A clown’s artifacts live on: Jerry Lewis

Fashion · Film
Our friends at Julien’s Auctions will auction more property from the Estate of Jerry Lewis now through July 9. The on-line auction includes over 300 lots of personal and career memorabilia ranging from awards, clothes, art, movie ephemera and much more. Collectors will have the opportunity to bid on a wide range of items including ...

A difficult word in its strongest use @ Filmforum screening

Continuing its screening series 1968: Visions of Possibilities, Los Angeles Filmforum presents No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r, a movie with a ruthless title.Directed by labor organizer and New York Times typesetter David Weiss, this film spotlights African-American responses to the Vietnam War through street interviews captured during the April 15, 1967 march of the  ...

Gorgeous! Ruth St. Denis headdress in Denishawn costume show 1

Dance · Fashion
The headdress from Ruth St. Denis’s 1919 Chinese-inspired “Kuan Yin,” with buttons, feathers and artificial pearls. credit David Dashiell for the New York Times. Dance writer Gia Kourlis writes in the New York Times about an exhibit of 30  costumes worn by Denishawn dancers under the aegis of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. The ...

Our pick: Daryl Sherman swinging at the Gardenia 1

Though she writes original songs, few contemporary artists have scoured the hidden corners of the Great American Songbook like singer-pianist Daryl Sherman. She’s a regular at New York’s Algonquin Hotel who gracefully straddles jazz and cabaret singing, essaying songs from both renowned and neglected tunesmiths like Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Walter Donaldson, Jimmy McHugh, ...

Capezio, in 130th anniversary, throws huge dance party in Las Vegas

From our friend Ann Marie deAngelo, the impresario supreme and executive producer/director of The Capezio 130th Anniversary and Capezio Awards in Las Vegas comes a slew of superb photography in what looks to have been a pretty spectacular celebration of dance of all genres. The event, held May 14, 2018 at the Smith Center in ...

So fake — and so fantastic. Marilyn’s porthole scene in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’

I don’t make movies. I don’t know how. I just go see ’em. And our recent big-screening viewing, hosted by Laemmle Anniversary Classics, of the delicious Technicolor comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, had us chuckling, as ever, over the great comic scene played between Marilyn Monroe, George ‘Foghorn’ Winslow, and Charles Coburn. In the scene, La ...

Faster than a speeding bullet … Liza Minnelli soon at Segerstrom

Music · Theater
That’s how she was marketed, in 1966, by The Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel — as the soaring star that she was. Liza Minnelli, born on March 12, 1946 to Judy Garland and movie director Vincente Minnelli, went on to a very public, very distinguished career as a singer/dancer/actress. We’ll catch up with Liza ...

Be-thigh-ed themselves in India

Dance · Fashion · Film
What prudes! It’s just a little leg! Okay, it’s a lotta leg…The clipping at bottom is from the Los Angeles Times, Nov 9, 1954.

Long Day’s Journey: a family feud, familiar fodder for Americans

Every family has its problems. Every problem spurs its drama. I anticipate my upcoming visit to The Wallis to see Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night as a microcosm, a kind of deep dive into a Petree dish — a ‘family drama’ the likes of which our nation is undergoing now. A highly controversial ...

Wild rhythms of Japan & India to tumble from Ford Amphitheatre stage

Dance · Music
Ask the average American theater-goer or music listener to describe Japanese taiko drumming and you’ll probably hear a description something like this: solemn men in loin cloths and sweat bands who beat oversized drums in unison — loudly and interminably. Brian Yamami has spent his last 18 years trying to change that perception. He’s a ...