November 6, 2012 |
Two years ago Alexei Lubimov, the peculiar Russian polymath pianist, made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to open the season of Monday Evening Concerts at the Colburn School's Zipper Concert Hall. He was back Monday to do the same. He proved no less strange this time around. Lubimov's program on Monday began with Satie and ended with Debussy, not a big stretch, it might seem, the two French composers having been friends and having influenced each other. In between came three short prepared piano pieces by John Cage from the 1940s that were written at a time when Satie was much on Cage's mind.
October 18, 2012 |
Conceived and underwritten by Ryuho Okawa, leader of a Japanese religious group known as Happy Science, the anime film "The Mystical Laws" is a strange mix of action-adventure and religious sermon, "G-Force" meets a Chick tract. Credited to director Isamu Imakake, the film's sincerity in breaking down its religious teachings to a level of digestible, childlike simplicity also makes it reminiscent of those Bible adventure kids cartoons that used to be a staple of Christian cable channels, albeit with a sci-fi twist and Buddhist underpinnings.
September 6, 2012 |
Sparks tonight AT WASHINGTON When: 4 PDT. Where: Verizon Center. On the air: wnba.com. Records: Sparks 19-9, Mystics 5-22 Record vs. Mystics: 1-0. Update: After winning a season-high nine games in a row, the Sparks have lost three consecutive games, matching their worst losing streak of the season, which happened in June. The Sparks are in second place in the Western Conference, four games behind first-place Minnesota and only one game ahead of third-place San Antonio.
August 29, 2012 |
Swimming with dolphins is one thing, but what would it be like to learn to work with a whale or a penguin? Mystic Aquarium , a division of the Sea Research Foundation, in Mystic, Conn., offers an opportunity for kids and adults to learn just that during a daylong marine animal trainer program. Participants spend seven hours getting up close and personal with the animals and doing everything from cleaning fish to cleaning up. "You inspect the fish, go out into the exhibit and sit there with a trainer and try to feed them," spokeswoman Erin Merz says of African penguins.
July 3, 2012 |
Sam Shepard's “The Late Henry Moss” was first produced in 2000. It's taken more than a decade for the play to receive its Los Angeles premiere. That may be for obvious reasons. Although director David Fofi's current staging at Theatre 68 is often inspired, the play remains a motivationally murky muddle that falls short of the mystical weightiness it so obviously intends. The action is set in a desolate New Mexico shack, delineated with shabby specificity by scenic designer Joel Daavid. There, viciously bickering brothers Earl (Ronnie Marmo)
June 23, 2012 |
In writer-director David Fenster's new film “Pincus,” which had its world premiere as part of the narrative competition at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, a young man tries to navigate through his own life while also caring for his father, debilitated by Parkinson's. The movie stars Fenster's former CalArts classmate David Nordstrom, as well as the filmmaker's own father, Paul Fenster, who has been living with Parkinson's for 13 years. In the film's own lyric, delicate way, the character played by Nordstrom - who also starred in Fenster's 2004 road movie “Trona” and had his own film “Sawdust City” at LAFF last year - seems to be on something of a collision course with himself.