Spotlight on Midnight Syndicate: Masters of Gothic Melodies

Photo credit: Midnight Syndicate
Photo credit: Midnight Syndicate

Midnight Syndicate has been haunting the Gothic music landscape for more than 20 years. Members Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka specialize in creating macabre melodies and their collection of work has become the ultimate Halloween soundtrack. With the fall season approaching, I thought it’d be fitting to present a look inside the machinations of the duo, along with a special interview. Continue reading “Spotlight on Midnight Syndicate: Masters of Gothic Melodies”

A Night of Goth Metal with The Sixth Chamber

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For nearly two decades, The Sixth Chamber has been gracing the metal music scene with heavy riffs, mesmerizing rhythms and haunting lyrics that transport listeners to a dark, mythological realm. The band’s sound delivers an intoxicating blend of 70s rock, psychedelia and goth metal interspersed with exotic embellishments. I got to see these self-declared “denizens of otherworldly realms” perform live recently at the iconic Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip for an energy-fueled show. Continue reading “A Night of Goth Metal with The Sixth Chamber”

LA Opera’s Hitchcock Halloween with “Psycho” & Live Orchestra

Inside The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Inside The Theatre at Ace Hotel

The notorious shower scene—a pivotal moment in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” where Marion Crane is stabbed to death by a shadowed figure. The only thing more terrifying than the blood-splattered bathtub and close-up of the victim’s lifeless stare is the screeching of the strings as the knife repeatedly pierces her flesh. It’s “The Murder” by composer Bernard Herrmann and one of the most unforgettable instrumental scores to grace a horror film.

For 2019, as part of its annual Halloween tradition, LA Opera’s Off Grand presents “Psycho” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Off Grand is an extension of the opera company that showcases more experimental performances across the city. Making this event extra special is the live orchestra, conducted by Louis Lohraseb, that provides the soundtrack as the film plays on the silver screen. Continue reading “LA Opera’s Hitchcock Halloween with “Psycho” & Live Orchestra”

Surrender Yourself to The House of Red Velvet

Photo by Matt Odom
Photo by Matt Odom

Leave your inhibitions at the door when you walk into The House of Red Velvet. Taking place inside the Red Room of Bar Lubitsch, a Russian-inspired lounge in West Hollywood, California, the show transports the audience to a realm where limitations are non-existent, and boundaries are pushed. Here, you will experience dream-like fantasies and even forbidden pleasures.
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Diehl Marcus & Company Reveals The Thule Spirit Machine

 

Have you ever had an immersive theatre experience that blurred the lines between reality and fantasy? One that made you ask yourself, “Could this really stir up something unexpected?” Well, The Thule Spirit Machine Experience presented by Diehl Marcus & Company, the antique and curio shop located in Los Angeles, did just that. Business owners and husband and wife Christian Marcus and Erika Diehl hosted the evening affair. It was an intimate gathering with space for only a limited number of people. Continue reading “Diehl Marcus & Company Reveals The Thule Spirit Machine”

The Undying Love of The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies

Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” have a chance to relive the magic with the sequel “Love Never Dies.” More than 30 years ago, Webber’s musical adaptation of the French novel by Gaston Leroux hit the stage and its popularity has not waned since. It is still performed live across the globe. There was also a 2004 film version starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum in the lead roles. For those who wondered whatever happened to the characters, here’s your chance to find out. Continue reading “The Undying Love of The Phantom of the Opera”