Apr 302013
 
The Royale Opens at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

David St. Louis in the world premiere of €œThe Royale. Marco Ramirez’s powerful new play opens on May 5 at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre and continues through June 2, 2013. Set in the boxing world of the early 1900s, The Royale€ is directed by Daniel Aukin. Photo by Craig Schwartz / Anything L.A.

The cast includes Robert Gossett, Diarra Oni Kilpatrick, David St. Louis, Keith Szarabajka and Desean Terry.Set and costume design is by Andrew WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE ROYALE” OPENS SUNDAY, MAY 5
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
Marco Ramirez’s Powerful New Play Runs Through June 2, 2013

The world premiere of the powerful, intense new play “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez opens Sunday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Daniel Aukin, “The Royale” delivers a knock-out punch with its vivid depiction of a man fighting for his place in history. “The Royale” continues through June 2, 2013. (Preview performances began on April 28.)
Boyce, with lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Ryan Rumery, movement by Ameenah Kaplan and casting by Mark B. Simon. The production stage manager is Randall K. Lum.
In “The Royale,” set in the boxing world of the early 1900s, Jay “The Sport” Jackson has talent and confidence and wants what he feels is owed to him: a shot at the championship. Even though blacks were not offered bouts with white boxers, Jay wants to be the first African American crowned undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and he is pushing hard to have that dream realized, no matter the consequences.“The Royale” is loosely inspired by the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American sports icon, and who reigned as the world heavyweight champion in the early part of the 20th Century.
Marco Ramirez, who was a member of CTG’s 2010-2011 Writers’ Workshop, has had plays produced at The Kennedy Center, The Juilliard School, The Black Dahlia (L.A.), and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival (where his pieces “I am not Batman” and “3:59AM” were both recipients of The Heideman Award for Best Short Play).  Other honors include the Bryan Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers, a Helen Hayes nomination, the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, Lincoln Center’s Le Comte du Nouy Award and TCG’s Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.  He trained at both NYU and The Juilliard School. His TV writing credits include “Sons of Anarchy,” “DaVinci’s Demons” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Daniel Aukin is a New York-based director whose work was seen at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Melissa James Gibson’s “This.” His recent work includes the remounting of Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews” at the Roundabout Theatre, “What Rhymes with America,” “Heartless,” “4000 Miles,” “The Bad and the Better” and “The Ugly One.”  Daniel was Artistic Director of Soho Rep (1998-2006) where he commissioned over 50 new plays through the Writer/Director Lab and produced many premieres, garnering eight Obie Awards, four Drama Desk nominations, two Kesselring Prizes, and one Oppenheimer Award.
Tickets for “The Royale” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Apr 292013
 
Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Workers Memorial Day

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Workers Memorial Day / Anything L.A.

PROCLAMATION

The workers who grow our food, catch our fish, transport our goods, maintain our roads and extract raw materials from the earth risk their lives every day. While we fittingly set aside a number of special days each year to honor those who have fallen while defending our country or protecting our communities, today is a day to remember those who have lost life or health as a result of their work in any occupation.

Worldwide, an estimated two million people die each year from work-related accidents and illnesses. In California, 360 workers lost their lives in 2011. Today, let us express our gratitude to the workers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and rededicate ourselves to the cause of establishing and maintaining safeguards against workplace illness and injury.

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2013, as “Workers Memorial Day.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 26th day of April 2013.
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EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

Apr 272013
 
Troubies' A MIDSUMMER SATURDAY NIGHT'S FEVER DREAM

Troubies’ A MIDSUMMER SATURDAY NIGHT’S FEVER DREAM / Anything L.A.

Falcon Theatre
presents
Troubadour Theater Company’s
A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream
Directed by Matt Walker
Previews begin May 31, 2013
OPENS Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8pm

