March 19, 2013 |
If you really ponder the fate of Eurydice, swept back into death by her husband Orpheus' eager glance, you'll be struck by the sheer passivity of her situation. At least Lot's wife looked back of her own accord. Sarah Ruhl revisits the Orpheus legend from a delicately feminist perspective in her prolifically produced play “Eurydice,” now at A Noise Within, ultimately putting Eurydice's fate firmly back in her own hands. It's a satisfyingly revisionist take. Yet, somewhat unexpectedly, Orpheus and Eurydice's youthful passion is dwarfed by Ruhl's more resonant theme of fatherly love.
March 14, 2013
Enjoy a night of classical drama with director Geoff Elliott's interpretation of Pulitzer Prize nominee Sarah Ruhl's play "Eurydice. " Ruhl employs a tender and poetic style to dramatize the classic Greek myth of Orpheus as told by his new wife, Eurydice. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Times vary. Through Sun. and on March 23. $50. (626) 356-3100; http://www.anoisewithin.org .
March 5, 2013 |
Whatever your cause for complaint - traffic, work, kids, in-laws - as you settle in to A Noise Within's production of “The Grapes of Wrath,” you'll soon see that the Joads have it worse. The epic suffering of the Depression-era Oklahoma family, adapted for the stage in 1988 by Frank Galati from John Steinbeck's 1939 novel, will make your annoyances feel like luxuries. Or it could , except that this revival, despite its visual beauty (a lovely spare set by Melissa Ficociello and breathtaking lighting by Elizabeth Harper)
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March 4, 2013 |
In a move to expand the small but prestigious math and science school, Caltech is preparing to relocate a campus child-care center to make way for a new dorm. But neighbors in the tony Pasadena neighborhood are complaining that the new site is too close to their homes and would create a traffic nightmare. Such town-gown issues are common in Southern California, where schools and universities share valuable stretches of real estate with their residential neighbors. The institutions are in a constant arms race to both attract students and find ways to accommodate them - leading to frequent clashes with the communities that surround them.
February 28, 2013 |
For the first time in its 76-year history, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap will feature two past winners — last year's Ron The Greek and 2011 champion Game On Dude. "I'm confident my horse is going to run a big race," said Bob Baffert, who trains Game On Dude. That certainty about the 6/5 favorite for the $750,000 Big 'Cap on Saturday is rooted in Game On Dude's recent performances, a 1 1/4-length win in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes on Dec. 1 and a more-impressive 6 1/2-length triumph Feb. 3 in the $196,000 San Antonio Stakes.
February 21, 2013
Not to be confused with the longtime Scottish noise band, Moguai is in fact a trance veteran whose star has risen commensurately with the U.S. EDM wave. Expect cosmic synth melodies and big rushes of four-on-the-floor. Yost Theater, 307. N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana. 10 p.m. Fri. $15. yosttheater.com .
February 19, 2013 |
Just as conversationalists at a loud cocktail party may raise their voices to be heard over the din, so do echolocating bats, according to a new study released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The effect is known as the Lombard effect, and it's found in a wide range of chattering and chirping critters, from zebra finches to marmosets to humans. Often the effect registers not as turning up the volume (an increase in the sound wave's amplitude), but in raising the pitch of one's voice (a rise in frequency)
February 7, 2013 |
ALLAHABAD, India - It's dusk, and the sun's rays succumb to the twinkle of amber streetlights at the sacred confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The day's last bathers, intent on washing away sins and purifying their souls, take a dip in the cold, dirty water and then relax on blankets and launch boats covered in marigolds. This is as close to peace and quiet as it gets at India's Maha Kumbh Mela, a once-in-a-lifetime (well, this lifetime) Woodstock-gone-viral event billed as the world's largest religious festival.
January 22, 2013 |
It starts with the lights. The Clippers never dim the Staples Center lights, allowing their shrieking crowd to become one with their soaring team. The Lakers darken the arena as if they are performing in a nightclub, the Clippers act like they are playing Coachella. It continues with the court, which squeaks and thumps and rumbles when the Clippers are covering it with the sort of effort that sends Blake Griffin sweat spitting into the stands. When the Lakers play, with the exception of a few hard Kobe Bryant breaths, this same court is quiet.
January 11, 2013 |
Suffering from brand fatigue? Too many product labels screaming for your attention? One major department store is going hush-hush, stripping famous items of their logos and implementing a silence room and meditation spaces for shoppers. British department store Selfridges - think of it as London's version of Bloomingdales in New York - is rolling out its “No Noise” campaign , which it calls “an initiative that goes beyond retail.” “As we become increasingly bombarded with information and stimulation, the world is becoming a noisier place,” Selfridges' website states.