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Datebook: Chagall's buoyant stage designs, an alt arts festival kicks off, photography about the border
A family tries to close the distance between 'Other Desert Cities' at the Theatricum

Jon Robin Baitz has never been afraid of putting politics onstage. He has a gift for channeling current events into complex and nuanced plays, practically in real time.

His dark comedy “Vicuña,” which ran at L.A.’s Kirk Douglas Theatre during the 2016 election, depicted the triumph of a presidential candidate a lot like Donald Trump. The outcome of Nov.

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How Beethoven for all and A-list alliances keep the Music Academy of the West thriving after 70 years

Santa Barbara suits Scott Reed. A fit, life-long swimmer, his perfectly tailored crisp white shirt and clean-cut red hair pop against the seaside city’s bright blue sky.

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Intelligence, wit and a marriage made in hell in ‘The Devil’s Wife’

It wouldn’t be the first time a reckless marriage led straight to hell. Rarely, however, has a spouse — however demonic — turned out to be literally Satan. Which somewhat raises the stakes for three sisters hoping a mysterious suitor will rescue them from desperate financial straits in “The Devil’s Wife” at the Skylight Theatre.

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Betye Saar's gun-totin' mammies turn stereotype into power at the Craft & Folk Art Museum
Hold the light sabers: This is John Williams off the big screen but still substantial at the Bowl

Stéphane Denève continues his rise in the symphonic ranks, having just been appointed to succeed David Robertson as music director of the St. Louis Symphony, starting in the 2019-2020 season. The Los Angeles Philharmonic already knows Denève’s capabilities since he has been a frequent guest conductor here, and they responded well to him again — from what I could hear — Tuesday night at Hollywood Bowl.

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