November 9, 2002 |
The dance troupe called Grupo Krapp is from Argentina and they probably don't know how dispiriting their name sounds to English-speakers. Never mind. If they want to hint at their brand of playful absurdity, replete with thoughtful commentary on life's primal desires, then their homage to Samuel Beckett's play, "Krapp's Last Tape," is as good a gesture as any.
January 2, 1998 |
On this list of music and dance events to look forward to in 1998 are two very personal recommendations. One is a performance of Handel's "Messiah" in an edition that galvanized my thinking about the masterwork. The other is the visit of my hometown band, the Philadelphia Orchestra. First, the "Messiah." The music business lately has gotten into the authentic Baroque performance game.
September 17, 1988 |
Five of six performer awards given out in the fifth annual New York Dance and Performance Awards--a.k.a. the Bessies--went to members of dance companies that have appeared in the Los Angeles area in recent years. Among awards presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday was one for sustained achievement to Kate Johnson of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
April 8, 2005 |
A fascination with objects and the way they move dominates "The Science Project," a 50-minute cavalcade of effects and ideas presented Wednesday by Rhode Island's Everett Dance Theatre in the first of three performances at the Skirball Cultural Center. Indeed, human movement looks decidedly loose, ragged and imprecise compared with the efficient, reliable actions of spheres, pulleys and pendulums set in motion by the four-member cast.
August 14, 1995 |
It wasn't your typical art crowd that moved west en masse Saturday night for an aural, visual and gastronomic feeding frenzy called "Forbidden Paradise." This colossal summer fund-raiser, hosted by the MOCA Contemporaries and Buzz magazine for the Museum of Contemporary Art, was held at Santa Monica's Bergamot Station, a turn-of-the-century red car depot converted to an art gallery complex.
October 15, 2000
Movies Mimi Leder directs Kevin Spacey, above left, Helen Hunt, right, and Haley Joel Osment in "Pay It Forward," in which Spacey plays a social studies teacher who assigns his students to come up with an idea that might make the world a better place and put it into action. Opens Friday. * Also: Mark Wahlberg stars in "The Yards" as an ex-con who takes a job in Manhattan's subway yards in hopes of getting his life in order--only to find himself vulnerable to his corrupt uncle (James Caan).
February 5, 1998 |
Elizabeth Streb graduated from SUNY Brockport and began her dance career in 1972, the year after two guys from Dartmouth founded Pilobolus. Like that groundbreaking company and its offshoots, she has always challenged conventional definitions of dance by adopting unorthodox movement vocabularies--especially hard-core gymnastics.
June 18, 1997 |
THE ARTS Republicans Vote to End NEA: Republicans cleared a hurdle Tuesday in their battle to effectively eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, with a House Appropriations subcommittee voting 6-5, along party lines, to give the NEA just $10 million next year--the amount NEA officials say they would need to close down. "Today's action reflects the House Republican leadership's misguided effort to shut down an agency that richly serves our communities," NEA Chairwoman Jane Alexander said.
May 4, 1996 |
Though the Lakers' dreams for the championship evaporated when they lost 102-94 Thursday night to the Houston Rockets, the 1996 NBA playoffs continue on TV this weekend. NBC's coverage begins today at 12:30 p.m., with the Rockets at the Seattle SuperSonics in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal series. Sunday's triple header begins at 10 a.m. with either the Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs or the Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers, followed by the Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz.
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July 1, 1999 |
What did the Museum of Contemporary Art hope to accomplish when it was founded nearly two decades ago? As I leave MOCA, having been there since the beginning, this question comes to mind. There was absolutely no question in the minds of MOCA's founders that L.A. was poised to become a dynamic participant in the arts worldwide.