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August 11, 2011
On her new live comedy album, "I Love Being Me, Don't You?," Sandra Bernhard careens from acidic commentary about Angelina Jolie's lips to her daughter's recent bat mitzvah gift wish — a Japanese toilet — to how kabbalah "went all wrong. " Now, Bernhard will perform some of that material live — along with plenty of new comedy and music — in her latest staged show of the same name. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17-20; 7 p.m. Aug. 21. (213)
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April 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Bar business wasn't so hot at REDCAT on Saturday night a half-hour before the show. The crowd had already lined up waiting for the doors to the theater to open. Word had gotten out that early birds would get ringside seats for "Rocco. " The dance by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten from Amsterdam takes place in a boxing ring and was inspired by the classic Italian film "Rocco and His Brothers. " Three nights later the Campbell Hall stage at UC-Santa Barbara was transformed into a basketball court for "Pavement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012
STAGE A restaging of the powerful 1986 piece of dance theater called "Them," which won the Bessie Award last year, is making its West Coast premiere. "Them" explores the harrowing topic of AIDS and its devastating effects on both body and soul. The original dancers are joined by a cast of six new young men. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Thu. to Sat. 7 p.m. Sun. Prices vary. http://www.redcat.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Anne LeBaron is a composer as transformer. She transforms instruments, such as putting objects on the strings of the harp to tease out hidden sounds. She transforms cultural contexts, be they Kazakh, Bach or Katrina. She deals with what we know, with issues of our time and place. But her knack is for alternative realities, showing us the here and now from a point just slightly off the beaten track. That, of course, makes it difficult to generalize about a two-part portrait of LeBaron in two concerts Saturday and Sunday at REDCAT.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012
The composer Raymond Scott shaped a generation of young minds with his scores for popular cartoons of the era. But he was also an early electronic-music pioneer, and at this show members of Oingo Boingo re-create some of his best work and unravel the legacy of a musician whose vision helped define early pop. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $20. redcat.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012
ART REDCAT's New Original Works Festival continues with works by NICK+JAMES, Jinku Kim and Prumsodun Ok. Experimental dance, sound and video art and a multimedia project involving Cambodian pop music and traditional dance will all be on display to create a singular viewer experience. Roy and Edna Disney / Calarts Theater, 631 W. 2nd. St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Thu. to Sat. $10 to $18. (213) 237-2800; http://www.redcat.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2011
MOVIES Between Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales From the New Chinese Cinema Digital innovations have enabled contemporary Chinese independent filmmakers to flourish in recent years, resulting in a colorful tableau of daring and at times darkly humorous films that explore new ways of viewing truth and fiction. The series kicks off with novelist-filmmaker Zhu Wen's "Thomas Mao," a funny and surreal tale of a painter trekking through the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012
The New York City-based ensemble theater company Elevator Repair Service brings its epic show "Gatz" to Los Angeles. Set in a faceless office, "Gatz" is a word-for-word presentation of the experience of reading the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel "The Great Gatsby. " Over the course of almost seven hours the story of the book unfolds as the participants in its telling slowly become transformed by it. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Through Dec. 9. Times and prices vary. (213)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2010
Grammy Award-winning jazz composer and pianist Billy Childs is joined by Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Carol Robbins, Hamilton Price and Marvin "Smitty" Smith, plus the Eclipse String Quartet, for an evening of concerts at REDCAT, sponsored by the Jazz Bakery's Movable Feast. REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles. 8 and 9:30 p.m. $30. (213) 237-2800. http://www.jazzbakery.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Chris Barton
One of the most anticipated jazz shows of the fall, next week's solo performances by 83-year-old jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at REDCAT, have been postponed.  No new dates have been announced. The news comes just days removed from Monday's news that a second date had been added for Taylor's performance after the first show, scheduled for Oct. 24, had sold out. In a statement released by REDCAT, organizers indicated that they hoped to reschedule another date soon. The concerts were scheduled in conjunction with the Geffen Contemporary's exhibition "Blues for Smoke," a show exploring the intersection between blues music and contemporary art that opens Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Now that we've got 3-D printers, shall we make a singer? I want Al Jolson for the base material, useful for wholehearted expression derived from curious cultural transgression (but obviously without the blackface). Add a tad of Ethel Merman to enhance that in-your-face quality. For technique and theatricality, of course, Callas. This may be the ingredient hardest to obtain, but you can never have too much Maria Callas. Nor can you have too much Cathy Berberian, who not only blended opera and pop but took new music to new vocal heights developing extended vocal techniques and who understood that sex is part of song in all genres and cultures.