Author Archive for Gabriel Fregoso

Joy of ‘The Raven’ is with Cusack

Joy of ‘The Raven’ is with Cusack

“The Raven” is the latest in a Hollywood tradition that re-imagines historical icons in fantastic, alternative storylines.

Anthony Ortega:  Encinitas reedman calls himself a ‘lucky man’

Anthony Ortega: Encinitas reedman calls himself a ‘lucky man’

ENCINITAS — “Legend” is not a title that can be affixed to just anybody’s name. But when describing the life and talent of Anthony Ortega, it’s hard to exclude the word from discussion. 

Documentary examines the world of Pina Bausch

Documentary examines the world of Pina Bausch

The story behind Wim Wenders’ latest documentary, “PINA,” goes something like this: For nearly 20 years, the celebrated filmmaker had wished to make a movie with revolutionary dance choreographer Pina Bausch.After a series of false starts and setbacks spanning two decades, plans for their collaboration finally materialized in 2009; both agreeing that 3D would be […]

‘Red Tails’ has action, falls short with history

‘Red Tails’ has action, falls short with history

Executively produced by George Lucas, “Red Tails” is cinematic confection rooted in historical fact.  The movie depicts an important chapter in U.S. history when African American pilots overcame prejudice and doubt, serving in a racially segregated military, to protect American interests during World War II.   Performing with distinction, they were the first African American pilots […]

Cruise’s latest mission: Incredible

Cruise’s latest mission: Incredible

By now you’ve probably seen footage of Tom Cruise clinging to the world’s tallest building for the fourth installment of the “Mission Impossible” franchise, “Ghost Protocol.”  Believe it or not, the 49 year-old actor was suspended from a helicopter over a thousand feet in the air, so he could pull off the breathtaking stunt work, […]

Spielberg and Jackson strike gold with ‘Tin Tin’

Spielberg and Jackson strike gold with ‘Tin Tin’

“Tin Tin” (voiced by Jamie Bell) is an intrepid boy reporter, with a plume of red hair that curls up and back like a candle’s flame, and a white fox terrier, “Snowy,” who follows him wherever he goes.   When we first meet the duo, they are perusing an outdoor market of some unnamed European town, […]

Listening is believing: New series brings literature to life

Listening is believing: New series brings literature to life

LA JOLLA — Remember being read to as a child?  Vivid worlds could be summoned by little more than spoken words.  San Diego based theater group, “Write Out Loud” knows the magic of listening to stories.

The North Coast Rep’s staging of ‘Lion’ roars

The North Coast Rep’s staging of ‘Lion’ roars

SOLANA BEACH — Is history written by the great?  By individuals whose singular brilliance outshines everyone else’s?  Or is the historical timeline the public byproduct of private intrigue and ulterior appetites? This is one of the questions asked by James Goldman’s 1966 play “The Lion in Winter,” which has been given new claws and teeth […]

SOUNDS AND SILENCE: Music instructor takes listeners on journey

OCEANSIDE — When discussing music with songwriter and composer, Christy Coobatis, something interesting happens — the conversation quickly dissolves into his enthusiasm for teaching. Talking about one subject invariably leads the music and recording arts instructor to touch upon the other, as if crafting music and teaching music completed his creative circuit. “My job as […]

Arts & Lectures series is free food for thought

SAN MARCOS — California State University San Marcos began its annual free Arts & Lectures series this month. Open to the public, the series features 14 special engagements, which include dramatic performances, musical concerts, film screenings, art exhibitions and guest lectures. Topics encompass issues as diverse as border violence against women to the use of […]