It might seem inconceivable that a spoiler is possible for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Broad Stage. Also "Rest" at SCR.
Arts, music and culture
News, observations and links on the arts, music, theater, dance, photography and local institutions
Brooklyn's most famous music mogul is at City Hall this morning to announce plans for a festival downtown this summer.
Photos from the preview of the new show at both the Geffen Contemporary and in MOCA's main space on Grand Avenue.
One of the best midsize venues for professional theater in LA County is on the stage of La Mirada Theatre, adjacent to the actors.
Dancer Melissa Barak learned from Tanaquil Le Clercq, the legendary ballet muse who is the subject of a new documentary.
Donna Perlmutter finds lively fare from Kronos Quartet, LA Chamber Orchestra and LA Ballet.
Citing her health, Linda Ronstadt says she won't attend April 10 in Brooklyn. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Glenn Frey will go instead and make sure she is properly feted.
They look as different as day and night - "A Song at Twilight" at Pasadena Playhouse and "Reunion" at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Yet they share a common bond.
"Harmony" is redeeming Center Theatre Group's stubborn faith in the subject of young guys' bands. It's by far the best of the lot.
The American Ballet Theater soloist we wrote about here the other day will speak Thursday night at Bergamot Station.
It's not easy to find someone whose right brain and left brain are each working overtime. But photographer Abelardo Morell is more than a creative spirit.
From his seat in the audience at REDCAT on Saturday, Randy Reinholz booed. He is the founding artistic director of Native Voices, the Native American theater company based at the Autry that is currently offering the premiere of "Stand-Off at Hwy #37."
Misty Copeland, the only black female soloist dancing with the American Ballet Theater, will be back home in Los Angeles this week talking about her new memoir. The book explores her rise from a vagabond childhood to stature in the ballet world, where she found a surrogate family.
Wooster Group definitely has its fans and followers and many were in the Redcat audience--at least until intermission.
KCSN has been rocking the LA airwaves more lately and today put out a press release about a phone call from McCartney.
The cracked, splintering benches at the upper level of the Hollywood Bowl were last replaced in 1981. New benches of Alaskan yellow cedar are now being installed.
Donna Perlmutter puts out the call to LA Opera and the Philharmonic -- in rare events both. As for Benjamin Millepied's dance project at the Ace Hotel, it "registered weakly if at all."
Don Shirley takes in five local plays, from the savagely funny "Tartuffe" at A Noise Within to a Long Beach production of "The Music Man" and a Civil War-era Passover seder.
Robert Anthony "Tony" Gieske worked for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and spent 18 years at the Hollywood Reporter.
It's stunning how fast this all happened. One day, the National Enquirer was posting a bogus story that claimed David Bar Katz was the secret gay lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Less than three weeks later, the tabloid is paying for Katz to create the American Playwriting Foundation.
Sex, basketball and cheerleaders: Two productions that opened over the weekend share these topics. Plus: Nyet on 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.'
Cervenka is putting clothing, instruments, vintage jewelry, vinyl records and other personal items up for bidding in an estate sale that begins Thursday. "She is downsizing and plans on relocating soon," says the website.
Ry Cooder was at The Echo last night, backing for Juliette Commagere (his daughter-in-law) on the slide guitar. The show was a free event.
When the museum does open on Bunker Hill, there will be a public plaza and a restaurant whose partners include Bill Chait of Bestia and alums of Thomas Keller restaurants.
These are the first LA Observed reviews by Don Shirley, the former theater columnist and reporter for LA Stage Times, the Los Angeles Times, CityBeat and KCRW. His reviews will appear here regularly.
Bowl butts get cedar seatsNew benches go in at Hollywood Bowl. Read
'Cry, Trojans'Scott Shepherd and Kate Valk as lovers Troilus and Cressida. Iris Schneider
Misty Copeland has her sayMisty Copeland rose from a vagabond life in San Pedro to become the first black female soloist with the American Ballet Theater in 20 years. She talks with Judy Graeme. Native Intelligence
'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man'Classic con artistry in 'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man,' plus plays for the Passover season. Don Shirley
'Billy Budd' and more
Vivian Maier"Finding Vivian Maier," a nicely done documentary on the late, reclusive Chicago nanny whose street photos have become a sensation, screens in Los Angeles in March.
Exene sells her stuffExene Cervenka is done with Orange County. And her 1955 Rickenbacker Combo 600. Read
Ry Cooder at The EchoIris Schneider spotted Ry Cooder at The Echo, backing up daughter-in-law Juliette Commagere on the slide guitar. Native Intelligence
Huntington acquires Marquez collection
Bus stop for giants
There's plenty of seating at the bus stop outside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Bigger
Objects of artClare Graham at work in his Northeast LA studio. Story and photos by Iris Schneider at Native Intelligence.
Invisible Cities at Union StationOld Union Station ticket counters become part of the stage for the opera "Invisible Cities."Iris Schneider/Native Intelligence
Elliott Erwitt visits HollywoodWaiters at the Leica Gallery hold photos by photographer Elliott Erwitt, in town to launch his newest book. Iris Schneider
Invisible CitiesUnion Station patrons get to watch (without sound) the Invisible Cities opera. Photo by Iris Schneider.
Photojournalism by mastersIris Schneider reviews big new books by Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry and Elliot Erwitt. Native Intelligence
Disney Hall birthday partyDisney Hall's 10th birthday celebration was wholly a tribute to Frank Gehry, says Donna Perlmutter. The main revelry, though, came with the music. Native Intelligence
Station to StationIris Schneider attended the traveling art show Station to Station at Union Station. Her photos in Native Intelligence.
Dancing togetherDancers Melissa Barak and Danielle Agami collaborate on an upcoming show. They give LAO a sneak peek.
Selected arts and culture links
Cultural institutionsAmerican Youth
Autry National Center
Broad Arts Foundation
Center for Land Use
Center Theatre Group
Cerritos Center for
Collage Dance Theatre
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Italian Cultural Inst.
Long Beach MOA
L.A. Chamber Orchestra
L.A. Children's Chorus
L.A. Master Chorale
Municipal Art Gallery
Mus. of Jurassic Technology
Museum of Latin
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
OC Perf. Arts Center
Pasadena Museum of
Santa Monica MOA
Santa Monica Symphony
Skirball Cultural Center
UCLA Hammer Mus.
USC Fisher Mus.
USC Thornton School
Watts Towers Center
West Coast Jewish
Zipper Concert Hall
Calendars and eventsArtSlant LA
L.A. Art Openings
LA Brain Terrain
Out West Arts
USC Arts and Events
Media and blogsRichard Ankrom
Arts for L.A.
Blur + Sharpen
City of the Angels
Da Camera Society
Downtown Art Walk
Fine Arts L.A.
Frenchy but Chic
I call it Oranges
L.A. Art Girls
LACMA on Fire
L.A. in Bloom
LA Mano Press
L.A. Modern Auctions
LA Stage Alliance
Man One World
Modern Art Notes
NoHo Arts District
Positive Ape Index
Rembrandt in SoCal
Ruskin Art Club
The Judson Studios
The O.C. Art Blog
Rubén Ortiz Torres
Zero Degrees Art
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