Jun 292012
 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the U.S.

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean’s epic biography of adventurer T.E. Lawrence, based upon Lawrence’s book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” was shot in exotic locations in Jordan, Morocco and Spain in 65mm (nearly two times as wide as standard 35mm film stock), and printed and presented in Super Panavision 70. The screening is part of the Academy’s summer-long celebration of the large format theatrical experience at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

“Lawrence of Arabia” earned a total of 10 Academy Award® nominations and won seven awards. In addition to the Best Picture award, it received Oscars® for Color Art Direction (John Box, John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario Simoni), Color Cinematography (Fred A. Young), Directing (Lean), Film Editing (Anne Coates), Music – Music Score, substantially original (Maurice Jarre), Sound (Shepperton Studio Sound Department, John Cox, sound director), and nominations for Best Actor (Peter O’Toole), Actor in a Supporting Role (Sharif), and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson).

Tickets for “Lawrence of Arabia” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased starting July 2 online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Jun 292012
 

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) Sexual Assault Section is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect linked to 35 sexual assaults since February 1996.

On June 15, 2012, around 5:30 a.m., a 29-year-old female Hispanic was walking in the area of 25th Street and Naomi Avenue.  She was approached by a man who attempted to converse with her and then produced a handgun and forced her to walk into an alley where he attempted to sexually assault her.  Fortunately, a vehicle came into the alley and the suspect fled on foot.

Detectives have identified 35 similar incidents of sexual assault that occurred between February 1996 and the most recent attack.  The assaults have been linked through DNA evidence and/or the suspect’s distinct mode of operation.

The incidents have occurred within the following LAPD divisions:  Southwest, 77th Street, Southeast, Rampart/Olympic, Newton, and Wilshire Areas.  Three incidents also occurred within the Los Angeles County Firestone-Florence District.

All of the crimes occurred in the early morning hours between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.  The suspect typically walked up to each victim and engaged them in conversation before producing a knife or firearm.  He would then walk them to a secluded area and sexually assault them.  The victims ranged from 14 to 41 years of age.

The suspect is a male Hispanic, 40 to 55 years old, with brown eyes and brown hair.  He stands between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 6 inches and weighs between 130 and 170 pounds.  He has been described as having a light complexion, a possible teardrop tattoo(s) or scar(s) below one of his eyes and a mustache. He may also have attempted to remove his teardrop tattoo.  The suspect has been seen wearing a gray or dark hooded sweatshirt.  He has also worn a bandana, black baseball cap or dark-colored beanie.

The City of Los Angeles is offering a reward for up to $50,000 for information leading to the identity, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the series of sexual assaults.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to email tips to rhd-sas@lapd.lacity.org  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Jun 292012
 

Go Metro to the American Heroes Air Show and Ride a Helicopter

If you’ve ever wanted to take a ride on a helicopter, now’s your chance. Head out to the American Heroes Air Show, the nation’s premier helicopter-only aviation event, and make sure to go Metro to receive a five percent discount on helicopter rides.

Show your valid Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket at the Adventure Helicopter Tours booth to receive the discount. The American Heroes Air Show takes place on Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex in Lake View Terrace. Admission to the event is free.

The American Heroes Air Show provides an exciting, up-close view of helicopters, their crews and their dynamic role in community safety, homeland security and national defense. Helicopters from local, county, state, private media and Federal/Department of Defense agencies will be featured. The unique community event also includes a career fair and extensive fundraising opportunities for many local non-profits and Veteran’s support organizations.

For more information about the air show, visit heroes-airshow.com/losangeles/

Metro Bus 90/290 has stops near the Hansen Dam Sports Complex. For time tables and connections, call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).

Jun 272012
 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present  the 1963 ensemble comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” as the inaugural film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Directed by nine-time Oscar® nominee Stanley Kramer, “It’s a Mad, Mad,

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 1963 ensemble comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” as the inaugural film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Mad, Mad World” earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Cinematography (Ernest Laszlo), Film Editing (Frederic Knudtson, Robert C. Jones, Gene Fowler, Jr.), Music – Music Score, substantially original (Ernest Gold), Music – Song (Gold, Mack David), Sound (Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon E. Sawyer, Sound Director), and took home the Oscar for Sound Effects (Walter G. Elliott).

