Jan 312013
 

The first-ever Oscar Roadtrip will kick off on Monday, February 4, in New York City, and over the next three weeks will bring the excitement of the Oscars® to numerous cities across the country. Fans along the way will have a chance to hold an actual Oscar statuette before it arrives on the Hollywood red carpet in time for the 85th Academy Awards® presentation on Sunday, February 24.

Oscar’s journey will be chronicled in videos, photos and blog posts by Oscar Roadtrip reporters Ben Gleib and Angie Greenup on OscarRoadtrip.com, @OscarRoadtrip and Facebook.com/TheAcademy. The pair will hit the nation’s highways for the 21-day journey to some of Oscar’s favorite cities, with a number of stops along the way to be determined by fans via social media. Everyone is invited to follow the progress of the trip, suggest a location for an impromptu Oscar visit and take a picture holding the coveted statuette.

“We created the Oscar Roadtrip to bring the magic and fun of the Oscar ceremony to movie fans across the country,” said Josh Spector, managing director of digital media and marketing for the Academy. “The Oscar Roadtrip makes it possible to share the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that only comes from holding an Oscar statuette.”

JCPenney, a proud sponsor of the 85th Academy Awards, will ensure the Roadtrip reporters look stylish throughout the tour. The pair will wear looks from jcp partners including Joe Fresh, William Rast and jcp’s eponymous line, offering a sneak peek at the stylish and affordable fashion that will be available in jcp stores and on jcp.com this spring.

OSCAR® HITS THE ROAD FOR NATIONWIDE TOUR

The Oscar Roadtrip is scheduled to visit the following cities on the following dates:

February 4     New York

February 6     Philadelphia

February 7     Washington, D.C.

February 8     Baltimore

February 11     Chicago

February13     St. Louis

February 14     Kansas City

February 17     Houston

February 18     Dallas

February 21     Phoenix

February 24     Hollywood

Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide.

 

 

Jan 312013
 

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES MAJOR GIFT OF MOVIE POSTERS

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES MAJOR GIFT OF MOVIE POSTERS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that it has received a gift of 1,088 original movie posters from the golden age of Hollywood filmmaking.  The posters have been donated by Dwight Cleveland, a Chicago real estate developer, who has amassed one of the largest and most historically significant collections of movie posters in the world.

The donated posters document the studio era of “B” movie filmmaking in the first half of the 20th century and include examples from Twentieth Century-Fox.  A variety of genres are represented, including westerns, war films, musicals, biblical tales, and social problem films.

The gift, which will be housed in the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, fills some significant gaps in the Academy’s collection.  “B-movies tap into the public consciousness and provide rich fodder for better understanding the times,” said Margaret Herrick Library Director Linda Mehr.

Mr. Cleveland began collecting in 1977 while still in high school, inspired after seeing film posters in an art teacher’s classroom.  After moving to Los Angeles, Cleveland scoured the once-plentiful collector’s shops on Hollywood Boulevard for high-quality memorabilia.  He continues to collect today.

“I really think that film posters are one of the very few truly indigenous art forms of our country,” Mr. Cleveland said.  “By making these gifts, I hope to excite an appreciation for the works themselves among members of the general public and also set a good example for other collectors.”

“Dwight’s collection was a dream to receive.  Not only was it very well organized, but the posters also were in excellent shape.  Our staff is fairly certain he was a librarian in another lifetime,” said Anne Coco, the Herrick’s graphic arts librarian.

The Cleveland collection has been meticulously cataloged, conserved and photographed.  Posters in the library’s collections are stored in climate-controlled vaults in Beverly Hills and may be accessed by filmmakers, historians, journalists, students and the general public.  They are frequently shown at the Academy’s own exhibitions and loaned to cultural institutions worldwide.

For more information about Academy’s holdings, visit www.oscars.org.

Jan 312013
 

BARBRA STREISAND TO PERFORM ON THE OSCARS®

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS

BARBRA STREISAND TO PERFORM ON THE OSCARS

BARBRA STREISAND TO PERFORM ON THE OSCARS

Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24.

Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night.

“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”

Streisand won her first Oscar for Best Actress in “Funny Girl” (1968), and was nominated again in 1973 for her lead performance in “The Way We Were.” She was also nominated for producing the Best Picture nominee “The Prince of Tides” (1991), which she also directed, and for co-writing the original song “I Finally Found Someone” from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996).