April 26, 2013, Burbank, CA– Falcon Theatre is proud to present Troubadour Theater Company’s A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, directed by Matt Walker. How Deep Is Your Love for the Troubies?! Join them as they dig down to their roots and dust off their fairy wings, tights and white disco suits to re-imagine Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The star-crossed lovers steam and scheme, and the Bard‘s most famous fairy, Puck, will be Jive Talkin’ as this assorted band of merrymakers heats up into a Disco Inferno. The Night Fevers will break 104 and make you sweat, so don your halter tops and Boogie Shoes and let the Troubies melt your hearts. Feeling the fever already? Take A Fifth of Beethoven and call me in the morning!
PREVIEWS: May 31 8pm; June 1 at 4pm & 8pm; June 2 at 4pm & 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8pm
SHOW CLOSES: Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 7pm
PERFORMANCES: Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 4pm & 8pm, Sun. at 4pm & 7pm
PRICES: Previews $29.50 – $32.00
Opening Night $52.00 – $57.00
Regular Performances $39.50 – $42.00
Student Rate(valid student ID) $27.00
WHERE: Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505
TICKETS: (818) 955-8101 or FalconTheatre.com
TICKETS ON SALE: May 4, 2013

Apr 262013
 
TURNING THE PAGE:STORYTELLING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

TURNING THE PAGE:STORYTELLING IN THE DIGITAL AGE / Anything L.A.

Oscar®-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, writer-producer Damon Lindelof, Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg, Oscar-nominated editor Dylan Tichenor, and editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey will join together for the onstage discussion, “Turning the Page: Storytelling in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Hosted by screenwriter John August, the evening will feature clips from the panelists’ films, including “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The discussion will focus on digital technologies that are revolutionizing how stories are told through screenwriting, cinematography and editing.

Apr 252013
 
MOCA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF MAJOR WORKS BY RYAN TRECARTIN AND RODNEY MCMILLIAN

MOCA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF MAJOR WORKS BY RYAN TRECARTIN AND RODNEY MCMILLIAN / Anything L.A.

Ryan Trecartin, B: Settings, 2010, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Rodney McMillian, Representation of a Landscape as a Wall, 2012, Acrylic, latex and ink on paper, 14′ x 48.6′, Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

The Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the acquisition of major works by Ryan Trecartin and Rodney McMillian along with additional acquisitions to its collection of more than 6700 works.

The museum has acquired B: Settings (2010) one of the most important groups of works by Ryan Trecartin and his long time collaborator Lizzie Fitch. This unique “sculptural theater,” as the artist describes it, includes four pieces that fuse video and sculpture. B: Settings was presented in the exhibition Any Ever at MOCA in 2010 which was Trecartin’s first major solo museum exhibition in the United States. Other versions of the show were later presented at MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. Reviewing the MoMA PS1 presentation of the show, The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl described Trecartin as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties.”

Ryan Trecartin, who moved to Los Angeles during the time of his MOCA exhibition, is one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work combines painting, sculpture, writing, video, and performance. He is one of the first artists to fully integrate the structure of the internet and social media into his work. In the book Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever that accompanied the exhibition, MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch wrote, “His work looks and feels like life today.”

MOCA’s acquisition will allow four significant elements of Any Ever to stay together. As Kevin McGarry wrote in the introduction of the exhibition, “Taken together, these videos embark on poetic, formal, and structural elaborations of nascent forms of technology, language, narrative, identity, and humanity…The individual videos fit together, block, break, orbit, or attract one another in infinite shifting combinations.”

Trecartin’s B: Settings joins a number of other well-known, large-scale works in MOCA’s collection like Mike Kelley’s Pay for Your Pleasure (1988), Doug Aitken’s Electric Earth (1999), and Urs Fischer’s Portrait of a Single Raindrop (2003), all of which are not just outstanding single pieces but include multiple elements. B: Settings represents several years of the artist’s achievement and is his seminal work of this period. Two major installations by Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch will be featured in the 2013 Venice Biennial. B: Settings was acquired jointly as a gift of Jeffrey Deitch and purchase by the Acquisition and Collection committee.

MOCA has also acquired Los Angeles artist Rodney McMillian’s Representation of a Landscape as a Wall (2012), his most ambitious work to date. McMillian’s work explores subjective narratives, cultural histories, and the politics of the body. In keeping with these themes, this 48 foot painting on paper sculpts the space in which it is exhibited, manipulating the viewer’s experience and encouraging reflection upon the ways we construct our narratives and define our geographies. The museum is deeply committed to collecting McMillian’s work. This is the third work of his to enter the collection. Untitled (flag) (2006-2008) is currently on view at MOCA Grand Avenue as part of Selections from the Permanent Collection. His piece From Asterisks in Dockery (2012) was featured in the exhibition Blues for Smoke at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA last fall. Representation of a Landscape as a Wall was acquired jointly by the Drawings Committee and the Acquisition and Collection Committee.

