Sleaze as art: ‘Camera Night at the Ivar’ @ Drkrm Gallery 4

Dance · Theater · Visual arts
Hollywood’s Ivar Theatre — notorious, low-life, sleazy — presented crude peep shows, images of which I have interspersed in the slide show with ballet photography by renowned dance photog, Gene Schiavione. The images all feature the female body on explicit display. The Ivar strippers, and the men who clustered at the Hollywood theater to photograph ...

Mambo!

Music · Theater
I enjoyed interviewing Kelly Todd, the choreographer of the vivacious production of West Side Story on now at the Chance Theater in Orange County. Read my piece in the Los Angeles Times. While you are reading … listen up! Like this? Read more … Movie musical talk with George Chakiris Line up the geniuses: West ...

“Patty The Revival” at Highways. Smart and wonderful. Go! 1

Reviews · Theater
Unlike the 28-year-old theater wunderkind Patrick Kennelly, whose electro-opera “Patty the Revival” I very much enjoyed at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica last night, I was a vulnerable ten-year-old sponge when “The Patty Duke Show” hit the airwaves circa 1964. Ka-thunk. That’s the sound of television pablum landing on my undefended prepubescent brain. And ...

Investing in artists: winners of the 2012 Alpert Awards

Dance · Film · Music · Theater · Visual arts
Los Angeles arts honchos gathered at the oh-so-cool Santa Monica digs of the Herb Alpert Foundation for a joyous occasion on Friday April 10. A generous buffet luncheon celebrated 18 years of Herb Alpert and Lani Hall’s philanthropy. And Irene Borger, the award program’s long-time director, gave her annual recognition to five deserving mid-career creators ...

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, outstanding arts philanthropists, oversee 2012 Alpert Awards

Dance · Film · Music · Theater · Visual arts
The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) have awarded the 18th annual Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid–career artists. The award, a prize of $75,000, recognizes past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and ...

Misha acts at Broad Stage, then Tavis Smiley chats him up

Dance · Reviews · Theater
I enjoyed watching Mikhail Baryshnikov prowl the Broad Stage, supple as an alert deer, in director Dmitry Krymov’s “In Paris.” Playing a rigid retired military man, Nikolai Platonovic, Barysh speaks mellifluous Russian, his mother-tongue, and Russian-inflected French. The 80-minute dance-drama, an adaptation of a Russian short story by Ivan Bunin, opened Wednesday night in Santa ...

Bone up on your classic theater at The Antaeus Company

Theater
An intriguing program — offering casual exposure to great theater-art — is on offer in ClassicsFest 2012 this spring. The Antaeus Company, L.A.’s classical theater ensemble, presents staged readings of six classics in six weeks.

Cirque du Soleil’s big-top eggcellence

Theater
We didn’t make it through all of Ovo, Cirque du Soleil’s sweet-spirited show now infesting the Santa Monica beach — in a good way! After awhile, the insect parade started to bug us out. Exiting early, a tad weary, we left behind 1,998 others still cavorting in the colorful carnival. Opening night in the big ...

Merrily TCM Classic Cruise rolled along . . .

Dance · Film · Theater
It was a wild & crazy cruise. Robert Osborne, usually a pretty tamped-down guy, skipped the light fantastic through the casino with Eva Maria Saint in tow. In this amazing shot by TCM photog, Ted Pio Roda, Ms. Saint, one of the silver screen’s most enduring method actors, looks not one day older than when ...

Michael Jackson could only spin to the right, says Donald McKayle

Dance · Music · Theater
Chatting recently with the great Tony Award-winning choreographer Donald McKayle (Raisin, Sophisticated Ladies, Dr. Jazz), a professor emeritus at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, McKayle let drop that he had worked with Michael Jackson on two occasions. And he remembered one funny detail. “He taught himself to dance,” said McKayle. ...