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.” For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.” They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Jan 302013
 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP EVENT HONORING CARL REINER AND HIS 75 YEARS IN SHOW BUSINESS BRINGS IN $290,000 FOR SOLD-OUT ONE NIGHT ONLY ENGAGEMENT AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM ON JANUARY 28, 2013

CENTER THEATRE GROUP EVENT HONORING CARL REINER

Special Event Included Staged Reading of “Enter Laughing, The Musical” Based on Carl Reiner’s First Book Featured Deborah S. Craig, Erick Devine, John Grisetti, Sharon Lawrence, Michele Lee, Alan Mandell, Gerry McIntyre, Gina Milo, Sara Niemietz, Kevin Odekirk, Stuart Pankin, Rob Reiner, Darcie Roberts, John Rubinstein and Robb Sapp

Profits Benefit CTG Programs That Support Emerging Artists

In honor of comedy legend Carl Reiner’s 75 years in the business, Center Theatre Group presented a staged reading of “Enter Laughing, The Musical,” which is inspired by Reiner’s experiences as a young man struggling to break into theatre in New York.  The one night only event directed by Stuart Ross (“Forever Plaid”), was performed at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Box office receipts were $290,000 and proceeds from this special event benefit CTG programs that support emerging artists.

A pre-show cocktail tribute was hosted by Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner and the evening continued with an exclusive cast party following the performance.

Adapted from Carl Reiner’s first book, a semi-autobiographical work of the same name, “Enter Laughing” features book by Joseph Stein (“Fiddler on the Roof” and “Zorba the Greek”), music and lyrics by Stan Daniels (“Taxi,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and orchestrations by Matt Castle.

It was presented by special arrangement with Dan Whitten and Tiger Theatricals in association with Carl Reiner.  The cast featured Deborah S. Craig, Erick Devine, John Grisetti, Sharon Lawrence, Michele Lee, Alan Mandell, Gerry McIntyre, Gina Milo, Sara Niemietz, Kevin Odekirk, Stuart Pankin, Rob Reiner, Darcie Roberts, John Rubinstein and Robb Sapp.

CTG board member Dante Di Loreto, president of Ryan Murphy Television, was the chair of the event. The event’s committee included (in alphabetical order) Rich Appel, Billy Crystal, Robert Greenblatt, Brad Hall, Larry Karaszewski, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Aimee Mann, Steve Martin, Michael Penn, Lily Tomlin and Betty White, along with CTG board members – Debra and Norris Bishton, Frances and Terry Flanagan, Barbara and Peter Fodor, Brindell Roberts Gottlieb, and Eva and Marc Stern.

“Enter Laughing, The Musical,” set in the 1930s, follows a young, hapless shop boy from the Bronx as he pursues his dream of becoming a leading man on stage while facing mounting pressures from his despondent girlfriend, dismissive boss, distracted best friend, disgusted acting coach and disapproving though loving parents.

“Enter Laughing,” the stage play, written by Joseph Stein the same year he wrote “Fiddler on the Roof,” won a Tony Award for Alan Arkin in 1964.  Under Stuart Ross’s direction, “Enter Laughing, The Musical” broke box office records at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and New York City’s York Theatre Company. Carl Reiner’s long career in show business includes co-starring in the legendary television show “Your Show of Shows,” creating and co-starring in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” winning a Grammy Award with Mel Brooks for the comedy album “The Two Thousand Year Old Man In The Year Two Thousand,” directing more than a dozen feature films including “The Jerk,” “All of Me,” “Oh, God!” and “Where’s Poppa?” and appearing in many films and television shows.

He has a total of 12 Emmy Awards, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1999, and received the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2001. Reiner is also the author of more than 10 books; the latest, “I Remember Me,” was published this month. The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center at 135 North Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

Center Theatre Group, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the nation, programming subscription seasons year-round at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and the 1,600 to 2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center of Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

In addition to providing theatre of the highest caliber to the rich, diverse communities of Southern California and beyond, CTG supports a significant number of play development and arts education initiatives. For further information, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Jan 302013
 

SAG Awards 2013 Quotes from The Stars

Ben Affleck

“I’ve been around long enough to deeply appreciate this kind of thing,” said Ben Affleck. “They don’t come around often. It’s really nice to have awards in the sense that they encourage artists, and I’m really encouraged by this.”

