Ambitious installations such as Passage by firm SO-IL, along with performances, talks and tours, opened the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Tom Harris)
How, exactly, can you perform opera in cars crisscrossing the streets of L.A.? Even after interviewing the Industry for our fall arts preview last month, the experimental opera company's "Hopscotch" was still shrouded in mystery. When the first preview finally rolled around last weekend, Times staff writer Jessica Gelt took her seat with notepad in hand. The show doesn’t officially open until Oct. 31, but buckle up. You can join Gelt for the ride now.
Rusty Kennedy, left, and Alfredo Lopez perform in one of the scenes in a limo as part of "Hopscotch." (Jenna Schoenefeld / For The Times)
Adventurous opera, Part II
Missy Mazzoli’s “Song From the Uproar” is centered on Isabelle Eberhardt, and if the name doesn’t ring a bell, Swed summarizes her life in one sentence: “At 21, she went to Algeria, where she dressed as a man, became a Sufi, fell in love with an Algerian soldier, survived both an attempted assassination and failed suicide pact but drowned in a flash flood at 27.” As Eberhardt, Abigail Fischer proves worthy of the buzz hailing her as a rising star.
More from our team:
Times staff writer Deborah Vankin plays fly on the wall at the Magic Castle launch party for a new $2,500-a-year art club, then comes back down to the real world to preview the Art Center College of Design’s new street art exhibition in Pasadena. She has a Q&A with organizer Ann Field.
Staff writer Mike Boehm takes a look at the Broad museum’s recently announced slate of event programming, which includes performance by Karen Finley and cinema curated by Ava Duvernay and made by women and people of color.
Across town at the forthcoming Academy Museum comes word that opening day has been pushed back to 2018 and fundraising goals have been raised nearly 30%. On the brighter side: A big gift from the late Shirley Temple Black.
Jeffrey Deitch lovers and haters alike tuned into news this week that the former Museum of Contemporary Art director is organizing an exhibition on the Angulo brothers. They are “The Wolfpack” siblings who were rarely allowed to leave their New York apartment and who experienced the outside world mainly through movies. Times staff writer David Ng has details on Deitch’s plans.
Ng also has news that Deaf West’s “Spring Awakening,” the musical revival that blends spoken and signed dialogue, is struggling on Broadway. After launching from the Wallis Annenberg Center of the Arts in Beverly Hills with radiant reviews and audience enthusiasm, the production landed in New York at a Brooks Atkinson Theatre that was one-third empty, even after a rave from the New York Times. Why might the show be challenged in finding its audience?
Look later this week for our interview with James Earl Jones, 84, and Cicely Tyson, 90, reunited for the first time in 50 years in “The Gin Game.” Also on the way: coverage of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in Long Beach, and a report on the state of black and Latino arts groups.
Follow me on Twitter at @kscottLATarts.