October 5, 1999 |
Designer Peter Pabst can't remember where he got the crazy idea to blanket the stage for Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal production "Nelken" (Carnations), in an extravagant bed of 10,000 flowers. "I can never remember where the ideas came from," says the 56-year-old German designer in a telephone interview from his house in northern Italy. "This is one of the most illegal questions," he adds with a laugh, his English flavored with a German accent.
September 10, 1999 |
It's nine days before the 51st annual Emmy Awards and the stage of the Shrine Auditorium is a hubbub of activity. There's a cacophony of hammers and drills and shouts of workmen who are busy constructing the sleek white and gray set designed by Roy Christopher. But the veteran production designer seems as cool as a cucumber sitting where the audience will sit Sunday night, watching his latest creation slowly take shape. And for good reason.
April 4, 1999 |
After two or three weekends of touring tract builders' furnished models, a certain truth emerges: For all but the highest-priced houses, the standard house offered at the base price is pretty basic. Most of the embellishments shown in the models are extra. Unless you're going for the strictly utilitarian look, you'll want to get some of these optional extras. The question is, which ones? Do you go for the artifacts, such as the soaking tub with the whirlpool jets?
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March 12, 1999 |
The Ojai Valley Library Foundation is looking for teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 who are interested in participating in a set-design workshop on April 15 and 16. The workshop is in conjunction with the annual Ojai Shorts library fund-raising program, which features local actors reading literary selections. Nita Whaley, president of the foundation, said four to six teenagers will be chosen to take part in the free workshop.
April 14, 1998
"Outauction '98," a benefit sale of artwork for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, is scheduled for May 1-3 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The three-day event begins with silent bidding, noon to 6 p.m. May 1, continues the next day from noon to 8 p.m. and ends May 3 with the live auction, beginning at 3 p.m. Past auctions have sold off works by John Baldessari, David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein.
November 4, 1997 |
Designer Neil Peter Jampolis cast a critical eye the other day on his set for "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," an off-Broadway revue that begins previews tonight and opens Thursday in a West Coast premiere for the Laguna Playhouse.
October 5, 1997
The 11th annual Showcase of Kitchens and Interiors tour, sponsored by the Pasadena / Glendale chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $20. For more information on the four-home self-guided tour, call (818) 793-5991.
October 2, 1997 |
The temperature hit 103 Tuesday for the visit of the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Princess Anne, who valiantly wore black gloves to the Herberger Theater, despite the heat. Air conditioning made the theater comfortable enough for the dressy crowd gathered to launch the local UK/AZ Festival. But the action onstage was sizzling almost as much as the weather outside. Director Sam Mendes, making his U.S. debut, staged an "Othello" with a semi-tropical quality.
August 24, 1997 |
Designer Karen TenEyck may create magical, and often massive, sets for both theater and opera, but when it comes to her working philosophy, she's surprisingly concise. The artist is a firm believer in less is more. "I always try to have the least amount of things onstage that I can to say what needs to be said," explains the New York-based designer, during a recent conversation at South Coast Repertory, where she's creating a set for George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," opening Sept. 5.
August 6, 1997 |
Designer Tony Walton is up on a ladder hanging a framed sketch of Nicol Williamson dressed as Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. "Hand me George C. Scott," he calls to an assistant. "Hand me Lillian Gish." Scott, Williamson and Gish all wore costumes by Walton when they appeared on his set for Mike Nichols' 1973 Broadway production of "Uncle Vanya."