Ryan Trecartin was born in Webster, Texas in 1981 and received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. He has been featured in international group exhibitions, including 10,000 Lives, The Eighth Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea; Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, England; The Generational: Younger than Jesus, The New Museum, New York; 100 Years, Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; and Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Lizzie Fitch was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Fitch received her BFA in 2004 from the Rhode Island School of Design where she met Ryan Trecartin. They have collaborated and exhibited together for many years. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Rodney McMillian was born in 1969 in Columbia, South Carolina. McMillian had recent solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, including the Whitney Biennial (2008), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Philosophy of Time Travel and Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Painting in Tongues, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. McMillian currently lives in Los Angeles, California and is an Assistant Professor at UCLA in the Department of Art.

MOCA is also pleased to announce the acquisition of Diet Piece: Moral Kinship (2013) by Samara Golden, one of the most exciting emerging artists in Los Angeles, which was purchased with funds from the Acquisition and Collection Committee; and a suite of historic photographs by Bob Mizer, a legendary figure in Los Angeles culture whose work helped to create and define contemporary images of masculinity, which was purchased with funds from the Photography Committee.

Samara Golden was born in Michigan in 1973 and received a MFA from Columbia University, New York; a BFA from the MCAD, Minneapolis; and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Golden is a multimedia artist who reappropriates discarded and found materials and often scavenges images reassigning their meanings as she uses them in her work.

Bob Mizer (1922-1992) was the founder of the influential studio, the Athletic Model Guild and the ground breaking magazine Physique Pictorial. He was known as a photographer-filmmaker and independent publisher. His erotic work focused on the male body and in retrospect served to chronicle the gay community during a time of censorship and heavy legal penalties for the distribution of what were then deemed “obscene” materials. His fascination with beauty and the male physique found echoes in the work of David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, and other artists. Several of Mizer’s models would go on to become Warhol superstars. As a beefcake photographer he succeeded in attaining commercial success, while artistically and formally he continued to push boundaries and experiment with new technologies and advances in photography. He was acutely aware of color, lighting, and composition, and often took great risks to creatively style a shoot and move away from standard or traditional representations of masculinity.

These recent additions to the MOCA collection continue the museum’s commitment to acquiring major works by historical and emerging Los Angeles-based artists.
Bob Mizer, Catalog Board for SW – page 01 & 02, c. 1965 Double-sided, cardboard with black and white photographs, and mixed media, 21 1/2 x 14 in. (54.61 x 35.56 cm), Courtesy of The Bob Mizer Foundation and INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York; Bob Mizer Catalog Board for SW – page 01 & 02, c. 1965 Double-sided; cardboard with black and white photographs, and mixed media 21 1/2 x 14 in. (54.61 x 35.56 cm), Courtesy of The Bob Mizer Foundation and INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York Samara Golden, Diet Piece: Moral Kinship, 2013 Wood panel, paper clay, foam, acrylic, Gorilla glue, framed in Red Oak 38 x 38 x 5 in. (96.52 x 96.52 x 12.7 cm), Courtesy of Night Gallery and the artist, Photo credit: Lee Thompson

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA)
Founded in 1979, MOCA’s mission is to be one of the defining museums of contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history–with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 10,000 members; a world-class permanent collection of more than 6,700 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues. MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. General admission is $12 for adults; $7 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for MOCA members, children under 12, and everyone on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm,courtesy of Wells Fargo. MOCA Pacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213 626 6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org

Apr 192013
 
Neva at the Kirk Douglas Theatre June 2013

Neva at the Kirk Douglas Theatre June 2013 / Anything L. A.

EVENT:        “Neva”
Written and Directed by Guillermo Calderón
English Translation by Andrea Thome
Co-produced with South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse.
A DouglasPlus Workshop Presentation.
Performed in the Kirk Douglas Theatre rehearsal room, Upstairs @ KDT.

DESCRIPTION:    In a politically charged, haunting look at theatre and the revolutionary impulse, writer/director Guillermo Calderón’s “Neva” takes audiences to St. Petersburg in 1905. Anton Chekhov’s widow, the actress Olga Knipper, is huddled with fellow actors in a dimly lit rehearsal room, while striking workers are being gunned down by the tsarist regime in the streets outside. Chile’s Teatro en el Blanco’s Spanish language production of “Neva” was one of the highlights of the Radar L.A. festival in June 2011.  Center Theatre Group, in collaboration with South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse, presents the West Coast premiere of the English translation of “Neva” as part of DouglasPlus.

