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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 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 [...]

CD Review: ‘Intimate Letters’ by the Lyris Quartet

Since its inception in 2008, the Los Angeles-based Lyris Quartet — Alyssa Park (violin), Shalini Vijayan (violin), Luke Maurer (viola) and Timothy Loo (cello) — has championed music by contemporary composers. As the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival, which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers, the quartet has [...]

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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, [...]

Music & Conversations With Lyris Quartet at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

One of LA’s best-kept secrets and a favorite with its substantial loyal audience, Music & Conversations will present its next concert of chamber music with the Lyris Quartet on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. Listeners should plan to arrive at 7 p.m. for wine courtesy of Casa Torelli Imports/Deluca Trattoria, and to [...]

Review: Pat Graney and ‘Girl Gods’ at REDCAT

Perhaps it’s the anxiety of this tumultuous election that is pushing feminists’ unfinished business vehemently into the cross fires of not only headlines, but also making a mark in the art world. Just take a look at the success of Sheila Callaghan’s “Women Laughing Alone With Salad” or Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men,” which [...]

Discount Tickets to Havana Cuba All-Stars

A special offer from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County: 20 percent off tickets to the U.S. debut tour of the Havana Cuba All-Stars on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Enjoy a lively evening as Cuba’s greatest musicians bring the rhythmic dance music [...]

Lucinda Childs Dance Company Retrospective at CAP UCLA

For visual artists, their work can stay on the walls, shelves and pedestals long after their lifetimes. But, for performers and choreographers, unfortunately, their creations often disappear as they stop producing. Recently, however, dance makers are re-examining this situation and coming up with innovative ways to survey their contributions. This Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 [...]

Pat Graney and ‘Girl Gods’ Dance at REDCAT

Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater Director and Curator Mark Murphy knows when he sees a good thing. Having nurtured choreographer/director Pat Graney from her start in Seattle three decades ago, he’s bringing the artist and the Pat Graney Company to his downtown stage this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, for shows at 8:30 p.m. and [...]

Free Tickets to Montreal’s collectif9 at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz presents Montreal’s cutting-edge classical nine-piece string band, collectif9, on Nov. 4. Featuring both original scores and new arrangements with lights, staging and amplification more commonly seen at rock concerts, collectif9 heralds a new age in genre-bending classical performance. Performing folk-inspired music by Brahms, Bartók, Schnittke and André Gagnon, the band transcends all [...]