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Week in the Life: Tara Young, the artistic director who brings La Perle in...

Tara Young, 49, is artistic director of La Perle, a groundbreaking permanent show in Al Habtoor City, Dubai. The Canadian debuted as a performer on New York’s Broadway aged 18 in a show with Cabaret star Liza Minnelli. Ms Young worked with LA Opera, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and as artistic director of Michael Jackson’s The Immortal world tour before former Cirque du Soleil creative Franco Dragone hired her his China show and then La Perle. She tells The National about her colourful week. SUNDAY It’s our day of rest – Tara Day. We don’t have shows on Sundays and Mondays. I try not to answer emails or deal with the show. I get a massage and love my spinning class. I wake up and swim lengths. I got here today because everything I do is preparation, a lot of hard work, setting very clear intentions and then I get fortunate enough to meet an opportunity. MONDAY Offices here (in the UAE) are at work. I tend to be back on email, but I’m still at home. You can get 50 to 100 a ..

Top weekend events: 'A Fargo Christmas,' 'Jewels of the Season,' Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz

“A Fargo Christmas: North of Normal”7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 30. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. $22-$78. (619) 437-6000 or For decades, Lamb’s Players has been staging a rotating series of plays by associate artistic director Kerry Meads under the “Festival of Christmas” banner. And every few years, the seemingly inexhaustible Meads — who also directs — adds a new script to the mix. That’s the case with the latest entry, a sometimes elegiac-feeling but warmly performed piece about how the fate of a North Dakota church hangs in the balance at Christmastime. The gifted musical director Jon Lorenz contributes both original material and appealing new arrangements of Christmas classics to the mix, and Meads’ often humorous writing and charming, folksy characterizations bring a feel of humanity and fellowship to the play’s frozen setting, and to the season. JAMES HEBERT The C..

Festivities ahead for MLK weekend

ASHTABULA —Two events will be held in January commemorating the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is celebrated by a federal holiday on the third Monday of January. A Martin Luther King Jr. Living History, Oratorical and Artistic Rendering Contest, will be Jan. 13, at the Ashtabula Public Library, 4335 Park Ave., and the Kiwanis Club’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast and Service will be Jan. 15 at Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, 3857 West Ave. “This year we once again challenge all who live in the Ashtabula area to join in recommitting to finish Dr. King’s work and to serve God, country and our fellow man,” said the Rev. Steve Sargent, chairperson of the service and associate pastor of the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula. “Our purpose in organizing and hosting these events is to generate more enthusiasm for good deeds throughout Ashtabula.” A Martin Luther King Jr. Living History, Oratorical and Artistic Rendering Contest ..

Vero Beach Opera hosts annual Amici holiday luncheon

(Standing) Hank and Toni LeMoine, and (sitting) Paul and Sue Gauthier, David and Paula Andreozzi attend the Holiday Amici Luncheon for Vero Beach Opera.(Photo: Maureen Nicolace) VERO BEACH -- Nearly 100 Vero Beach Opera members and supporters came out to celebrate the season at the annual Vero Beach Opera Amici Holiday Luncheon recently at the Grand Harbor Club. Dr. Marcos Flores provided an inspiring holiday piano performance. “'Amici' means 'friends' in Italian and that is truly who these individuals are,” said VBO president Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan. “They work so hard, some year-round, to make the opera season flow smoothly and allow us to bring the brightest talent to Vero Beach.” “Amici” members and VBO directors who chair or serve on various committees for the upcoming season include: Louis Lawson (charitable giving/vocal scholarship); Wayne Kleinstiver (Opera Studies); Paul and Sue Gauthier (homestay and playbill advertising); Jamie Shay and Susan Grandpierre (g..

'The Nutcracker' Hits The Stage In Baltimore This Weekend

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s as synonymous with Christmas as gingerbread, jingle bells and twinkling lights. “The Nutcracker” is coming to the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric — but only for one day. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s production runs Saturday, Dec. 23 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and will include a live orchestra and more than 50 dancers telling the story of Clara who, on Christmas Eve, is gifted a nutcracker. When Clara falls asleep, she travels through her dreams into a fantasy land that includes her first feelings of romance. “‘The Nutcracker’ is why I became a dancer. The first time I saw it, I was three and I turned to my mother and said I was going to be Clara some day,” says principal dancer Nicole Kelsch says. “So it’s really, really special to me.” The theatre’s production includes a number of local children who are studying dance and have been rehearsing since the summer. The young performers are all under the artistic direction of Dianna Cuatto. “I demand a ..

