March 26, 2009 |
As you know by now, I am a curator of elusive little truths, in an era when everyone's trying to stomp them dead. I can smile for days on the strength of one dead-on observation in a Dilbert cartoon or a great zinger on "30 Rock." So in an era of bombast, media machines and grossly over-the-top sports telecasts, it is a mitzvah for me to come across something as purely wonderful as "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29." True, when I like something I get a physical reaction, almost like the flu.
October 6, 2005 |
P.L.A.Y. The Center Theatre Group's P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) has been around, under one name or another, since 1971. In addition to its busy schedule of school tours and on-site educational programs, P.L.A.Y.'s current season will include two shows at the new Kirk Douglas Theatre.
May 30, 2001 |
The Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats film festival, which showcases the opulent historical theaters downtown on Broadway, began in 1987 simply as a proposed lecture series. "The Broadway theaters were an important historical resource that we wanted to showcase," says Conservancy Executive Director Linda Dishman. "We had a volunteer committee who were very interested in the historical theaters and were trying to figure out a way to get people into the theaters.
May 15, 2001 |
The Mark Taper Forum's 2001-02 season will experiment with theater size--moving its opening production, "Flower Drum Song," into the Taper from a previously scheduled slot at the Taper's larger sibling, the Ahmanson Theatre, and also moving its subscribers into the larger Wilshire Theatre for the touring "Copenhagen." "Copenhagen" will mark the first time the Taper has shifted its main-stage subscription audience from the Music Center to a different space.
March 7, 2001 |
Only a hard-swinging, head-tripping, scat-singing jazz poet such as Chicagoan Kurt Elling could have come up with it. And only a theater company as fearless as Chicago's Steppenwolf would have dared to stage it. Yet there it was, last week on the Steppenwolf main stage, a vast and sometimes apocalyptic view of urban life in America unfolding before a capacity audience that seemed to hang on every word and relish every riff.
October 12, 2000 |
It's a Friday night in Los Feliz. A crowd is gathered outside one of the oldest theaters in the L.A. area, the Vista. With its unique architecture reminiscent of ancient Egypt and its colorful history, it stands out among megaplexes and mall theaters around town. Karie Jacobson, a local resident and patron of the Vista, says that when she enters the theater, she "can't take her eyes off of those beautiful Egyptian heads."