DATES/TIMES:    Performances begin June 11 and continue through June 16, 2013.
Preview performance: Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (through June 16):
Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES:    Ticket Prices: $30. (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles), on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performances. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

LOCATION:        KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.
Ample free parking and restaurants adjacent.

Apr 182013
 

THE ACADEMY SHOWCASES RARE FILM GEMS WITH
“THE REAL INDIES: A CLOSE LOOK AT ORPHAN FILMS”The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with New York University and the Orphan Film Symposium, will present “The Real Indies: A Close Look at Orphan Films,” a two-day screening series on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The series, honoring orphan films – rarely- seen, previously neglected works deserving preservation and revival – will open on Friday at 8 p.m. with the West Coast premiere of the restoration of “Portrait of Jason,” the groundbreaking 1967 documentary feature about a gay African American by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Shirley Clarke.

Shot at New York’s Hotel Chelsea, “Portrait of Jason” is a hybrid performance/verité documentary that profiles Jason Holliday, an engaging, self-described hustler. Academy Governor Rob Epstein and fellow documentarian Jeffrey Friedman will host the evening’s screening and take part in a post-screening onstage panel with Robert Fiore, the film’s assistant to the director, and Dennis Doros, co-founder of the independent releasing company Milestone Films, which recently restored the film in partnership with the Academy Film Archive. The evening’s panel will be moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell.

Saturday’s program will be presented in five sessions, starting at 10:30 a.m. with films ranging from rare home movies and unique promotional films to silent rediscoveries and experimental shorts. Highlights include a screening of the unseen student film “Shit,” by director Penelope Spheeris, a presentation by Rick Prelinger, with a sneak peek at his work-in-progress “No More Road Trips?”, screenings of rarely-seen works by Saul Bass and Satyajit Ray, and premieres of restorations of Academy-Award® nominated “Exploratorium”, Jim Hoberman’s “Mission to Mongo”, and Academy-Award winning cinematographer Ray Rennahan’s “The Love Charm.”

“The Real Indies” brings together filmmakers, archivists, scholars, curators and preservationists to screen and celebrate dozens of orphan films that have lacked theatrical distribution, been rediscovered and preserved.

Tickets for Fridays screening of “Portrait of Jason” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and includes a reception before the event. Doors open at 7 p.m.
All-day passes for Saturday’s sessions are $15 for the general public and $10 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. The passes include lunch (vegetarian options will be available) if purchased in advance. Tickets for individual sessions are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Tickets and passes may be purchased beginning April 18 online at oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, or by mail.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood.
A detailed listing of all screenings in “The Real Indies” is available at www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/05/real-indies.html. For more information on NYU’s Orphan Film Symposium please visit www.nyu.edu/orphanfilm. For more information on “Portrait of Jason,” please visit http://projectshirley.com/press/portraitofjason.pdf.

Apr 182013
 

CAST SET FOR “THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS”
AT THE CTG/AHMANSON THEATRE
Special Engagement Begins Previews May 21, 2013

AHMANSON THEATRE CAST SET FOR THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

AHMANSON THEATRE CAST SET FOR THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS / Anything L.A.

Casting has been announced for “The Scottsboro Boys,” which begins previews May 21 at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center.  Opening night is May 29 and performances run through June 30, 2013.
Five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman reprises her direction and choreography for this exclusive engagement of “The Scottsboro Boys,” which has music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb and book by David Thompson.
The cast features Gilbert L. Bailey II, David Bazemore, Ayanna Berkshire, Shavey Brown, Christopher James Culberson, Joshua Henry, Trent Armand Kendall, Max Kumangai, Hal Linden, JC Montgomery, Justin Prescott, Clinton Roane, Cedric Sanders, Deandre Sevon, Christian Dante White and C. Kelly Wright.