Dick Van Dyke

“I’ve been so lucky,” said Dick Van Dyke, who received a lifetime achievement award from SAG. “Luck has a lot to do with it. Being at the right place at the right time.”

Daniel Day-Lewis

While many speculate that Daniel Day-Lewis could take home an Oscar after his success at the Golden Globes, the actor commented:  “Well, I could also not!”

Bryan Cranston

said: “This is the pinnacle of my career” In my eventual obit – I hope many, many years from now – it will read, ‘ “Breaking Bad” actor explodes,’ or whatever it says. And I’m very proud of that.”

As anticipated, 2013 SAG Awards were a showcase of the best of the best as well as a daring fashion parade. We can’t wait for 2014…

Jan 292013
 

THE ACADEMY AND MoMA TO CELEBRATE OSCAR'S DOCS

 

 

 

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will present “Oscar’s Docs, 1955–2002:American Stories” from February 2 through February 14 at MoMA in New York City. This annual collaboration highlights Oscar®–winning and nominated short and feature-length documentary films that explore the history, culture and politics of the United States. All prints are from the Academy Film Archive’s collection. The filmmakers will be present at several screenings (visit MoMA.org for details).

The schedule is as follows:

Sat., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
American Dream (1990)
Barbara Kopple. This stirring film depicts the effects of a mid-1980s strike by the workers of a Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minnesota. 98 min.

Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994)
Freida Lee Mock. A profile of Maya Lin, the young artist who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and other politically motivated artistic creations. 105 min.

Sun., Feb. 3, 2:30 p.m.
Princeton: A Search for Answers (1973)
Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage. At one of the world’s premiere universities, where great thinkers dare to ask simple questions, men and women are involved in the intense, exciting process of discovery-from music composition to Shakespeare to the nature of the cosmos. 28 min.

The Stone Carvers (1984)
Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner. A tight-knit group of Italian Americans has been working for years on the Washington Cathedral, and their dedication and spirit is evident in the way they bring inanimate stone to brilliant life. Stone carving is delicate and satisfying work, and these artists point with pride to the product of their efforts. 30 min.

The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years (1998)
Keiko Ibi. At a community theater in Manhattan, a group of senior citizens rehearse and perform an original play about their romantic lives. 37 min.

Sun., Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Common Threads brings the AIDS epidemic into sharp personal focus through the stories of five people memorialized on the NAMES Project’s Memorial Quilt. 79 min.

Mon., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Marjoe (1972)
Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan. Marjoe is an extraordinarily charismatic young man making a living on the Christian revivalist circuit. His fiery antics in the name of the Lord are as much performance art as fire and brimstone preaching, and he’s adept at getting the faithful to part with their money. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. 88 min.

Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
Women – for America, for the World (1986)
Vivienne Verdon-Roe. A portrait of 22 prominent American women and their commonsensical, compassionate call for an end to the nuclear arms race and a reassessment of national priorities. 30 min.

Days of Waiting (1990)
Steven Okazaki. Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians to be interned with 110,000 Japanese Americans in 1942, recorded the deprivations of the camp in her sketches and watercolors. 28 min.

Twin Towers (2002)
An elite NYPD emergency response unit, on call for a variety of extreme situations, took a heavy blow on 9/11, including the loss of Joseph Vigiano, a talented officer who had roots in public service. 34 min.

Sat., Feb. 9, 5 p.m.
The Great American Cowboy (1973)
Kieth Merrill. Focusing on two men competing for the sport’s national championship, Merrill’s film goes behind the scenes at the American Rodeo. 89 min.

Sun., Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.
The Horse with the Flying Tail (1960)
Larry Lansburgh. It’s the story of one horse’s journey to the big time. “Nautical” the golden palomino was born into poverty and put to work at a variety of jobs with no guarantee that he would be treated well. But the horse is a natural-born jumper, and fate finally steps in to give him a chance at competing in what he loves best: soaring over hurdles. 48 min.

The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (1978)
Ben Shedd. Chronicling Paul MacCready’s historic invention, construction, and ultimately successful test of the first human-powered flying machine, Shedd’s film captures the hard work, adventurous spirit, and creative thinking that went into making an impossible dream into a scientific reality. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. 27 min.

