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    We all have a myriad of entertainment options, so who could blame you for not immediately hastening to see a show dealing with mental illness, drug abuse, suicide and dysfunction? Sounds depressing, right? But you’d be making a mistake to dismiss Next to Normal on that basis. This musical has compelling characters, catchy songs and [...]

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Boston Court Presents Art Song and Poetry With Hila Plitmann, Mark Abel and Red Hen Press

Boston Court presents “An Autumn Evening of Art Song and Poetry” on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in Pasadena. Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and pianist Tali Tadmor will perform the world premiere of composer Mark Abel’s newest song cycle, “The Palm Trees Are Restless.” Also on the program are three excerpts from the [...]

Dalí Sculptures in Beverly Hills

Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills has been transformed into an outdoor gallery featuring monumental sculptures by Salvador Dalí. Take a stroll past Tiffany & Co. and Versace to admire his iconic melting clocks, a magical unicorn, St. George defeating a writhing dragon, and other works in bronze by the master of surrealism. The sculptures [...]

Review: Unbound Productions Presents History Lit at Pasadena Museum of History

Some of the best 20 minutes of theater can currently be seen in Pasadena as part of History Lit 2016: A Festival of Timeless Stories, running through July 31 at the Pasadena Museum of History.
For this series of three site-specific and immersive plays, Unbound Productions, the creators of Wicked Lit (which received rave reviews from [...]

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POP Opera Takes On Stravinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’

For those whose musical tastes run to mid-century modern, it was a rare treat to see Pacific Opera Project’s one-weekend-only production of Igor Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress at Occidental College Sept. 17-18. Los Angeles, of all places, should be a nexus for the performance of this work, considering that Stravinsky lived here for many [...]

REDCAT Brings France’s ‘Enfant Terrible’ Christian Rizzo to LA

Exploding onto the new performance season at REDCAT, France’s contemporary dance “enfant terrible,” Christian Rizzo, brings his tribe of eight men onto the stage to present “d’aprés une histoire vraie (based on a true story)” for four shows Thursday through Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.
Accompanied onstage by two percussionists playing what [...]

Orchestra Santa Monica Season Opening Concert

Orchestra Santa Monica opens the season with “Summer Into  Fall” on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m. The concert will feature works by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as a Southern California premiere by Chen Yi, with Mark Robson on piano.
Mark Robson has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a performer with [...]

The Music Center Spotlight Program

Now in its 29th year, The Music Center’s Spotlight program provides Southern California high school students an opportunity to learn about audition/interview skills, making great audition videos, exploring artistry and developing self-confidence, all in a nurturing environment. Over $100,000 in scholarships is awarded annually, plus there are no fees to apply. All students receive written [...]

Composer and Pianist Nicolas Mazmanian at Colburn School

Award-winning French composer and pianist Nicolas Mazmanian will give his first piano recital in North America, French Reflections on the American Dream, at the Colburn School’s Mayman Hall in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 9. The program features 10 of Mazmanian’s original classical compositions for piano, which invite the audience into a world of fantasy, [...]

‘Drama Queens From Hell’ at the Odyssey Theatre

Every writer knows the old adage, “write what you know.” That’s a lesson clearly taken to heart by Peter Lefcourt, the scribe behind Drama Queens From Hell, now making its world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre. While Lefcourt spent the earlier part of his life writing for TV (his credits include series from the ’70s [...]

LA Dances at the Hollywood Bowl

As many Los Angeles music aficionados are aware, the Hollywood Bowl becomes the home for the prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic during the summer. What isn’t always widely known, however, is that occasionally the orchestra invites dancers to share the stage with them.
This year, on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m., the LA Phil will be [...]

Free Tickets to MUSE/IQUE’s SUMMER/TIME

Celebrate the end of summer in style when MUSE/IQUE presents its SUMMER/TIME concert finale on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Caltech’s Beckman Mall Lawn in Pasadena.
SUMMER/TIME re-imagines Gershwin‘s complex, heartbreaking and beautiful contribution to the American opera, Porgy and Bess, in a musical storytelling complemented by grooving modern classics. Conducted by Rachael [...]

Movie Review: ‘War Dogs’

There’s a name missing from the credits to this most entertaining action/quasi-documentary film. It’s Dick Cheney’s. Without his evil genius, the story line of “War Dogs” would not exist. So, thank you, Dick.
Although immoral throughout, it’s a feel-good story. It feels true (it mostly is). In the theater you laugh and enjoy the action and [...]

Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at the Pico Playhouse

We all have a myriad of entertainment options, so who could blame you for not immediately hastening to see a show dealing with mental illness, drug abuse, suicide and dysfunction? Sounds depressing, right? But you’d be making a mistake to dismiss Next to Normal on that basis. This musical has compelling characters, catchy songs and [...]