October 18, 2012 |
The 16th annual Hollywood Film Festival (of which the Los Angeles Times is a sponsor) screens Friday through Sunday at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. It opens with "Garbage," directed by Phil Voken, about two trashmen who find Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Oscar in their collections. Other films in the festival include "Caroline and Jackie," with Marguerite Moreau; "I Will Follow You in the Dark," starring Mischa Barton; Bernard Rose's "Two Jacks," with Danny and Jack Huston; "Hello Herman," starring Norman Reedus of "The Walking Dead"; and the documentary "Bound by Flesh," directed by Leslie Zemeckis, the wife of Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis.
October 4, 2012
MUSIC The fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival begins Friday with a free show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring Phil Ranelin, a remarkable meeting between guitarist Anthony Wilson and session drum-deity Jim Keltner on Saturday at REDCAT and a multi-act festival featuring young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and fiery saxophonist Archie Shepp on Sunday at Ford Amphitheater. The festival continues into next weekend. Venues around Los Angeles; admission and times vary.
October 3, 2012 |
When singers are accompanied by pianists, they tend to be just that: singers … and their second bananas. No matter how much importance a composer puts into the piano part, no matter how significant the pianist, the voice feels primary. By its name, the Duo Alterno, which specializes in modern Italian music and which appeared at REDCAT on Tuesday night, makes an effort toward parity. Soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist Riccardo Piacentini have been in partnership since 1997, made 18 CDs and taken their act to five continents (including to such unlikely places as Mongolia, India, Malta and Ethiopia)
October 2, 2012 |
As the REDCAT gallery at Disney Hall approaches its 10th year of exhibitions and events, it retains a scrappy, pop-up vibe - young, experimental, unpredictable at best, or uneven and unreliable at worst. And it has gone without a director since Clara Kim decamped for the Walker Art Center more than a year ago. So REDCAT's hiring of Ruth Estévez as its new gallery director and curator, effective in November, could be a game-changer. A curator born in Spain who made her name in Mexico City, Estévez, 35, is not a familiar figure in the U.S. art world.
September 26, 2012
Could "Dancing With the Stars" be losing its luster? Monday's premiere of the long-running ABC competition series was down 32% from last year, despite months of heavy promotion and an "all-star" cast including Bristol Palin and Pamela Anderson. The dance show also finished well behind NBC's "The Voice" in key demographics, but the news for "Dancing" wasn't all bad: The show drew 14.6 million viewers, versus 11.9 million for "The Voice," easily making it Monday's top entertainment draw.
September 24, 2012 |
REDCAT has named a new gallery director and curator to oversee its visual arts program. Ruth Estevez will take on the job starting November at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, located at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. Estevez will fill the role formerly held by Clara Kim, who left REDCAT in 2011 to join the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Since Kim's departure, associate gallery curator Aram Moshayedi has been serving as acting director. REDCAT is a contemporary arts space that is a division of the California Institute of the Arts.
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.
July 27, 2012 |
It's conventional wisdom that old boundaries between different art forms are fraying fast. Globalization and new technology have made dance, theater, film, music and visual design blur together to create interdisciplinary hybrids and collages. So when George Lugg hears people using the "I" word loosely, he reacts with a certain cautiousness. "I often find myself in conversations about interdisciplinarity, and I just want to back up and say, 'Well, what are we talking about?'" said Lugg, associate director of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater.
July 18, 2012 |
Los Angeles-based Juliana Snapper is an avant-garde opera singer who aims to take apart opera and the tradition of singing. The Drama Review has said that "Snapper sings the voice as limit ... unbearably raw, a flayed shred of human need, desire, pain. " She has collaborated with Los Angeles body artist Ron Athey on the work "The Judas Cradle," which premiered at REDCAT, and performed in (and co-created) the world's first underwater opera, "You Who Will Emerge From the Flood," in Manchester, England.
July 5, 2012
ART The Berlin-based artists Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda take a droll look at contemporary society in their debut major solo exhibition in the U.S., which combs through their catalog of sculpture, video and photography. A highlight includes 2011's "Untitled," a collection of found photos of failed Berlin mayoral candidates. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat. Exhibit through Sept. 2. redcat.org.