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Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla makes great first impression

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

My guess is that before long she will be known simply as "Mirga."

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's fearless vision could be L.A.'s model

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The tourist shops dotting the streets of downtown Ashland may leave the impression that this picturesque town was designed by Martha Stewart in a chichi Western mood, but a weekend spent here at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a weekend spent in a kind of democratic utopia.

Fine acting makes 'Reasons to Be Pretty' at Geffen Playhouse engaging

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

New York is only three hours ahead of L.A., but in theatrical time, the distance often seems greater. Broadway events, like starlight from distant galaxies, can take years to reach us.

Stop what you're doing and go see an opera about human trafficking

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

It's not every day that someone tells you, "Drop whatever you're doing and go see an opera about human trafficking." But today is one of those days: So drop whatever you're doing this evening and go see an opera about human trafficking. I'm totally serious.

American Ballet Theatre donating archives to Library of Congress

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

American Ballet Theatre is donating its sizable archives to the Library of Congress, which will open an exhibition focused on the renowned dance company in Washington on Aug. 14. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles next year.

'The Taming of the Shrew' is given a playful touch at Griffith Park

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

Sometimes I wish Shakespeare had written a different version of “The Taming of the Shrew” — one in which the shrew is “tamed” with, say, empathy and affection instead of torture.

'Frederick Douglass Now' is a high point for Roger Guenveur Smith

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The space where historical perspective and current-day attitudes crosshatch benefits "Frederick Douglass Now” at Bootleg Theater. Writer-performer Roger Guenveur Smith has done incisive, socially trenchant work before, but this is something else again. 

Datebook: Artist comedy, a Chinatown bar rebuilt and everything Nagel

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The ladies of L.A.’s graffiti scene, a 1980s graphic icon, a defunct artist bar that gets new life, and two artists who examine the abandoned worker city tied to Chernobyl. There’s plenty to do while we pray to the heavens for rain. Here’s what’s going down in El Lay:

Larry David will make his Broadway debut with 'Fish in the Dark'

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

Most novice playwrights can only dream of debuting their first works on Broadway. But if your name is Larry David -- the actor-writer behind "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld" -- chances are good that New York producers will line up at your door, checks in hand.

'Side Show' revival officially heading to Broadway

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The new revival of the musical "Side Show" that opened at the La Jolla Playhouse last fall and recently ran at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington is officially heading to Broadway, opening Nov. 17 at the St. James Theatre in New York.

Unflinching 'Cuatro Corridos' opera comes to Zipper Concert Hall

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

What may have been last year’s most unsettling new opera(s) may also have been the most modest. “Cuatro Corridos” -- which had its premiere in a small black box at UC San Diego and will reach Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall on Friday night -- consists of four 15-minute operas for a solo...

L.A. theater openings, Aug. 10-17: 'Elvis '68,' 'Bird Lives!' and more

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The King lives again in "Elvis '68" at Fullerton's Maverick Theater, and jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker is saluted in “Bird Lives!” at the Chromolume Theatre at the Attic. Plus, “Dreamgirls’ ” Jennifer Holliday and others give their regards to "Broadway Under the Stars" at the Ford...

Balsom, Karadaglic a cool match at Hollywood Bowl

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The Hollywood Bowl has always been a venue for trying out new talent. With high-definition video now part of the equation, the temptation for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to entice the most attractive young performers must be greater than ever.

iPads mounted on tortoises? Aspen Art Museum defends installation

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

An installation at the Aspen Art Museum featuring live tortoises has garnered the ire of animal-rights activists who said that the work is cruel because it requires the reptiles to carry Apple iPads on their shells.

Round-Up: A Bethlehem church, museum trash and monkey selfies

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

A 1,700-year-old Bethlehem church gets a revamp by Italian masters, a Boston museum rents out its masterpieces, a British institution puts its garbage on view and a couple of terrific essays on New York's 9/11 memorial site. Plus, cloud music, GIF art, monkey selfies and the bland, standardized...

'Broadway Bound' ventures boldly but shakily down memory lane

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The years have not been kind to “Broadway Bound.”  First produced on Broadway in the mid-1980s, Neil Simon's Tony-nominated, Pulitzer-finalist play shows serious flaws in its current revival at the Odyssey.

John Lithgow, Annette Bening open in 'King Lear' in Central Park

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

Taking on Shakespeare's elderly tragic hero for the first time in his career, John Lithgow opened on Tuesday in "King Lear" in a new production at the Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.

Helen Mirren returning to Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

Helen Mirren will once again assume the conservative dresses, crisp diction and distinctive hairdo of Queen Elizabeth II when she reprises her role as the British monarch in a Broadway run of "The Audience," which is scheduled to open March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York.

Photosynthesis festival at Annenberg focuses on music, photography

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

It was Jakob Dylan who came up with a name for the genre of music that photographer Mark Seliger now plays with his band Rusty Truck: "Lonesome."

Hootchy-kootchy roles or nothing? The state of Hollywood diversity

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

When Spike Jonze's movie "Her" came out last year, it was buzzed about for its dystopic take on a society where people have affairs with their phones and its vision of a near-future L.A. where you could take Metro to the beach.

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