I've recently seen four productions around LA that succeed as great American adventure stories.
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Donna Perlmutter: It was balletic and beyond. Bodies speaking with eloquence. All of it gorgeous.
Women's voices dominate Center Theatre Group's June offerings -- but with a twist.
A ballet movie, an opera and lots more going on around town.
The LAT's home-turf focus hasn't filtered down to its coverage of the topic that professionally interests me the most -- Southern California's vast and lively theater scene.
Our world can seem more simplistic and superficial, but not if you seek refuge in the right places.
I'd like to propose a challenge to Center Theatre Group as it begins to consider which productions might make up the 2020 Block Party.
Two exhibits featuring art from separate but equally captivating worlds have taken up residence until summer.
Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella' is the choreographer's show-dance extravaganza that everyone must see.
"Ragtime" at the Pasadena Playhouse is, among other distinctions, a great way to observe Black History Month.
Gary caught up with the curator at the West Los Angeles College Gallery.
As a finale to the packed LA Philharmonic centennial, Zubin Mehta and other celebrated virtuosos of an earlier era came to Disney Hall.
Gary and the band outside his studio in DTLA
Here are some of my personal favorites from 2018. But first my usual caveat. I've seen 155 productions in greater LA, fewer than half of those that were available.
Observing and enjoying some downtown shows.
The big finale featured Mitchell herself coming out on stage and receiving a birthday cake.
'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Quack' show the power - and the problems -- of viral social media in two otherwise very different productions.
The art of NASA is music to our ears.
Verdi's words remain relevant in these political times. Plus: Refik Anadol's electronic kaleidoscope of Philharmonic moments.
Don Shirley recommends "Native Gardens" in Pasadena, "The Cake" in Westwood Village and "Gloria" in Atwater Village.
It's the season for outdoor productions that are worth the effort to go see.
Intimate big-screen close-ups and high-tech sonics at the Bowl, courtesy of the LA Philharmonic. Or the old-time glory of glittering Russian ballet downtown at the Chandler Pavilion.
For two weeks in May, two of CTG's three main stages were occupied by plays mostly set in or around the Los Angeles area.
Just how many hats can an unencumbered contender wear? Ask Matthew Aucoin, for his answer.
As a theater critic in a city famous for making movies, I sometimes meet new acquaintances who assume that I see a lot of movies and TV. Sorry, but no. Usually.
Performances from Tilson Thomas, Dudamel, LA Dance Project and more.
"82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life" opens at the museum this weekend. Some pics.
"Cambodian Rock Band," "Allegiance," "The New Colossus," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Sell/Buy/Date" and more.
Donna Perlmutter: Also "Fantastic Woman" on screen, "Betroffenheit" at the Broad Stage and Beethoven with the LA Phil.
Visiting her old ballet costumesMelissa Barak at LACMA Chagall exhibit with the artist's memorable designs.
Art FridayThe day after Thanksgiving was jumping at LACMA.
Neon treasures of LAThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
Mellow DTLA SundayLate afternoon in the courtyard at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
Rain RoomMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Chuck Berry and the StonesOne rocking Saturday night in the KHJ-TV studios in 1965. Video and backstory
Neutra and SchindlerPlay imagines what happened after the estranged architects were reunited in a 1953 hospital room. Karen Wada
'Good morning, people!'Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.
For your considerationTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
Music at Doheny MansionIris Schneider takes in some chamber music with the Da Camera Society. More
A tale of two Sugar Plum FairiesJoy Womack comes to the Santa Monica Nutcracker from Moscow, Lyrica Blankfein from NYC. More
Baryshnikov springs onstageAfter roughly 15 years of wandering in the theatrical desert, Mikhail Baryshnikov has finally found the most deserving spotlight of his post-dancing career. Donna Perlmutter
Harry Shearer and NixonFor Harry Shearer, Richard Nixon is still the one.
Millard Sheets muralArtist's work goes from home to the Huntington.
Made in America sceneMayor Garcetti with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Aoki at the music festival in Grand Park. Photo on Aoki's Instagram feed.
Dancers auditionTryouts for LA's Barak Ballet. Photo by Judy Graeme
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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