Tuesday, March 20, 2018

LA's MoCA Still Silent About Firing Of Head Curator (So We'll Speculate) by Artsjournal

Christopher Knight: "Today, about a week later, we still have no answer as to why MOCA Director Philippe Vergne fired chief curator Helen Molesworth — and we likely won't. I have a few spe…

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Americans Have Signed Up For Streaming Services At A Phenomenal Rate by Artsjournal

In less than a decade, the percentage of U.S. households subscribing to a paid streaming video service surged 450% — from just 10% in 2009 to 55% in 2017.

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Every Winner Of This Year's National Book Critics Circle Awards Is A Woman by Artsjournal1

"Joan Silber took the fiction prize for her novel Improvement. ... The nonfiction prize went to Frances FitzGerald for her book The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, a sweeping hi…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Long Beach Opera raises life's questions, loudly, in Stewart Copeland's 'Invention of Morel' by Ricahrd S. Ginell

The new Stewart Copeland-Jonathan Moore opera “The Invention of Morel” from the mavericks at Long Beach Opera comes with a boatload of issues to ponder. Here are just a few: Is unrequite…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Bay Area Kid Who Became A Superstar In China, And Returned To Hollywood For A Blockbuster Action Movie by Artsjournal2

Daniel Wu's life is not well-known in the U.S., even though he's a Cali native. Why? He randomly took a trip to Hong Kong after he got an architecture degree, and in Hong Kong, he was discov…

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Let's Get Rid Of These Stereotypes On Screen by Artsjournal2

Are you writing a role for a woman on the phone, just holding out for info about her man? What about a hapless yet winsomely inspiring girl (the child kind, not the girlfriend kind)? Stop it…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: Are we ready for some plays about moral responsibility? by Philip Brandes

This week's picks from L.A.'s small-theater scene: "All's Well That Ends Well" at ISC Studio, "Pigs and Chickens" at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, "An Undivided Heart" at Atwater Village Theat…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Frank Gehry Tapped To Design Major Expansion Of LA's Colburn School Across From Disney Hall by Artsjournal

The project, to be announced Wednesday by Colburn President and CEO Sel Kardan, also includes a 700-seat studio theater for dance and vocal performance, a 100-seat theater for smaller-scale …

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The curious care and feeding of Olaf the snowman in Broadway's 'Frozen' by Jessica Gelt

Olaf the snowman is an important character in "Frozen" the musical. He's also a complicated puppet that requires careful care and maintenance. We meet Greg Hildreth, the actor tasked with ma…

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Why is a master of Shakespeare directing the musical 'Frozen'? Because 'Let It Go' isn't too far from the Bard by Jessica Gelt

“We’re standing on the same stage where ‘Oklahoma!’ premiered,” says British director Michael Grandage, gesturing at the flooring beneath his feet inside the historic St. James The…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Director Of MOCA In L.A. Fires Chief Curator by Artsjournal1

"Helen Molesworth, the chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art whose exhibitions have included the critically acclaimed 2017 Kerry James Marshall retrospective that was also a rare p…

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Taylor Mac on gay history, 'Hamilton' and his epic 24-hour extravaganza at the Ace by Charles McNulty

The professors and university mandarins having lunch at an elegant UCLA campus restaurant the other day had no idea that seated inconspicuously among them was a cultural revolutionary. Weari…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'Sell/Buy/Date,' an exploration of the sex industry, is a must-see one-woman marvel by Margaret Gray

The writer and actress Sarah Jones is gorgeous, about 8 feel tall (at least it seems that way) and rail thin, with a wide mane of hair. When she walks onstage at the Geffen Playhouse, where …

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Zooey, Taye, Rebel: Lineup announced for the Hollywood Bowl's 'Beauty and the Beast' concert by Sonaiya Kelley

For one weekend in May, Disney fans are once again invited into the world of "Beauty and the Beast," this time with a cast that includes Zooey Deschanel, Taye Diggs and Rebel Wilson. The Hol…

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Joffrey Ballet dazzles in L.A. Opera's 'Orpheus and Eurydice' by Mark Swed

Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” may be based on the Greek myth of a singer capable of beguiling even hell’s furies, but the opera has long been catnip to choreographers. One of the de…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

In the Joffrey Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet,' love isn't the only thing to get lost by Laura Blieberg

Despite dancing talent and a beloved story, the production at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles is proof that a ballet company doesn't need to update every classic work.