Prior to the screening, there will be a panel discussion with actors Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Stan Freberg and Barrie Chase, as well as script supervisor Marshall Schlom, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and Stanley Kramer’s widow, Karen Kramer.

The 70mm short “The Miracle of Todd-AO” (1954) will be screened before the film.  This live action short highlights the innovation of the Todd-AO wide-angle lens with an optical journey from the Grand Teton
National Park to the streets of San Francisco.

“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” a six-film series, will run Mondays through August 13, showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects.

The remaining screenings in the series are:

  • July 16 “Sleeping Beauty” (1959)
  • July 23 “Grand Prix” (1966)
  • July 30 “The Sound of Music” (1965)
  • August 6 “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
  • August 13 “Spartacus” (1960)

Series passes for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are on sale now.  Passes are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID.  Tickets to individual evenings, if still available, will go on sale Friday, June 29.  Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID.  Passes and tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  For the latest pre-show details call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Jun 272012
 
War Horse Opens June 29 at the Ahmanson

War Horse Opens June 29 at the Ahmanson

AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/AHMANSON THEATRE West Coast Premiere of the Powerful Drama Continues Through July 29 The West Coast premiere of the National Theatre production of “War Horse” opens Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

Currently in previews, performances for the powerful drama will continue through July 29, 2012. The National Theatre’s epic “War Horse” is the winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play.  Michael Morpurgo’s novel “War Horse” is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which has garnered six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” “War Horse” is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The company of “War Horse,” comprised of more than 30 performers, includes Andrew Veenstra as Albert Narracott, Brian Keane as Arthur Narracott, Michael Wyatt Cox as Billy Narracott, Todd Cerveris as Ted Narracott, Angela Reed as Rose Narracott, Jason Loughlin as Lieutenant James Nicholls, and Jason Alan Carvell as Private Schnabel. Also featured in the cast are Michael Stewart Allen, Danny Beiruti, Brooks Brantly, Laurabeth Breya, Brian Robert Burns, Grayson DeJesus, Catherine Gowl, Aaron Haskell, Mike Heslin, Jon Hoche, Mat Hostetler, Chad Jennings, Nathan Koci, Jessica Krueger, Nick LaMedica, Rob Laqui, Megan Loomis, Christopher Mai, Gregory Manley, Andrew May, John Milosich, Alex Morf, Patrick Osteen, Jon Riddleberger, Lavita Shaurice, Derek Stratton and Danny Yoerges. The tour of “War Horse,” based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, will be directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony® Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. In addition to Best Play, “War Horse” received Tony® Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Elliott and Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

“War Horse” received its world premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run. “War Horse” has been seen by almost two million people worldwide. The lead producers of the National Tour of “War Horse” are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain. Lincoln Center Theater and the National Theatre of Great Britain in association with Bob Boyett and War Horse LP, are the producers of the American premiere of “War Horse,” which opened April 14, 2011, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater where it is currently playing an open-ended run. Future productions of “War Horse” are planned for Australia and South Africa, as well as a UK Tour.

Tickets for “War Horse” are available by calling (213) 972-4400 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or in person at the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center.

Jun 222012
 

 

(L to R) Louie Magic, Daryl Hannah and Dennis Diamond in "Elephant Room"€ at Arena Stage

(L to R) Louie Magic, Daryl Hannah and Dennis Diamond in “Elephant Room”€ at Arena Stage, which will have its West Coast premiere at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, August 22 through September 16, 2012. The opening is scheduled for August 26. “€œElephant Room,” which was commissioned by CTG, is by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo and is directed by Paul Lazar. Photo by Scott Suchman/Arena Stage

 

EVENT:                      “Elephant Room”

by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo

Directed by Paul Lazar 

A Center Theatre Group Commission

West Coast Premiere.

