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December 14, 1992 | KATHERINE TURMAN
Since when has watching television required concentration? Since Television--the rock band, that is--returned to recording and touring this year after a 10-year hiatus. The New York-based quartet, in its Friday performance at the Wadsworth Theatre, pleased a sparse crowd of hard-core fans, despite the typical low-key recalcitrance of the band and wry lyricist-singer Tom Verlaine.
May 27, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL
On a program shared with Ballet Espanol de Los Angeles, the pre-professional Westside Ballet danced "Carmina Burana" Saturday in Wadsworth Theatre. This wasn't the 1959 John Butler "Carmina Burana" that held so much sexual heat and muscle when performed locally by both Ballet West and the Alvin Ailey company. No, this was a new, cutesie, lightweight "Carmina Burana" choreographed by Rosemary Valaire--the G-rated, Cabbage Patch "Carmina Burana," softened, sweetened and sterilized for the kiddies.
It's not quite appropriate to describe the appearance by the Razbar Ensemble at the Wadsworth Theatre on Saturday night as a "performance." Despite its entertaining aspects, the event is more correctly identified as a devotional experience. The Razbar Ensemble, based in Germany since it was organized in 1997, consists of Kurdish members of the Ahl-e Haqq sect, a mystical Sufi order founded in the 15th century.
August 20, 1998 | DON HECKMAN
Weekend? What's That?: From the beginning of summer through November, I'll be playing in about 60 shows between the States, Japan and Europe. With a schedule like that, my favorite weekend is doing nothing. My favorite weekend, in fact, is to have one. When I Do Have One . . .: There's nothing I like better than going bike riding with my son, Wes, who is 5. Sometimes we'll ride around the Wadsworth Theatre in Westwood, because it's a bit safer there, without so much traffic.
May 26, 2005 | Don Shirley
This summer will mark Gordon Davidson's final fling as the artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum. And it might provide some of the most probing fare of his nearly four decades in the job. Don't look for summertime fluff. Davidson is personally staging the American premiere of David Hare's "Stuff Happens," opening June 5, about the path that led the U.S. and Britain into Iraq. Keith Carradine, from the Carradine clan of actors, will play President Bush, from the Bush clan of politicians.
January 17, 1994 | DENNIS HUNT
The Neville Brothers, who performed at the sold-out Wadsworth Theatre in Westwood on Friday night, have gotten awfully lazy. Not that their show didn't rouse the audience, because it did, judging from the way most of the fans were dancing and obviously having a grand time grooving to the grab-bag of R&B, rock, jazz and pop. But the Nevilles--Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril--seemed to be on cruise control most of the time.
October 4, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Andre Previn once wrote that "Bill Holman most assuredly is a first-rate saxophonist, but his true instrument is the orchestra, and he plays it with musicianship, honesty and brilliance." Holman has almost given up playing his tenor sax (he used it only on the closing number Saturday night at the Wadsworth Theatre), but his artistry as a composer and arranger is simply nonpareil.
July 25, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
Presumably to capture an audience that is aging along with him, I.R.S. Records Svengali Miles Copeland has spent the last couple of years signing up seemingly every out-of-work demigod in the late-'60s/early-'70s guitar-hero pantheon. The package tour of his recruits Steve Hunter, Robbie Krieger and Wishbone Ash played Bogart's on Sunday and proved to be all tuned up with nowhere to go.
November 6, 1989 | GREGG WAGER
In their usual, sophisticatedly packaged fashion, the Kronos Quartet demonstrated their ability to successfully take several different kinds of music and put them together into a consistent, avant-garde program Saturday night at Wadsworth Theatre. Included in their performance were examples of ethno-pop, minimalism, Renaissance, rock, blues and at least one established 20th-Century masterpiece.
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