Sunday, a Melbourne Theatre Company production.

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David Sedaris

6 – 7 February at Hamer Hall, Southbank

Sedaris returns to Australia (the country he likens to “Canada in a thong”) with his latest book, Happy-Go-Lucky, under his arm and a suite of stories of people in his life who have become like family to his fans: his long-suffering husband Hugh; his idiosyncratic sisters (actor Amy Sedaris is one of them) and his cantankerous, now-deceased dad. His extemporary wit comes to the fore in a round of question and answer, and if you have the time, stick around for the post-show book signings for more merciless on-the-spot laughs.

Tickets are $75

& Juliet

26 February – 9 April at Regent theatre

It’s hard to describe this pop jukebox musical without making it sound unhinged – but that’s kind of the point. Written by Schitt’s Creek’s David West Read, & Juliet gives the eponymous star of Shakespeare’s classic a new life after her death – and packs that life with parties, love triangles, queer realisations and the music of Max Martin, the super-producer behind the biggest pop hits in recent history. From Broadway via the West End, it’s an inventive, clever and funny fever dream, with music from Katy Perry, Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and Ariana Grande.

Tickets from $70+bf

Sunday, a Melbourne Theatre Company production.
Sunday, a Melbourne Theatre Company production. Photograph: Pia Johnson


Until 18 February at Melbourne Theatre Company

One of the country’s most revered and fetishised arts patrons, Sunday Reed has been the focus of gossip and scandal since she and her husband John set up what became the Heide group in outer-suburban Melbourne. She had a sultry affair with Sidney Nolan, adopted Joy Hester’s child Sweeney, and eventually took her own life. Playwright Anthony Weigh weighs in with a fantasy of his own in this major-stage adaptation, starring the luminous Nikki Shiels. Contemporary art has nothing on the modernists.

Tickets from $40-$122+bf

Prima Facie

8 February – 25 March at Arts Centre Melbourne

Former lawyer Susie Miller’s much-lauded play is back on our shores after a sold-out run on London’s West End and before it heads to Broadway with Jodie Comer in the show’s solo role. In the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production, Sheridan Harbridge is returning to play Tessa, a defence lawyer who learns firsthand how broken the legal system is when she becomes a victim of sexual assault.

Tickets in February currently sold out; keep an eye out for resales

John Mulaney

10 February at Rod Laver Arena

It’s been a wild 18 months for the American comedian. For years Mulaney’s onstage persona – a disarming blend of wife guy, man-child and altar boy – kept comedy fans flush with excellent Netflix specials and scene-stealing Saturday Night Live appearances. But after some very public personal upheavals (which are nobody’s business, really) Mulaney has had to jettison many of his old faithful beats and lay himself bare. Whatever remains for his latest “From Scratch” tour, it’s still going to be very funny.

Tickets from $90

Visual arts

Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse on display at the NGV.
Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse on display at the NGV. Photograph: Tom Ross

Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

Until 16 April at National Gallery of Victoria

Alexander McQueen once said: “If you want to know me, just look at my work.” With 120 pieces and more than 80 artworks going on display at the NGV’s new show, you’ll never be better placed to understand the mind of the late fashion designer, who died in 2010. The NGV has been acquiring McQueen’s provocative and technically astounding designs since 1995, just three years after he founded his label in London. This promises to be a showstopper – dress to the nines for this one.

Tickets are $30

How I See It: Blak Art and Film

Until 19 February at Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Come for the air conditioning, stay for the exhibition. Acmi’s summer program interrogates how First Peoples have been historically represented on our screens, with eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives using installation, documentary, photography and video games to dream up new futures. In addition, there will be screenings of films from the US, Philippines and Senegal that explore cultural identity; a one-off music video-inspired dance workshop led by choreographer Amrita Hepi (for $25 you can learn how to move like Rihanna and Beyoncé); and an art workshop run by the the team behind Australia’s first Aboriginal-led video game, Future Folklore.