 

DESCRIPTION:         By turns fresh, silly and profound, “Elephant Room” is set in a basement rec room where three semi-pro conjurers hang out and practice their tricks with varying competence.  These self-deluded illusionists are brimming with childlike wonder and undeserved self-confidence, but there is something mysterious about their Elephant Room. Things are not as they seem.  “It gets weird, but it’s an enjoyable, laugh-out-loud kind of weird,” said Gwendolyn Purdom, of the Washingtonian. Eric Grode of The New York Times said, “. . . their lovable-loser shtick as well as their nifty skills help turn ‘Elephant Room’ into one of the coolest places in town.”

 

DATES/TIMES:          Previews Begin August 22. Opens August 26.

                                    Continues through September 16, 2012.

Previews: (August 22-25)

Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.

Opens Sunday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Regular Performances (Beginning August 28):

Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays.

 

LOCATION:               Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Ample free parking and restaurants adjacent.

Jun 222012
 
Jomama Jones in “Radiate” in Kirk Douglas Theatre

Jomama Jones in “Radiate” in Kirk Douglas Theatre

EVENT: Jomama Jones  “Radiate” Conceived by Daniel Alexander Jones with Bobby Halvorson A DouglasPlus Workshop Presentation.

DESCRIPTION: “Radiate” is an intimate concert – part happening, part revival – in which the writer and performance artist Jomama Jones embodies a legendary soul singer on her American comeback tour. Jones performs songs from her CDs “Lone Star,” “Radiate” and the forthcoming “Six Ways Home,” while sharing tales from her life-journey and her surprising observations of the America to which she has returned. The New York Times said, “‘Radiate’ glows … making it hard to resist this sequined earth-mother’s soulful embrace.” For the DouglasPlus workshop, Jones will change the focus of the script to make it a Los Angeles concert version.

DATES/TIMES: August 3 and 4, 2012. Two performances only. Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 at 8 p.m.

 

Jun 222012
 

X GAMES – Thursday, June 28, 2012 – Sunday, July 1, 2012

THE 2012 ESPYS – July 11th, 2012

GEORGE LOPEZ – July 13th & 14th, 2012

KIM JANG HOON – ONE MAN SHOW – July 21st, 2012

Jun 222012
 

AN EVENING WITH THE AVETT BROTHERS – June 22nd, 2012

LA ARROLLADORA BANDA EL LIMON – June 23rd, 2012

NEW EDITION – June 24th, 2012

IL DIVO – July 19th, 2012

AN EVENING WITH YANNI – July 20th, 2012

Chips Ahoy! & Ritz present AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! – July 23rd, 2012

ARETHA FRANKLIN – July 25th, 2012

ESPINOZA PAZ – July 28th, 2012

NICKI MINAJ – August 5th, 2012

SEAL – August 7th, 2012

MINDLESS BEHAVIOR – August 17th, 2012

GYPSY KINGS – August 18th, 2012

HOT 92.3’S SOLAR GALAXY OF STARS – August 19th, 2012

TRAIN – September 29th, 2012

GERARDO ORTIZ – October 5th, 2012

LOS TEMERARIOS – October 13th, 2012

ERIC CHURCH – November 4th, 2012

LEONARD COHEN – November 5th, 2012

FRESH BEAT BAND LIVE IN CONCERT – November 24th, 2012

CELTIC THUNDER – VOYAGE – December 5th, 2012

CHRIS ISSAK – December 11th, 2012

Jun 222012
 

BOXING: ORTIZ VS. LOPEZ – June 23rd, 2012

X GAMES – June 28th – July 1st, 2012

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS Presents “Dragons” – July 11th-17th, 2012

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour By Cirque du Soleil – August 14th & 15th, 2012

WWE SUMMERSLAM– August 19th, 2012

KELLOGG’S TOUR OF GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS – September 15th, 2012

Batman Live – September 27th-29th, 2012 (8 Shows)

