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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Free Tickets to ‘Café Society’ at the Odyssey Theatre

Five self-absorbed customers find themselves trapped together in Starbucks in the latest off-beat comedy from Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Set around the corner in a West L.A. franchise, the world premiere of “Café Society,” presented by Theatre Planners and directed by Terri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on Aug. [...]

Free Tickets to ‘Fences’ at the International City Theatre

Troy Maxson has stepped up to the plate too many times in his life only to go down swinging. Shut out of the big leagues by prejudice, the former Negro League homerun king is now a garbage collector with little future. He tries to do right by his family, but when his youngest son Cory [...]

CD Review: Avi Avital’s ‘Vivaldi’

You’ve got to admire the chutzpah of a guy who decides to stake his entire musical career on the mandolin. Avi Avital is a 37-year-old Israeli who has been studying his chosen instrument since the age of 8. His focus has been on contemporary classical and Baroque repertoire, as well as some excursions into [...]

Review: Dudamel conducts Carmina Burana at the Hollywood Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel rocked the Hollywood Bowl with a spectacular performance of “Carmina Burana” July 21, conducting the LA Philharmonic, the LA Master Chorale and the National Children’s Chorus. The night was one to remember, just happening to fall on the 10-year anniversary of Dudamel’s first performance in Los Angeles, which incidentally was at the Hollywood [...]

Cliburn Documentary, ‘Virtuosity,’ to Air on PBS

“Virtuosity,” the story of the 14th Cliburn Competition, directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson, will air nationally on PBS this Friday, July 31, at 9 p.m. ET (check your local listings).
“Virtuosity” features the 30 competitors, including Vadym Kholodenko (Ukraine), Beatrice Rana (Italy), Sean Chen (United States), Fei-Fei Dong (China), Nikita Mndoyants (Russia), Tomoki Sakata (Japan), [...]

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 [...]