Made in Los Angeles: dance-manufacturing by Raiford Rogers, Tony Testa

Dance · Reviews
Los Angeles has long been an industrial hub; over this city’s relatively youthful history, we’ve been a maker of stuff: first oranges and lemons; then a film industry begun on a wooden platform under the noonday sun; next, aerospace and widget manufacturing to prosecute a world war and man’s first step on the moon; then ...

Wade in the Waters: the iconoclastic filmmaker to spiel at the Luckman

Film · Ideas & Opinion
The dryest bon mots in town will cogitate in the twisted mind of John Waters and drop with abandon from the distinguished filmmaker/director/writer’s mouth June 2 at the Luckman Stage on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles. Waters’s short experimental films in the 1960s used his Baltimore-based pals as actors and gathered steam in ...

Rokia Traoré brings Malian magic to the Luckman

Though Rokia Traoré began her genre-, culture- and gender-bending incursion into the international music scene in the late 1990s, I didn’t encounter her until Peter Sellars’ 2006 New Crowned Hope Vienna festival, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. Reconceiving the composer as a griot traveller between Paris and Mali’s capital of Bamako, Traoré’s glorious ...