REVIEW: When opposites attract, Bridgewater & Charlap at CAP UCLA 1

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It was a provocative entry to a fall jazz season: singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and pianist Bill Charlap, performing in a duo format at Royce Hall for UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance. Like a pro wrestling match between a pile-driving heel and a gymnast babyface, it was a potential mismatch too tantalizing to ...

artsmeme to glimpse CAP-UCLA ‘Nimoy’ the erstwhile Crest Theatre

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music · Theater
photo courtesy chris nichols for los angeles magazine Named in honor of artist, actor, director and philanthropist Leonard Nimoy, The Nimoy is a reimagining of Westwood’s historic Crest Theatre, acquired by UCLA in 2018 and since renovated into a flexible 300-seat off-campus performing arts space. The show artsmeme will attend features performances by Grammy Award-winning ...

Rock mogul Lou Adler in WeHo convo

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The City of West Hollywood presents  Lou Adler and Nic Adler in conversation for the City’s Artists & Icons series. Adler, of course, is an American record and film producer and the co-owner of the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. He developed and produced, among others, The Grass Roots, Jan & Dean, The Mamas & ...

Chamber music on high — in sync with science & nature 1

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Zelter String Quartet It was so fantastic. I had never made the climb up Mt. Wilson, but rectified that mid-day Sunday urging my 2003 Honda Civic through the ricocheting twists and turns of Angeles Crest Highway toward my destination. The draw? Impresario Cécilia Tsan’s “Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome,” a six-year running classical chamber ...

New book links American teen culture of 50s/60s to local televised dance programs

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Host and deejay Art Laboe, of The Art Laboe Show with Jerry Lee Lewis at the El Monte Legion Stadium in East Los Angeles, ca. 1958. Courtesy of the Art Laboe Archives. Ed. note: artsmeme is delighted to share with readers the first of three excerpts from an exciting new book by author Julie Malnig. ...

Magisterial: Neil Young at the Greek Theatre July 10 2023 6

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It wasn’t a smooth performance. He hemmed and hawed, he paced. He ambled between an upright Steinway to a grand piano and then to a vintage pump organ. He swapped his harmonica — he had a bunch of them. That made loud clicks in the holder he wore around his neck, as it banged against ...

REVIEW: Private dancer gone public: TINA, the musical, at The Pantages 1

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The audience at TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL was mostly baby boomer. Which was fine by us. Because the audience was rapt. You felt the admiration, the place was oozing with it. With r-e-s-p-e-c-t for a formidable woman of entertainment, a force to be reckoned with: the late, great Tina Turner (1939-2023). The national ...

Adieu to two valiant dancing women of Los Angeles arts: Deborah Lawlor & Flip Manne 2

Dance · Music · Theater
Fountain Theatre co-founder Deborah Lawlor, who died May 2, 2023, began her career in the ’60s as a dancer, choreographer and actor in New York, where she was a member of the Judson Church/Caffe Cino scene in the Village. She moved to South India in 1968, there pioneering Auroville, a 12-square-mile utopian international community created ...

Feel it. Set your body on ‘vibrate’ at ambient bass-guitar concert 1

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I’m up for a bath. Any kind of bath — I’m dirty!!! But an ‘ambient soundbath’ particularly rings my chime. That’s what’s on offer at bassist and electronic producer John von Seggern‘s immersive audiovisual experience, a concert held in a structure of fascination on Los Feliz Boulevard — the one that houses the Philosophical Research ...

What is Alonzo King’s ‘Deep River’ ?

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It’s a rare circumstance that we in Southern California have two viewing possibilities of an artistic-and-timely, multi-disciplinary work uniting a top-notch dance company with jazz artists, also of the highest caliber. Deep River by the San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet features a score by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran, and in ...