Mon., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
The Panama Deception (1992)
Barbara Trent. The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama-the events that led us there, the excessive use of military force, the enormity of the death and destruction, and the devastating aftermath. 91 min.

Wed., Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Helen Keller in Her Story (1955)
Nancy Hamilton. Hamilton’s film tells the story of the deaf and blind disabled-rights pioneer. Preserved by Academy Film Archive. Special thanks to the American Foundation for the Blind. 53 min.

Number Our Days (1976)
Lynne Littman. Number Our Days goes inside of a community of elderly Eastern European Jews living in Venice, California. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. 29 min.

Thurs., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
(See Sun., Feb. 3)

MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street. For ticket information, visit MoMA.org.

Jan 292013
 

U.S. PREMIERE OF “BACKBEAT” OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY,JANUARY 30

DRAMATIC STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE BEATLES

AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/AHMANSON THEATRE

Ahmanson Theatre DRAMATIC STORY OF THE BIRTH OF THE BEATLES

The U.S. premiere of “Backbeat” opens this Wednesday, January 30 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

Performances Continue Through March 1, 2013

“Love, Love Me Do

You Know I Love You

I’ll Always Be True…”

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

The U.S. premiere of “Backbeat” opens this Wednesday, January 30 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. The dramatic new play with music about the birth of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history, the Beatles, continues through March 1, 2013. (Preview performances began on January 20.)

Featuring the all-time rock ‘n’ roll classics that the Beatles cut their teeth on – “Money,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Twist and Shout,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music” and more, “Backbeat” is set in 1960 when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best (the drummer before Ringo Starr joined the group) and Stuart Sutcliffe (the band’s original bassist) embarked on their journey from the docks of Liverpool to the red light district of Hamburg. There they worked in the clubs of the tawdry Reeperbahn, performing rock ‘n’ roll covers night after night, all the while honing what would become the Beatles’ sound.

“Backbeat” is also the compelling story of Sutcliffe, who falls in love with the striking German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, and must choose between being with her and resuming his painting, or staying with his best friend, John Lennon, and playing in the band.  This triangular relationship became an intrinsic part of the Beatles story, and the decisions made and the music played put them on an unstoppable trajectory onto the world stage.

The cast features Nick Blood (as Stuart Sutcliffe), Leanne Best (Astrid Kirchherr), Andrew Knott (John Lennon), Oliver Bennett (Pete Best), Daniel Healy (Paul McCartney) and Dan Westwick (George Harrison).  Rounding out the rest of the cast are ensemble members Edward Clarke, Josie Dunn, Sam Ford, Mark Hammersley, Perry Ojeda, Charlotte Palmer, Phil Pritchard, Dominic Rouse, Louise Shuttleworth, Adam Sopp, Charles Swift, James Wallace and Miranda Wilford.

“Backbeat” is co-written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys, based on the 1994 Universal Pictures film by Softley, Michael Thomas and Stephen Ward. “Backbeat” is directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux.

Design for “Backbeat” is by Andrew D. Edwards from an original concept by Christopher  Oram, lighting design is by Howard Harrison and David Holmes, and sound design is by Richard Brooker.

“‘Backbeat’ is a backstory to cherish,” said Fiona Mountford of The Evening Standard. Michael Coveney of Whatsonstage.com called “Backbeat” a “. . . beautifully wrought . . .  evocation of an era, and a particular place, as the Beatles found their inimitable voice through the grit and virility of the pounding music they loved still to play even as their own more lyrical, musically complex compositions poured forth over the next decade.  For once, you really do feel like dancing in the aisles at the end.”

“Backbeat” is presented by Karl Sydow in association with Glasgow Citizens Theatre, where it first opened in February 2010.  “Backbeat” made its West End debut in London in October 2011 and played Toronto in July 2012.

Tickets for “Backbeat” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, visiting online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $20 – $110 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Jan 292013
 

FALLEN ANGELS By Noël Coward Directed By Art Manke

The Pasadena Playhouse FALLEN ANGELS

Julia and Jane are the best of friends and happily married.  But before they tied the knot, they each had a brief, torrid affair with Maurice, a charming, handsome Frenchman.
While their husbands are away for a day of golf, guess who’s back in town and requesting the ladies’ company?
FALLEN ANGELS is a champagne cocktail of wit, charm and high comedy that set the stage for such classic female comedic duos as Lucy and Ethel; Laverne and Shirley;
Patsy and Edwina as well as inspiring current hit shows like “Sex and the City” and “Desperate Housewives.”
This is Noël Coward at his inimitable best – in the tradition of Playhouse hits such as PRIVATE LIVES, BLITHE SPIRIT, THE CONSTANT WIFE and ENCHANTED APRIL, you’ll laugh yourself silly at the farcical foibles of these fabulous FALLEN ANGELS.