Free entry

Live music

Maori disco bop … Marlon Williams.
Maori disco bop … Marlon Williams. Photograph: Derek Henderson

Marlon Williams

18 February at Palais theatre, St Kilda

With gentle strums, a newly sunny disposition and that voice which could make any listener weak at the knees, Marlon Williams’s third solo album My Boy is about as balmy as they come. “I can’t help but write dark songs most of the time,” he told Guardian Australia, “so I set up the world around me to make sure I kept it upbeat.” It’s the musical equivalent of laying in a hammock, full of distinctively Māori guitar plucks. Let it all wash over you at the Palais.

Tickets are $60+bf

Vieux Farka Touré

24 February at Northcote Social Club

The son of the late legendary Ali Farka Touré – who popularised the hypnotic desert blues style in the west – picked up where his dad left off, playing electric guitar and adding bass and drums. Fresh from a recent collaboration with Texan psychedelic rockers Khruangbin on a tribute album to his father, the Malian guitarist and singer is now on an epic sweep of Australia with his full band. Expect songs from his back catalogue, as well as his most recent solo album, Les Racines (“the roots”), on which he reconnects with the traditional Songhai music of Mali’s north.

Tickets are $57

Opera For All

4 February at Federation Square

You don’t need to work at a newspaper’s arts desk to know that opera isn’t for everyone – but this could be the best way for to whet your appetite: the most famous arias from the most famous operas, sung by some of Australia’s finest voices (including Sophie Salvesani, Dimity Shepherd, Simon Kim and Luke Gabbedy), backed by 16 players from Orchestra Victoria, in a free outdoor concert in the sun.


Finneas performs in January 2023 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Finneas performs in January 2023 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Photograph: Jerod Harris/Getty Images


7 February at Forum Melbourne

Less than half a year after playing Australian arenas in the band of his superstar sister Billie Eilish, the mononymously known Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer is back in town, this time on the back of his own solo material. Finneas’s debut album Optimist, released in 2021, is devoid of any of the gothic-pop signposts that distinguish his songwriting with his sister, so expect something more subdued, more ballad-driven, more intimate, at his solo appearances.

Ticket are $64.90 +bf

Parties and festivals

Kate Bush performs in 1985.
Kate Bush performs in 1985. Photograph: United Archives/ZIK Images/Getty Images

Wuthering Nights

3 February at Trades Hall, Carlton

For some, it took season four of Stranger Things to usher in the genius of Kate Bush; for the rest of us, she has been an hero of alternative musicianship since she burst on to the scene in the late 70s. One group that always embraced her has been the queer community, even if her songs didn’t feature regularly in drag lineups. Now all that is about to change, with this tribute show for Midsumma festival, an extravaganza of progressive pop, queer DJs and massive 80s hair.

Tickets are $15

St Kilda Festival

18 – 19 February at St Kilda foreshore

With over four decades of history, St Kilda Festival is one of those rarities: a free music festival with a lineup that’s actually good. Christine Anu headlines this year’s First Nations program on the Saturday, and imperishable pub rockers Hoodoo Gurus top the Sunday bill, joined by dance duo Confidence Man – whose frenetic, loose-jointed stylings will inevitably transform the foreshore into a rave cave of epic proportions.



11 February at Trades Hall, Carlton

Some argue it has taken its sweet time, but queer culture has made great strides in embracing, honouring and eventually fighting for the rights of First Nations people, and this high-camp musical celebration champions Black women and the queer icons who’ve led the way. Samuel Gaskin, an award-winning performer who merges Māori and Aboriginal cultures in extraordinary music videos such as Rāin and Reckōning, comes together with his Reckōning Sounds team to kick off the queer party of the year.

Tickets from $25

Amy Shark performs at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 2021.
Amy Shark performs at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 2021. Photograph: Richard Nicholson/REX/Shutterstock

Hello Sunshine

11 February at Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby

Amy Shark and a new-look Cat Empire (featuring originals Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill alongside a fresh lineup of talented musos) headline the inaugural Hello Sunshine festival, set in the verdant surrounds of Caribbean Gardens. It’s aimed at former festival-heads who’ve moved out of Melbourne and popped out some kids, so there will be amusement rides, food trucks and market stalls to keep the littlies entertained and nourished, as well as Murray, the original red Wiggle, debuting his skills on the decks.