Where to Watch Sports in 2018

Advertisement After years of planning and construction, the Winter Olympics and the World Cup are generally regarded as the marquee sporting events of 2018. But there is an abundance of events throughout the year for sports enthusiasts around the globe, from the British-centric Commonwealth Games to the rough-and-tumble Rugby World Cup Sevens to the refined World Equestrian Games. Super Bowl LII, or 52, will be played on Feb. 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city, which previously hosted the Super Bowl in 1992, will offer a range of fan-friendly events over the course of the 10 days leading to the game. The singer Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime show. Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be the site of the Winter Games from Feb. 9 to 25. Spectators can take in skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding among the 102 events, a record number for a Winter Olympics. Curling, ice hockey, figure skating and speed-skating competitions will be held in the nearby city of Gangneun..

Saturday events include Kalu James show, Sierra Nevada tap takeover

Polyrhythmics, Kalu & the Electric Joint at the Mohawk indoor. The sprawling jams of Seattle groove collective Polyrhythmics will make you move, but hometown opener Kalu & the Electric Joint, the new project from Nigerian expat Kalu James, is also a big draw. The group’s latest release, ‘Time Undone,” simmers a slow burning dish of love and longing into a murky stew of muscular psychedelics, gut-bucket blues riffs and rootsy soul. $12-$15. Doors at 9 p.m. Saturday. 912 Red River St. — Deborah Sengupta Stith “Bella and the Beast.” This Austin Symphony Orchestra concert features Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova. Known for her passionate and powerful performances, Hristova makes her Austin debut with Igor Stravinsky’s beastly “Violin Concerto in D Major.” The evening will open with Rossini’s “Overture to Semiramide” and include other works, such as the “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” by J.S. Bach. 8 p.m. Saturday. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476,..

Interactive art experience DRIP to close its Orlando location this month

DRIP, a truly unique and interactive art experience located on International Drive in Orlando, will be closing its doors at the end of the month after five years of paint-flinging fun. DRIP’s remaining shows at this location will be performed every Friday and Saturday night in January, with the final show taking place on Saturday, January 27. While the doors will be closing at this location, the DRIP team is ready to look toward the future. “Closing this location is bittersweet but exciting for our team. We put a huge amount of passion into everything created in that space and have amazing memories from the team interacting with the guests. We had terrific experiences over the last five years and are eager to re-focus and inject our creativity into the next project,” said DRIP founder and creative director Jessica Mariko. “We appreciate our fans and are looking forward to playing with them again soon.” Since opening their I-Drive location, DRIP has produced over 700 shows, artistic ev..

Events: 18 things to do in the North-east in 2018

From food and drink events to top music and visual art, the North-east is set for a busy 2018. Tamsin Ross looks at some of the spectacular shows and fun-filled events in store. 1. Spectra festival of light Aberdeen’s award winning light festival returns to the city centre for four nights from February 8-11. This year’s theme is Play the Night and will combine music and lights for a family-friendly display. 2. Gin: NEThis North-east gin festival takes place at Inverurie Town Hall on February 9-10. Alongside local and national gins, there will be a cocktail circus, a gin question-and-answer session and other shows. 3. Aberdeen Jazz FestivalFeaturing every style of jazz, this year’s Jazz Festival will have something for everyone. On from March 14-18, it’ll bring swing, vintage and fusion tunes to venues across the North-east. 4. University Boat Race Taking to the water on March 17, the teams from Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen go head-to-head once again. Both tea..

Metro East news and events for the week of Jan. 10

MLK celebration In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Espenschied Chapel, 317 N. County Road, in Mascoutah, will host Chris Vallillo’s "Oh Freedom!" at 2 p.m. Jan. 14. Vallillo is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a natural affinity for American roots music. A master of bottleneck slide guitar, he weaves songs and theatrical narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of history. This event includes multi-instrumental performances and narration of pivotal songs that inspired and sustained our nation’s Civil Rights Movement and resonate with audiences today. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Bee Hollow Market, 217 E. Main, in Mascoutah, and online at Tickets are $25 at the door. Students can get free admission when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. For more information on the program, tickets or the chapel, visit, call 618-566-7425 or e-mail PSOP Travel program If you’ve ..

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