Performances will begin January 29 through February 24, with an official press opening on Sunday,
February 3, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse. Single tickets are now on sale.

Jan 282013
 

Norah Jones to Perform Nominated Song from Ted Live on Oscar Telecast

NORAH JONES TO PERFORM NOMINATED SONG FROM “TED”
LIVE ON OSCAR® TELECAST

Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones will perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the motion picture “Ted,” telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” with music by Walter Murphy and lyrics by Seth MacFarlane, is nominated for an Original Song Oscar.  This will be Jones’s first time performing on an Oscar show.Norah Jones to Perform Nominated Song from Ted Live on Oscar Telecast

“I had such a great time recording this song with Seth, and was thrilled to find out that it was nominated for an Oscar,” said Jones.  “Getting to perform it at such a prestigious event, which my friend is hosting, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“We are happy to have Norah Jones perform Seth’s and Walter Murphy’s nominated song on our Oscar telecast,” said producers Zadan and Meron. “We are big admirers of Norah’s singing and she will help celebrate the unique circumstance of having an Oscar host who is also nominated for Best Original Song.”

Jones emerged on the world stage with the 2002 release of her debut “Come Away With Me,” which sold more than 10 million copies and earned her five Grammy Awards. Since then, Jones has released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums – “Feels Like Home” (2004), “Not Too Late” (2007), “The Fall” (2009), and “Little Broken Hearts” (2012) – as well as two albums with her country collective, The Little Willies.  The 2010 compilation “…Featuring Norah Jones” showcased Jones’s versatility through collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock and Foo Fighters.  Jones’s songs have been featured many times on motion picture soundtracks, and she made her feature film acting debut in “My Blueberry Nights” in 2007.

Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions.  Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.”  For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.”  They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Jan 262013
 

LAPD Fatal Traffic Collision in Van Nuys

                            
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On Saturday, January 19, 2013, around 5:50 p.m., LAPD Valley Traffic officer responded to a collision that occurred on Sepulveda Boulevard and Haynes Street.  When they arrived they found an unconscious woman on the ground suffering from injuries.  They were also met by a male who advised that he was involved in a traffic collision with the woman.  Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and transported the woman to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The investigation revealed that a black 1987 Mercedes was traveling southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard at Haynes Street, when it collided with a woman in a motorized wheelchair traveling westbound Haynes Street in an unmarked crosswalk.  The driver immediately stopped to assist the handicapped woman.   The driver has been identified as 50-year-old male resident of Los Angeles.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Fuentes at 818-644-8022.  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.

Jan 262013
 

ACADEMY DETERMINES NOMINEES FOR OSCARS

The Producers Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined the individual nominees for “Amour” in the Best Picture category for the Oscars.  They are producers Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz.

The Documentary Branch Executive Committee also has determined the individual nominees for four of the contending films in the Documentary Feature category:

“The Gatekeepers”
Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon

“How to Survive a Plague”
David France and Howard Gertler

“The Invisible War”
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

“Searching for Sugar Man”
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

The nominees for the fifth film in this category, “5 Broken Cameras,” were previously announced.

Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Jan 252013
 

Academy Members Break Down Oscar Categories

 

 

 

 

 “BEHIND THE BALLOT” VIDEO SERIES NOW LIVE ON OSCAR.COM AND THE OFFICIAL OSCARS® APP

Academy Members Break Down Oscar® Categories:

Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Anthony Breznican and Adam Vary to Host For Oscar fans that just can’t seem to win their Oscar ballot pool because of that one craft category, Oscar.com today launched “Behind The Ballot,” a six-part video series that explores how Academy members view and ultimately determine who’ll win Oscars for Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design.