Jun 222012
 

Upcoming Concerts at STAPLES Center

Scorpions – June 22nd, 2012

Maxwell – July 20th & 21st, 2012

Kaskade – July 27th, 2012

Super Estrella – August 10th, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers – August 11th & 12th, 2012

Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Wisin y Yandel – August 16th & 17th, 2012

How Sweet the Sound – September 21st, 2012

Justin Bieber – October 2nd & 3rd, 2012

Black Keys – October 5th, 2012

Madonna – October 10th & 11th, 2012

Carrie Underwood – October 16th, 2012

Morrissey – November 24th, 2012

Vicente Fernandez – November 29th, 2012

Russell Peters – December 7th, 2012

One Direction – August 7th, 2013

Jun 222012
 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and NASA will explore cutting-edge film techniques and virtual voyages using animation on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by five-time Oscar®-nominated producer Frank Marshall, “Capturing the Final Frontier” will feature film clips and conversations with such filmmakers as Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar and leading NASA animators and scientists (see complete list on www.oscars.org).

The Academy and NASA Venture to the Final Frontier

The Academy and NASA Venture to the Final Frontier

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the event will take a journey through the space program’s breakthroughs in animation with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Eric De Jong, who began his career creating Voyager animations. The evening features a look at Mars rover Curiosity graphics in anticipation of its landing on the Red Planet in August 2012.NASA animators and image specialists regularly take these visual concepts a step further by joining forces with Hollywood filmmakers to create new wonders for the big screen. “Capturing the Final Frontier” will examine some of these collaborations, exploring the documentary films “Hubble 3D” (2010) and “Roving Mars” (2006) along with feature films “Mission to Mars” (2000) and the Oscar-nominated “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011).

Tickets for “Capturing the Final Frontier” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Jun 152012
 

“WAR HORSE” BEGINS PERFORMANCES THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 14
AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP / AHMANSON THEATRE
West Coast Premiere of the Powerful Drama Opens Friday, June 29

War Horse

The cast of the National Tour of “€œWar Horse.”€ The West Coast premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain production of “€œWar Horse” will start performances at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre on June 14, and continues through July 29, 2012.

The National Theatre production of “War Horse” begins performances Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. Performances for the powerful drama will continue through July 29, 2012. Opening is set for June 29.

The National Theatre’s epic “War Horse” is the winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play.  Michael Morpurgo’s novel “War Horse” is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which has garnered six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” “War Horse” is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The company of “War Horse,” comprised of more than 30 performers, includes Andrew Veenstra as Albert Narracott, Brian Keane as Arthur Narracott, Michael Wyatt Cox as Billy Narracott, Todd Cerveris as Ted Narracott, Angela Reed as Rose Narracott, Jason Loughlin as Lieutenant James Nicholls, and Jason Alan Carvell as Private Schnabel.
Also featured in the cast are Michael Stewart Allen, Danny Beiruti, Brooks Brantly, Laurabeth Breya, Brian Robert Burns, Grayson DeJesus, Catherine Gowl, Aaron Haskell, Mike Heslin, Jon Hoche, Mat Hostetler, Chad Jennings, Nathan Koci, Jessica Krueger, Nick LaMedica, Rob Laqui, Megan Loomis, Christopher Mai, Gregory Manley, Andrew May, John Milosich, Alex Morf, Patrick Osteen, Jon Riddleberger, Lavita Shaurice, Derek Stratton and Danny Yoerges.
The tour of “War Horse,” based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, will be directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony® Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

In addition to Best Play, “War Horse” received Tony® Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Elliott and Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.
“War Horse” received its world premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from in 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run. “War Horse” has been seen by almost two million people worldwide.

War Horse

(L to R) Andrew Veenstra, Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton and Rob Laqui in the National Tour of “War Horse.”€ The West Coast premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain production of “€œWar Horse”€

The lead producers of the National Tour of “War Horse” are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.
Lincoln Center Theater and the National Theatre of Great Britain in association with Bob Boyett and War Horse LP, are the producers of the American premiere of “War Horse,” which opened April 14, 2011, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater where it is currently playing an open-ended run. Future productions of “War Horse” are planned for Australia and South Africa, as well as a UK Tour.

