Have modern, digitally produced, slap-yer-brain summer entertainments left you feeling a bit benumbed? Then it's possible you don't even realize how much you need the New World Flamenco Festival, which begins its fifth annual foray this Friday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Employing little more than heads, hands and feet—to sing, strum and stomp—performers of Spain's venerable underclass art form will serve up an irresistible emotional paella of the human experience. And if you don't know much about the conventions or traditions of flamenco, don't worry. Has famed tap dancer Savion Glover ever studied or paid much attention to flamenco? "Not at all," he says, and he's not just attending the... More >>>