Tickets from $115, under 18s $55, under 13s free

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On This Day: Bush and Yeltsin sign Camp David accord declaring formal end to Cold War

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on February 1:

1908 – King Carlos I of Portugal was assassinated together with his son in Lisbon.

1946 – Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was elected the first secretary-general of the United Nations.

1987 – American singer James Brown visits Western Wall in Jerusalem during concert tour.

1992 – U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the Camp David declaration stating that their countries no longer regarded each other as adversaries.

2003 – The space shuttle Columbia, broke up over Texas on re-entering atmosphere at end of their almost 16-day flight killing all seven astronauts including the first Israeli.

2004 – Hundreds killed in Haj pilgrimage stampede.

2009 – Patriarch Kirill, the new leader of the world’s 160 million Russian Orthodox, pledges at his enthronement to keep his church united, recruit the young and open up to dialogue with “sister churches”.

2009 – Johanna Sigurdardottir forms government, making her Finland’s first female prime minister and the world’s first openly gay head of government

2012 – Dozens killed in soccer clashes at Egypt’s Port Said stadium.

2013 – London’s Shard, western Europe’s tallest building, opens to public.

2018 – Jailed Catalan independence leaders lodge case with United Nations.


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A guide to celebrating Black History Month – Daily Press

Black History Month begins Wednesday but several Hampton Roads venues have already started, with exhibitions, lectures and concerts. Some events are even year-round. And why not? Black history is everyone’s history.

In the U.S. and Canada, February is the month designated to commemorate the contributions of African Americans, and their overcoming of adversities. Other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, celebrate the history of their Caribbean and African heritage in October.

This calendar includes some of the many concerts, museum exhibitions and lectures planned around Hampton Roads. The list includes the standard ticket prices for adults, but almost all venues offer discounts for military, children, students and older adults. Events and dates are also subject to change.

Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 26. 10 to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. STEAM Studio Black Scientists & Artists Series. Discover the contributions of Black scientists and artists. $11. Children’s Museum of Virginia. 221 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-5258.

Thursdays through March. 11:30 a.m.A Quilter’s Story.” Examine a quilt and its maker featured in an exhibition at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and participate in a quilting project. $14.99; $5 for supplies. 301 S. Nassau St., Williamsburg. 855-776-1765.

Through March. “Man of Honor: The Navy’s Most Famous Diver.” A three-month exhibit looks at the career of Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear, the first African American master diver and first amputee diver in the U.S. Navy. Free. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. 2 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-8591.

Through March. “Portraits of Service.” A display showcases some of the local African Americans who joined the armed forces during the mid-20th century. Free. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 2 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-8591.

Fridays and Saturdays into October. Noon to 4 p.m. “Rooting for the Home Team: Portsmouth’s Black Baseball Players, Promoters, and Parks.” Free. Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum. 904 Elm Ave.

Through December 2025. “ ‘I made this…’: The Work of Black American Artists and Artisans.” $14.99. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. 301 S. Nassau St., Williamsburg. 855-776-1765.

Silk embroidery on linen by Sarrah Ann Pollard, dated 1818, is among the nearly 30 works of art in the “ 'I made this…' " exhibit of Black American artists and artisans at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.


Feb. 1. Hampton Black History Sites Pass. Visit four or more of Hampton’s Black History sites during Black History Month and win a prize. Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center, 30 Ingalls Road, Hampton. Some sites require tickets. 757-690-8181.

Feb. 1. 6:30 p.m. Story of African Arrival, Set to Music. Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra soloists Xavier Foley and Eunice Kim with Music Director Michael Butterman. Free, but limited to 60 people and advance registration is required. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. 757-253-4838.

Feb. 2. 7 p.m. Diving with a Purpose: Connecting Ancestral Memory through the History and Archaeology of Slave Shipwrecks.” Diving With a Purpose is a nonprofit that conserves and preserves submerged Transatlantic slave ships. Kamau Sadiki, DWP lead instructor and board member, was among the first to identify the wreck of Clotilda, the last known slave ship to the United States and central to Netflix’s documentary “Descendant.” In-person and live-streamed. Free for Mariners’ museum members; $10. Advance registration is required. The Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-596-2222.