Tickets for “War Horse” are available by calling (213) 972-4400 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or in person at the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center.

Jun 152012
 

EVENT: The Donmar Warehouse production of “Red” By John Logan Featuring Jonathan Groff and Alfred Molina Directed by Michael Grandage

DESCRIPTION: “Red” is set in the 1950s in the New York studio of artist Mark Rothko, known for paintings that seem to pulsate with a life force of their own. Rothko is working on a commissioned series of paintings for the new Four Seasons restaurant and his recently hired assistant is rapidly learning about the uncompromising aesthetic of his new boss. Though Rothko feels the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, he tells his assistant, “There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend . . . One day the black will swallow the red.”

DATES/TIMES: Previews begin August 1. Opens August 12. Continues through September 9, 2012. Previews (August 1 – 11): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 6:30 p.m.; Matinees on Sunday, August 5 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, August 11 at 2:30 p.m. No performance on Monday, August 6. Opens Sunday, August 12 at 7 p.m. Regular Performances (beginning August 14): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays.

LOCATION: Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A., 90012

Jun 152012
 

WORLD PREMIERE OF “LOS OTROS” OPENS AT TAPER SUNDAY, JUNE 3 MUSICAL BY ELLEN FITZHUGH AND MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA FEATURES JULIO MONGE AND MICHELE PAWK “Los Otros” Continues Through July 1, 2012

Los Otros

Los Otros

The world premiere of the beautifully crafted musical “Los Otros” opens Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. With book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh and music by Michael John LaChiusa, “Los Otros” features Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk in the role of Woman and Julio Monge in the role of Man. “Los Otros” will continue performances through July 1, 2012.

Directed by multiple Tony Award-nominee Graciela Daniele, “Los Otros,” with its distinctly Californian stories that span several decades, was commissioned by Center Theatre Group.

The first act depicts three defining moments in the life of a Southern California woman, all of them involving chance encounters with Mexican immigrants. The second act introduces us to a Mexican- American man, first as a 12-year-old picking plums in a Central Valley orchard during WWII and finally as a 75-year-old whose mind is failing him. What is revealed about both are the gifts and devotions that have shaped their lives.

Michele Pawk’s Broadway credits include “Hollywood Arms,” for which she won a Tony Award, “Hairspray,” “Losing Louie,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Cabaret” (Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle nominations). In addition to numerous off-Broadway and regional credits, she can be heard on eight original cast recordings, plus several compilation albums and books on tape.

Julio Monge’s Broadway credits include “Twelfth Night,” directed by Nicholas Hytner, Paul Simon’s “The Capeman,” “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,” “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “Fosse,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Victor/Victoria.” He also appeared nationally and internationally in “Aurelia’s Oratorio,” directed by Victoria Thierre Chaplin.

Ellen Fitzhugh has created lyrics for the musicals “Herringbone” (winner of Chicago’s Jefferson Award), “Big Blonde,” “Paper Moon,” “Muscle” with James Lapine and William Finn, “Grind” (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations) directed by Harold Prince, and “Paradise Found” directed by Prince and Susan Stroman. She collaborated on the title song for MGM’s “That’s Dancing,” on songs for Disney’s animated feature film “The Great Mouse Detective,” and has written lyrics for the baseball revue “Diamonds,” Joel Grey’s “Tricks of the Trade,” the theme song of Arthur Kopit’s play “End of the World” and additional lyrics for Anthony Newley’s “Chaplin.” She is also working with Michael John LaChiusa to develop the musical “Blood and Oatmeal.” She received an Emmy nomination for a song from PBS’ “Shining Time Station.”

Michael John LaChiusa wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book for “The Wild Party,” which received Tony nominations for musical, original musical score and book. He also received Tony nominations for book and score for “Marie Christine.” From 2011 to 2012, LaChiusa will have premiered three new musicals: “Queen of the Mist” (book, music and lyrics) produced by the Transport Group in New York; “Giant,” (book by Sybille Pearson), premiering at the Dallas Theater Center and co-produced by the Public Theater; and “Los Otros.”

