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  • 'Bright Star' at the Ahmanson: Bluegrass, tears and a big, vacuous smile

    'Bright Star' at the Ahmanson: Bluegrass, tears and a big, vacuous smile

    As one theatergoer’s bliss is another theatergoer’s cornball, let’s accentuate the positive before delving into the negative of a show that reveals just how thin the line is between hokey and charming. “Bright Star,” the eager-to-please country musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell that had...

  • First look at ‘Steven Universe’s’ brand new Homeworld Gem

    First look at ‘Steven Universe’s’ brand new Homeworld Gem

    Watch out Crystal Gems, a brand new face from the Homeworld is invading Beach City the world of “Steven Universe.” But don’t worry, we have all the details. Hessonite will be the newest Homeworld Gem introduced into the “Steven Universe” lore, Cartoon Network has announced. She is set to make her...

  • Monday's TV highlights: 'The Brave' on NBC

    Monday's TV highlights: 'The Brave' on NBC

    SERIES The Big Bang Theory Penny and Leonard (Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki) receive secret tips on how to handle Sheldon (Jim Parsons), while Amy (Mayim Bialik) starts working on a project with Wolowitz (Simon Helberg). Kunal Nayyar also stars in this new episode of the smart comedy. 8 p.m. CBS ...

  • 38 women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment

    38 women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment

    He prowled the streets of Manhattan looking for attractive young women, usually in their early 20s, sometimes college students, on occasion a high schooler. He approached them in Central Park, standing in line at a bank or drug store or at a copy center while they worked on their resumes. His opening...

  • Bernie Grundman wants to change the way you hear music — for the better

    Bernie Grundman wants to change the way you hear music — for the better

    “A mechanical tool is following an intricate signal.” “These are coaxial speakers, and the tweeter’s in the throat of the woofer.” “Now you have 16 sets of stampers for a set of lacquers.” The language can get pretty heady when Bernie Grundman is talking shop at his sprawling, 20,000-square-foot...

  • L.A. movie openings, Oct. 25-27

    L.A. movie openings, Oct. 25-27

    This week’s wide releases are George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” starring Matt Damon, “Thank You for Serving,” with Miles Teller, “ the “Saw” sequel “Jigsaw” and Blake Lively in “All I See is You.” “Novitiate” and “The Square” highlight the limited releases. Oct. 25 The Work Three men engage in a four-day...

  • The week ahead in L.A. dance, Oct. 22-29: 'Forever Flamenco' and more

    The week ahead in L.A. dance, Oct. 22-29: 'Forever Flamenco' and more

    DANCE Compiled by Matt Cooper Forever Flamenco Leilah Broukhim returns; with dancer Manuel Gutierrez, et al. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. Sun., 8 p.m. $30-$50. (323) 663-1525. Invertigo Dance Theatre The company launches its 10th season with a retrospective. The Moss Theatre,...

  • The week ahead in L.A. theater, Oct. 22-29: 'Mateluna,' 'End of the Rainbow' and more

    The week ahead in L.A. theater, Oct. 22-29: 'Mateluna,' 'End of the Rainbow' and more

    THEATER Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.), Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.) and David C. Nichols (D.C.N.) Compiled by Matt Cooper. Openings Chisme y Queso Short sketches and improv; presented by Center Theater Group; 21...

  • The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Oct. 22-29: Berlioz, Philip Glass and more

    The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Oct. 22-29: Berlioz, Philip Glass and more

    Classical Compiled by Matt Cooper Chicago Symphony Orchestra Riccardo Muti leads the orchestra in Brahms’ Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $54-$162. (323) 850-2000. The Consul Long Beach Opera stages Gian Carlo Menotti’s musical thriller;...

  • In 'Cagney' the musical, Hollywood's tough guy tap dances

    In 'Cagney' the musical, Hollywood's tough guy tap dances

    James Cagney is remembered best for playing tough-talking gangsters in Warner Bros. movies in the 1930s and ’40s, which, according to “Cagney,” a loving and cartoonish small-scale bio-musical playing at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, is exactly how he didn’t want to be remembered. After...