Feb. 4. 1 to 5 p.m. The Essence of Heart and Soul Festival. Free. Slover Library, 235 E. Plume St., Norfolk. 757-431-7491.

Feb. 4. 1:30 to 3 p.m. “Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, Conductor, Nurse, Soldier, & Spy.” Cassandra Newby-Alexander will explore the life of Tubman’s journeys, which took her from Hampton to St. Catharines, Canada. Free. Portsmouth Welcome Center, 206 High St. 757-393-5111.

Feb. 4. 3 p.m. “Meet John Rollison and His Descendant,” part of the Talking History Lecture series. Actor James Cameron will portray John Rollison, an 18th-century York County resident and property-owning free man of color sharing his experiences during the American Revolution. Cameron will break character to introduce a 21st-century descendant of Rollison, Helen Casey-Rutland. They will explore what it’s like to come face-to-face with an ancestor through living-history character portrayal. Free, but advance registration is recommended. American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., Route 1020, Yorktown. 757-253-4838.

Feb. 5. 4:30 to 6 p.m. West African drum lesson with Kam Kelly. Learn the history behind the drum as well as basics of rhythms and techniques. $15. Y.H. Thomas Community Center, 1300 Thomas St.

Feb. 4 and 5. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. “Lift Every Voice: Music of Black Women Composers” by the Virginia Chorale. Susan S. Goode Fine & Performing Arts Center, Virginia Wesleyan University, 5817 Wesleyan Drive. 4 p.m. Feb. 5. Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6901 Newport Ave., Norfolk. $28. 757-627-8375.

Feb. 10 and 11. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Ballet Virginia presents “Heart + Soul.” Themed classical and contemporary works with a focus on diversity. $30. Zeiders American Dream Theater. 4509 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. 757-499-0317.

Feb. 10. Noon. Civil War Lecture: “U.S. Slave Revolts at Sea.” John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. The most successful slave revolt in U.S. history occurred on Nov. 7, 1841, when enslaved persons took over the ship Creole that sailed from Hampton Roads to New Orleans. Free for Mariners’ museum members; $1. Free to watch online. Advance registration is required. The Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-596-2222.

Feb. 11. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Unsung Heroes of American Dance: The Alvin Ailey Experience.” Explore the origins of modern dance through the life and work of Alvin Ailey. Presented by Atumpan Edutainment. $11. Children’s Museum of Virginia, 221 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-5258.,

Feb. 11. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Super Science: Black History Month Edition.” Learn about a famous scientist and participate in an experiment based on that scientist’s work. Free. Portsmouth Main Library, 601 Court St. 757-393-8501.

Feb. 11. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Keynote event: Tidewater African Cultural Alliance’s Afro Mania: Ethiopia. An address with novelist and founder of Etan Comics, Beserat Debebe. Free. Tidewater Community College Joint-Use Library, Virginia Beach Campus. 1700 College Crescent. 757-822-7100.

Grammy- and Tony Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater performs Feb. 11 in Hampton.

Feb. 11. 8 p.m. Dee Dee Bridgewater. The Grammy- and Tony-winning performer is known for fusing musical genres and for her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets start at $35. The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton.

Feb. 12. 7 p.m. Cirque Zuma Zuma. A performance of music and acrobatics that’s often described as “African-style Cirque du Soliel.” Tickets start at $21. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach. 757-385-2787.

Feb. 15. 6 to 8 p.m. Front Porch Music Series with singer Akeylah Simone. Free for members of the Hampton History Museum; $5 for others. 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton. 757-727-1102.

Feb. 18. 11 a.m. Africa’s Kingdoms and Maritime Cultures: Ancient Mali. Presenter: Wisteria Perry, the Mariners’ associate curator for community engagement. Free for Mariners’ museum Members; $1. The Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-596-2222.

Feb. 18. 11 a.m. “Essential African Threads” with storyteller Dylan Pritchett. Free. Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane. 757-727-1102.

