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March 7, 2010 | By Liesl Bradner
An art exhibition may not be the standard setting for the type of fanfare associated with sci-fi conventions. Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano, who gained attention designing characters for the video game "Final Fantasy," appears to have earned this brand of fan appreciation with a body of work that reaches across several genres, including anime, video games, illustrations and paintings. Admirers of Amano's work arrived at the recent opening of "Deva Loka" (the place where the gods exist in Indian religions)
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April 4, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Roberto Gil de Montes is truly a citizen of the world. The 62-year-old artist -- whose first solo show in nearly 10 years opens at Bergamot Station's Lora Schlesinger Gallery on Saturday -- was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and as a teenager, his family lived in East Los Angeles. He's spent the last nine years living in the small beach town of Nayarit and in Echo Park, where he still keeps a home, while also traveling extensively throughout India and Europe for inspiration, he said.
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September 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is currently opening the doors to his private life in the reality TV series "Being: Mike Tyson" on the Fox Sports 1 channel. Starting next year, the athlete will head to Britain to tour his solo stage show, with an opening set for London's Apollo Theatre in March. "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" is also scheduled to travel to Glasgow and Manchester before heading to engagements in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Tyson first performed the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2012 before taking it to Broadway.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage He later toured the U.S. with the show, including a stop at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in March.
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February 20, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Goodbye, Oscar; hello, Neil. That's what stagehands at the Dolby Theatre might say next month when Neil Young moves into the Hollywood venue (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) not long after the Academy Awards are handed out there on March 2. The rock veteran announced Thursday that he'll play two shows at the Dolby on March 29 and 30, both solo gigs expected to be like those he played last month at Carnegie Hall in New York, according to Young's representative. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Writing about the first of four Carnegie Hall concerts, the New York Times' Nate Chinen said , "... the impression created onstage was tent show troubadour: Mr. Young, in a brimmed hat and a baggy coat, moved deliberately among a trove of instruments, including two battered pianos, a hulking organ, a banjo and more than half a dozen acoustic guitars.
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November 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Neil Finn says he has something special up his sleeve for his sold out solo show on Tuesday at Largo at the Coronet Theatre. To help him pull back the curtain on several songs from his forthcoming album “Dizzy Heights,” Finn is bringing along seven string players to replicate orchestral arrangements from the album, which finds him exploring strings more expansively than the New Zealand rocker has on previous solo efforts or in his days fronting...
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August 3, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Mike Tyson is back in the ring -- this time battling Broadway critics. The former heavyweight champ's one-man confessional, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” opened at the Longacre Theatre on Thursday night for a short run through Aug. 12. Written by his third wife, Kiki, the show spans Tyson's rough childhood, his triumphs and tragedies in and out of the ring and, later, his sobriety and conversion to veganism. The tell-all is also dotted with Tyson's many public indiscretions: arrests, facial tattoos, drugs, running through a $400-million fortune and, yes, that ear-gnawing incident during his infamous match with Evander Holyfield.
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July 19, 2002 | F. Kathleen Foley
Self-proclaimed storyteller Vicki Juditz is a diffident woman with a girlish voice and understated manner. She spends the bulk of "Where Do Babies Come From?"--her solo show at the Elephant Theater--seated in a chair, facing the audience, her hands clasped in her lap. For Juditz, less is more. Under the direction of Alan Kirschenbaum, Juditz is a study in stage minimalism, letting words work for her, without flash or artifice.
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July 21, 2006
British stage and screen veteran Ian McKellen, most widely known in recent years as Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, will perform a solo show, "A Knight Out in Los Angeles With Ian McKellen," Saturday and Sunday at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA.
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February 24, 1991 | SHAUNA SNOW
FACES "One of the great things about being an artist is that you have license to study absolutely anything you want. So I'm interested in the challenge of working with a completely banal subject," says artist Dani Tull, 24, who opens his first L.A. solo show Saturday at La Brea Avenue's Parker/Zanic Gallery. As that subject, Tull has chosen a commercial image not very respected in art circles: the clown.
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July 27, 2001
"Pay what you can" evenings at the Mark Taper Forum have been set for the Saturday, 8 p.m. performance of Charlayne Woodard's solo show "In Real Life," and for the Aug. 9, 8 p.m. performance of Marc Wolfe's solo show "Another American: Asking and Telling." A limited number of the discounted tickets will go on sale at noon on the day of those performances. They must be purchased in person at the Center Theatre Group box office, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., on a cash-only basis.
