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Music Center throws a four-day hip-hop party, and Brazilian dancers of Compagnie Käfig lead the way

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The "Käfig" in Compagnie Käfig means "cage" in German, but the hip-hop dance company's founder, Mourad Merzouki, is determined to bust down the divisions between the humble city street and the rarefied concert-dance stage. Known for incorporating circus acrobatics, martial arts and contemporary...

John Williams: Five underrated scores by the AFI-honored composer

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

John Williams is one of the few movie composers who is also a household name. His body of work encompasses “Star Wars,” the “Superman” movies, the “Harry Potter” franchise and nearly the complete Steven Spielberg filmography, including “E.T.,” the “Indiana Jones” series and “Schindler’s List.”...

Ayad Akhtar, author of Pulitzer-winning 'Disgraced,' ponders race, identity and the cruelties of capitalism

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The nation is in a strange and angry state, a bruising time of rising populism, anti-immigrant fervor and a searing gap between the rich and everyone else.  The drama of real life seems to have eclipsed the potency of art unless you’re Ayad Akhtar, a playwright whose work speaks to the brokenness...

L.A. Dance Project lands three-year residency in Arles, France

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

How will Benjamin Millepied spend his time after he leaves the Paris Opera Ballet in July? The popular dancer-choreographer, who abruptly announced his resignation from the storied company earlier this year, won’t be taking much time off. L.A. Dance Project, the artist collective that he co-founded...

Worlds meet and worlds beyond at Ojai Music Festival

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

As the great Southern California music retreat, the Ojai Music Festival offers venturesome refuge from normal life for  locals and visitors to this blissed-out valley. But on the final day of the festival that had begun Thursday, we awoke to the same horrific news from Orlando as the rest of the...

'Hamilton,' the movie? Why screen adaptions of stage musicals take so, so, so long

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" has made history in numerous ways, injecting energy into the musical, populating the stage with people of color and bringing young audiences to a middle-aged Broadway. But there's one barrier in which the 11-time Tony winner is unlikely to make a dent: the lag between...

'The Perfect American,' controversial opera about Walt Disney, to get U.S. premiere at Long Beach

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"The Perfect American," the controversial Philip Glass opera that recounts the final months in the life of Walt Disney, will get its U.S. premiere next year — not by a major institution like the Metropolitan Opera or Los Angeles Opera, but by a small company with a reputation for taking artistic...

James Corden's opening number and other best and worst moments from the Tony Awards

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Best and worst moments at the 2016 Tony Awards? On an emotion-filled history-making night, there were plenty. Best: Let’s start with host James Corden’s hilarious opening number, which blitzed through decades of Broadway musical history — “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Annie,” “Cats,” “Evita,” “Dreamgirls,”...

What those 11 Tony Awards for 'Hamilton' mean for Broadway and the art of theater

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s landmark musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, had its coronation Sunday at the 70th Tony Awards. As expected, the show won for best musical, capping a triumphant season that seized the attention not just of Broadway but of the entire nation. The ceremony,...

Tony Awards: Broadway honors 'Hamilton' on a night dimmed by tragedy

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

An air of both celebration and sobriety hung over the Tony Awards on Sunday, as one of the biggest hits in Broadway history was honored hours after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" took 11 prizes, including director, score and the top honor of best musical....

Tony Awards live coverage: James Corden opens the show with a grand, costume and choreography-filled number

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Tony Awards live coverage: James Corden opens the show with a grand, costume and choreography-filled number June 12, 2016, 5:28 p.m. It's Broadway's biggest night and the curtain is up! Join us for play-by-plays and commentary of the ceremony, hosted by James Corden. Tonys predictions Complete...

Booed in Vienna, Dudamel makes revelatory L.A. Opera debut to frenzied cheers

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It was one short walk for a music director and one surprising leap for an opera company. The week after finishing his seventh season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gustavo Dudamel crossed 1st Street to finish Los Angeles Opera’s season in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion....

'Heartbroken' Broadway stars take to social media about Orlando shooting

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Hours before Sunday night's live Tony Awards ceremony, news of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history spread via social media and press outlets. Taking place at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., overnight, the massacre has dampened spirits for the biggest evening of the Broadway year....

'Hamilton' costume designer on how he streamlined 18th century looks for a 21st century show

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

One of the few directives that Lin-Manuel Miranda gave to designer Paul Tazewell about his costume for Alexander Hamilton was that he be represented in green - because "green is the color of money" and thus appropriate for the first secretary of the Treasury. And indeed, Miranda appears in the...

Sam Gilliam gets his hands dirty with 'Green April' at David Kordansky Gallery

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"Green April," Sam Gilliam's exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, is a revelation. The artist's originality is on bare-naked display. So is the shape-shifting mutability of the materials he uses: acrylic paint, canvas and stretcher bars. In Gilliam's hands, these elements come...

Six playwrights, two dozen actors and one day (and night) to make theater: It's 'The 24 Hour Plays'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The all-nighter may be a collegiate rite of passage fueled by vending machine snacks and stale coffee, but this weekend six professional playwrights will willingly set aside their sensible adult schedules to stay up all night and write, write, write. These writers, along with six directors and...

Take another look: The alternate world of 'Barbara Kasten: Stages'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Barbara Kasten, "Construct 32," 1986, silver dye bleach print, 37 by 29.5 inches (MOCA Pacific Design Center) "Barbara Kasten: Stages" makes you wonder why the Museum of Contemporary Art doesn't organize more exhibitions like this: right-sized surveys of works by artists who are not superstars...

Emotional heft and humor at the heart of Rajiv Joseph's 'Gruesome Playground Injuries'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Playwright Rajiv Joseph defies categorization. His most famous work, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” is an absurd anthropomorphic romp that blurs the line between animals and humans, humor and pathos, life and death. Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” now at the Hudson in Los Angeles,...

'Spring Awakening' will appear on Tony Awards thanks to successful Kickstarter campaign

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Nothing is free in this world. And nothing is free when it comes to the Tony Awards, either. Just ask the team behind the recent revival of "Spring Awakening." The annual award show — Broadway's biggest night — typically emphasizes the artistic achievements of the theater community. What is left...

Meryl Streep lampoons Donald Trump -- but has she already mocked Hillary?

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award in 2012 for portraying former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. On Monday, the actress channeled another conservative poltician, dressing up as Donald Trump and lampooning the Republican presidential candidate's blustery persona at a gala celebration...

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