Feb.18. 1:30 p.m. “Uncovering and Recentering the Maritime Underground Railroad.” Presentation and book signing, Timothy Walker, professor of history, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Free. Portsmouth Welcome Center, 206 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-5111.



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Feb. 18. Noon. The New Chesapeake Men for Progress annual Black History Month program. Audrey Perry Williams, president of the Hampton Roads branch of the Association for the Study of African Life and History, is a featured speaker. Free; donations accepted. Buffalow Family and Friends multipurpose center, 2403 Bainbridge Blvd., Suite B, Chesapeake.

Feb. 18 through April 16. “Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad.” The exhibition features the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African Americans’ paid and unpaid waterfront labor. $3. Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High St. 757-393-8543.

Feb. 21. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion on Race Relations: “Micro-Misconceptions of the Generational Norms in Today’s Society.” Discussion will focus on topics including bridging the gap and navigating misconceptions and cultural biases in education and in the workplace. The group will discuss threatening speech. The panel includes professors from Norfolk State University. Tidewater Community College Portsmouth Campus, 120 Campus Drive. 757-822-2124.

Feb. 24. Noon. Hampton Roads History Lecture: Four Freedom Fighters from Southampton County. John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center discusses how four men from Southampton County — Nat Turner, Dred Scott, Anthony Gardiner, John Brown — took different paths to freedom. In-person and live-streamed. Free for Mariners’ museum members; $1. Free to watch online. Advance registration is required. The Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-596-2222.

Feb. 25. Noon to 5 p.m. “After Angelo” Black Artist Showcase. The event honors the legacy of one of the first African women mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown. Art, music, storytelling and conversation. Included with museum admission. $18. Jamestown Settlement. 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. 757-253-4838.

Feb. 25. 1:30 p.m. “The Archaeology of a Secret World in the Great Dismal Swamp.” Daniel Sayers, an associate professor at American University, shares his archaeological work spanning 2003-17 in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, looking for evidence of post-1607 resistance communities. Free. Portsmouth Welcome Center, 206 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-5111.

Feb. 25. 7:30 p.m. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The orchestra organizes jazz education programs and competitions among collegiate musical groups. The Virginia Arts Festival and orchestra have collaborated on a residency with bands from historically Black colleges and universities. Top student ensembles will perform during the first half of the program. Tickets start at $21. Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Blvd., Norfolk. 757-282-2822.

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Lollapalooza Festival Music Documentary Heading to Paramount+ – Rolling Stone

A three-part documentary series titled Lolla: The Story of Lollapalooza is heading to Paramount+. Michael John Warren will direct the series exploring the festival’s evolution since it first emerged in 1991 as part of founder Perry Ferrell’s farewell tour with Jane’s Addiction.

“When Lolla was launched in 1991, the concert industry felt like a boring car ride that was running out of gas,” Ferrell shared in a statement. “We pumped new life into the live music experience and set the foundation for the youth’s counter culture to become important and exciting again. Now more than three decades young, I am happy to have this opportunity to give people an inside look at the festival’s contribution to music history.”

Since 1991, when it hosted traveling performances from bands like Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes, and Rollings Band, Lollapalooza has expanded to an annual event rooted in Chicago, with international versions popping up in Berlin, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Stockholm, and Paris.

The original iteration of the festival has boasted headlining performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and more.

“As a naive teenager trapped in the doldrums of Suburbia, U.S.A, I attended the first-ever Lollapalooza, and it totally blew my mind,” Warren added. “It was dangerous, beautiful and instantly widened my perspective. So, it’s an honor to be entrusted to tell the true story of one of the most astonishing cultural touchstones in the last half-century.”


Warren comes to Lolla: The Story of Lollapalooza having previously directed HBO’s Spring Awakening and the Nicki Minaj documentary My Time Again. It marks the latest festival-centered documentary since a slate of Woodstock ’99 retrospective projects.

MTV Entertainment Studios will produce the three-part docuseries with FunMeter. In a statement, FunMeter’s James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte shared: “This story is the music documentary jackpot for all of us at FunMeter. We love stories where we can pull back the curtain on something you think you know. In many ways it’s over 30 years in the making, with an unbelievable amount of never-before-seen archival.”

