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    It’s clear who the real monster is in Nick Dear’s “Frankenstein.” Hint: It’s not the guy stitched together with dead body parts. Dear’s play, which premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2011, tells Mary Shelley’s story from the perspective of Victor Frankenstein’s creature. It gets its California premiere at A Noise Within in Pasadena […]

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Rennie Harris Funkedified @ the FORD

Bringing hip-hop from the streets of Philadelphia to international stages and academic towers, Rennie Harris brings “Rennie Harris Funkedified” to IGNITE@The FORD for one show only, this Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m. The movers of Rennie Harris Puremovement, the seminal Hood Lockers and LA’s own Versa-Style Dance Company are joined by a live band […]

Review: ‘Mysterious Circumstances’ at the Geffen Playhouse

David Grann, a journalist who writes nonfiction that reads like fiction, has written compelling books about a British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon looking for a lost ancient city and the Osage Indian murders that led to the creation of the FBI. In December 2004, he published an article in The New Yorker called […]

Concerts at Mt. Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson Observatory — the scientific marvel above Pasadena, atop Mount Wilson — is hosting a six-month series of Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome on the first Sunday of each month through October. The concerts, thoughtfully curated by Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan, are presented inside the iconic vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope. The June 2 concert […]

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LA Opera’s RING-a-THON on #LAOatHome

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NYC’s Dance on Camera Festival opens virtually

The 48th annual Dance on Camera Festival is coming to Los Angeles … virtually. A New York tradition, matched sublimely by LA’s own Dance Camera West Festival, is sending its choices of the best in dances made for the usually big, but this year, small screen. Starting this Friday, July 17, and running through Monday, […]

Virtual Fourth of July: Rose Bowl + Mt. Wilson Observatory’s 94th Annual AmericaFest Celebration and Grand Park + The Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party

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Dance Drama ‘Aviva’ Premieres Online

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Violins of Hope: Niv Ashkenazi releases a CD in advance of 2021 concerts and exhibits

On Violins of Hope (Albany Records), violinist Niv Ashkenazi and pianist Matthew Graybil perform a variety of short works for violin and piano by such composers as Ernst Bloch, Maurice Ravel, John Williams (“Theme from Schindler’s List”) and Sharon Farber, as well as Jewish composers who were affected in some way by the Holocaust. Ashkenazi, […]

Review: Dance Camera West Virtual Film Festival

We’ve all been forced to adjust to a new normal as we address the current health crisis. Some things work smoothly, some do not. Some we like, others we just have to deal with. Work only online (save the fabulous essential workers) or not at all (fingers crossed). Friends, family, meetings only via cyberspace. Yeow! […]

CD Review: Manfred Honeck Conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky and Leshnoff

We at Culture Spot are always thrilled to get a new release from Reference Recordings of Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 is no exception. One thing we’ve come to expect from Honeck and the PSO is an exciting interpretation and performance of whatever work […]

Dance Camera West at Home

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CD Review: Composer Mark Abel’s ‘The Cave of Wondrous Voice’

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