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February 5, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Forced to jettison a master of disquieting stage menace, Harold Pinter, when its revival of “The Birthday Party” broke an axle or two during rehearsals last month, the Geffen Playhouse is filling the hole in its season with “Reasons to Be Pretty” by Neil LaBute, another playwright whose hallmark is confronting audiences with some of humanity's darker habits and impulses. Running July 29 to Aug. 31 on the Geffen's main stage, the Gil Cates Theater, it will be the sixth LaBute drama that the company has staged since 2007 -- the most recent being last year's adaptation of August Strindberg's “Miss Julie,” transplanted to 1920s Long Island.
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January 9, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
With the new year comes the blast of new art that hits every January. What could be called an “Artapalooza” starts Thursday night with the monthly Downtown L.A. Art Walk. Saturday brings a high concentration of citywide gallery openings. And the annual Los Angeles Art Show opens at the convention center downtown on Wednesday. “Photo L.A.” opens at the L.A. Mart downtown on Jan. 16. And a new downtown art exhibition space, the Mistake Room, which will feature contemporary artists from around the globe, opens Jan. 18 Culture Monster will be posting dispatches from next week's L.A. Art Show starting at Wednesday's artist and celeb-heavy patron party, hosted by Tim Robbins.
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November 21, 2013 | By Michael Ordoña
The Coen brothers' new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," covers one drain-circling week in the life of a marginally successful folk singer in 1961 New York City, inspired in part by the memoir of folk personality Dave Van Ronk. But to be clear, Llewyn Davis is not Bob Dylan. He's not Van Ronk. He's not even Oscar Isaac. "The description at the audition was, 'He is not Dylan. He is not the poet. He is a workman, a blue-collar guy from the boroughs.' So I latched on to that idea, the workman, and what that meant," says Isaac.
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November 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Neil Finn says he has something special up his sleeve for his sold out solo show on Tuesday at Largo at the Coronet Theatre. To help him pull back the curtain on several songs from his forthcoming album “Dizzy Heights,” Finn is bringing along seven string players to replicate orchestral arrangements from the album, which finds him exploring strings more expansively than the New Zealand rocker has on previous solo efforts or in his days fronting...
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September 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is currently opening the doors to his private life in the reality TV series "Being: Mike Tyson" on the Fox Sports 1 channel. Starting next year, the athlete will head to Britain to tour his solo stage show, with an opening set for London's Apollo Theatre in March. "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" is also scheduled to travel to Glasgow and Manchester before heading to engagements in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Tyson first performed the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2012 before taking it to Broadway.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage He later toured the U.S. with the show, including a stop at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in March.
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May 30, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
Unmistakable topicality and human interest infuses “From Wharf Rats to Lord of the Docks” and “To Begin the World Over Again,” now playing in rep at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. Writer-performer Ian Ruskin's solo shows about, respectively, labor-union pioneer Harry Bridges and American Revolution visionary Thomas Paine have their academic aspects, but both are undeniably apropos for the corporatist-beleaguered present. “Wharf Rats,” the older of the pieces, has been performed countless times, filmed by Haskell Wexler and broadcast by PBS repeatedly since 2009.
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July 19, 1993 | RICHARD STAYTON
Janis Joplin is alive and well and living in the body of Paul Capsis. So are a number of other entertainers, but less comfortably. After all, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, Diana Ross and Tina Turner aren't ready to be reincarnated. Their souls probably resist the Australian impersonator's uncanny power. Making his American debut, the aptly titled "Paul Capsis and a Pack of Divas" solo show at New York Company Cabaret seems to have a cast of dozens.
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April 25, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
John Knowles' coming-of-age novel, "A Separate Peace," is encapsulated in an image of boys flinging themselves from a tree's high branches into the river below. They are defiant, reckless, free -- but only for a moment, because jealousy, competitiveness and fear are about to bring them crashing back to earth. The story comes vividly alive in a solo show adapted and performed by Brian Foyster.
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May 8, 2013 | By Chris Barton
It says something about the capacity for invention displayed by pianist Jason Moran that it was almost a disappointment to see him taking the stage Tuesday night joined "only" by his band the Bandwagon at a show presented by the Jazz Bakery. Granted, the New York City-based Moran is already appointment viewing for jazz fans given his mountains of acclaim and how rarely he ventures west (Moran performed solo at the Hammer Museum in 2011 but estimated it had been 10 years since his band last played L.A.)
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March 8, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Actress Holland Taylor's portrayal of Ann Richards, the brassy blue governor of the red state of Texas, made its Broadway debut Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The one-woman show, simply titled "Ann," spans Richards' Depression-era Texas youth and her rise from housewife to outspoken political powerhouse. Taylor, who also penned the play, spent four years researching "Ann," which also marks the Emmy-winning actress' return to Broadway after three decades. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview "I knew I had to get the persona, what made everybody so nuts for her, rather than the policy or the politics," Taylor recently told The Times . "I'm not writing history.
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