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Live Music in San Antonio This Week: Vinyl Williams, Retro Cowgirl, D.R.U.G.S. and more | Live Music in San Antonio This Week | San Antonio

click to enlarge Since its 2021 formation, SA-based Retro Cowgirl has become known for high-concept shows complete with themes and decked-out stages. - Courtesy Photo / Retro Cowgirl

Courtesy Photo / Retro Cowgirl

Since its 2021 formation, SA-based Retro Cowgirl has become known for high-concept shows complete with themes and decked-out stages.

From Colombian pop-rock to a post-hardcore supergroup, San Antonio music fans have plenty of touring shows to consider this week. Turns out there are also at least two performances by local acts worth serious attention — gigs by post-punk outfit Sex Mex and high-concept rockers Retro Cowgirl.

Let’s dive right in.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Margins, Greybloom, Gleaming Streets, Aztec Eagles, Short Shorts

Starting with a sound that evokes post-hardcore greats Jawbox, Margins — not to be confused with the Aussie post-rock band of the same name — rolls emo stylings into the mix. Post-emo? You tell us. The band’s 2022 EP Ghosts in the Walls provides an intro to the mix of anthemic hooks and heart-on-sleeve lyrics that defines Margins’ sound. $10-$15, 7:15 p.m., The Starlighter, 1910 Fredericksburg Road, — MM


Colombian pop-rock band Morat has been touring the U.S. since 2019, helping define the sound of Latin music outside of reggaeton and Latin trap. Morat’s rousing choruses and use of instruments including the banjo caught the ear of Mexican songstress Paulina Rubio, who recorded the song “Mi Nuevo Vicio” with the quartet in 2015. Morat’s been winning over listeners ever since. The show’s steep price reflects that only resale tickets remain available. $302 and up, 8:30 p.m., Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s, (210) 812-4355, — Marco Aquino

Vinyl Williams

The brainchild of LA-based multimedia artist and musician Lionel Williams, Vinyl Williams has released six albums that are heavy on layered synths, analog noise and experimental sounds. $12-$15, 7 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., — MA

Sex Mex

San Antonio outfit Sex Mex started releasing music in 2021, and its mix of post-punk and garage rock has since become a staple along the St. Mary’s Strip and in hole-in-the-wall venues in other parts of town. Frenetic guitar playing and distorted vocals evoke punk pioneers such as the Stooges and Stiff Little Fingers, only the band’s approach also includes synths and is glazed in a modern pop bounciness. Free, 9 p.m., Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey Place, — Dalia Gulca

Retro Cowgirl

San Antonio-based Retro Cowgirl has the makeup of a classic five-piece rock ensemble — lead singer, two guitarists, bassist and drummer — except with more razzle-dazzle. Since its 2021 formation, the band has become known for high-concept shows complete with themes and decked-out stages — case-in-point: October’s Quentin Tarantino-themed show at the Starlighter. Syrupy, bluesy vocals sidle up against hard rock-tinged guitar riffs in Retro Cowgirl’s music. $10-$15, 6 p.m., Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, — DG

Saturday, Feb. 4

D.R.U.G.S., Varials, Callous Daoboys, 156/Silence

This Michigan group’s mouthful of a name — Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows — was clearly created so it could go by the easier, more entertaining acronym D.R.U.G.S. Almost a supergroup of post-hardcore musicians, D.R.U.G.S. boasts a high-profile member in ex-Chiodos vocalist Craig Owens, who fronts the band. $25-$27, 7 p.m., The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 772-1443, — BE

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“Summer Renaissance”: Beyoncé returns to Twin Cities this July

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MINNEAPOLIS — It’s gonna get “Heated” this summer in Minneapolis, as Beyoncé is making her return to Dinkytown. And fans throughout Minnesota are hoping that the announcement doesn’t “Break My Browser.”

The superstar announced tour dates for her “Renaissance” tour on Wednesday on her website, and among the dates is a set at Huntington Bank Stadium on Thursday, July 20.

Beyoncé, 41, kicks off the North American leg of her tour July 7 in Toronto, with other stops in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, her native Houston, among others.

