July 3, 2012 |
On a rainy, wind-swept night in 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma attended the premiere of the classic Cary Grant movie “North By Northwest” at the United Artists Theatre in Chicago. To re-create the scene for a forthcoming movie about the legendary suspense director, however, the producers of “Hitchcock” didn't fly to the Windy City. Instead, they cast the exterior of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to play the part. Hundreds of extras dressed as Chicago reporters, photographers, police officers and theater patrons recently congregated outside the cinema on Broadway, surrounded by aerial cranes, Klieg lights and a line of vintage limos and other cars.
May 31, 2012
The Last Remaining Seats When : 8 p.m. Wednesdays (2 p.m. matinee on June 30). Doors open one hour before each screening. Cost : $20 ($16 for Los Angeles Conservancy members) Info : (213) 623 2489; http://www.laconservancy.org . Schedule : June 6: "Tootsie" (1982). Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. June 13: "The Big Sleep" (1946). Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, L.A. June 20: "Los tres mosqueteros" (The Three Musketeers)
February 9, 2012
How is it that more rock fans aren't talking about Dr. Dog ? The Philadelphia group possesses an encyclopedia's worth of knowledge of '60s and '70s pop and rock. Its expert "Shame, Shame" was an underrated gem from 2010, and its follow-up, "Be the Void," scuffs up the edges of the group's well-crated sound for jangly instrumentation and a raucous, feel-good core that's awfully tough to resist. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $22.50. http://www.ticketmaster.com .
July 7, 2011
Outfest When: July 7-17 Where: The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage; the Directors Guild of America; the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre; Laemmle's Sunset 5; Orpheum Theatre; REDCAT; L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza Price: $5-$18; opening night gala tickets $150 Information: http://www.outfest.org
July 8, 2010
The 28th annual gay and lesbian film festival Outfest kicks off with a screening of "Howl," the hypnotic new biopic about Allen Ginsberg and his most famous poem, starring "Spider-Man's" James Franco. The screening is followed by an opening-night gala after party, open to all ticket holders. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Downtown. Opening-night gala 8 p.m. Fri. $50-$150. General screenings $13-$18. Through July 18 at various venues. See http://www.outfest.org for complete schedule.
April 25, 2010
It's hard to feel sorry for Norah Jones: At 31, she's already sold more records than most artists will over a lifetime, and despite her soccer-mom appeal, she's retained a kind of cool-musician cachet, collaborating in recent years with Bright Eyes, Beck and the Beastie Boys. In an unsteady music industry, hers is a success story with both commercial and creative dimensions. Still, on Friday night at the Orpheum Theatre, where Jones played a sold-out date on her current U.S. tour, your heart went out to the singer a little bit when her promise to "go back in time" to her early work earned a more enthusiastic reaction than did the new songs that preceded it. Jones opened the show with a long stretch of material from last year's "The Fall" — moody, groove-based tunes such as "Chasing Pirates" and "Even Though," in which she projected a soulfulness and a devotion to rhythm largely absent from her first three albums.