PODCAST: Laughing A LOT with violinist Lucia Micarelli and ceramicist Gopi

On Episode #20 of “CAN YOU HEAR ME, LONG BEACH?” Lucia Micarreli is a triple threat, though not a usual one. Yes, she sings. Yes, she acts (“Treme”). Yes, she is a virtuoso violinist whose long list of collaborations include Josh Groban, Jethro Tull, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and, on Oct. 26, the Long Beach Symphony Pops. She talked about all of that, growing up in Queens, about why she doesn’t wear shoes, all in-between laughing. A lot.

And then, local ceramicist and lovely spirit Gopi spoke about ceramics and all that is lovely about Long Beach.

Show Notes:

0:40 Just. Don’t ask.

1:15 Dominic Picarelli does nothing

2:00 Lucia Micarelli laughs about her journey from violinist to actor to singer

4:30 Listening to non-classical music for the first time

10:00 Ending up on the Trans Siberian Orchestra and with Josh Groban

30:45 Living life as a violinist with a hand injury

43.55 Why barefoot?

46:53 Gopi Shah is a potter. The clay kind. Not the other kind.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.