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  • Puccini extreme: Dudamel's gloriously pessimistic 'Tosca' an indictment on the appeal of fascism

    Puccini extreme: Dudamel's gloriously pessimistic 'Tosca' an indictment on the appeal of fascism

    “Tosca” is Puccini extreme, the composer’s most political opera. At its center is his most fiery heroine, Tosca, the diva who attempts to live for art under tyranny in Rome during Napoleonic times.  Cavaradossi, the painter and revolutionary, is his most heroic tenor role. The lecherous tyrant...

  • Queens of Comic-Con: Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and other ladies who ruled the Con

    Queens of Comic-Con: Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and other ladies who ruled the Con

    It only took 75 years, but Wonder Woman is finally getting her moment in the spotlight. And as far as Comic-Con 2016 was concerned, she wasn’t the only one.  The original warrior princess got a lot of love at this year’s festivities, buoyed by excitement for 2017’s “Wonder Woman” film, which revealed...

  • Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    San Diego’s Comic-Con 2016 debuted trailers for several upcoming television series and movies. From DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman,” to Oliver Stone’s drama thriller “Snowden,” take a gander at a jam-packed list of trailers, teasers and sneak peeks below. Just in case you missed anything.  ‘Wonder Woman’...

  • China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    The Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action-comedy “Skiptrace” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office last week, taking in $62.8 million in its first four days in theaters. The debut surpassed that of Chan’s last blockbuster, the 2015 period action film “Dragon Blade,” co-starring John Cusak and...

  • Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight. Pop singer Adele has booked two more shows to her extended series of concerts at Staples Center in August, adding to her already slotted six sold-out gigs. The new dates are on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.  The artist has been touring for much of the year in support of her 2015 album, “25,” after...

  • At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 people have been arrested at a Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey, including a woman accused of assaulting police, according to officials.  The arrests occurred at Saturday night's show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, officials said. Investigators say 30-year-old Kimberly Goodman...

  • AMC makes final $1.2 billion bid for Carmike Cinemas

    AMC makes final $1.2 billion bid for Carmike Cinemas

    Chinese-owned theater chain AMC Entertainment has boosted its offer to buy rival Carmike Cinemas, in a move to keep the closely watched deal from falling apart.  Leawood, Kan.-based AMC agreed on Monday to pay $33.06 a share for Columbus, Ga.-headquartered Carmike, a 10% increase from what the...

  • With new music festival Panorama, Goldenvoice pushes east

    With new music festival Panorama, Goldenvoice pushes east

    Several times during his politically charged set at the Panorama music festival Saturday night, Kendrick Lamar referred favorably to the host city. “New York started some of my most dedicated fans,” he said at one point, to raucous cheers. “Do you agree?"‎ The Compton  rapper, who once controversially...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    SERIES The Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher is down to her last three choices among the men who have tried to win her heart. 8 p.m. ABC So You Think You Can Dance The unscripted competition continues as the top nine dancers perform before judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, Nigel Lythgoe and Maddie Ziegler....

  • Stephanie Edwards and local news stations honored with Los Angeles-area Emmys

    Stephanie Edwards and local news stations honored with Los Angeles-area Emmys

    The Los Angeles area Emmy Awards honored local television news outlets Saturday night with nearly 50 awards for their coverage over the last year. During the event, which was held at the Television Academy’s new Saban Media Center, local icon and television host Stephanie Edwards was also honored...

  • The orchestra of the future plays iPalpiti festival finale

    The orchestra of the future plays iPalpiti festival finale

    Of all the death-haunted composers in history, Schubert and Mahler stand close to the top. Some of their most compelling music in this vein -- Schubert's Piano Sonata in B-flat, the slow movements from Mahler's 5th and 6th symphonies -- transform our fears into something emotionally complex and...

  • CW's Comic-Con block reveals who's in the pod on 'Supergirl' and teases a new 'Legion of Doom'

    CW's Comic-Con block reveals who's in the pod on 'Supergirl' and teases a new 'Legion of Doom'

    The CW, which has the most impressive TV block of comic book fodder, unleashed back-to-back-to-back-to-back panels late Saturday at Comic-Con for "Supergirl," "Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash" and "Arrow.” Each bright beacon of genre fare brought with it a bit of information, a couple of clips...

  • 'Current: LA' art biennial: Water may be the theme, but gas is what you'll need to see it all

    While sitting on the grass in the warm summer sunshine and watching the Echo Park Lake water-jets shoot high into the air, thoughts of violent death are unlikely to crowd the mind. “The Shade” is designed to change that. “The Shade” is a monumental sculpture by Teresa Margolles, an artist with...

  • Autolux explores the six-year cycle of creativity that spawned its recent album

    Autolux explores the six-year cycle of creativity that spawned its recent album

    Like the life-cycle of a rare species that blossoms at odd intervals, the Los Angeles trio Autolux arrived with its recent album, “Pussy’s Dead,” after six years of germination. But however glorious its spring arrival may have been, dozens of other records, tracks, remixes and mixtapes by hot new...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    SERIES Angel From Hell The comedy starring Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson airs its final episodes. 8 and 8:30 p.m. CBS Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet Dr. Dee and her husband Ken host a clinic in a town with a population of 107 in the season premiere of the unscripted series. 8 p.m. Animal Planet Syfy Presents:...

  • Bob Law drawings find poignancy in simplicity

    Bob Law drawings find poignancy in simplicity

    The six paintings and 12 drawings in “Bob Law: 1959-2001” take visitors to the simplest of times and the most basic of places: right here and right now. That’s the beauty of the British minimalist’s works at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Beverly Hills. The art bets everything on your capacity to understand...

  • At 'Ken Price: Drawings,' life's little details in broad strokes

    At 'Ken Price: Drawings,' life's little details in broad strokes

    “Ken Price: Drawings” is an intimate affair, despite the number of works in the exhibition (35), the number of rooms it fills (five) and the years it covers (1969 to 2011). Everything at Matthew Marks Gallery in Beverly Hills gives infectious form to Price’s fascination with details and the wide-eyed...

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