Hosted by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Anthony Breznican and Adam Vary, each episode, shot in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library, features a panel of experts discussing what it takes to be a strong contender in each category. A new video will debut each week for the next five weeks on www.oscar.com, as well as on the official Oscars app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices. Link to embeddable video file: http://oscar.go.com/video/PL55161146/_m_VD55266156

Expert participants include:

Production Design:
Scott Chambliss, “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Alex McDowell, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Minority Report,” “Fight Club”
Jeannine Oppewall, “Catch Me If You Can,” “Pleasantville,” “L.A. Confidential”
Bo Welch, “Men in Black,” “Batman Returns,” “Edward Scissorhands”

Makeup and Hairstyling:
Cydney Cornell, “The Artist,” “The Aviator,” “American Beauty”
Mike Elizalde, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “Fantastic Four,” “Men in Black”
Beth Miller, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Dances With Wolves,”
Christien Tinsley, “No Country for Old Men,” “The Passion of the Christ,” “Ocean’s Eleven”

Film Editing:
Mark Goldblatt, “X-Men The Last Stand,” “Armageddon,” “The Terminator”
Virginia Katz, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” “Dreamgirls,” “Kinsey”
Lynzee Klingman, “Man on the Moon,” “City of Angels,” “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
Pamela Martin, “Hitchcock,” “The Fighter,” “Little Miss Sunshine”

Cinematography:
Daryn Okada, “American Reunion,” “Baby Mama,” “Mean Girls”
Theo van de Sande, “Cruel Intentions,” “Blade,” “Wayne’s World”
Mandy Walker, “Red Riding Hood,” “Australia,” “Shattered Glass”

Costume Design:
Jeffrey Kurland, “Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Erin Brockovich”
Isis Mussenden, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” “Shrek 2,” “American Psycho”
Arianne Phillips, “W.E.,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”
Mary Zophres, “True Grit,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski”

Sound Editing and Sound Mixing:
Willie D. Burton, “Dreamgirls,” “Panic Room,” “The Shawshank Redemption”
Steve Cantamessa, “Tropic Thunder,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Ray”
Aaron Glascock, “The Town,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “Ocean’s Eleven”
Mark Mangini, “Warrior,” “The Fifth Element,” “Die Hard with a Vengeance”
Dean Zupancic, “Tangled,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Pulp Fiction”

Jan 252013
 

AHMANSON THEATRE CALENDAR OF EVENTS April May 2013

CALENDAR OF EVENTS April-May 2013

EVENT:   “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” by August Wilson
Directed by Phylicia Rashad.

DESCRIPTION:    “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is set in 1911 in a Pittsburgh boarding house, where tenants come and go, forming a community that is altered time and time again. The daily routine of meals, conversation, gossip, arrivals and departures, and the changes that occur within this fluid grouping of people, is set against a great tide of Americans of African descent, only 50 years out of bondage, who are moving toward the industrial cities of the North in search of economic opportunity, lost family members and new beginnings.

DATES/TIMES:    Previews Begin April 24, 2013. Opens May 8. Through June 9.
Previews (April 24-May 7): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at
2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Exceptions: No 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 5.
Opens Wednesday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (May 9-June 9):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No public performances May 21-24 (student matinees only).

TICKET INFO:    Ticket Prices: $20 – $70 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are on sale beginning February 3, 2013 and will be available by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.  Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.
LOCATION:        Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum
At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

April-May 2013

EVENT:    “Fela!”
Music and Lyrics by    Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones
Additional Lyrics by Jim Lewis
Additional Music by Aaron Johnson
and Jordan McLean
Based on the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis
and Stephen Hendel
Directed and Choreographed by Bill T. Jones.
Presented by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Stephen and Ruth Hendel.

DESCRIPTION:    A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, “Fela!” is the true story of Kuti, who created a new type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa.  His songs of rebellion were an inspiration to millions. “Fela!” received a total of 11 Tony Award nominations in 2010.

DATES/TIMES:    Preview April 25, 2013. Opens April 26. Through May 5.
Preview: Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Opens Friday, April 26 at 8p.m.
Regular Performances (April 27-May 5):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  No Monday performances.

TICKET INFO:    Ticket Prices: $20 – $120 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 972-4400, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.  Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

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

Jan 232013
 

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2013 GOVERNORS BALL CREATIVE TEAM

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2013 GOVERNORS BALL CREATIVE TEAM

Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscar® celebration, which will immediately follow the 85th Academy Awards® ceremony on Sunday, February 24. The 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball include Academy Award® winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Collateral,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Inception,” “The Dictator” and the upcoming “Beautiful Creatures.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Jeffrey Kurland’s fourth year serving as the chair of the Governors Ball.

