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Chris Walden Big Band at The Wallis

October 22, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Entertainment and Events

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music performed by many of the most sought-after artists, presents Chris Walden Big Band with a program that pays tribute to the Rat Pack era on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis.
Walden, a [...]



Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Pasadena Playhouse

October 20, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]



Review: Ghost stories from Wicked Lit

October 8, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

I’m not crazy about pumpkin spice anything, but one thing I definitely look forward to each fall is Wicked Lit — the Halloween-themed theater experience that haunts Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena each October and November.
This is Paul Millet and Jonathan Josephson’s 10th annual fall production of Wicked Lit; and instead of going [...]



LACO’s SESSION mixes beer, classical music and hanging with the artists

October 2, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), in collaboration with Four Larks, presents SESSION, an innovative performance experience curated by composer and LACO Artist Educator Derrick Spiva Jr and designed to explore classical music’s cutting-edge sounds and challenge traditional concert-going expectations, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), at Hauser & Wirth in [...]



Review: LA Opera opens season with ‘Don Carlo’ and Plácido Domingo

October 1, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Opera opened its 2018-19 season in grand style with Don Carlo, Verdi’s most ambitious opera. A complex drama about conflict among family, nations and religions with forbidden love at its center, Don Carlo, as Music Director James Conlon has said, “claims its place as perhaps the greatest and most enduring grand opéra of them [...]



Free Tickets to Delgres at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz

October 1, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Entertainment and Events

If you’re looking for some great music this weekend, look no further than Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the innovative performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, which presents the award-winning Paris-based trio Delgres on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
With musicians Pascal Danae (guitar/vocals), Rafgee (sousaphone) and Baptiste Brondy (drums/vocals), Delgres is a [...]



Karen Zacarías’ ‘Native Gardens’ at Pasadena Playhouse

September 22, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Karen Zacarías takes issues like racism, sexism and ageism and tangles them all up in “Native Gardens.” Fortunately, it’s a rollicking comedy with a happy ending. The play continues at the Pasadena Playhouse through Sept. 30. Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander directs.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into the playhouse is the elaborate [...]



Review: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ ‘Gloria’ gets West Coast premiere from Echo Theater Company

September 17, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins worked at “The New Yorker,” but has said in interviews that his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Gloria” is not based on his experience there. No matter. It rings so true — as any good fiction does. You can see the Echo Theater Company’s West Coast premiere of his 2015 work, [...]



Hilary Hahn in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Season Opener

September 12, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn will make her only LA appearance this year in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s season-opening concert. And equally big news: College students can see the concert for the equivalent of a dollar when they buy an All Access Pass.
Hilary Hahn
Hahn will perform Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Violin Concerto in [...]



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

August 13, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

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 [...]