Featured Articles

Review: The Actors’ Gang Presents ‘Captain Greedy’s Carnival’

October 2, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

In keeping with his amusingly subversive approach to theater, Tim Robbins, artistic director of the Actors’ Gang, is calling this the “Season of Thugs, Outcasts and Heavenly Myths.” To kick it off, he is presenting Captain Greedy’s Carnival (A Musical Nightmare) through Nov. 11 at the Ivy Substation in Culver City. Playwright Jack Pinter uses [...]



Review: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at the Odyssey

September 7, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Who doesn’t love a good horror-comedy? You can drive by the Nuart Theater in West LA any Saturday night and see kids lining up for the midnight show of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Even more classic than that is Arsenic and Old Lace, playing just a stone’s throw down Sepulveda at the Odyssey Theater. [...]



CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Deliver Deeply Moving Performances of Shostakovich and Barber

September 6, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continue their Pittsburgh Live! series with another astounding performance of two more popular works: the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dimitri Shostakovich and the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. But as they have done with other popular works he and the PSO have [...]



Final Weekend of New Original Works Festival at REDCAT

August 9, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The third and final weekend of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater’s New Original Works Festival brings some highly respected and internationally renowned artists to its stage this Thursday through Saturday, August 10-12, at 8:30 p.m. Exploring new ideas in dance, performance, music, theater and multimedia, REDCAT’s three-week adventure plans to keep surprising us with [...]



Review: Long Beach Opera Presents Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s ‘Frida’ at the Museum of Latin American Art

June 28, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums, Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Bravo to Long Beach Opera for their summer production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Frida,” which ended June 25. An opera as colorful as artist Frida Kahlo’s life and work, “Frida” explores the passion and pain and beauty of an important  artist. It was made all the more magical being set in the Museum of Latin [...]



Review: ‘Animal Farm’ at Theatricum Botanicum

June 26, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The arrival of warmer weather coincides with the opening of another season at the Theatricum Botanicum, the verdant outdoor theater nestled near the top of Topanga Canyon. One of the highlights of this season is an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm, onstage through Oct. 1 The 1945 novella, an allegory reflecting the events [...]



Cliburn Conversations and Tidbits

June 13, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, ended June 10. What a whirlwind for the competitors and the audience between May 25 and then!
Thirty pianists performed recitals in the preliminary round, 20 performed recitals in the quarterfinals, 12 performed recitals and Mozart concertos with the Fort [...]



Review: Jeffrey Kahane’s Swan Song with LACO

May 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Saturday night’s concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale was a concert mostly of lasts. It was the last concert of LACO’s 2016-2017 season (repeated on Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall). It was also the last concert for Jeffrey Kahane as music director. The program featured two major [...]



Review: Dudamel and LA Phil Perform Schubert Symphonies 5 & 6 and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder

May 22, 2017 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic heralded the arrival of spring with a series of concerts in May exploring all nine symphonies of Franz Schubert, paired with the song cycles of Gustav Mahler — Songs of a Wayfarer, Kindertotenlieder, Rückert Lieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. This reviewer attended the May 18 concert that featured [...]



Updates on the 2017 Cliburn Competition

May 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — one of the most exciting and highly anticipated classical music events in America — starts in one week. It happens only every four years. Do you have your tickets?
Culture Spot LA will be in Fort Worth for the semifinals and finals, blogging about all of the performances at Bass [...]