| May 30, 2010
George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Feb 13, 2010
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The 10th anniversary of âFantasia 2000â will be marked by a limited engagement of the film at El Capitan Theatre, Feb. 17-27. Accompanying each screening: The animated short "Destino," the storied collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali...
| Aug 10, 2008
Behold America's theater capital, twinkling, preening, clanging, stoking ambitions and devouring tourist dollars.
Now behold the drama students of Verdugo Hills High School, their parents ferrying them from the San Fernando Valley to LAX, their...
| Oct 27, 2008
Here's a suggestion: Let's ditch the nightclub as a setting for ballet. No more predictable tales about the trials of courtship or the ballroom as a metaphor for life.
Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella's smart and spirited South Florida company,...
| May 1, 2008
The West Coast premiere of a Twyla Tharp collaboration with rock star composer Elvis Costello, "Nightspot," and the return of the Kirov Ballet will highlight the 2008-09 series.
"Nightspot," to be danced by Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, will...
| Dec 29, 2007
Among the major notables who passed from the scene this year, three of the most famous -- two masters of cinema and a genius of football -- died on the same day: July 30.
Two others -- a historic Russian leader and a U.S. chronicler of war -- left us...
| Jul 1, 2009
Pina Bausch, a German choreographer and dancer whose innovative work transcended traditional barriers between dance and theater, died Tuesday in Wuppertal, Germany, five days after being diagnosed with cancer. She was 68.
Bausch was the artistic director...
| Jun 21, 2009
Back in the early 1970s, Yvonne Rainer was in the midst of a transition from postmodern dance maker to experimental film auteur. She still had all kinds of ideas for new dances, but she would jokingly send them to her friend, the choreographer Trisha...
| Oct 11, 2009
Visitors have been known to get lost at USC, a 226-acre scholastic oasis in the middle of a sprawling city. This year the university has added some helpful signposts, like the huge banners trumpeting the 125th anniversary of the Thornton School of Music...
| Nov 15, 2009
Unless you happen to be David Letterman, little of value tends to come from making top 10 lists. But violinist Gil Shaham has lately turned this common time-waster into something of a consuming passion, and music lovers are the beneficiaries.