Before she tours the States, her tour will span a number of venues in Europe in May and June.

Few other details, including the release date for tickets, have been given.  

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“Renaissance,” which is nominated for nine Grammy Awards this year, pays tribute to the roots of queer music, with tracks like “Break My Soul” incorporating elements of ’90s house music.

This marks her first concert tour since she and husband Jay-Z went on the road for the “On the Run II” tour in 2018, which made a stop at U.S. Bank Stadium. Her last solo concert tour was “The Formation World Tour” in 2016 for her album “Lemonade.” This tour sold more than 2.2 million tickets and grossed $256,000,000, according to Billboard.

While she hasn’t put on full tours, she has held many live shows — most recently at the opening of the Atlantis the Royal Hotel in Dubai earlier this month, in a show that drew controversy among fans because of the nation’s anti-LGBTQ+ laws.

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Egyptian business tycoon Samih Sawiris to play the piano in charity concert in El Gouna – Music – Arts & Culture


The concert will be the first appearance of the Egyptian business mogul. Founder of the exclusive Red Sea resort El Gouna, Sawiris is the executive chairman and CEO of Orascom Development Holding.  

“I am looking forward to this concert very much,” El -Saedy told Ahram Online, underlining the soloist’s great determination to perform with the orchestra.

“Sawiris has been practising for the past six years, working very hard to meet the challenge,” he added. 

The Egyptian businessman was not playing the piano and over the past years he studied with a number of piano teachers, he noted.

The concerto is a combination of Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and the second movement is embedded in between the first and third movements composed especially for the occasion.

The 65-musician strong orchestra, all from the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, will perform at El Gouna stage. The evening will also include the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.

El-Saedy and Sawiris have a long history of cooperation, one that resulted in numerous concerts at the Red Sea resort, including those taking place during the El Gouna Film Festival, an event founded by Sawiris’ brother, a businessman in his own right, Naguib Sawiris. The festival ran between 2017 and 2021.

“Samih Sawiris has a strong interest in music and culture at large. He supports numerous cultural projects,” El-Saedy said, adding that the businessman’s approach to culture reminds him of the classical music patrons who, over the many centuries of the Western classical music, financed orchestras and commissioned composers to create works that stood the test of time.

Some of those patrons also tried to play music or compose by themselves, as was the case with king Frederick II (1712-1786) of Prussia who played the flute in a self-founded chamber orchestra. He also composed many pieces, including four flute concertos, 121 flute sonatas (11 of which are lost), three symphonies, and three marches. 

Much earlier, in England, kings Henry V (1386-1422) and Henry VIII (1491-1547), alongside Pope Lio X (1475-1521) were also known to compose small pieces and create some arrangements, many for the use of the Church. 

Numerous other men of nobility and clergy considered music and arts in general to be an important part of cultural and human development, practising them abundantly and supporting the artists. Many of them played the piano, an instrument that was considered part of life in any noble household.

The proceeds from the Sawiris concert will be donated to the Sawiris Foundation’s Schools for Egypt project. The fully sold out-concert tickets are priced at EGP 450 ($15).

El-Saedy is among the leading conductors in Egypt’s classical music scene. He served as the Cairo Symphony Orchestra’s principal conductor between 1991 and 2003, during which time he undeniably raised the artistic level of the orchestra. By the end of his term, the orchestra’s repertoire had included the most demanding classical compositions, which were performed in Egypt and internationally renowned concert halls.

The maestro returned as the orchestra’s principal conductor and music director in 2014, a post which he holds until present.

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Coldplay tickets are cheaper in Seattle than Vancouver. Here’s why

Vancouver’s Maureen McCartney was excited to buy Coldplay tickets for her and her partner until she saw the good seats going for as much as $800 on Ticketmaster, the world’s largest ticket seller.

The British band will be performing at Vancouver’s B.C. Place on Sept. 22 and 23 — the only Canadian stop on its world tour. 

“It’s just so much trouble to go to a concert,” McCartney said. “It’s just too cost prohibitive. And even if you could afford to go, you probably would only go to one.