LaChiusa’s other works include “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” (Tony nomination for Best Book), “Bernarda Alba,” “See What I Wanna See,” “The Highest Yellow,” “Little Fish,” “Hello Again” (Obie Award), “First Lady Suite” (Obie Award) and “Break/Agnes/Eulogy for Mister Hamm.” His operas include “Send (who are you? I love you)” at Houston Grand Opera and “Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations)” at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He received two Emmy Awards for “The Wonder Pets.”

“Los Otros” is supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from The Ann Palmer Foundation. www.namt.org.

Jun 142012
 

June 9 through July 21, 2012

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 6-8pm

Dale Johnson

By the Sea

By the Sea by Dale Johnson

By the Sea by Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson, Lab and Longboard, 2011, digital pigment print, 15 x 15 inches

Gallery II:

Dan Shepherd

Blinded By Science

Pyrus#2 by Dan Shepherd

Pyrus#2 by Dan Shepherd

Dan Shepherd, Pyrus #2, 2008, archival pigment print, 24 x 36 inches

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions that will be on display from June 9 through July 21, 2012. “By the Sea” by Dale Johnson will be exhibited in the main gallery space. Gallery II will feature “Blinded by Science” by Dan Shepherd.

Dreamy views of the shore capture the imagination in Johnson’s “By the Sea” series. Johnson is an accomplished artist who worked with charcoal, gouache, watercolor, and pastel for several decades but eventually turned to photography to satisfy her desire for a sense of spontaneity. Inspired by both Pictorialism in photography and Pointillism in painting, Johnson seeks to create with the quick click of the shutter the soft, hazy effects she cherished in her work in other mediums. Johnson states, “[m]y art education led me to appreciate the quality of light, form and texture and how they set the tone or mood for my photographs in composition, palette and texture.”

Johnson earned her B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She has exhibited across the country, and as a winner in the Emerging Focus Photography Competition, her work was exhibited at Photo L.A. 2012. In 2010, Johnson’s photographs were published in “Color Magazine,” Special Issue #10, and “Urban Country Landscape,” The Worldwide Gala Awards. Johnson lives and works in Carmel, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The trees of Manhattan’s Central Park arrive in Santa Monica in Shepherd’s “Blinded by Science” series. With these works, Shepherd seeks the antidote to his view of the world as an environmental scientist and student of botany-someone so “blinded by science” that trees are more subjects of study than objects of beauty. By treating the leaves and branches of trees as parts of an abstraction, Shepherd rediscovers the aesthetic wonders of nature. He states, “I am using the artistic power of abstraction to create images of some of my favorite plants and trees, which helps me filter out the science details and lets me focus on the pure beauty of nature.”

Dan Shepherd has a master’s degree in environmental science from Columbia University and an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, England. He holds a B.A. in Japanese from the University of Oregon. His work has been shown in various locations throughout the country, and has been featured in several recent publications, including: “The Orion Magazine,” “The F-Stop Magazine – Abstraction” and “Lenscratch.” This is his first show at dnj Gallery.

dnj Gallery 2525 michigan avenue, suite J1 santa monica, california 90404 310.315.3551

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off its summer screening series, “The Last 70mm Film Festival,” on Monday, July 9, with a big-screen presentation of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963). The six-film series, which will run through August 13, will showcase 70mm classics from different genres, and will include a new print of “Spartacus” and rarely screened 70mm short subjects. All screenings will be held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Pre-show festivities will begin at 7 p.m.

As theaters increasingly move towards digital projection, there has never been a better time to celebrate these vibrant, clear 70mm prints.

