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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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) [...]

Free Tickets to Music & Conversations at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Music & Conversations presents its next concert of chamber music on Saturday, June 6. Listeners arrive at Jack Rutberg’s acoustically divine gallery at 7 p.m. to enjoy the current exhibition and complimentary wine from Casa Torelli Imports. Music by the Lyris Quartet (violinists Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, violist Luke Maurer and cellist Timothy Loo) [...]

Review: Los Angeles Master Chorale performs music of Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt

The Los Angeles Master Chorale ended its 51st season in a contemplative mood with the music of house favorites Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt on Sunday, May 17, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The Master Chorale has supported the art of both Pärt and Whitacre throughout the years, and for this concert conductor Grant Gershon [...]

The Wooden Floor at Irvine Barclay Theatre

For its 32nd annual end-of-year dance concert, The Wooden Floor — Santa Ana’s multi-award-winning after-school program for low-income youth — continues its recent tradition of bringing in fresh choreographic ideas from New York City’s top envelope-pushing dance makers. Collaborating with the 375 young performers this year in “As light comes through” are choreographers Faye Driscoll, [...]

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents the Los Angeles premiere of Le Moche (The Ugly One)

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents the Los Angeles premiere of Le Moche (The Ugly One), a satirical comedy (in French without subtitles) that explores society’s fixation on physical beauty, on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29. Written by Marius von Mayenburg and performed by members of La Troupe du Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, the exhilarating [...]

SCI-FEST LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival

It’s unusual to find stagings of science fiction or fantasy plays, so it is encouraging to know that some folks are remedying that for Los Angeles audiences. Co-founded by veteran theater producers Michael Blaha and Lee Costello and actor David Dean Bottrell (Boston Legal), SCI-FEST L.A.: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival debuted [...]