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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On a cloudy, rainy Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, the Finnish conductor and Principal Guest Conductor of the LA Phil Susanna Mälkki led the orchestra in three works: Flourish With Fireworks and the Violin Concerto by the late British composer, Oliver Knussen, and the Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, “Eroica,” by Beethoven. […]

Film Review: ‘The Steed’

“The Steed” opens with a breathtaking and heart-pounding scene. A young boy climbs down a steep rock face high above a raging river. He calls out directions to the rope handler as he navigates to a huge white flower, which he plucks and puts in his bag with a smile. Then he gives directions to […]

Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and Music Director Jaime Martín were brilliant in their opening of the Baroque Conversations series on Nov. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica.  Setting the mood for the evening, Martín opened with a wonderful energy on Telemann’s Overture in F Major. His movements were effusive, and the group responded by taking […]

Review: Imagine Project’s ‘The Tale of Turandot’ at the Colony Theatre

The test of a good kid’s play is whether kids like it. Of course. But the test of a great kid’s play is whether the adults that take them to see it like it too. On both of those tests, Imagine Project’s world-premiere ‘The Tale of Turandot’ deserves an A-plus. The company’s inaugural production was […]

Discount Tickets to the Modigliani Quartet

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering Culture Spot LA readers discount tickets to the Modigliani Quartet on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. at the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Known for the energy, passion and conviction of their interpretations, the Paris-based musicians behind the Modigliani Quartet bring a […]

Cas Public’s ‘Not Quite Midnight’ at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

For the second of its 2019-2020 season Dance Series offerings, one of LA’s centers for all things French and French-related, the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz brings the Canadian contemporary dance company Cas Public back to the West Side. Presenting the local premiere of “Not Quite Midnight,” the six dancers follow choreographer Hélène Blackburn’s interpretation of the […]

Free Tickets to ‘The Tale of Turandot’ at the Colony Theatre

Imagine Project presents its inaugural production, the world premiere of “The Tale of Turandot,” a modern theatrical puppetry experience for elementary school-aged children, Nov. 7 through Nov. 17 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Imagine Project is Los Angeles’s new Equity theatre for young audiences. The company is dedicated to telling stories that spotlight a diverse array […]

Review: Dudamel Conducts Bruckner’s Fourth at Disney Hall

It is difficult to reconcile the shy, insecure, introverted Bruckner with the scope of his large-scale symphonies, which, though mostly scored for the classical instrumentation, nevertheless pack a punch with fortissimo passages for brass and timpani. The Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, “Romantic,” is no exception. It begins serenely enough with a horn solo […]

Review: Margie Gillis Dance at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Happily these days, living choreographers are thinking about how to hold on to what they’ve created as they age and/or pass away. George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham’s respective trusts produce or license performances and screen films, and alumni continue to share their work. Paul Taylor has re-imagined his 65-year-old company as an American […]

Discount Tickets to Salonen Conducts ‘Die Walküre’

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering 20 percent off tickets to Culture Spot LA readers for Salonen Conducts Die Walküre on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Experience the drama and passion of Wagner’s Romantic masterpiece Die Walküre, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Colburn Orchestra in […]