BYOB: Diavolo brings bowl to the Bowl

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music
The Hollywood Bowl’s historic band shell, the object of community affection as well as architectural dispute over the years, gets an ultimate homage when Diavolo Dance Theater installs its own version, a huge fiberglass replication, on the huge stage. It’s part of the September 5 world premiere of “Fluid Infinities,” performed by the architectural movement ...

Jimmy Webb to perform “MacArthur Park” where torch song was inspired

Architecture & Design · Music
This just in from Liz Hirsch, the powerhouse behind the Levitt Pavilions, a national network of outdoor amphitheaters in urban park settings. The Pavilions’ marvelous ethnically diverse music offerings are all provided gratis for the pleasure of a picnicking (and often dancing) audience. Writes Liz: On Saturday, June 15 Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur ...

Elgart’s aquatic adventure @ the Music Center 1

Architecture & Design · Dance · Reviews
A marvelous event opened the annual Dance Camera West film festival Thursday evening. At dusk, we gathered ’round the Jacques Lipchitz “Peace on Earth” sculpture-fountain that anchors the plaza of the Los Angeles Music Center, one of our city’s rare pedestrian hobnobbing spots. Suddenly a tall tube of ruby fabric mysteriously appeared and began to ...

Review: Kenny Barron hits the hoops for Da Camera Society concert

Architecture & Design · Music · Reviews
It was a jazz concert in an unlikely locale. Pianist Kenny Barron, whose teammates have included Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, and Yusef Lateef, unleashed a magical solo piano recital in a boy’s gym. It was the refurbished indoor basketball court of the 28th Street YMCA Building — a glorious ...

Trisha Brown’s “Roof Piece” scales the J. Paul Getty Museum

Architecture & Design · Dance
Since its debut on the rooftops of New York’s SoHo in 1971, the legendary site-specific work has been remounted based on photographic documentation by photographer Babette Mangolte. In 2011, “Roof Piece” unfurled above New York City’s High Line. This past Saturday April 6, Trisha Brown dancers, donning fire-red costumes, scaled the iconic Getty Museum above ...

Los Angeles jazz history evoked in Kenny Barron concert

Architecture & Design · Music
I’m super excited to attend a concert by a jazz giant, pianist Kenny Barron, at the historic Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue in L.A. The event is being staged by the Da Camera Society’s “Music in Historic Places” run by the Society since 1980  – a series of concerts matching world-class ensembles with historically and ...

Trisha Brown’s “Roof Piece” (1971) to be staged @ Getty

Architecture & Design · Dance
Trisha Brown’s “Roof Piece,” an historic dance work, the mother of all site-specific dances, to be restaged in Los Angeles on April 6, 2013, at the Getty Museum. The rich roster of events and performances has been organized by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. CHOREOGRAPHY: Trisha Brown music: Ambient set design: ...

Enjoy a Pall-Mall courtesy of commercial artist Mary Blair

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
Were we to select a brand of cigarettes, these concept sketches and the final advertisement (circa 1959) by the famed commercial and fine artist Mary Blair would surely influence our decision. Mary Blair Pall-Mall advertisement images, courtesy of the magic of mary blair

Jack Cole’s mid-century-modern dance design 1

Architecture & Design · Dance · Film
A lost Jack Cole dance sequence from DOWN TO EARTH (Columbia, 1947). [click on the photo for detail.] Called the “New York number,” it used to be part of the larger “People Have More Fun Than Anyone,” number before it was cut from the film. It was absolutely common in Cole’s Hollywood career that his ...

Heidi’s healing happening in Elysian Park 2

Architecture & Design · Dance · Reviews
In her most recent escapade, the skyscraper-topping “Cleopatra CEO,” Heidi Duckler ramped up her audience with an heady dance cocktail mixing corporate and sexual politics. This past weekend, the pied-piper choreographer, having transformed us into alpha men, led us to a forested glen in Elysian Park, one mile outside downtown Los Angeles. There on the ...