For two decades Charles Long was one of a handful of American baritones at the top of the international opera scene. Singing opposite such luminaries as the late Shirley Verrett, Carlo Bergonzi, Sam Ramey and other legendary stars, he was known for his gleaming high notes, meticulous musicianship and infallible dramatic rightness. At the peak [...]
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The A x S Festival 2011 runs Oct. 1 through 16, continuing the Pasadena Arts Council’s biennial celebration of Pasadena’s unique heritage as a city of art and science. The festival, focused on the theme of fire and water, features two weeks of art, dance, music, theater, performance and conversation at venues throughout the city. [...]
In celebration of National Poetry Month, two former U.S. Poets Laureate took the stage at Royce Hall on April 23. The UCLA Live event featuring Billy Collins and Kay Ryan was an immensely entertaining and very funny evening of poetry and conversation.
Entertaining and funny poets? Yes, and it should have been no surprise given that [...]
UCLA Live presents an evening with two of America’s premier poets, former Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Kay Ryan, appearing at Royce Hall Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.
In conjunction with the event and tied to National Poetry Month, UCLA Live is holding a poetry-writing competition. Collins and Ryan will judge the winners from selected [...]
“I’ve done some things, and some of you may have come for some of them.” With that, Wallace Shawn – whose program bio mentioned neither My Dinner with Andre nor The Princess Bride – embarked upon an evening of readings called “Real World, Fake World, Dream World,” presented by UCLA Live at Royce Hall on [...]
With that catch phrase from The Princess Bride out of the way, let’s consider the life’s work (so far) of Wallace Shawn, a native New Yorker with a big-screen background, a small library of plays to his name (and an Obie award), a 2009 collection of essays (now out in paperback), and a political [...]
Curious readers got a glimpse behind the art of creating literature when Carlos Ruiz Zafón visited MOCA for a Zócalo Public Square event on May 24.
Zafón, who splits his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles, is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Shadow of the Wind, the recently published The Angel’s Game, [...]
UCLA Live’s “Titans of the Graphic Novel” event brought two highly influential voices of graphic narrative to the same podium on April 23. The effect was startling and instructive.
Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and the syndicated strip Dykes to Watch Out For, said it best: Words and pictures are, when combined, [...]
Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel will speak at UCLA Live’s “Titans of the Graphic Novel” event on Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall. They will explore the power of graphic novels as a confessional medium.
Pekar’s autobiographical “American Splendor” comics gained a cult following and were adapted into a 2003 feature film with [...]
Jeffrey Compton, Executive Editor of a new book called “Arts America: Enjoying the Best Art Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Opera, Jazz, Dance, Film, and Summer Festivals in America,” offers up some tips for Culture Spot readers, both LA residents and visitors.
Los Angeles is a one of the great cultural centers of the United States [...]