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CD Review: ‘Time and Distance’ by Mark Abel

Composer Mark Abel’s 2018 DELOS CD release, Time and Distance (DE 3550), features acclaimed Los Angeles area vocalists, soprano Hila Plitmann and mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano. Their task was immense in this endeavor — to mediate operatic texts by Abel and area poets Joanne Regenhardt and Kate Gale that address difficult social, psychological and political issues. [...]

O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville at the Wallis

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills presents the Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” directed by Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (“Brideshead Revisited,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”) opposite Olivier winner Lesley Manville (“Another Year,” “Harlots,” and “Phantom [...]

Review: The LA Phil’s Schumann Focus Series With Mitsuko Uchida

On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, performed a concert of orchestral works by Robert Schumann, including the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 and the Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61. This concert was the second part of the Schumann Focus series [...]

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Review: Echo Theater Company Presents Daniel Talbott’s ‘What Happened When’

I had just read Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” and watched John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and I had the appetite for something equally dark and intense. I got it with the Echo Theater Company’s production of Daniel Talbott’s “What Happened When,” directed by Chris Fields.
I arrived at the Atwater Village Theatre early. It’s in a [...]

Presale Tickets From the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

A special offer for Culture Spot LA readers from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County: Priority access to seating before the general public to any of our concerts. Presale starts Aug. 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public Sept. 4.
Some of the highlights of the 2018-19 season include: Alisa Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Sir [...]

Veterans, Memories and Dance Theater at the New Ford in Hollywood

After a three-year upgrade in all aspects of the theatrical experience at this 1920s-created outdoor hillside site, the Los Angeles County-owned Ford Theatres presents the world premiere of Arianne MacBean and the Big Show Company’s “The Collective Memory Project” this Thursday and Friday, June 28-29, at 8:30 p.m.
Inspired by 13 Memory Movement Workshops held with [...]

Free Tickets to Angel City Chorale

Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Founder-Artistic Director Sue Fink, will celebrate its 25th birthday this year with an extraordinary spring concert event, One World, Many Voices II, during the first weekend in June. An exhilarating sequel to ACC’s original 2009 production, this concert will embrace the power of diversity that ACC is known [...]

Review: Dudamel and the LA Phil Perform Schumann’s Third

On Thursday night, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil began their concluding weekend of the Schumann Focus series with a performance of the Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 97, “Rhenish.” Also on the program was the Overture to Genoveva, Op. 81, and the Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 with soloist Sol [...]

Magic Monday With Albie Selznick Returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse

Magic Monday — Albie Selznick (Smoke and Mirrors) returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse for a summer full of magic. Every Monday evening from May through August will see a new and different lineup of world-class, award-winning magicians and outstanding variety acts. Get ready for an unforgettable season of show-stopping feats — including sleight [...]

Review: Antaeus Presents ‘Native Son’

W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, stated that “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” And in few instances is that line more dramatically drawn than in Native Son, Richard Wright’s harrowing 1940 novel about the plight of a young black man [...]

REDCAT Hosts New Argentine Dance

As is its tradition, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater continues to bring highlights of contemporary dance to its DTLA location. This week, from Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 p.m., the theater will host Pina Bausch-trained, Buenos Aires-based choreographer Diana Szeinblum. Presenting the dance maker’s latest creation, “Adentro!,” a trio of [...]

Free Tickets to Mélisande [électrotrad] at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents Quebec’s award-winning Mélisande [électrotrad] on Thursday, April 26. Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, singer Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band.
Mélisande [électrotrad] quartet plays an energetic blend of traditional music, pop and [...]

Review of ‘Keith Moon: The Real Me’

On April 15, Mick Berry ended the one-month run at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood of his one-man show, “Keith Moon: The Real Me.” The show resumes for three nights only at the Dragon Theatre in Redwood City on April 20.
Keith Moon, like so many rock stars, was a light that burned brightly and briefly, [...]