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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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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 […]

Women Rising: Dance at The Ford

Commemorating the centennial of Congress’ passing of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, nine LA-based female dance-makers/companies led by women will take over the Ford Theatre in Hollywood this Friday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 p.m. “Women Rising — Choreography From the Female Perspective” is a showcase of our city’s diverse panoply of movement theater ideas curated […]

Pacific Opera Project’s ‘The Mikado’ opens Aug. 16

“The Mikado,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring work and one of Pacific Opera Project’s most popular productions, returns for three weekends of performances at the Highland Park Ebell Club Aug. 16 to 31. What could possibly make this production better than POP’s sold-out run in 2013? Food and wine of course! Table seating will be available […]

The Lyris Quartet and Cellist Cecilia Tsan perform Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major at Mt. Wilson Observatory

Friends who don’t live in LA often ask me why I live here. I tell them: the mountains, ocean and desert. In addition to those things, I usually talk about the culture, in particular the classical music culture. When people talk about LaLa land, making reference to the celebrity scene and the fluff, they’re not […]

REDCAT’s NOW Festival

The 16th annual New Original Works Festival at REDCAT is in full swing. Described as a laboratory for cutting-edge artists in dance, music, theater and multimedia performance, this three-weekend festival highlights nine Los Angeles area practitioners exploring new and unique ideas in live theater. Pushing conventional artistic boundaries into often hard-to-label genres, three artists/groups inhabit […]

Free Tickets to Concerts at Mt. Wilson Observatory

The next event in the Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome at the Mount Wilson Observatory will be Sunday, Aug. 4, and feature Schubert’s String Quintet in C major performed by the Lyris Quartet featuring Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, violins, Luke Maurer, viola, Timothy Loo, cello, and Cécilia Tsan, cello. The concerts (same program at 3 and 5 p.m.) are one […]

Review: Aristeia Trio at the Music Guild’s Summerfest 2019

The Music Guild has introduced some of the world’s finest chamber ensembles to Los Angeles audiences over many years since 1945. Executive Director Eugene Golden has tapped the wealth of extraordinarily talented musicians from the area for this year’s Summerfest 2019 series. The Aristeia Trio is a good example — all USC Thornton School of […]

Free Tickets to ‘Bad Hamlet’

Coin & Ghost, LA’s theatrical home for remixed mythologies, will present its latest World premiere, “Bad Hamlet,” at the end of July, as the inaugural production of its second season. The emerging theater company’s new work — devised by the ensemble and directed by Rob Adler — is an irreverent, interactive and inventive play that places Shakespeare’s […]

Review: Royal Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor and Thomas Adès at the Music Center

London’s Royal Ballet culminated its two-week residency at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with an explosive program of premieres. The first weekend of its stay brought a re-mounting of the 1978 “Mayerling,” choreographed by previous Royal Ballet Director and, later, Resident Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. This past weekend unveiled a collaborative project with Her Majesty The Queen’s […]

The Royal Ballet at The Music Center with Thomas Adès and Company Wayne McGregor

After a 24-year absence from Los Angeles, Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company, The Royal Ballet, returns to The Music Center for two back-to-back weekends this July at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. From July 5–7, The Royal Ballet performs its masterpiece, Mayerling, a three-act work depicting scandal and murder in the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire. The […]