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The REDCAT Gala, honoring musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert. REDCAT , a.k.a. the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is downtown L.A.'s innovative, experimental arts venue for the California Institute of the Arts . The honoree: Although the annual affair usually pays tribute to an artist and an arts supporter, CalArts president Steven Lavine said REDCAT's advisory council figured the legendary trumpeter of the...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Effusive praise is usually the order of the evening at gala awards ceremonies, but the news that James Cromwell will be the emcee March 15 when REDCAT and California Institute of the Arts confer their annual REDCAT Award on Herb Alpert raises certain questions. In his Oscar-nominated turn as the farmer in “Babe,” Cromwell may have set some kind of celluloid record for laconic expression, culminating in his closing encomium to the picture's titular wonder pig: “That'll do, pig. That'll do.” Only a beatific smile signaled this was praise, rather than, say, a warning to knock off the squealing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
If you can't beat him, join him. This seems to be the strategy the Wooster Group has adopted in tackling Shakespeare again. In 2008 the trailblazing New York troupe brought its production of "Hamlet" to REDCAT and had many people admiring the ghostly video footage of Richard Burton's melancholy Dane and wondering why they weren't getting the benefit of such a commanding lead performance. Now the company is back at REDCAT with "Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida)," a work that began as a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has subsequently evolved into an unthinkable Wooster Group proposition: a production in which the play is decidedly the thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By Karen Wada
Elizabeth LeCompte was walking past a New York gallery window when sculptures by Dutch artist Folkert de Jong caught her eye. "They were so ugly and scary and beautiful at the same time," recalls the director of the Wooster Group. "It was what I always want for my work to be. " LeCompte invited De Jong to create pieces for her experimental troupe. His costumes, set elements and props will be seen in "CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida)," a retelling of Shakespeare's Trojan War saga, which begins its world-premiere run Feb. 27 at REDCAT.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
Pablo Bronstein's installation at REDCAT is a comically oversize living room. But unlike many architecturally inspired works, it isn't empty. A single performer, clad in a loose white blouse and black tights, maneuvers throughout the space from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. He or she methodically transforms the furniture - which is full of unexpected openings and dual uses - and performs a balletic dance. It's a startling, and quite beautiful, intervention that draws intriguing parallels between bodily movement and furniture design.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The REDCAT Gala, honoring musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert. REDCAT , a.k.a. the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is downtown L.A.'s innovative, experimental arts venue for the California Institute of the Arts . The honoree: Although the annual affair usually pays tribute to an artist and an arts supporter, CalArts president Steven Lavine said REDCAT's advisory council figured the legendary trumpeter of the...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2012 | By Mark Swed
The first of the two-day New Zealand in L.A. festival at REDCAT on Wednesday night featured eight chamber and solo works by Kiwi composers, none with much of an international reputation, and a renowned performer on Maori instruments, Richard Nunns. The audience was quite small. Despite the wonderful “Whale Rider” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy (Nunns performs on the soundtracks), New Zealand remains musically remote. I'm intentionally ignoring Hayley Westenra. But that could change overnight.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Miwa Matreyek makes more animated magic with "This World Made Itself" at REDCAT, Mike Daisey explores "American Utopias" at Royce Hall, and Christopher Durang channels Chekov in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Taper. China: The Whole Enchilada West Coast premiere of Mark Brown's comedy musical that condenses 5,000 years of Chinese history. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m.; ends March 12. $15. (310) 281-8337. Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera Concert staging of this musical about the infamous figure-skating rivalry.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan
If you like to plan a bit ahead and are in the mood for a film that is truly iconoclastic, mark Jan. 27 for a rare screening of the documentary "Red Hollywood. " As directed by Thom Andersen (who will appear in person) and Noël Burch, "Red Hollywood" takes dead aim at the conventional wisdom that says the filmmakers who were blacklisted for Communist Party affiliations were not especially talented and unable to get much political content into their work. Dealing with a wealth of obscure material by writers and directors who were either party members or sympathizers, "Red Hollywood" includes clips from more than 50 films, many of them close to unknown today.
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