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel. Guests will celebrate the night under a sparkling 120-foot chandelier in an intimate ballroom designed in warm shades of aubergine, chartreuse and champagne. An 18-foot golden Oscar will be the centerpiece of the ballroom floor. This will be Cecchetto’s 24th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball. Sequoia Productions’ clients include The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, G’Day USA – Australia Week, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Westfield.

Puck, along with chef Matt Bencivenga, will create the menu featuring more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. The menu, which includes such signature favorites as smoked salmon Oscars®, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini Kobe burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade, will incorporate local produce and sustainable seafood. Modern presentations such as Japanese baby peach salad, steamed red snapper with Thai spice, and tuna Niçoise style with green olives, will add excitement, while diverse vegan dishes including kale salad with grilled artichoke and lemon vinaigrette, beluga lentils with cauliflower and baby vegetables, and farro with apple, beet and spiced walnut are a new focus. Elegant seasonal desserts, featuring ribbons of shaved ice cream and Concord grape, are inspired by the Ball décor. This will be Puck’s 19th consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball.

The Governors Ball will take place in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Jan 232013
 

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR FINAL OSCAR® VOTING Increased Turnout Achieved during Nominations Round

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR FINAL OSCAR

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the schedule for the final round of voting for this year’s Oscars®.

Final balloting will begin on Friday, February 8, at 8 a.m. PT, and close on Tuesday, February 19, at 5 p.m. PT.  To provide as many options as possible, Academy members who voted online during the nominations round will have the option of using a paper ballot in the final round.  Members who have registered to vote online may request a paper ballot by contacting the Academy’s Membership Department by Friday, February 1.

Several voting resources will once again be available to members, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York, and London, and a 24-hour call center.

“One of our basic goals at the Academy is to increase member engagement.  Despite some challenges, more members voted for this year’s nominations than they have in the past several years,” said Academy Chief Operating Officer Ric Robertson.  “We are looking forward to a continuation of that trend in the final voting.”

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

 

Jan 232013
 

March-April 2013

End of the Rainbow on its way to Ahmanson Theatre

Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow”by Peter Quilter Directed by Terry Johnson West Coast Premiere.Photo by Carol Rosegg

EVENT:  Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in    “End of the Rainbow”    by Peter Quilter Directed by Terry Johnson West Coast Premiere.

DESCRIPTION: It is December 1968, and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback . . . again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new,  young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get “beyond the rainbow” with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit.  This savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. “End of the Rainbow” features some of Garland’s most memorable songs, performed with the show-stopping gusto for which she will always be remembered.  Tracie Bennett received the Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for her performance as Garland.

DATES/TIMES: Previews Begin March 12, 2013. Opens March 20. Through April 21. Previews (March 12-19): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Opens Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Regular Performances (March 21-April 21): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  No Monday performances. Exceptions: Added 2 p.m. performances on Thursday, April 4 and April 18. No 6:30 p.m. performance on Sundays, March 24, April 7 and April 21.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $20 – $110 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 972-4400, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.  Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

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

Jan 172013
 

ACADEMY AND BLACKHOUSE PARTNER ON TALK WITH FILMMAKER WILL PACKER AT SUNDANCE

 As part of the “Academy Conversations” series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The BlackhouseACADEMY AND BLACKHOUSE PARTNER Foundation will present a conversation with one of Hollywood’s most innovative and entrepreneurial film producers, Will Packer, on Saturday, January 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Buona Vita in Park City, Utah.  This is the first time the Academy has participated in a program at the Sundance Film Festival.

Moderated by Brickson Diamond, chairman of The Blackhouse Foundation, the talk highlights Packer’s career path from magna cum laude electrical engineering graduate at Florida A&M University to prolific film producer, whose credits include “Think like a Man,” “Takers,” “Obsessed” and “Stomp the Yard.”  Packer became a member of the Academy in 2012.

The conversation will be followed by an Academy presentation and reception at 5:30 p.m. addressing such initiatives as Awards qualification rules, filmmaker engagement, educational programs, festival grants and membership.  Academy executives who will be offering guidance and advice include Randy Haberkamp, managing director of programming, education and preservation; Patrick Harrison, New York program director; and Torene Svitil, awards manager.

