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    When I was a kid, they sometimes played on TV a movie that made an indelible impression on my young imagination: a Howard Hawks-directed film from 1955 called Land of the Pharaohs. I remember it less for the young Joan Collins as Princess Nellifer (“Her treachery stained every stone of the Pyramid” screamed the ads) [...]

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Review: ‘The Last Vig’ at the Zephyr Theatre

“The Last Vig” has an intriguing premise: How does an aging, faded Italian mob boss cope with the changes modern society hath wrought? Applied to this premise in the lead role at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood is the familiar and respected character actor Burt Young, known for his work in such films as [...]

Review: The Berlin Philharmonic Performs Mahler at Walt Disney Concert Hall

On Saturday night, the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of its music director, Sir Simon Rattle, gave LA concertgoers something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, a transcendent performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E minor. Also on the program was a brief composition for a small ensemble of 15 instruments by Pierre Boulez [...]

Review: ‘The Barber of Seville’ (a POP opera)

By now, regular Culture Spot readers should know that Pacific Opera Project offers the best value in opera in town. For $65, you get two tickets, a table for two, a platter of snacks and a bottle of wine. While POP does do opera seria, they are best known for their irreverent and inventive comic [...]

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Meg Stuart Comes to REDCAT with ‘Hunter’

The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) continues to bring new and noteworthy, cutting-edge contemporary performance work to its theater below Disney Hall. This weekend, for only three performances Thursday through Saturday, January 26-28, at 8:30 p.m., it will present “Hunter,” a highly acclaimed solo dance theater production choreographed and performed by Brussels/Berlin-based American Meg [...]

Free Tickets to Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz presents LA-based composer/conductor Derrick Spiva, Jr. and Bridge to Everywhere, a 16-piece ensemble dedicated to performing music by composers who celebrate cultural diversity through interwoven musical traditions, on Friday, Jan. 20.
“Music Without Borders” features five world premieres of original works by Spiva, all inspired by traditional music from Ghana, India, Mexico, Eastern [...]

Free Tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will present its first performances of Beethoven’s powerful Missa solemnis in 13 years on its own concert series on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Heralded as a pillar of the choral and orchestral repertoire, the work is considered [...]

Music Review: Russian Legends at Le Salon de Musiques

Now in its seventh season, Le Salon de Musiques, the vision of François Chouchan, continues to fascinate LA audiences with the “Masters Rediscovered” series. This concert, the fourth of the season on Jan. 8, was all Russian, focusing mostly on the “Moscow School” as defined by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his musical disciples at the Moscow [...]

L.A. Dance Project’s Own Homecoming

Though it spends much of its time on the road, the L.A. Dance Project stayed home for the Dec. 9-10 weekend and shared its latest batch of choreographies with local audiences at the Theater at the Ace Hotel downtown. This scrumptious, intricately restored Spanish Gothic-style theater was built in 1927 for silent movie stars Mary [...]

Review: Bernstein’s ‘Wonderful Town’ at LA Opera

Watching Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, I couldn’t help thinking about Saul Steinberg’s famous 1976 cover for The New Yorker, “View of the World from 9th Avenue.” Taking up the lower two-thirds of the page are the streets and buildings of the West Side of Manhattan. Across the Hudson River to the West is a small, [...]

Free Tickets to Solomon: King, Poet & Lover – A Tale of One Man & 700 Wives

“Solomon: King, Poet & Lover” is a hilarious Biblical comedy about one man and 700 wives. The solo show is performed by Marcus J. Freed, who takes you on a funny and fast-paced rollercoaster ride through the life of King Solomon. We meet Solomon as he tries to open the Temple, publish astonishing books of [...]

Review: ‘Other People’s Money’ at the Pico Playhouse

Donald Trump said, “‘Other People’s Money’ is an extraordinarily insightful, timely and witty play.” Yes, that is an actual quote from the new President-elect, who saw this play when it first opened in New York in 1989. The producers of this revival at the Pico Playhouse somehow dug up this quote and now use it, [...]

Review: Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ at LA Opera

When I was a kid, they sometimes played on TV a movie that made an indelible impression on my young imagination: a Howard Hawks-directed film from 1955 called Land of the Pharaohs. I remember it less for the young Joan Collins as Princess Nellifer (“Her treachery stained every stone of the Pyramid” screamed the ads) [...]

Review: Garrick Ohlsson at Disney Hall

On Sunday evening, the American pianist Garrick Ohlsson performed a recital of four of Beethoven’s most popular piano sonatas: the No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique,” the No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, “Moonlight,” the No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, “Waldstein,” and the No. 23 in F minor, Op 57, [...]