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November 29, 2011 | By Sid Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
— Like Santa's elves, costume shop workers have been racing to meet their deadline, stitching, sewing and hemming away in a small room tucked into a corner of the Joffrey Tower at State and Randolph streets. Four regulars have been joined by four seasonal workers to prepare some 200 costumes for "The Nutcracker," the Joffrey Ballet's annual outing, which will be performed six times at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion starting Thursday before a lengthy run in the Joffrey's hometown of Chicago.
October 9, 2011
Scottish Ballet Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown L.A. When: 7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $28 to $110 Information: (213) 972-0711 or
September 18, 2011
1945: Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller "Spellbound" opens, with memorable dream sequences by Salvador Dalí. 1946: Bassist and composer Charles Mingus, who grew up in Watts, records with his band the Stars of Swing. The recordings, now lost,anticipated the next decade's influential West Coast jazz sound. 1946: Theodor Geisel, who writes children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, moves to Hollywood to work for Warner Bros. 1947: Beginning of organized resistance to Modernism and abstraction in art as well as the beginning of "the painting witch hunt," in the words of art historian Peter Plagens.
September 18, 2011 | By D.J. Waldie, For the Los Angeles Times
In September 1945, under a pall of ocher smog and summer heat, Los Angeles entered the postwar world. The city then was bigger, wealthier and more diverse than ever. Its established people — mostly past middle age and conservative, a few who were really rich — still had the narrowness of the Midwest towns from which many of them had come in the 1920s. The city's new people — Okies and Arkies, black Southerners, and white ethnics — had arrived with the war. Few of them had much interest in art. Of course, there was art in Los Angeles they could have seen.
March 20, 2011
Nederlands Dans Theater Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Cost: $30 to $120 Information: (213) 972-0711 or
January 13, 2011
'The A.W.A.R.D. Show!' Where: REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday Price: $18 Contact: (213) 237-2800 or
November 7, 2010
Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance What: "How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere" Where: REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Nov. 14 Price: $25 to $30 Also: Ralph Lemon in conversation with Margaret Jenkins; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at REDCAT. Free. Information: (213) 237-2800 or
October 20, 2010 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For Laura Gorenstein Miller, the ability to feel intense fear has both artistic and practical benefits. When embarking on a new project, "I'm always terrified, but that's part of the motivation. It's why I still make dance, because I don't let that fear stop me," she said. As she prepares for the world premiere of her latest work, Gorenstein Miller continues to abide by this philosophy but with an acute awareness that the professional stakes have been substantially raised. Her company, Helios Dance Theater, which she founded in 1996, will become the first Los Angeles-based contemporary dance group in more than a decade to appear as part of the UCLA Live season at Royce Hall when it performs "Beautiful Monsters" on Saturday.
November 13, 2009 | Lewis Segal
A lovingly re-created, radical performance piece from the 1960s -- very much of its time -- still has plenty to teach us about the interpretation of experience and the transformation of the mundane. That's the big achievement of "Parades and Changes, Replays," which opened a four-night run Wednesday at REDCAT. Choreographer Anna Halprin and composer Morton Subotnick are pioneers in art-making processes and philosophies that have reshaped contemporary music, dance and media. First presented in San Francisco, their seminal 1965 collaboration has been newly realized by a team of French artists led by Anne Collod, a specialist in dance reconstruction.
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