and psychological isolation – evoking imagery and themes from such gay classics as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Boys Love” that are equal parts sensual, eloquent and heartrending while creating a mood and sensibility all its own.

Vicious Circle
Maya Home Entertainment

Ambientada en las actuales calles de Venice Beach, CA Vicious Circle es una trágica historia de amor latina con un toque “punk rock”;

un Romeo y Julieta adolescente, alternativo, sincero, con un toque de misterio muy original. Con Paul Rodríguez Jr. y Emily Ríos.

The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

An emotional journey that follows a courageous group of women – unwavering in their faith – over three generations through their trials, tragedy and triumphs. A truly successful and enduring franchise, the Love Comes Softly series has sold more than 30 million books and 3.5 million DVDs.

Be Mine
Ariztical Entertainment

Mayson has been patiently waiting and dreaming of that ever elusive sweet and perfect first kiss. And, his best friend Robyn thinks it’s about time he kissed a boy! Mayson’s love of chocolate scones brings about an unexpected coffeehouse meeting with a mysterious hunk who buys the last one! However, Mayson’s shyness proves to overcome any possible further development of pursuing a relationship with this new found crush.

The Butch Factor
Wolfe

From the Castro culture of the 1970s to today’s Bears and gym rats, this fascinating investigation of gay men and sexuality blows the lid off old stereotypes and showcases a battalion of interviewees including muscle men, rodeo riders, rugby players and cops. The men speak candidly on topics from homophobia to metrosexuality.

Theatre

RIVERDANCE
The Pantages Theatre
January 12 – 24, 2010
RIVERDANCE, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, will play 16 Farewell Performances in Los Angeles. Discover why nothing in the world compares to The Original International Phenomenon! Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, you won’t want to miss these FAREWELL performances of RIVERDANCE!
www.broadwayla.org

STOMP
The Pantages Theatre
January 26 – February 7, 2010
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. See what all the noise is about.
www.broadwayla.org

Book

Probation
Author: Tom Mendicino
Kensington Publishing Corp.

After being arrested for solicitation in a public rest room on Interstate 85, Andy Nocera is placed on probation. Subsequently, he is thrown out by his wife and fired by his father-in-law, leaving him no other option but to take refuge at his mother’s house, where no questions are asked. The “highlight” of his week is his counseling session with a psychiatrist who’s also a Jesuit priest. Answers don’t come easy, especially in the face of his mother being diagnosed with an aggressive lymphoma, but Andy gradually begins to search for the reasons why he would risk everything for an anonymous sexual encounter.
www.kensingtonbooks.com

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