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June 2, 2005
If you hear people howling near Hollywood Boulevard next week, don't panic. It's just the hilarity that should erupt when comedians converge for the third annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival. For a week starting Sunday, improvisational comedians from stage and screen will perform, teach and stop by for a while to honor contributions to the art of being funny on the spot.
June 3, 2004 | Adam Tschorn, Special to The Times
If all goes according to plan, the second annual Los Angeles Improv Festival, which kicks off Sunday evening, will be four days longer, three venues stronger and 58 shows funnier than it was the first time around. Organizers of the event, which in its first year drew a couple of thousand people and a handful of acts over three days, say they're prepared for more than 5,000 attendees at four theaters to take in more than 85 performances over the course of a week.
January 12, 2005 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
His torso gleaming with sweat, 6-foot-2 Jones Welsh is surprisingly agile as he hurls himself around the floor to the techno sounds of Austrian duo Kruder & Dorfmeister. He does a one-armed cartwheel here, a twisting yoga-like posture there and a series of kaleidoscopic turns that ends in an unexpected back flip. When a second dancer, the very petite Maria Gillespie, joins him, their duet becomes a flowing interchange of energy and weight as they take turns supporting each other.
January 4, 2007
TODAY MUSIC Facing the mighty 3rd Grammy-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the L.A. Philharmonic in Disney Hall this weekend for three performances of Rachmaninoff's mighty 3rd piano concerto. Kodaly's Dances of Galanta is scheduled on each program plus (today and Saturday only) Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. Gustavo Dudamel conducts. Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor, and Yefim Bronfman, pianist, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 tonight. $15 to $135.
March 18, 2004 | Adam Tschorn, Special to The Times
It's said that in comedy timing is everything, and that's certainly the case for improvisational comedy in Los Angeles. Start with a keen Hollywood interest in anything improv-related -- think "Curb Your Enthusiasm" or "Significant Others." Add a wave of improv-trained actors pouring into L.A. for the current pilot season. Top it off with troupes gearing up for two upcoming improv festivals and you have local stages stocked with a staggering range of jabbering, jump-cutting, hair-trigger talent.
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