German ballet & film worlds connect in age of COVID

Dance · Film
Grand Pas de Deux from LE CORSAIRE: Iana Salenko, Daniil Simkin As we have said umpteen times — to the point of “We get it!” — doing the arts on line is not our first choice. We love going out, we miss it so much. Everyone does. But, wow, some creative things have been pouring ...

Kristina for king!

Ideas & Opinion · Theater
We already have a king. Some people feel we need a new one. Why not Kristina Wong? She’s nice. She’s funny. And she’s handy with a pandemic. When COVID-19 hit us with our proverbial pants down, she stepped into the breech, making face masks and using the radical route of the United States Postal Service ...

Breathe in, breathe out: Westside Ballet’s ‘Grace & Grit’ drive-in movie event

Dance · Film
joy womack, for westside ballet Attention, all dance-deprived! A fun event, with a poignant underpinning, will be a pop-up drive-in movie evening of filmed dance offerings hosted by Westside Ballet in tandem with the Public Policy Institute of Santa Monica College. I like how it puts dance — and the determination to present dance — ...

A Martha Graham x-ray of Trump’s COVID medical team

Dance · Ideas & Opinion
“The body never lies.” This aphorism is taught to every student of Dance History 101. It comes from Martha Graham, who received it from her father, Dr. George Graham, a neurological physician. “Martha, you must never lie to me, because movement never lies, and when I see your body I’ll know you are lying.” Dr. ...

Sister cities to the rescue! French Riviera Film Fest held stateside, at Beverly Hills Hotel

Film
French Riviera Film Festival co-founders Nicole Muj and Gotham Chandna were in a quandary. Every link in the chain of staging their second annual film festival in the south of France concurrent to the Cannes Film Festival was disrupted. “Due to the pandemic, we couldn’t hold our festival and awards this year live in Cannes,” ...

L.A.’s greatest filmmakers revealed, on ‘Home Movie Day’

Film
You’re already at home. So why not be very meta and watch home movies? From the tidal wave of on-line screenings and events, this one popped out. It’s such a COVID-clever idea: a compilation of submitted movies starring your cigar-smoking Uncle Sam, pet parakeet, sister’s Bat Mitzvah, new lawn mower, first dive into a swimming ...

In ‘jazz quarantine’ with Josh Nelson Trio 2

Music · Reviews
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For jazz musicians and their audience, the spring and summer months of 2020 have been, to paraphrase the rebel leader Don Jose in The Wild Bunch, the months of sadness. Musicians need to communicate, exchange, and create with each other. And most thrive before an audience. As clubs and music spaces shutter due to the ...

Drift away! at the movies, with ‘Floating Cinema’

Film
rolling, rolling down a river You know how your attention drifts away when you’re at the movies? And you find yourself thinking about how bad the film is, or how much you rather be sitting at a lunch counter eating a hamburger? Well … now your entire body can drift away — cuz … you’re ...

Watch this! Launching our new summer streaming video

Ideas & Opinion
The COVID quarantine persists. Stuff we used to do in person, with other people, is offered to us on line. Now this is understandable. The concept is, we should not think that our local theaters have just gone poof! and disappeared. We are cajoled to watch ballet on line, attend a film festival on line, ...

‘GET OUT’ becomes ‘Get Outside’ @ Cali-Covid drive-in movie

Film
It was a fabulous way to convene with others — well, at least our cars had a nice get together. But we too so enjoyed our evening in Paramount, California, at a special “plein air” screening of director/auteur Jordan Peele‘s ‘cultural’ horror picture, GET OUT (2017). The highly influential movie, projected on a super big ...