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When Your Cousin Is A Playwright And Suddenly, A Whole Trilogy Of Plays Is Out There About A Mirror You by Artsjournal2

At the center of Quiara Alegría Huedes' Elliot trilogy of plays - Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue; Water by the Spoonful; and The Happiest Song Plays Last - is the former soldier. But Elliot isn'…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: 'Bingo Hall,' 'Proof,' Pat Kinevane and women fighting back by Margaret Gray

This week's offerings on SoCal's smaller stages: "Bingo Hall" from the Native American theater company at the Autry, "3 Plays by Pat Kinevane" at the Odyssey, "The Madres" at Skylight and th…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

L.A. Opera and Joffrey Ballet give the Orpheus myth some new moves and a different ending by Catherine Womack

What happens when the soprano has trouble with her pointe shoes? We go into rehearsal with L.A. Opera and the Joffrey as they prepare for Saturday's opening of "Orpheus and Eurydice," LA Ope…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lena Hall on her history-making double play in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' by Jessica Gelt

Lena Hall stares into the mirror in her dressing room backstage at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, where she is  making musical history in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”   To her right …

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Buyers Of Weinstein Company Back Out Of Deal After Discovering Millions More In Debt

"Three sources close to the investor group, led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, said Tuesday that it found at least $50 million in undisclosed liabilities on t…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Unfashionable Mr. Lloyd Webber Writes A Memoir

It is fashionable among theater intellectuals to look down on Lloyd Webber’s musicals: their catchy tunes, their ripe orchestrations, their puzzling stories (“The story of Evita is simpl…

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Is this Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Unmasked' in a new memoir? Mmm, not quite by Margaret Gray

The composer has some dishy tidbits to share in his new autobiography, but in matters such as his falling out with lyricist Tim Rice, Webber pulls back. What the man behind "Phantom," "Cats,…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Mystery Behind Frank Lloyd Wright's Southern California Houses

Christopher Hawthorne: Was there some link between the violence in Wright’s personal life that sent him careening to California and the work he produced here? And what was it about pre-Col…

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CD Music Format Enters Life-Support Stage

Since peak plastic in 2001, CD sales have dropped 88%, from 712 million units to 85.4 million in 2017, according to Nielsen Music. With casual music fans done with discs in favor of streamin…

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The Academy Expanded, But The Theatre Shrank, So Who Gets Tickets To The Oscars? by Artsjournal2

After tickets for nominees and their family and friends, tickets for the studios, tickets for media, etc., are given away, there are only a few hundred left. "Members receive an email around…

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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Oscars, Including A Link To All Of The Winners by Artsjournal2

If you want the summary, all of the acting awards went as expected; Guillermo del Toro won Best Director; and Shape of Water won Best Picture. But here's everything.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Los Angeles Ballet dips its toes into a cold, calm 'Swan Lake' by Lewis Segal

Continuity of tradition dominates the ballet world — and so does the new ways tradition can be embodied, reinterpreted and sometimes undermined year after year. Last performed in 2014, the…

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What's Next For The Woman Who Bought The Weinstein Company? by Artsjournal2

Maria Contreras-Sweet and her investors group have a plan: "to turn the rubble of Harvey Weinstein's former New York-based studio into a new, female-focused film and TV company run by women.…

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Fire Breaks Out At 1,300-Year-Old Temple In Tibet, And Outside World Has No Idea Of Damage

"On Saturday evening, Tibetan social media users posted photos and videos of the ancient Jokhang Temple complex in the region's capital, Lhasa, a UNESCO world heritage site, with one of its …

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Friday, March 2, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: Del Shores, Molière and 'A Raisin in the Sun' by F. Kathleen Foley

This week's  small-theater round-up includes Celebration Theatre's "Six Characters in Search of a Play," City Garage's "The School for Wives," Little Victory's "Unemployed Elephants" and A …

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