November 5, 2011
EVENTS Comikaze Expo Fanboys and -girls will unite at this inaugural celebration of pop culture, comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Comics icon Stan Lee and horror diva Elvira are set to kick off the event, which also offers screenings, panels, portfolio reviews, games and a masquerade ball. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.) $12 per day, $20 for two-day pass. http://www.comikazeexpo.com. Irvine Holiday Faire Get a jump-start on the holiday shopping at the 29th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire festive boutique, which will feature hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations from more than 150 vendors.
June 12, 1998 |
To paraphrase a line from the play, "Romeo and Juliet" at the Theatricum Botanicum is "not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door." In fact, Ellen Geer's direction of Shakespeare's familiar classic is disappointingly shallow. Geer strives very hard to give the proceedings a contemporary thrust but the result, though often free-wheeling, lacks emotional credibility.
July 23, 1998 |
Veteran English rocker Rod Stewart, right, will be at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25. Tickets go on sale Sunday. . . . Available today: Possum Dixon, Aug. 14 at the Roxy; and the Specials, Aug. 15 at the Glass House. . . . On sale Saturday: the Charlatans UK, Aug. 26 at the John Anson Ford Theatre; Morcheeba, Aug. 31 at the John Anson Ford Theatre; Bernard Butler, Sept. 2 at the El Rey Theatre; and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Sept. 11 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. . . .
March 5, 2010
EVENTS British Television Advertising Awards This showcase of clever, sexy, amusing and thought-provoking British ad spots is curated by international advertising executives and producers. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org. THEATER "Helen" This lesser-known comedy by Euripides turns the myth of Helen of Troy on its head. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 8 p.m. today; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
August 1, 1997 |
"The Wandering Whore," Philip Littell's musical portrait of the sexual underworld of 18th century London, has some good musical moments but suffers from a plot as dense and impenetrable as the famed London fog. Audience members were comparing notes at intermission, trying to piece together the story line. Adding to its woes are the tight limitations of the Playwrights' Arena stage, where "The Wandering Whore" is seriously constrained.
September 1, 1999 |
Los Angeles theater has been one big drag show lately, with such shows as "When Pigs Fly," Charles Busch's "Die! Mommy! Die!" and "Miss Coco Peru's Universe" demonstrating just how fetching--and funny--a guy in a dress can be. To this list we can now add the return of one of the great drag roles of all time: the Oxford chap in a dress who touches off all sorts of romantic mayhem in Brandon Thomas' 1892 farce, "Charley's Aunt."
August 22, 1997 |
The opening chords of "No Miracle: A Consolation" send a prickling sensation up the back of the neck. It's the feeling that comes from pure emotion, purely expressed--and it lasts until the final curtain call. Philip Littell and his longtime collaborator, Eliot Douglass, have been workshopping their AIDS song cycle for more than a decade now.