Wooster Group definitely has its fans and followers and many were in the Redcat audience--at least until intermission.
Observations on Los Angeles and beyond by LA Observed authors and invited guests
Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular Thursday feature of LA Observed.
What are we doing with our dishes turned upside down when it's raining money in LA? And note to surfers: you may want to forego those awesome storm-driven waves this week if you don't want to end up with a nasty stomach bug from the crap the rain washed into the ocean.
Is there anyone else you would rather introduce the year's film schedule with some dress and dining options? We didn't think so.
Gary observes paving of the new northbound carpool lane on the San Diego Freeway.
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.
Or you can make your headquarters an OMG! building (Platinum), and follow in the footsteps of such leading eco-conscious companies as BP, Exxon, BASF (the world's largest chemical company), McDonald's, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America.
The Olympics are over. Baseball is still a ways off But when Ron Rapoport covered sports for the LA Times, the paper didn't bother going on road trips with the Lakers.
Dwyre was the newly installed sports editor of the Los Angeles Times when he felt he should ask the boss if it was OK to send Jim Murray to cover the British Open. The answer told him all he needed to know about the LAT then.
The talk was billed as "L.A. Stories: Gary Snyder." And it brought a crowd to the LA Public Library late Friday afternoon to hear the grand old man of the Beat generation. But the real showstopper was our own Lewis MacAdams, the poet laureate of the LA River.
Chado is the doyenne of the Southern California skating scene. She started taking lessons at age 7 at the Ice Palace in Westwood, then at the legendary Polar Palace in Hollywood. She became the first Latina to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics. (In Sochi, she loved Italian Carolina Kostner.) Since 1969, Chado has taught at the Culver Ice Arena.
Phil Wallace comments on the demise of Chivas USA, the Lakers at the trade deadline, and the Dodgers and Angels in spring training.
William Mitchell was an artist and illustrator and a familiar figure in Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District.
The last thing you want in your town is terrorism, so the first thing you want is to be prepared.
Sex, basketball and cheerleaders: Two productions that opened over the weekend share these topics. Plus: Nyet on 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.'
The mayor and LA Times architecture and urban design critic Christopher Hawthorne shared their visions for LA in a conversation at Occidental College. It was a valentine to a city that could win our hearts in time.
A new zoo TV channel at Children's Hospital LA is part of the healing process.
Ferrari in love on a warm Valentine's Day.
Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears on Thursdays at LA Observed.
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.
Cities are where it's at for action on climate change. LA's sustainability czar just got back from a global summit of cities in Johannesburg. And an Obama task force is coming to LA this week. The message from cities? "Get out of the way." And, oh, yeah, "send money, please."
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.
Bruce Lisker has spent much of his life waiting. At 17, accused of murdering his mother, he waited for his trial to begin. Now after 26 years in prison, he is building a married life and still waiting.
Donna Perlmutter on some recent dance and music performances in Los Angeles.
For a zoological veterinarian, the range of patients spans aardvarks to zebras.
Leonard Knight, 82Leonard Knight spent almost 30 years building a colorful mountain of adobe covered with donated paint in the Imperial Valley desert near Salton Sea. Read
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
StreetscapeAlpha Cast Foundry casts molten metal about 200 feet from the DTLA hipsters at Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue. LAO.
Sunday window: South BayHermosa and Redondo Beach, with Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the distance, on Sunday from Manhattan Beach Pier.
Jay Leno, great car guyWhen Leno helped Veronique de Turenne with her beloved 1949 Plymouth. Here in Malibu
Huntington acquires Marquez collection
Skyline DTLAThe view from the roof deck of the Ace Hotel on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Bigger. LAO.
New sheriff in townInterim sheriff John Scott has been sworn in and met the media. Read
Sneak previewsLooking ahead at the motion picture museum planned for the May Co. on Wilshire Boulevard. Renderings
Bread lineNancy Silverton threw a grand opening for the new La Brea Bakery Cafe. Iris Schneider
Big birdsAt the San Diego Safari Park, a passion for condors begets passionate condors. Ellen Alperstein
Tom Sherak, Hollywood leader was 68Sherak was the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Mayor Eric Garcetti's designated ambassador between the film industry, City Hall and Sacremento. Obit
Only in LAHello, city hall? Anyone home? Steve Harvey's latest column. Read
Another ridiculous LA palm treeDowntown fan palm shows pluck but little else. Kevin Roderick
Ridiculous palm treesA new, very occasional photo series at LA Observed. Nominations encouraged. Let me explain.
The re-fabulous ForumAn Eagles "record" is mounted on top of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood to help promote the group's upcoming shows, which start Jan. 15.
Urban outfittingInside the new Urban Outfitters store in the remodeled Rialto Theatre on Broadway. Click to enlarge/LAO
Sparks shut downLA's team in the WNBA can't make payroll and lays off the coach and staff. Read
Mount Wilson on Dec. 31The mountains above Los Angeles are crisply clear on the last day of 2013. Bigger
Lazy Saturday at Free Zuma on the west end of Point Dume. More