leadimage Review: Nick Dear’s ‘Frankenstein’ at A Noise Within

    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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Check in with LA Opera

While LA Opera awaits its cue to return to live performances onstage, the company has turned to creating an array of online content through the LA Opera At Home initiative, which will soon expand to include a series of exciting new Digital Shorts commissions. Since the launch of LA Opera At Home on March 17, 2020, these popular online offerings have accumulated more […]

CD Review: Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic record Charles Ives symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon

The new live recording of all four symphonies by the American composer Charles Ives by Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil on Deutsche Grammophon represents a significant moment in classical music. Dudamel is no longer the wunderkind of classical music; he has evolved into a mature conductor, at home not only with the classics, but […]

Icons of Darkness movie memorabilia at The Montalbán

This fall, beheaded beasts, blood-gushing villains, 14-foot aliens and the world’s most beloved blockbuster heroes will converge on Los Angeles for an immersive entertainment experience. Icons of Darkness (IOD) will premiere at The Montalbán in partnership with TV actor, writer, producer and director Richard “Rich” Correll. One of the most extensive, privately owned collections of its kind, IOD will offer […]

Long Beach Opera fall programming

While the Covid-19 pandemic has shuttered many performing arts organizations around the world, Long Beach Opera (LBO) has been industriously devising live innovative performance opportunities for both its artists and audiences.  Three new offerings are announced for fall 2020 including the 2020 Songbook, a fundraiser premiering 20 newly commissioned works, Viva VERDI, an online course focusing on […]

Cliburn Kids

The Cliburn launches its expanded, robust online music education program for elementary-school students: Cliburn Kids. Created as a resource for school districts, teachers and parents, the initiative includes 27 lesson plans to date, each with a 7- to 10-minute video, and corresponding individual and class activities that meet objectives of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills […]

CAP UCLA Offers Free Fall Season and New Subscriptions

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), a leading West Coast presenter dedicated to the advancement of contemporary performing arts in all disciplines, is now offering subscriptions, in addition to membership, to access online programming this season. The monthly subscription will include a four-month free trial with charges beginning Jan. 2, 2021, and […]

The Ford Launches Online Virtual Season

The Ford announced the launch of a new season of digital programs. The online programs will be posted on a variety of platforms, including Facebook Premiere, YouTube, Instagram and Zoom, as well as on the venue’s newly designed website (www.theford.com). All events will be free. Ford Digital Festivals Ford Digital Festivals are curator-led virtual programs […]

Echo Theater Company presents a free online reading of Kira Obolensky’s ‘breakfast lunch dinner’

The Echo Theater Company presents an online reading of breakfast lunch dinner — a three-course play with recipes by Kira Obolensky. Ingredients: a middle-class Midwestern family, a modest urban kitchen, a larger-than-life mother who visits, a striving woman, a somewhat supportive man, and a daughter named Hurricane. Mix with the world outside, the never-ending attempt to nourish and […]

LA Opera’s RING-a-THON on #LAOatHome

LA Opera’s RING-a-THON on #LAOatHome Streaming LIVE on Facebook and at www.LAOpera.org/Ring (available for on-demand listening after) July 25, 2020    8 am PDT: Das Rheingold     11 am PDT: Die Walküre    3 pm PDT: Siegfried    7 pm PDT: Götterdämmerung 

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, […]