“The Scottsboro Boys” has set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Jon Weston. The production stage manager is Evangeline Rose Whitlock.
“The Scottsboro Boys,” which Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press called “. . . a staggeringly inventive piece of musical theatre . . .,” explores a shocking and pivotal chapter in American history with arresting originality, innovative staging and piercing new songs. The show is based on the infamous “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s, and tells the story of the nine unjustly accused African American men whose lives would eventually spark the Civil Rights Movement.
“The Scottsboro Boys” received 12 Tony Award nominations in 2011, including Best Musical. David Rooney of Variety said that the musical has “. . . riveting material and toe-tapping songs shot through with wry humor.” Scott Brown of New York Magazine said, “The Scottsboro Boys” is “. . . brilliant and utterly successful, conjuring your applause in waves after each bravura number.”   Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called it “. . . adventurous
. . . directed with dazzling verve by Susan Stroman.” The musical is “. . . a cause for rejoicing . . . the score is gorgeously and memorably melodic . . .,” said Thom Geier of Entertainment Weekly.

“The Scottsboro Boys” had its world premiere at the Vineyard Theatre in New York in February 2010.  It was presented on Broadway in October through December 2010.
John Kander and Fred Ebb have collaborated for the theatre on “Flora, the Red Menace,” “Cabaret” (Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist), “Chicago,” “Woman of the Year” (Tony Award for Best Original Score), “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (Tony Award for Best Original Score), “Curtains” (which had its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2006), and many more.  Their films include “Funny Lady,” “Cabaret,” “New York, New York” (the title song became the official anthem of New York City in 1985), “Chicago,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Places in the Heart” and more. Ebb died in 2004 and “The Scottboro Boys” was their last collaboration.

David Thompson received Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations, and Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Musical for the book of “The Scottsboro Boys.” His other work includes “Steel Pier” (Tony nomination) and “Thou Shall Not,” plus an adaptation of the script for the current revival of “Chicago” now on Broadway.  His upcoming Broadway credits include “The Prince of Broadway.” Off-Broadway credits include “And the World Goes ‘Round” (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards) and the revival of “Flora, the Red Menace” (Drama Desk nomination).
Tickets for “The Scottsboro Boys” are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 972-4400.

Apr 172013
 

The acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a second time next year, Academy President Hawk Koch announced. The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return to Produce the Oscars

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return to Produce the Oscars / Anything L.A.

“Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy’s Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “In order to establish continuity with this year’s enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening.”

“We are very honored to have been asked to return as Oscar producers for a second year,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We look forward to creating a distinctive and entertaining show.”

“Craig and Neil have great relationships, a sense of showmanship, and a passion for our Academy,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “And they’re a pleasure to work with.  All perfect qualities for our show.”

The February 2013 Oscars hosted by Seth MacFarlane, drew an average audience of 40.3 million total viewers and delivered a 13.0 rating among adults 18-49.  The show was TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast in the last 3 years, and grew its overall audience for the 2nd straight year (+3%), surging 11% in adults 18-49 (13.0 rating vs. 11.7 rating) to its best numbers since 2010.  In addition, the show scored gains year-to-year with adults 18-34 (+20% – 11.3 rating vs. 9.4 rating), hitting its highest number in 6 years – since 2007. Overall, it was the Oscars second-most-watched telecast since 2005.

Among the innovations that Zadan and Meron plan to bring back to the 2014 show is the Oscar Experience College Search, which allows young filmmakers to assist with bringing the Oscar statuettes on-and-off stage during the show.

The Zadan/Meron Oscars displayed a signature style that incorporated a single concept for the entire evening which linked together the disparate elements of the Oscar show through music, especially classic movie themes and the frequent appearances by MacFarlane to announce the evening’s presenters.  The 2013 show was also distinguished by the use of motion picture talent as performers in the show such as the dance numbers performed by Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Zadan and Meron served as executive producers for the 2002 “Best Picture” winner “Chicago,” which won Oscars® in 6 of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the features “Footloose” (2011), “Hairspray,” and “The Bucket List.”  Zadan also produced the original “Footloose” (1984).

Zadan and Meron’s work in television includes the series “SMASH” and such movies as “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Steel Magnolias.”

For Broadway, they recently produced the Tony Award® winning revivals of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Promises, Promises.”

Their work has amassed 73 Emmy® nominations; 12 Tony nominations; and seven Grammy® nominations.

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Apr 172013
 

“FELA!” OPENS FRIDAY, APRIL 26 AT 8 PM AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/AHMANSON THEATRE Michelle Williams Is Featured in Limited Engagement Through May 5

Fela Opens at the Ahmanson Theatre April 26

Michelle Williams and Adesola Osakalumi in €œFela!,€ which will open at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre for a limited engagement on April 26, 2013. Performances continue through May 5. Directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, “Fela!” has a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, music and lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. Photo by: Carol Rosegg / Anything L.A.

