Performers are laborers, too

It’s Labor Day! This is a holiday that is “celebrated”, most often with burgers, hotdogs, sales on patio furniture and beating-the-heat summer fun, but is actually little acknowledged for its true purpose: it was established in the 19th century, to recognize the contributions of workers, and mark an awareness of the simple fact that some … Read more

Podcast reboots with Pacific Chorale

Due to non-List issues over the last year, we’ve had to set our launched-too-soon podcast aside for a bit, but we’re back! Check out the latest episode, where Lauri talks with Pacific Chorale’s President & CEO, Andrew Brown, about this year’s Grammy┬« award, what that means to be the first organization in Orange County to … Read more

Buying Your Own Message

“You don’t feel like a realtor yet,” I said to a friend recently, and then I watched his whole face change.  While he’d been licensed and practicing for six months, it was true:  he hadn’t yet made the shift in his own mind.  And it was getting in the way of his marketing. This happens … Read more

That time when the orchestra put their collective foot down

I was talking to a longtime colleague recently, when we both remembered a rehearsal day from many years ago that was truly unusual: Singing a large work with a world-class orchestra, the artistic director raised his baton after the break and shared with all of us an open letter signed by most of the members … Read more

Dive into your task list with a monthly AFD (Action-Focused Day)

Planning is absolutely essential. But you can’t stop there. If you’re spending too much time making and organizing your lists and notes rather than taking action to check those things off, here’s a way to reset on a regular basis: It’s an ACTION-FOCUSED DAY. The technique is simple, and you’d do well to make room … Read more

Thoughts on disruption

It’s been a very big week for SoCal arts, with both happy and sad news aplenty. But we’re used to some shaking, right? The Colburn School announced a mammoth $350 million expansion with the help of some architect named Frank Gehry (oh yeah, he’s that guy who likes silver buildings…). Long Beach Opera canceled their … Read more

Long Beach Opera cancels ‘Stimmung’ amid organizational strife

Long Beach Opera has canceled all performances of the upcoming ‘STIMMUNG’, amid controversy and staff resignations. We share their official statement and wish everyone involved the best.

Because I said so

As we start to get busy again, I’m hearing a theme in the posts and emails and conversations and general vibe from some of our Listers: FEAR. We’re all dealing with the same reality: fewer jobs around, and way too many talented artists vying for them. It’s exactly what we’ve all trained for… but more … Read more

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