The divine meets the dogged: Tippi Hedren & Edith Head reunite

Fashion · Film · Theater
High Hollywood gets a sparkling rejuvenation when the divine Tippi Hedren will meet the determined Edith Head at a theater opening on October 28. It’s the restaging at the Odyssey Theater in West Los Angeles of the one-woman show, “A Conversation with Edith Head.” Ms. Head, who was petite, loomed large as a cinema costumer. ...

Oy. Harry. Would you please lighten up? Harry Houdini goes for a dip.

Theater · Visual arts
European financial system on the brink … Steve Jobs dead at 56 …. distraction and dissolution everywhere. It all feels so dire. Not sure whether this photo of major meshuggenah, Harry Houdini, will lighten your mood or not. Something in this shot of Mr. Ball-and-Chain spoke to me. Seems to suit the zeitgeist. World, could’ja ...

Segerstrom Center for the Arts: 25 years of stellar international dance

Dance · Theater
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Photo by RMA Photography, Courtesy SCFTA On California’s huge map, Costa Mesa forms a relative pinprick. But for the past 25 years, the Orange County city has been a beacon of international ballet, as world-class troupes perform at the House that Henry (Segerstrom) Built 45 miles south of L.A. ...

Cirque du Soleil’s swell Hollywood opening night party

Film · Reviews · Theater
Fun photos of the super party the Cirques threw in Los Angeles last night posted below. The mighty Montreal’eans upped and closed, from car traffic, a humongous stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Kodak Theater. There, under a tent, to thumping, hypnotic music, attendees were plied with kooky cocktails and French macaroons. We ...

Cirque du Soleil’s “Iris,” mais oui! 1

Dance · Film · Reviews · Theater
Lots of fun at tonight’s world premiere of “Iris,” (pronounced à la française, “Eer-ese“), Cirque du Soleil’s hugely entertaining permanent show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Loosely inspired by the technology and creative spirit of early cinema (French civilization still claims a huge stake), the pageant’s a joy: sweet, humane, funny, spectacular, and great-looking. ...

Emilio Doorgasingh, actor, “terrorist” & funny Indian

Architecture & Design · Film · Theater
You meet a great mix of people in L.A. Dare I say, ‘fruits and nuts’? It’s all the more fun when the chatter happens at a garden party like the one Bill Stern convened in the soft air ricocheting ’round  Malibu’s Carbon Canyon Sunday afternoon. Stern’s annual fundraiser for the Museum of California Design is ...

Line-up of geniuses: West Side Story’s Broadway creative/production team

Dance · Music · Theater
The West Side Story Broadway production team in 1957: (l. to r.) lyricist Stephen Sondheim, scriptwriter Arthur Laurents, producers Hal Prince and Robert Griffith (seated), composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins. (click for detail) Thank you, songbook1, for posting this photo. Like this? Read more: Not a Jet, but still the swingingest thing: George ...

After strong out-of-town previews, “Irene” bombs in NYC

Theater
Bewildered international tourists departed the normally ballsy New York City confounded by a five-day terror campaign in advance of a robust wind-and-rain storm that moved through town on Sunday. The fear was transmitted in coordination by civic government and media. Head for the hills, New Yorkers, and batten down all hatches, the media carped. It ...

Irene gives her regards to Broadway 1

Theater
In New York on a visit to the marvelous Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, it’s been a five-day, non-stop hurricane watch. No hurricane could possibly be as harrowing as the run-up to Hurricane Irene, which has succeeded in making a nervous wreck out of an entire city. And one visiting dance critic ...

What a guy! Ehrich Weiss, a.k.a. Harry Houdini

Ideas & Opinion · Theater
The absolutely fabulous “Houdini: Art and Magic,” which opens tomorrow at the Skirball Center along with its equally wonderful companion show, “Masters of Illusion, Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age,” injects fun, mystery and gamesmanship into the ether — right when we need it most. Jewish guys dressed in turbans and tuxedos, waving wands, and ...