February 13, 2014 |
The future head of the National Endowment for the Arts will likely face many of the same funding challenges that have beset the organization for years, according to two former chairs of the federal arts organization. In separate interviews, Dana Gioia and actress Jane Alexander, both of whom have served as chairs of the NEA, said that the organization continues to be under-funded and that restoring cuts to its budgets will likely be at the top of the next chair's agenda. On Wednesday, Jane Chu was announced as President Obama's nominee to be chairwoman of the NEA. Chu, the president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., faces Senate confirmation.
February 9, 2014 |
The 3-year-old Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge - a growing local hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events - has named Thor Steingraber as its new executive director. Steingraber, 47, was vice president of programming for the Los Angeles Music Center, where he oversaw last year's ambitious opening celebration for downtown's Grand Park. He brings 24 years of arts management experience to VPAC. He replaces Robert Bucker, who had been VPAC executive director and dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at Cal State Northridge.
January 16, 2014 |
So that's what the Wallis sounds like. It's been more than two months since Beverly Hills opened its swank Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. But until Wednesday night the multipurpose Bram Goldsmith Theater in the transformed historic post office building had yet to be purposed for unamplified music (with the exception of a few minutes of a tony gala). The St. Lawrence String Quartet did the honors by inaugurating the Wallis' classical music series. A hall with many uses - music of all sorts, theater, dance, opera and children's shows - can be an acoustician's riskiest assignment.
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January 11, 2014 |
When Elaine Redfield arrived in Fullerton in 1950, it was a culture shock. Mainly because, in her view, there wasn't much culture at all in Orange County. "When I came here, the county was a great wasteland, really, culturally and intellectually," she said in a 1979 Los Angeles Times interview. Redfield, who had visited Carnegie Hall and other famed concert venues while growing up in New York, was an arts lover who became an indefatigable arts activist for her new home region.
December 19, 2013 |
The devil's in the details in C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters. " Plus, some skaters skate to Broadway's greatest hits. The Christmas Carol Murder Mystery Interactive whodunit based on the Dickens tale. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Today, 7 p.m. $20. (626) 355-4318. Broadway on Ice Champion skaters perform to classic songs from “A Chorus Line,” “Cabaret,” etc.; with Ekaterina Gordeeva. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos.
December 11, 2013 |
Deborah Rutter, who grew up in Encino and began her career as an orchestra executive in Los Angeles, will be the next president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rutter, 57, has been president of the Chicago Symphony since 2003, having previously been executive director of the Seattle Symphony and, from 1986 to 1992, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She learned the ropes of arts administration from 1978 to 1986 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, rising from administrative assistant to orchestra manager under the tutelage of the Phil's highly-respected longtime top executive, Ernest Fleischmann.