President Obama confers arts & humanities award

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From the White House earlier today …

Honoring America’s greats: National Medal of Arts

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President Obama this morning honored some of our nation’s great artists in a ceremony at the White House. Receiving the 2010 National Medal of Arts were Robert Brustein, the theater producer and critic; Van Cliburn, the pianist; Mark di Suvero, the abstract expressionist sculptor; poet Donald Hall; and the pioneering dance organization, Jacob’s Pillow Dance ...

But enough about me, what do you think about me? Celebrity Autobiography! at the Broad Stage 1

Reviews · Theater
An all-star cast of Florence Henderson, Laraine Newman, Ileana Douglas, Eugene Pack, Julian Sands, Jonathan Silverman, Jennifer Tilly, and more, read snippets of real celebrity autobiographies to the great pleasure of a café-style audience in the Eyde performance space behind the Broad mainstage. It’s a wicked funny review with a rarin’-to-go pick-up cast: Celebrity Autobiography. ...

What a piece of work is Hamlet!

Language & ideas · Theater
I am attending “The Trial of Hamlet” this evening to determine the competency of the defendant to stand trial for the murder of Polonius. United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will adjudicate this mock trial of Hamlet, Crown Prince of Denmark. The trial takes place tonight on the USC campus. [Justice Kennedy was nominated ...

Hippies invade Hollywood! 3

Architecture & Design · Dance · Theater
A few nostalgia loons garb for flower power attended the Pantages Theater’s closing weekend of the fabulous production of “Hair.” Like this? Read up on “Hair” choreographer, Karole Armitage, in today’s Los Angeles Times.

She asks me why, I’m just a hairy guy 2

Dance · Film · Theater
HAIR has roots in Hollywood, and we don’t mean hair roots. We mean theatrical roots. In 1968, the West Coast premiere production opened on Sunset Boulevard, just two blocks from the Pantages, about six months following the production’s Broadway opening. The Aquarius Theatre, re-named in honor of one of the show’s hit songs, would be ...

Quiz: Find Jane Fonda in the photo 1

The sensational Jane Fonda — looking good enough to send us scampering to exercise class — in rehearsal for five-time Tony nominated production of “33 Variations,” opening February 9, 2011, at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre. Written and directed by Moisés Kaufman, previews begin January 30 for the new piece; performances continue through March 6. The lovely ...

OCPAC reborn as Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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The erstwhile Orange County Performing Arts Center — Costa Mesa, California’s artistic mecca worthy of the 1.5- hour caravan southward from Los Angeles — entered a new era yesterday. In a burst of fireworks — $100,000 worth it is rumored — the center honored its founding patron Henry Segerstrom in a special way. Dropping its ...

Our shared racist past surfaced in “Neighbors”

Reviews · Theater
People can be color-blind when it comes to race. In fact, skin color doesn’t even matter. Based on that idealistic credo — the legacy of the civil rights movement and ’60s egalitarianism — Richard and Jean Patterson, an interracial couple who are the subject of a brilliant new play, “Neighbors,” marry. He’s black, she’s white. ...

Classical theater, California-style

Reviews · Theater
Two wonderful recent theater outings in L.A., both highly recommended. There’s only one more weekend to skedaddle to the delightful 24th Street Theatre for final performances of “Anton’s Uncles,” which the effervescent creative team of Debbie Devine and Jay McAdams co-produced with Theatre Movement Bazaar‘s ex-Mummenshantz word-and-movement mavens, Tina Kronis and Richard Alger. I had ...