“Fela!,” the 2010 Tony Award® nominee for Best Musical which celebrated a successful run at the Ahmanson in 2011, returns to the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, opening  Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Stephen and Ruth Hendel, “Fela!” is filled with the exuberant music of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and will be presented for 13 performances only through May 5, 2013.

The cast, which includes Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child playing the role of Sandra, also features Adesola Osakalumi and Duain Richmond alternating in the title role of Fela, Melanie Marshall as Funmilayo, Rasaan-Elijah “Talu” Green as Djembe-“Mustafa,” Ismael Kouyaté as Ismael and Gelan Lambert as J.K. Braimah (Tap Dancer) and Egungun. The ensemble includes Lauren De Veaux, Shawn Alynda Fisher, Jason Herbert, Shakira Marshall, India McGee, Oneika Phillips, Kafi Pierre, Malaiyka Reid, Daniel Soto, Tricia M. Taitt, Adé Chiké Torbert, Uyoata Udi and Jill Marie Vallery. “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. “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.

Apr 172013
 

Billy & Ray
Written by Mike Bencivenga
Directed by Garry Marshall

Falcon Theatre Has Extended The World Premiere Of Billy And Ray

Falcon Theatre Has Extended The World Premiere Of Billy And Ray / Anything L.A.

Extended for three performances:
May 3, 4 & 5

April 16, 2013 Burbank, Falcon Theatre has extended the world premiere of Billy & Ray through May 5. Written by Mike Bencivenga and directed by Garry Marshall, the play tells the incredible true story of how Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay for Double Indemnity, invented film noir and nearly killed each other in the process. Set in Hollywood in the 1940’s, it’s a hilarious journey through a war of creativity between two brilliant and infuriating men who battled the censors, and each other, to create a motion picture classic.

“This delicious world premiere…paints such a vivid, suspenseful portrait of the creation of the movie that may have invented film noir that it could even launch its own new genre.” –LA Times

“As Wilder, Kevin Blake is a force of nature…O’Hagan is a perfect foil for Blake, his Chandler as stoically private and insulated from the world …Marshall directs with a steady, knowing hand…the most fascinating aspect of Billy & Ray is Bencivenga’s smart, knowing script.” –Backstage

“Handsomely staged and snappily paced by director Garry Marshall.”
LA Weekly

“[Kevin Blake’s] elfin, manic energy is persuasive and well-calibrated. Ali Spuck has gams for days and terrific timing. Anthony Starke hits all the right notes as the studio exec. O’Hagan has the timing and patience to play the straight man, but expertly seizes the moment when Chandler gets a couple of opportunities to one-up Wilder.”
– StageandCinema.com

“WOW! Just about as splendid a season ender as any theater could wish for. Proving that Garry Marshall (and his Falcon Theatre) are still at the top of their game, Billy & Ray is manna from film buffs’ heaven.” –StageSceneLA

Apr 162013
 

From Los Angeles To Boston

Anything L.A., one of Los Angeles’ leading Websites, would like to express our support for – and solidarity with – the city of Boston, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon’s bombing.

  • To all those who lost Loved Ones, we grieve with you.
  • To all those who have been injured, we wish you strong recovery and pray for you.
  • To the city of Boston, we admire you.

Whoever the monster behind the bombing, there is no honor in killing and maiming innocent bystanders and children. Boston’s honor and bravery on the other hand shine through. While many run away from the scene, a number of selfless heroes run toward it to help victims and save lives. Boston’s emergency services, hospitals and doctors rose to the occasion in providing much needed medical care. Bostonians opened their hearts and homes to all who needed to stay in Boston longer because of the massacre.

Once the perpetrator(s) of this cowardly act is identified, his / their notoriety won’t last. The best qualities of Bostonians – so apparent in adversity – will go into history.

Los Angeles is with you! God Bless Boston! 

From Los Angeles To Boston

From Los Angeles To Boston

Apr 162013
 

 July-August 2013

NEw Play Coming To Mark Taper Forum

Mark Taper Forum / Anything L.A.

EVENT:        “A Parallelogram”
by Bruce Norris
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro.