The Blackhouse Foundation works to expand opportunities for black filmmakers by providing a gathering venue for its constituents at the world’s most prominent film festivals, encouraging the inclusion of black filmmakers with films selected by the festival and creating a nucleus for continued support, community, education and knowledge.

Buona Vita is located at 804 Main Street in Park City.  For more information, please visit theblackhouse.org.

 

Jan 172013
 

40TH ANNIVERSARY STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® COMPETITION NOW UNDERWAY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for the 40th Anniversary Student Academy Awards competition in 2013.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories:  Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Student Film.

The rules and online application forms are available at www.oscars.org/saa.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions, whose films are made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools.  For 2013, the Academy has again limited the accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  U.S. entries must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2013.

In the Foreign Student Film category, entries are accepted only from full-time college and university students attending schools that are members of the international film school organization known as CILECT (www.cilect.org) and located outside the borders of the United States.  The deadline to submit a foreign student film for consideration is Friday, March 22, 2013.

The 40th Annual Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.  Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 43 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  They include Pete Docter (1992), John Lasseter (1979 and 1980), Spike Lee (1983), Trey Parker (1993) and Robert Zemeckis (1975).

 

Jan 172013
 

 Actors Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana will host the Academy of Motion Picture

Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical AwaSaturday, February 9, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

                            ACADEMY'S SCI-TECH AWARDS

They will present nine awards to 25 individual recipients during the evening.”We are thrilled to have Chris and Zoe host the Sci-Tech Awards,” said Academy President Hawk Koch.  “Their film experience with the kind of technical advancements these awards honor makes them the perfect pair for the job.”

Pine starred in “Star Trek” in 2009 and will reprise his role as James T. Kirk in the sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” due out in May.  He also will be seen in the title role of the upcoming feature “Jack Ryan,” with Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner.  Pine’s other credits include the animated feature “Rise of the Guardians,” “People Like Us,” “This Means War” and “Unstoppable.”

Saldana, who co-starred as Uhura in “Star Trek,” will reprise her role in the sequel as well.  She also will be seen in “Blood Ties,” with Mila Kunis and Marion Cotillard, due out later this year.  Her other credits include “Colombiana,” “Avatar” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation, produced this year by David Friendly, will be included in the Oscar® telecast.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

 

Jan 172013
 

R&B SUPERSTAR MICHELLE WILLIAMS
JOINS THE CAST OF “FELA!”

AHMANSON THEATRE R&B SUPERSTAR MICHELLE WILLIAMS

R&B SUPERSTAR MICHELLE WILLIAMS JOINS THE CAST OF “FELA!”
WHICH RETURNS TO THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/AHMANSON THEATRE
ON APRIL 25, 2013 Photo by Derek Blanks

WHICH RETURNS TO THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/AHMANSON THEATRE
 ON APRIL 25, 2013

R&B superstar Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame has joined the cast of “Fela!” The musical, produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Stephen and Ruth Hendel, is filled with the exuberant music of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and will be presented from April 25 through May 5, 2013. Tickets are now on sale for this limited engagement.

“Fela!,” which is based on the life of the charismatic Kuti and is highlighted by many of Kuti’s most captivating songs, has a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, music and lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, additional lyrics by Jim Lewis, additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean, and was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. “Fela!” features the visionary direction and choreography of two-time Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones (“Fela!” and “Spring Awakening”), who was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2010.

A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, “Fela!” is the true story of Kuti, who created a new type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa.  His songs of rebellion were an inspiration to millions.

Michelle Williams is an accomplished singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. However, she is best known as a member of Destiny’s Child, the R&B pop group that also launched Beyoncé Knowles into stardom.  In addition to her career with Destiny’s Child, Michelle also released three solo albums between 2002 and 2008. Williams has held leading roles in “Aida,” “The Color Purple” (also at the Ahmanson) and has starred as the first African American Roxie Hart in the West End’s production of “Chicago.”
“Fela!” received a total of 11 Tony Award nominations in 2010.

The music and dancing of “Fela!” prompted Ben Brantley of The New York Times to say, “There should be dancing in the streets” when it opened on Broadway in 2009,  and Peter Marks of The Washington Post said it is an “. . . electroshock for the soul.

” Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times said last December of the Ahmanson presentation, “. . .be prepared to get out of your seat and shake your derriere.”

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