leadimage Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution at the Skirball

    From the relatively obscure Moby Grape to the iconic Rolling Stones, many of the music greats from the ’60s to the ’80s are at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles right now. “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” brings together music and memorabilia from an era of incredible artistic output to illustrate [...]

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Sandra Tsing Loh at the Broad Stage

Sure, there are smart comedians, but how many graduated from Caltech with a degree in physics? Sandra Tsing Loh is in a league of her own. Though she took a far turn from science to performer, award-winning writer and radio commentator, things of interest to the thinking person, like science and education, make their way [...]

CD Review: Benedicta: Marian Chant From Norcia

Harken back to 1994: one of the biggest-selling recordings of that year was Chant by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. Thanks in part to the enigmatic Magritte-like cover art and clever marketing, that recording ultimately sold over 6 million copies. Now, 21 years later, another order of Benedictines has thrown down the [...]

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

It’s been said that courage is the rarest virtue, which perhaps goes a long way in explaining the deep emotional resonance of To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s 1960 novel combines a coming-of-age story with a courtroom drama all set in a mythical small Alabama town during the Great Depression. Its themes of racial injustice, [...]

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New Original Works Festival at REDCAT

In its 12th annual presentation, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) brings nine Los Angeles-based theater, dance and music collaborations to its New Original Works Festival. Beginning this Thursday, July 30, and running until Saturday, Aug. 15, three distinct programs will fill the stage with innovative ideas that blur the boundaries of the traditional [...]

Review: Tambuco at REDCAT

Southwest Chamber Music found magic when the South and East mixed for the 2015 Los Angeles International New Music Festival at REDCAT on July 13. Of course, I speak of the acclaimed Mexican percussion ensemble, Tambuco, performing the music of four young Japanese composers and the Japanese master composer Toru Takemitsu. Ensemble players Alfredo [...]

‘Apocalyptic Exodus Scenarios’ at Highways Performance Space

Highways Performance Space Artistic Director Leo Garcia presents the cathartic multimedia one-man show, “Apocalyptic Exodus Scenarios,” written and performed by Joey Halter for two nights only on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1. Blending philosophy with absurdist comedy, psychedelic lighting, video projections, and rock and roll, Halter’s “Apocalyptic Exodus Scenario” is a humorous existential exploration [...]

Review: ‘Green Grow the Lilacs’ at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

As part of their “Americana” series of productions this summer, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is offering up Green Grow the Lilacs, a 1931 play by Lynn Riggs that, while rarely performed itself, was the inspiration for the mega-hit musical Oklahoma!. If you like old-timey songs, plainspoken country folk and homespun charms, this ode to America [...]

Free Tickets to ‘The False Servant’ at the Odyssey

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble toasts the 20th anniversary of frequent producing partner Evidence Room, as the two companies band together to present the Los Angeles premiere of a new adaptation of Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux’s classic comedy “The False Servant,” running July 11 through Sept. 6.
Seduction, money and power are all on fine display [...]

Review: ‘Off the King’s Road’ at the Odyssey Theatre

This is Neil Koenigsberg’s first play — not unusual in itself, but it is for a man in his 70s. As a former principal in the PR megafirm PMK, he has a lot of back story, I would imagine. Even though I don’t know Koenigsberg, I was struck by a feeling of watching some form [...]

First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition

The First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival for 13- to 17-year-old pianists is in full swing in the Ed Landreth Auditorium and PepsiCo Hall on the campus of TCU in Forth Worth, Texas. It started June 21 with 23 of the world’s finest young pianists and will wrap up June 28 . If [...]

Cutting Edge, Envelope-Pushing Dance From Show Box L.A. at the Bootleg Theater

Bringing highly acclaimed, yet locally unknown movement/theater artists to the Southland audience, our very own Show Box L.A. is serving us a pair of treats this week at the Bootleg Theater in Silver Lake. On Thursday and Saturday, June 18 and 20, at 8 p.m., the venue will host the collaborative team of dancer/choreographer [...]

John Adams, Lucinda Childs and Frank Gehry bring ‘Available Light’ to Disney Hall

Celebrating the 31st anniversary of the production that opened the Temporary Contemporary (Geffen/MOCA) back in the day, composer John Adams (the LA Philharmonic’s Creative Chair), groundbreaking dance maker Lucinda Childs and set designer and Disney Hall architect Frank Gehry are bringing “Available Light” to Disney Hall this Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, at [...]

Free Tickets to Angel City Chorale

Angel City Chorale (ACC) is gearing up for its 22nd annual June concerts: EPIC: Blockbuster Music From Video Games & Film on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Culture Spot LA readers can get a pair of free tickets for either show. Email editor@culturespotla.com with ACC in the subject line (and your choice of date) [...]