July 18, 2013
The music of Pink Martini is a never-ending cocktail party that spans all corners of the globe. The Portland ensemble joins the L.A. Phil for a set jumping from samba to swing to cabaret torch tunes. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun. $12-$167. hollywoodbowl.com .
July 26, 2012
STAGE The Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks musical "The Producers" heads to the great outdoors with a new look led by "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo Bloom and Richard Kind reprising his mid-'00s turn as Max Bialystock, the schemers memorably played by Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane on Broadway. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. $11-$164. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com .
September 27, 2012
After making the leap from alt-country experimenters to pop deconstructionists with the landmark "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" in 2002, Wilco could've rested on their laurels blasting past hits "on the landing in the summer" for years. Instead bandleader Jeff Tweedy kept moving forward over albums that found the band further redefining its sound with jagged structures and breezy '70s rock leading up to last year's bold album, "The Whole Love. " Stretching into new territory with songs such as the sprawling folk of "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)"
September 8, 2011
MUSIC Few composers go better with colorful explosions than Tchaikovsky, and at this "Fireworks Spectacular" the L.A. Phil pairs his famous "Rococo Variations" and music from "Swan Lake" with a visual volley capped by the bombastic, cannon-sporting "1812 Overture" featuring the USC marching band. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $11-$158. http://www.laphil.com.
August 1, 2013
Re "An unhealthy glow," July 27 I disagree with Mark Swed's opinion of the new video monitors at the Hollywood Bowl. This year, I saw two fabulous soloists - Johannes Moser and Augustin Hadelich - and I felt like I could experience every tiny nuance and every emotion of their performances. The Bowl is a huge venue, and frankly not at all optimal for classical music. The screens provide a fabulous intimacy and bring the audience together (because we're all seeing the same thing)