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Danish National Symphony debuts at Segerstrom with Deborah Voigt

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra rolled into Costa Mesa on Friday night as part of a quick, five-city tour of California. On the podium was the ensemble’s newly appointed Italian principal conductor, the widely traveled Fabio Luisi, perhaps best known as the soon-to-be-departing principal...

Improv maestro Gary Austin, founder of the Groundlings, dies at 75

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Gary Austin, who founded the Los Angeles improv company the Groundlings — a troupe that launched the careers of Paul Reubens, Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow and Melissa McCarthy — died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. at age 75 after battling cancer. The Groundlings shared the news of...

A backstage, meditative adventure with 'The Encounter's' Simon McBurney

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A conversation with British actor, writer and director Simon McBurney is a meditative adventure not unlike one of his genre-blurring theatrical collages created with his London-based internationally touring company, Complicite. Sitting in a lounge off his dressing room after a matinee late last...

Clearing up confusion over 'Hamilton' tickets for L.A.: What you need to know

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Hamilton” may celebrate inclusion, but the frenzied quest for tickets to the musical’s Los Angeles run has left some ticket hopefuls confused or worried they will be left out. Performances at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre don’t start until Aug. 11, but “Hamilton” is already the hottest theater...

Looking for love and dodging the cannibals in 'Apocalypse Play'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When one is pondering the apocalypse, the word “sprightly” does not often come to mind. Yet that descriptor certainly applies to Cory Hinkle’s “Apocalypse Play,” a thematically slight but lively new comedy presented by Moving Arts at the Atwater Village Theatre. Some kind of climatological cataclysm...

When opera singers were media stars (and when Instagram wasn't a thing)

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Long before Instagram, how did ardent fans catch a glimpse of their favorite stars? They wrote a letter requesting a signed photograph or they purchased a print in a gift shop. In the late 19th and early 20th century, opera stars posed for hours in a studio, fully costumed, to please their public....

Acting teacher Elizabeth Mestnik wants to know what you would die for, and please no phony tears

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The woman sitting next to the clock will lead you to the dark, scary place, the joyous epiphany. Her words are swift, her gaze fixed. A gleam, like a knife, waits in her smile. Elizabeth Mestnik has been teaching actors — strivers, posers and naturals — for decades. The unfortunate one standing...

What if a 1955 shocker is a 2017 shrug? How Antaeus keeps the heat in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Somebody should write a dissertation on Rebecca Mozo's facial expressions in Anteaus Theatre Company's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Her left eyebrow demands a chapter all its own: Its slightest quirk can reset the temperature from sultry to glacial. As Maggie Pollitt,...

Datebook: Concrete poetry, rugged minimalism, the photographed bits of Alaska and New York

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Words in space. A pioneer of raw minimalism. The photographed corners of New York. Here are seven exhibitions and events to check out in Los Angeles and beyond in the coming week: "Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space," at the Getty Research Institute. This is an exhibition where...

L.A. theater openings, April 2-9: 'The Encounter,' 'Into the Woods' and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: A mind-bending trip through the Amazon, a gender-bent take on Shakespeare’s “Scottish play,” and a Sondheim classic reimagined. Hollywood Revisited Musical revue features classic numbers as well as original costumes from golden-age films. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La...

Lisa Loomer's 'Roe': An abortion drama that settles nothing

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It has been 44 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision decriminalized abortion, but the debate has hardly been settled. The rhetoric has only grown more inflammatory, and the vitriol of activists has given way to violence. American political life is still being held hostage...

Frank Gehry's archives are headed to the Getty

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Getty Research Institute announced Tuesday that it has acquired a major portion of architect Frank Gehry’s archives — documents spanning from 1954, when Gehry studied architecture at USC, to 1988, when he submitted the winning design for Walt Disney Concert Hall. “This is the California time...

'Absinthe' in L.A.: Like Cirque du Soleil on Red Bull and vodka

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

If you enjoy Cirque du Soleil acrobats but believe they'd be even better with dirty jokes, then "Absinthe" is the spinoff you've been waiting for. Playing downtown in a tent at L.A. Live, "Absinthe" is a touring version of the politically incorrect, gymnastically impressive spectacle by the production...

Free admission for all: With NEA help, Grand Performances makes it happen

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Bring art to the people. That’s the credo of Grand Performances, which has staged free summer shows at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles since 1987. The organization has received a total of $576,125 in the form of 19 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts since 2000. Rather than...

L.A. Phil names Gail Samuel as acting president

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Los Angeles Philharmonic shocked the arts world with the news this month that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, would be departing for the New York Philharmonic. On Tuesday, the L.A. Phil announced that its executive director, Gail Samuel, will assume the role of acting president...

John Adams' operatic essence and Stravinsky's inner pagan revealed through pianos and chorus

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

You cannot glimpse, let alone know, what is going on in the head of a paranoid American president without some sense of the voices infecting his imagination. The same is true of terrorists and their victims. It’s true for J. Robert Oppenheimer as he led the Manhattan Project team developing the...

100 missing women: Drawings at African American museum tell a powerful story of loss

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

One hundred drawings by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle of 100 missing African American women simultaneously startle and beguile. Their subject represents the tip of a statistical iceberg of almost unfathomable scope - thousands of black women disappear every year in the United States, whether through criminal...

Storms of color wash through Mary Weatherford's latest work

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Thirteen new Color Field paintings by Mary Weatherford include several that are the largest she has made. Nuanced and self-assured, they show her working in top form. At just under 10 feet by 20 feet, each of four mural-size abstractions in the first room at David Kordansky Gallery envelopes a...

NEA helps the Autry Museum provide a rare platform for Native American playwrights

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The story of the American West would be incomplete without the indigenous people who occupied this territory long before the arrival of European immigrants. Giving the descendants of indigenous people an artistic platform is the goal of Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West, which...

The opera villain was forced to lip-sync and a new star couple emerged at L.A. Opera's 'Tales of Hoffmann'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When Plácido Domingo walked on stage before conducting Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night, he got what he always gets: an excited ovation. Who’s not happy to see the world’s most beloved opera star? But as the audience quickly realized, it’s never...

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