Tickers are considerably less expensive in Seattle, angering fans and highlighting Ticketmaster’s dominance of the ticket-selling industry.

Experts say different venue sizes with different production costs could be contributing to the price discrepancy, but it also comes down to a lack of competition and Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing policy, which automatically increases some ticket prices when demand is high.

As of Tuesday afternoon, floor tickets for the Sept. 23 Vancouver show were selling for about $300. A few upper bowl seats, farthest from the stage, were selling for about $190 before taxes and other fees. But the majority of upper bowl tickets were upwards of $300.

Meanwhile, seats in the 200-level section range from about $300 to roughly $800, according to Ticketmaster. The prices are similar for the Sept. 22 concert. 

Some Coldplay fans on Reddit and Twitter were furious at the prices and pointed out that tickets for the concert in Seattle on Sept. 20 were much cheaper. 

Upper-level seats were selling for $74.50 US as of Tuesday afternoon. Some lower-level seats were about $224 US, which works out to about $300 Cdn — less than half the price of the $800 being charged in Vancouver.

Why are tickets cheaper in Seattle?

Catherine Moore, an adjunct professor of music technology and digital media at the University of Toronto, says a range of factors, including different production costs and venue sizes, could also account for the difference in prices. 

Seattle’s Lumen Field seats about 72,000 people, while B.C. Place seats 54,500, according to their websites.

Vancouver is the only Canadian stop on Coldplay’s world tour. (Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP)

“It’s supply and demand. If there’s fewer seats … you think, well, there’s going to be more scarcity. So, therefore, we can raise the ticket prices,” Moore said.

Moore says Vancouver being the only Canadian stop on the Coldplay tour is also a huge factor.

[Promoters] feel that people might be travelling from other parts of Canada in order to go to the shows in Vancouver. And the people that can afford to travel can, therefore, afford to pay high ticket prices.”

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Music technology professor explains why some Vancouver concert tickets are so expensive

Catherine Moore, an adjunct professor of music technology and digital media at the University of Toronto, says there are a number of reasons why tickets for certain shows in Vancouver are particularly pricey.

Coldplay is performing in three U.S. cities, so there is less demand focused solely on Seattle, Moore also noted.

Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing model

Due to the high demand for Coldplay tickets in Vancouver, Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing model is increasing prices even higher, according to experts. 

For certain shows, the company will reserve a number of tickets allowing prices to fluctuate based on demand. These “dynamically priced” tickets labelled “official platinum” seats are not necessarily in a prime spot, as the name suggests, and can, in fact, be located anywhere in the venue. 

The pricing model can result in tickets being hundreds of dollars more.

“It would be great if artists had more power to ask Ticketmaster to turn off that practice,” said Vass Bednar, the executive director of McMaster University’s master of public policy in digital society program.

Ticketmaster describes its dynamic pricing model as giving ‘fans fair and safe access to the best tickets while enabling artists and other people involved in staging live events to price tickets closer to their true market value.’ (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Ticketmaster did not respond to CBC’s request for comment, but the company defends its dynamic pricing model.

Ticketmaster’s website describes the practice as giving “fans fair and safe access to the best tickets while enabling artists and other people involved in staging live events to price tickets closer to their true market value.”

U.S. Ticketmaster probe could benefit Canadians: prof

U.S. senators recently grilled executives of Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation at a hearing about the lack of competition in the ticket industry, sparked by November’s fiasco involving ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming concert tour.

The high demand for tickets during the pre-sale period overwhelmed the system, with site crashes, causing many people to wait eight hours or more in online queues, with tickets going for upwards of $40,000 US on secondary sales sites like StubHub.

Bednar says Canadians could likely benefit if the hearing results in changes such as Ticketmaster adjusting its business structure.

“Hopefully, that wouldn’t be geographically bound to the U.S., and it would spill over and benefit us here. But that doesn’t mean we should rely on the U.S. alone to kind of do our homework for us,” she said.

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Ticketmaster executives were grilled by U.S. senators at a hearing about the lack of competition in the ticketing industry after the company’s problems managing the sale of tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming concert tour.

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