Wham-bam Chris Nichols book-jam to slam Tam

Architecture & Design · Language & ideas
The biggest little kid we know has a new Taschen book (means loads of photos) which reminds us it’s a small world after all. Architectural historian and and Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee Founding Member Chris Nichols’ Walt Disney’s Disneyland tells the tale of the transformation of a southern California orange grove into the mother ...

Sasha Waltz ‘Kreatur’ in U.S. premiere at German Currents Film Festival

Dance · Film
The acclaimed German dance company, Sasha Waltz & Guests, will celebrate the US premiere of its critically hailed dance film, Kreatur, as the closing night event of the German Currents Film Festival, presenting outstanding German, Austrian and Swiss Films in Los Angeles. The annual festival now in its 12th year runs from October 19 – ...

Stylish mid-century Frost Auditorium re-opens with big bash 1

Architecture & Design
What if you threw an old-fashioned block party and half of Culver City, California, attended? That’s what happened Saturday night at a joyous occasion: the grand re-opening/fundraiser for a newly refurbished landmark building, the Robert Frost Auditorium — a rare gem of Southern Californian mid-century-modern architecture. Cozy, yet imposing, the curvilinear structure houses a 1,200-seat ...

‘Nearly live-in-movie-theaters’ Bolshoi Ballet broadcasts to restart

Dance · Film
The performances are captured “live the same day.” That’s how it works. Because you don’t want to go to the local multiplex in your jammies at three a.m. to see a simulcast, do you? Most of us are more than happy with the ‘close to real time’ rebroadcast from the Bolshoi Theatre at the comfortable ...

Disney Hall, in living color, as L.A. Phil turns 100

Architecture & Design · Music
Wow, wow, wow. This is fabulous. Our symphony orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (founded in 1918), is blasting into its centenary season in high style. It is converting its Frank Gehry-designed building, a happy pile-up of undulating stainless-steel surfaces, into a huge projection surface. Disney Hall will pop with crazy purples, blues, pinks and other psychedelic ...

In memoriam: ‘Still trying to get Paul Taylor’s jump right’

Dance
Ed. note: A guest writer, Sean Mahoney, pictured above, submitted this personal reminiscence of his work with the great iconoclastic choreographer Paul Taylor (1930 – 2018). Mahoney, who began his association with the Taylor organization in 1994, has been a member of Paul Taylor Dance Company since 2004. I was in rehearsal and Paul was ...

How ‘Lola’ helped Bob Fosse handle Gwen’s ‘bad reputation’

Dance
In a 1991 interview with Gwen Verdon on CUNY Television, the great Gwen describes her first encounter with Fosse as her choreographer for Damn Yankees. I had seen [Fosse] at MGM studios. We had met at a party that Michael Kidd gave. I had a reputation for being difficult … and I was. I was ...

Death of a dancer: Peter Frame

Dance
Former New York City Ballet principal dancer Peter Frame, a beloved teacher and coach, performs the duet from Balanchine’s AGON with Victor Castelli. Frame, at right, died August 30, 2018 — sadly, the day after the passing away of Paul Taylor.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kurt Froman (@kurtfroman) ...

Chase Finlay, who danced Balanchine’s ‘Apollo,’ calls women ‘sluts’ 1

Dance
As the young god Apollo, the title role of the ballet masterpiece created by the choreographer George Balanchine at the precocious age of 28, former New York City Ballet dancer Chase Finlay had “great dignity,” “tapering limbs,” “a beautifully long and firm neck,” and a “powerful thorax.” Those words were written by New York Times ...

Jimmy Webb, in Pepperdine season opener, to honor Glen Campbell

Music
Legendary Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb (with hits including “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” “Up, Up, and Away,” and “Highwayman”) will perform in a prestigious season opening night at the intimate Smothers Theatre, one of our favorite places to attend concerts and performance. In a touching tribute to Webb’s close friend and artistic partner, the late Glen ...