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Ahmanson sells $25-per-ticket student subscriptions; parents can go for the same price

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Students can get discounted tickets to “Into the Woods” and the musical adaptation of “Amelie” as part of Center Theatre Group’s newly launched Backstage Club, which lets kids 12 to 18 buy a three-show subscription to the Ahmanson Theatre for $75. As a bonus, up to two guests older than 18 can...

Roundup: Marina Abramovic's dinner, Santa Monica's Measure LV, the magic of Photoshopped Instagram

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Marina Abramovic materializes in a Hillary Clinton email leak and things quickly get ridiculous. Santa Monica prepares to shut down development (except that of McMansions). And the magic of Kendall Jenner’s Instagram — with a few addenda, proviso and quid pro quo. Here’s your very necessary pre-election...

In L.A. and New York, some theaters to close on election day

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

As the world watches the presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump come election night Tuesday, so will theaters from Los Angeles to Broadway, which are canceling shows partly to encourage voter participation. Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City has canceled...

Akhnaten as you've never seen him: How L.A. Opera delivers Philip Glass' Egyptian Pharaoh tale

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” is the un-“Aida.” Verdi and Glass both re-imagined an ancient Egypt suited to the composers’ own times. But whereas Verdi relies on the great 19th century Italian opera themes of forbidden love and the like to make the exotic realm of Pharaohs and gods knowable, Glass operates...

One-man-show revisits ghosts of the past - including his own

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Paul Linke has been transmuting the events of his life into drama for almost 30 years, beginning with his 1987 solo show, “Time Flies When You’re Alive,” later filmed for HBO, that detailed the death of Linke’s first wife from breast cancer. Subsequent one-man shows, “Life After Time” and “Father...

First full Edgar Degas retrospective in nearly 30 years shows an artist who liked to be in control

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

For today’s art, does Edgar Degas matter? That’s the question at the heart of a large and fascinating retrospective exhibition newly opened at the Museum of Fine Arts here. The unsurprising answer being offered is yes — unsurprising because who would mount a complex show to assert irrelevance?...

Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk - the First Flight' misses what's great about Cirque or 'Avatar'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

James Cameron’s “Avatar” is a movie that everyone saw, but no one can remember. Go ahead: Try and call to mind any character’s name. Maybe you summoned Jake Sully, the disabled human played by Sam Worthington, who traveled to the distant moon Pandora, which is inhabited by a race of tribal blue...

Essential Arts & Culture: A wondrous Hedwig, Renaissance music remade, Boyle Heights gallery crimes

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A flamboyant rock musical about a botched sex change operation is just what election-addled Los Angeles needs. Plus: A 16th century composition made new, gentrification tensions in Boyle Heights and an artist’s feminine take on monsters. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the L.A. Times,...

L.A. artist Marnie Weber reflects on why monsters hold such power for women

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Step into Hollywood’s Gavlak gallery and you’ll find the typical white box transformed into a most surreal chapel. A pair of oversized tree sculptures are crafted from broken bits of stained glass. A large pig meditates before a whooshing waterfall. And a small alcove stuffed with pews displays...

Shakespeare as a sci-fi rock musical: 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' overflows with fun

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Can a sci-fi-themed, classic rock musical stand measure to measure with Shakespeare? “Return to the Forbidden Planet” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura seeks to boldly go where no outer space retelling of “The Tempest” has gone before, and it even has the rhyming pentameter to prove it. Blasting...

Roundup: New partners for PST, frescoes destroyed by Italy quake, and the best Halloween art costume ever

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The passing of a puritanical cartoonist. The illicit traffic in antiquities. The space L.A. can build. Welcome to the special Halloween edition of the Roundup — may your costume be original and your candy, brand name. — Jack Chick, known for his strident religious cartoon publications called Chick...

At Ace Hotel, new live score makes 1922 'Nosferatu' a not-so-silent movie

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Last Halloween, L.A. Opera presented “Dracula” with Philip Glass’ score at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, with the composer and the Kronos Quartet playing live behind the 1931 film. It was a sold-out holiday hit.  Inevitably, the question arose: What to do for an encore? How about another “Dracula”...

$25-million gift for new LACMA building comes with an unexpected back story

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Eric Smidt was a peddler’s son, rattling through the morning light in his father’s van, hawking jewelry, tape and electrical cords in the San Fernando Valley. He endured a troubled home life and spent two years in an orphanage. But a restless need for the flash of a deal made him a rich man by...

What happens when two artists move into an unfinished museum for 10 days of 'Performance Lessons'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

On a warm Friday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles, the ground floor of the Hellman Building on East 4th Street is awash in the scrape and bang of construction. A repairman patches holes in the floor with cement, while a painter rollers the walls a universal shade of art-world white. This lobby...

Barry Socher, violinist for the L.A. Phil for 35 years: 'He treated every single note as if it were holy'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Barry Socher, a violinist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 35 years and a prolific composer, has died, the orchestra said. He was 68. He died after a long battle with brain cancer, the L.A. Phil said. Socher retired as a first violinist from the orchestra in 2015. He was hired by then-Music...

BodyTraffic brings a light touch - perhaps too light - to the Broad Stage

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The three-part program from the local dance troupe BodyTraffic at the Broad Stage on Thursday resembled one of those television series in which nothing consequential ever happens but you keep watching because everyone in the cast is so unfailingly deft and endearing. Founded nine years ago, BodyTraffic...

19 haunted houses and other Halloween screams in Southern California this weekend

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Looking to get scared witless this Halloween weekend? Here’s your guide to select haunted houses, escape rooms and other frights to tickle your terror bone. Events run through the weekend unless otherwise noted. Blackthorne Screamfest: Two mazes, plus live music and DJs; for ages 13 and up. Pico...

Race and justice drive stage adaptation of John Grisham's 'A Time to Kill'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Theatre 68 has taken on an ambitious enterprise with Rupert Holmes’ stage adaptation of John Grisham’s 1989 novel “A Time to Kill,” the group’s inaugural production in its handsomely refurbished North Hollywood space. In a clever and keenly paced staging, director Ronnie Marmo valiantly copes with...

What happens when factory jobs disappear? Playwright Lynn Nottage investigates in 'Sweat'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In a blue-collar bar in Reading, Pa., a onetime factory worker contemplates the news that management has locked out his former union colleagues. “One day life is good, the next you’re treading water,” he says. “That’s not supposed to happen to folks like us.” Solid job, dependable middle-class...

The timely new play 'Vicuña' is, and isn't, about Donald Trump

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz looked happy but tired. Rehearsals had just started for his new play, “Vicuña,” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and he had been going back and forth between the rehearsal hall and an office across town where he’s working on a TV project. After 30 years in New York, one of...

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