A few weeks ago, the Getty Playhouse showcased a memorable special event: "Here's to Life," Kitty Carlisle Hart's cabaret-style one-woman show, accompanied by her musical director, David Lewis.
Hart, 94, performed for a little over an hour, reminiscing and singing songs from some of her late friends such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Cole Porter, presenting in one evening a short history of the American musical theater.
As artists canceled performances en masse after last month's terrorist attacks, members of the Moscow Jewish Choir camped out for three days at the Moscow airport, hoping to catch the first available flight to America.
Canceling their 20-city U.S. tour -- including an Oct. 28 concert at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills -- wasn't an option for the 11-member male ensemble. "That would have been an admission that the terrorists had won," says choir director Michael Touretsky, whose group has performed for Israeli chief rabbis and the U.S. Congress.