Architects discuss the art (and politics) of performing arts centers

Architecture & Design · Language & ideas · Music · Theater
Performing arts centers define our cities and serve as architectural landmarks. These landmarks can rapidly transform the cultural and economic fabric of a city, bringing renewed prosperity as well as design inspiration. What is the essence of an iconic performing arts center? Enjoy a lively discussion combined with a memorable concert, and light refreshments. Moderator Thomas Small, ...

‘Hopscotch’ing through the Bradbury Building

Architecture & Design · Dance
Photographic memories of “Hopscotch,” a rolling (literally, in cars), city-wide site-specific opera performance that in one of its home bases — the regal Bradbury Building of downtown Los Angeles — dancers scampered ’round audience, even in a wrought-iron caged elevator. Intermingling in the photo with crew from The Industry are the dancers of Ate9 Dance ...

Buffalo Bill Cody, Maurice Chevalier, The Police played Bataclan

Architecture & Design · Film · Music
The charming and playful website for the Bataclan Concert Hall lists bookings for rock acts through May 2016. The Chinoiserie-style building dates from 1864, ironically, right when European powers were having imperial adventures in the Far East. Located at the sage address of 50 Boulevard Voltaire, The Bataclan ports a noble history as a cafe ...

Great movies meet great graphic design: Saul Bass

Architecture & Design · Film · Visual arts
An illustrated lecture by Jan-Christopher Horak, director, UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents a selection of film titles, shorts and commercials by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920–1996). Best known as the designer behind the iconic, era-defining title sequences for such films as The Man with the Golden Arm (dir. Otto Preminger, 1955), Vertigo (dir. ...

Gehry! Honoring L.A.’s great architect-designer

Architecture & Design
A great party approaches at the end of October: Bill Stern’s annual fundraiser to support the virtual Museum of California Design. This year ‘s great ‘get,’ the honoring of the sage and visionary architect and designer Frank Gehry, who will be granted the Museum’s 2015 Henry Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Design by a ...

What a week! Los Angeles blossoms in the fine arts

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music · Reviews · Visual arts
I’ve inhabited Los Angeles more or less, since 1989. The city’s rich art existence, long undetected, has kept me busy and happy here. There is little doubt, however, that something arts-phenomenal is happening right now in our city. It must be true; the New York Times is sputtering about it all the time. In fact, ...

Review: Diavolo’s “L’Espace du Temps” @ VPAC

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music · Reviews
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Calling Diavolo: Architecture in Motion a dance company is like calling a monster truck a nice vehicle. It’s big. It’s brash. It’s loud. Sometimes it’s brilliant. The LA-based company performed its three-part “L’Espace du Temps” at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) September 19 and 20. Presented in partnership with the Ford Signature Series, it ...

Splashing with Steve Koplowitz at San Diego’s “Trolley Dances”

Architecture & Design · Dance
The life aquatic visits the land-of-the-drought via dance! Choreographer Stephan Koplowitz brings his keen eye for place, space, and unusual context to San Diego’s Trolley Dances for the next two weekends. The site-specific event, staged by San Diego Dance Theater for the past 17 years (a laudable achievement) tours dance lovers — and the just ...

Meanwhile, in Milan, Virgilio Sieni’s “Atlas of Gesture”

Architecture & Design · Dance · Language & ideas
Do you think about dance as a form of communication? Italian choreographer Virgilio Sieni does, and he presents his ideas in a rigorous examination of the human gesture that underpins our art form. A performance of Sieni’s work, ‘Atlante del gesto’ (Atlas of gesture) a commissioned work to soon spool in architect Rem Koolhaus‘s exceptional ...

Diavolo meets New West Symphony at Valley Performing Arts Center 2

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music
We live in strong anticipation of DIAVOLO‘s season-opening “L’Espace du Temps” performance at the beautiful, acoustics-rich Valley Performing Arts Center. The performance will enjoy live orchestral accompaniment by New West Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Rountree, of a trio of scores by great composers: Foreign Bodies (2007, Esa-Pekka Salonen); Fearful Symmetries (2010, John Adams); ...