The complete schedule for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” is as follows:

July 9 “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963)
“The Miracle of Todd-AO” (1956), a short film detailing the technological advancement of the Todd-AO wide-angle lens and the widescreen format as used in “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Oklahoma!”
July 16 “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) “Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot” (1957), the longest continually running motion picture in American film history, which still runs daily in VistaVision at the twin Patriot Theatres in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
July 23 “Grand Prix” (1966) “The March of Todd-AO” (1959), follow-up to “The Miracle of Todd-AO,” featuring the technology as used in “South Pacific.”
July 30 “The Sound of Music” (1965)
August 6 “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) “To Be Alive!” (1965), the Academy Award®-winning documentary short subject that shows the progression from childhood to adulthood in different cultures around the world.
August 13 “Spartacus” (1960) From a new 70mm print.

An updated list of pre-show details will be available at Oscars.org.

Series passes for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are on sale now. Passes are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID.

Tickets to individual evenings, if still available, will go on sale Friday, June 29. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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Academy Award WINNERS 2012

Academy Awards 2012: the Ceremony

Red Carpet Arrivals

 

Academy Award WINNERS 2012

Best Picture: The Artist — Thomas Langmann

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Supporting Actor in  “Beginners” Christopher Plummer

Best Supporting Actress for “The Help” Octavia Spencer

 

 

Academy Awards 2012: the Ceremony

Billy Crystal hosts 2012 Academy Awards

Billy Crystal hosts 2012 Academy Awards

Billy Crystal hosts the 84th Annual Academy Awards® from the Hollywood and Highland Center, in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 26, 2012.
Photo credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz present at the 2012 Academy Awards

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz present at the 2012 Academy Awards

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz present at the 84th Annual Academy Awards® from Hollywood, CA February 26, 2012. Photo credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Brad Pitt and and Angelina Jolie walk backstage during 2012 Academy Awards

Brad Pitt and and Angelina Jolie walk backstage during 2012 Academy Awards

Brad Pitt, Oscar®-nominee for Best Motion Picture of the Year and Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Angelina Jolie walk backstage during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 84th Annual Academy Awards® from the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 26, 2012.
Photo credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

RED CARPET ARRIVALS

George Clooney arrives at 2012 Academy Awards

George Clooney arrives at 2012 Academy Awards

George Clooney, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Adapted Screenplay, arrives for the 84th Annual Academy Awards® from Hollywood, CA February 26, 2012.Photo credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

Melissa McCarthy arrives at 2012 Academy Awards

Melissa McCarthy arrives at 2012 Academy Awards

Melissa McCarthy, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and Ben Falcone arrive for the 84th Annual Academy Awards® from Hollywood, CA February 26, 2012.
Photo credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

Jessica Chastain arrives at 2012 Academy Awards

Jessica Chastain arrives at 2012 Academy Awards

Jessica Chastain, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, arrives for the 84th Annual Academy Awards® from Hollywood, CA February 26, 2012.
Photo credit: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

The red carpet welcomes guests of the 2012 Academy Awards

The red carpet welcomes guests of the 2012 Academy Awards

The red carpet is out for the 84th Annual Academy Awards® in Hollywood. Photo credit: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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June 2012

BOXING: ORTIZ VS. LOPEZ – June 23rd, 2012

X GAMES – June 28th – July 1st, 2012

July 2012

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS Presents “Dragons” – July 1th-17th, 2012

August 2012

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour By Cirque du Soleil – August 14th & 15th, 2012

WWE SUMMERSLAM– August 19th, 2012

September 2012

KELLOGG’S TOUR OF GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS – September 15th, 2012

Batman Live – September 27th-29th, 2012 (8 Shows)

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June 2012 in L.A.

LMFAO – June 5th, 2012

Van Halen – June 9th, 2012

Nickelback – June 15th, 2012

Scorpions – June 22nd, 2012

 

July 2012 in L.A.

Maxwell – July 20th & 21st, 2012

Kaskade – July 27th, 2012

 

August 2012 in L.A.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – August 11th & 12th, 2012

Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Wisin y Yandel – August 16th & 17th, 2012

One Direction – August 7th, 2013

 

October 2012 in L.A.

Justin Bieber – October 2nd & 3rd, 2012

Black Keys – October 5th, 2012

Madonna – October 10th & 11th, 2012

Carrie Underwood – October 16th, 2012