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 12, 2012
MOVIES A "Grease" singalong? Tell me more, tell me more. The classic Travolta/Newton-John tale of jovial teenage shenanigans is an institution, and it screens on the Bowl's big projections while audiences are encouraged to slick back their pompadours and don their poodle skirts. Summer loving is all but guaranteed. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Sat. $9-$75. hollywoodbowl.com
September 16, 2010
Phoenix is so casually precise in its pop that its pleasures have a way of sneaking up on just about anyone. Although the joys of Phoenix have long been kind of nerdy — its best asset is its production, the synth pads building in the back of a song, the gentle, funky guitars as tight as a well-made bed — the band successfully translates them on a very big stage. "1901" is built on a massive, ravey synthesizer stab, and "Lisztomania" has a sock-hop eagerness. At the Hollywood Bowl with the celestial acid-folk harmonies of Grizzly Bear and the Roy Orbison-indebted guitar jangle of Girls.
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.