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  • Mirga meets an old master at Disney Hall

    Mirga meets an old master at Disney Hall

    When Gidon Kremer has a farsighted cause, it is wise to pay close attention. Over an uncompromising half-century career, the Latvian violinist and one of the last of the legendary artists to come out of the Soviet Russia music education system has been single-handedly responsible for bringing attention...

  • Hulu's 'Too Funny to Fail' looks at the legacy of the doomed 'Dana Carvey Show'

    Hulu's 'Too Funny to Fail' looks at the legacy of the doomed 'Dana Carvey Show'

    Imagine you’re starting a sketch comedy show, one that will debut on network TV in prime time. Of course, such a bold, probably misguided, idea requires a big star, maybe one who became the centerpiece of “Saturday Night Live” and starred in a summer blockbuster. Fine, done. But such a series needs...

  • 1980s actress Heather Kerr says Harvey Weinstein made her touch his genitals

    1980s actress Heather Kerr says Harvey Weinstein made her touch his genitals

    Former actress Heather Kerr said Friday that she too was a victim of Harvey Weinstein, charging that the now-disgraced film mogul sexually assaulted her during a business meeting in 1989. Kerr, speaking during a news conference alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, alleged that Weinstein forced...

  • Throwback comedy 'Where's the Money' comes up short

    Throwback comedy 'Where's the Money' comes up short

    Partying like it’s 1995, “Where’s the Money,” a throwback mash-up of the “Friday” series and frat boy comedies like “PCU,” is short on big laughs despite the game efforts of an energetic cast. With his family-owned Dre’s Gym in South Central falling seriously behind in bill payments, the resourceful...

  • Djimon Hounsou, Renée Zellweger and Greg Kinnear elevate drama 'Same Kind of Different as Me'

    Djimon Hounsou, Renée Zellweger and Greg Kinnear elevate drama 'Same Kind of Different as Me'

    Pure Flix and other Christian-oriented distributors have built a solid niche catering to audiences underserved by mainstream cinema, offering faith-based films, usually based on a true story. These movies tend to vary in quality, so when a genuinely affecting drama like “Same Kind of Different...

  • California Sounds: Hear 13 Los Angeles songs that'll scare the bejesus out of you

    California Sounds: Hear 13 Los Angeles songs that'll scare the bejesus out of you

    As with life itself, there exists in music a dark side, a realm where grim themes swirl through musical notation as if bats through catacombs. For every “Walking on Sunshine” there is a “Hell Awaits.” Judy Garland might wonder on the heaven that lives “Over the Rainbow,” but be careful not to fall...

  • London Film Festival emphasizes inclusion and female directors

    London Film Festival emphasizes inclusion and female directors

    The recently concluded BFI London Film Festival put a strong focus on inclusion and equal representation — particularly female filmmakers. This year female-directed films made up 25% of the overall lineup, with four of the 12 Official Competition entries directed by women. That number is notable...

  • Griffin Dunne chronicles the life and work of his aunt, Joan Didion

    Griffin Dunne chronicles the life and work of his aunt, Joan Didion

    Griffin Dunne hadn’t always planned to make a film about his aunt, the celebrated essayist and novelist Joan Didion. But when they collaborated on a trailer for her 2011 memoir, “Blue Nights,” he realized Didion was long overdue for the documentary treatment. “I asked her and from the moment she...

  • The Moviegoer, Oct. 22-28

    The Moviegoer, Oct. 22-28

    The Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton’s beloved stop-motion animated tale about Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, melancholy rag-doll Sally, and the mischievous Lock, Shock and Barrel, became an instant Halloween classic upon its 1993 release despite Jack’s yearning to be more of a Christmas kind...

  • The 99-Seat Beat: Ibsen's 'Enemy of the People' from a Chicana point of view

    The 99-Seat Beat: Ibsen's 'Enemy of the People' from a Chicana point of view

    Our weekly look at L.A.'s small-theater scene opens with a modern “eco-feminist” adaptation of “An Enemy of the People,” Ibsen’s classic about government corruption retold as the story of a Chicana struggling to expose the truth behind the slow poisoning of a Mexican border town.

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