f Cambodian, Chinese, Greek and Australian lineage, Hawaii and Southern California native Chrysanthe Tan’s path is fittingly one-of-a-kind. The artist first studied violin with a bluegrass teacher, singing during lessons, improvising and working off of handwritten sheets of melody and chords. It was during middle school that she turned to a more classical education complete with orchestra time and competitions. “I’ve always favored pushing myself in order to reap extraordinary benefits,” says Tan. Her expansive education has come full circle: The Stanford and CalArts grad plays in the pop world as a backup violinist for Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and others. “I have nerves of steel… in part due to the sheer number of times I’ve set foot on stage at this point,” Tan says. She also collaborates with musicians such as classically trained guitarist Sean Hayward on experimental Balkan music and composes her own work. This July, her debut album, Stories, allows Tan to share her most expressive self. The 20 tracks of postclassical, post-minimalist instrumental chamber music are the sum of many early mornings when she would wake up “still half asleep and groggy,” and let her fingers “play whatever spilled out in my subconscious state,” she says. chrysanthetan.com.
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The A+D Architecture and Design Museum returns Downtown this summer after 12 years near LACMA, with a new warehouse-turnedmuseum space and a splashy gala. “Celebrate: 2015 Shelter,” June 27; 900 E. Fourth St., L.A., 323-932-9393; aplusd.org.
THE EIFMAN BALLET OF ST. PETERSBURG With its
Part and Parcel by Ehrlich Architects.
Arts and fine dining in all its iterations make up the 10th annual FESTIVAL DEL SOLE in Napa. Lunch at a winery by day and take in the velvety sounds of operatic soprano Deborah Voigt at night. July 17-26; festivaldelsole.org. Laguna Beach’s annual PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS re-creates Winslow Homer and other artists’ paintings with costumed performers, narration and an original score; surreal, but absolutely Napa’s Festival del Sole. magical. July 8-Aug. 31; foapom.com. OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL highlights Pierre Boulez with the West Coast premiere of “A Pierre Dream,” a multimedia installation with music, narration and film about the experimental French composer, staged within a Frank Gehry set. June 10-14; ojaifestival.org. Catch the Black Keys, Chet Faker, Ben Harper, Hot Chip, Billy Idol, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons and many others at OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL in San Francisco, and snack on fare from cult food trucks such as Del Popolo and Seoul on Wheels—no Twitter stalking required. Aug. 7-9; sfoutsidelands.com. Finally, take in iconic flicks such as Harold and Maude and The Wizard of Oz under the stars—and above Hollywood’s old guard—at HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY. Throughout the summer; cinespia.org.
TAN: NICHOLAS ROBERTS. A+D: COURTESY OF EHRLICH ARCHITECTS. FESTIVAL DEL SOLE: VI BOTTARO
heightened sense of the theatrical and fabulous stagecraft, Boris Eifman’s Rodin, a re-enactment of the sculptor’s life, work and love affair with his muse, Camille Claudel, should be epic. June 12-14; 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., 213-972-7211; musiccenter.org. OUTERLANDS This restaurant’s delicious homemade levain flatbread, salted-caramel forbidden rice dessert and roasted barley tea make you feel like you’re in a redwood cabin a million miles from civilization. 4001 Judah St., S.F.; 415-661-6140; outerlandssf.com. OPENING DAY AT DEL MAR A feast for the eyes: I love the finicky horses prancing in the paddock, the jockeys in their racing colors, the breathless bettors crowding the windows, and ladies looking like tropical birds in their hats. July 16; dmtc.com. INDIAN SPRINGS CALISTOGA This old-school spa tops my list of favorites for its divine geyser-fueled pools, low-key atmosphere and skilled masseuses. 1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, 707-942-4913; indianspringscalistoga.com.