April 30, 2013 |
Tickets go on sale Friday for the summer season at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas . The lineup includes stars from comedy, country music, sports and much more. Among the upcoming acts: July 6: Weird Al Yankovic brings his pop-culture parody to the stage. In a three-decade career, Yankovic has amassed 30 gold and platinum albums. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance start at $29. Aug. 1-4: Dixie's Tupperware Party brings saleslady Dixie Longate's off-Broadway smash to the intimate Troesh Studio Theater . The actual sales pitches are intertwined with plenty of homespun stories and even some giveaways of the plastic storage containers.
April 29, 2013 |
Saturday in the park with Bernadette (Peters, that is) will highlight the summer season at the Los Angeles County Arboretum announced by the Pasadena Pops and its new principal conductor, Michael Feinstein. Peters, whose many starring turns on Broadway include the original production of Stephen Sondheim's “Sunday in the Park With George” in 1984, will be the headliner on June 29, with Larry Blank conducting. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Feinstein will conduct three of the five shows in the series, leading a “Michael Feinstein's Songbook” program (June 1)
April 24, 2013 |
Betfair Hollywood Park begins what could be its final 49-day spring-summer meeting Thursday. The California Horse Racing Board is scheduled to move forward on 2014 racing dates at its next meeting on May 23 in Sacramento, even though Hollywood Park has not publicly stated whether the track will shut down at the end of this year. Jack Liebau, president of Hollywood Park, said last week that people seem to be assuming the Inglewood track will not have racing next year. "They may be right; they may be wrong," he said.
July 11, 2012 |
This post has been updated. Opening the Los Angeles Philharmonic's summer season at the Hollywood Bowl with Beethoven's big Ninth Symphony on Tuesday night, the conductor Leonard Slatkin told the audience that this hallowed score, a symphonic overcoming of suffering, is an almost annual event in the amphitheater. In fact, it's more a special occasion. Its performance at the Bowl three years ago is a hard act to follow. That was Gustavo Dudamel's media-frenzied free concert that began his L.A. Phil music directorship and gave a whole new meaning to the "Ode to Joy" that famously ends the symphony.
April 29, 2012 |
Year-round schooling. Baby boomers date-nighting. Insatiable appetites DVRing, VODemanding, online streaming. March madness game changing ("Hunger Games," not basketball, $358 million and counting). A short way to say popcorn is not just for summer anymore. Moviegoers - young (the summer staple) and old (increasingly coming back to the five-and-dime, Jimmy Dean…) - want a constant flow. The idea that audiences are more intrigued, or less pressed in the summertime, or that there are movie mood swings tied to weather patterns anymore is just downright silly.
April 25, 2012 |
Hollywood Park will begin its annual lengthy spring/summer meeting with a new name and a top attraction. Thursday will mark opening day at Betfair Hollywood Park. It begins a program of Thursday-Sunday racing that will contest $6.8 million in stakes money and will carry on right through racing's Triple Crown season to a July 15 ending. Thursday's opening-day feature will be the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes. But Friday's first evening card will attract the weekend's most attention, with the appearance of Acclamation, an Eclipse Award winner last year and winner of Del Mar's Pacific Classic.