May 10, 2012 |
A basket for "Donations" blocked the refreshment table at the opening-night reception for Arnold Schulman's "Sleeping Ugly. " The Santa Monica Playhouse has evidently taken fundraising advice from the Third Street Promenade buskers. But as this quirky, inventively staged world premiere demonstrates, the 50-year-old theater knows how to squeeze the maximum entertainment value out of each dollar. You have to wonder what they could do with a few more. Can't afford a fancy set? Use actors as scenery.
July 30, 2009 |
You've read about it, heard about it, maybe even dreamed about it. The UCLA Film & Television Archive restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's much-beloved 1948 "The Red Shoes," a sensation at Cannes, is having its North American debut at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood. The UCLA restoration does full justice to one of the most exquisite color films ever made.
June 12, 2009 |
After a triumphant world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the North American debut of the newly restored version of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's beloved "The Red Shoes" will take place at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater in the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Which is only fitting, because it was the UCLA Film & Television Archive that did the restoration.
January 21, 2008 |
With new entertainment content suffering because of the writers strike, the dance world, happily, can claim an original voice in choreographer Cheng-Chieh Yu. A onetime performer with Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and a UCLA faculty member for the last seven years, Yu made "Hood, Veil, Shoes" last year for the Sun-Shier Dance Theatre of Taiwan, and the 75-minute intermissionless work received its U.S. premiere over the weekend at UCLA's Glorya Kaufman Hall.
September 23, 2007
A seasoned leader and sideman who has been on the international jazz scene for more than 20 years, guitarist Bruce Forman has played with a full roster of jazz giants -- Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson.
February 3, 2006 |
Red hair, ivory skin, slender, supple limbs and a light but forceful attack: Moira Shearer left an afterimage like nobody else in world ballet. In the tragic finale of "The Red Shoes" -- the 1948 film that made her an international star as the brilliant, suicidal ballerina Victoria Page -- it's easy to summon up her luminous persona in the empty spotlight that we see retracing the path of her choreography.