DESCRIPTION:    A darkly comic play from the Pulitzer-winning author of “Clybourne Park,” Bruce Norris, and the Tony-winning director of “August: Osage County,” Anna D. Shapiro, “A Parallelogram” introduces us to Bee, who believes she has the ability to know what happens in the future. With what appears like a little time-bending she sees how her life, and that of her boyfriend and the world at large, will play out. To the increasing concern of those around her, Bee tries to make sense of this new-found knowledge. Should she try to reinvent destiny? Or is the trajectory of life basically unalterable?

DATES/TIMES:    Previews Begin July 10. Opens July 21. Continues through August 18.
Previews (July 10-July 20):  Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Exceptions: No 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, July 13,
Opens Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
Regular Performances (July 21-August 18):
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.

TICKET INFO:    Ticket Prices: $20 – $70 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are 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.

Apr 132013
 
THE ROLLING STONES

THE ROLLING STONES / Anything L.A.

THE ROLLING STONES “50 AND COUNTING” TOUR

ADDS SECOND ANAHEIM AND LOS ANGELES SHOWS

STAPLES Center – Los Angeles – Thursday, May 2 and Monday, May 20, 2013

Honda Center – Anaheim – Wednesday, May 15 and Saturday, May 18, 2013

TICKETS FOR ALL FOUR SHOWS ON SALE MONDAY AT 10AM

April 12, 2013 – Due to popular demand The Rolling Stones, are thrilled to announce additional concert dates in Anaheim on May 18, 2013 and Los Angeles on May 20, 2013.  This news comes hot on the heels of the highly anticipated “50 & Counting” tour opener date on May 2 in Los Angeles and May 15 in Anaheim that were announced earlier last week.

ADDED DATES:                             Saturday, May 18, 2013 (Anaheim)

Monday, May 20, 2013 (Los Angeles)

WHERE:                                            Honda Center on May 15 and May 18

STAPLES Center on May 2 and May 20

Apr 092013
 

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NAMING OF THE DAVID GEFFEN

THEATER

THE ACADEMYs Theatre To Be Names After DAVID GEFFEN

THE ACADEMYs Theatre To Be Names After DAVID GEFFEN / Anything L.A.

 THE DAVID GEFFEN FOUNDATION DONATES $25 MILLION TO THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION

 PICTURES

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $25 million commitment from The David Geffen Foundation for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The gift was made as part of the Academy Museum’s $300 million capital campaign and is the largest commitment received to date. In recognition of this gift, the Academy will name the Museum’s premiere-sized theater The David Geffen Theater.

“David’s support of this project is transformative,” said Academy Museum Campaign Chair Bob Iger. “It takes a large and diverse group of supporters to build a project on the scale of the Academy Museum. David joins an esteemed group of individuals, companies, and foundations who are leading the charge.” The Academy launched the Museum’s capital campaign in 2012 and has already secured more than half of the campaign’s goal in commitments. The campaign is co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.

“I’m pleased to support the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,” added David Geffen. “This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the creation of an iconic architectural space and cultural institution that will combine the best of the old and the new and provide a permanent public home for the Academy’s rich tradition of honoring the shining stars of the cinematic arts.”

Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the historic Wilshire May Company building. Slated to open in early 2017, the Academy Museum will contain nearly 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, theaters, screening rooms, education centers, and special event spaces.

The design for the Academy Museum fully restores the Wilshire and Fairfax street-front facades of the original 1939 Streamline Moderne building. It also includes a spherical wing at the northern end of the original building that will replace an extension made to the structure in 1946. Designed to represent the marriage of art and technology, the wing will house The David Geffen Theater and will be a spectacular new piece of contemporary architecture that will perfectly complement the historic building.

“David’s enlightened philanthropy touches lives every day,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “His generosity and commitment to our museum are deeply inspiring to all of us working to make this long-held dream a reality.”

The David Geffen Theater will be in operation throughout the year. Programming will include: premieres of films from an international roster of established and emerging filmmakers, major retrospectives, in-depth symposia that will illuminate the crafts of moviemaking, and high-profile special events.

 

Apr 082013
 
Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With The Stars / Anything L.A.

Week 2 in full force! We saw some couples rise to the challenge, and we saw some tumble a little…Here’s what happened from my point of view:

Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson – Quickstep – How charming was this dance?! I found myself smiling the entire time! Ingo has already shown such a range in his abilities between the Contemporary he had in week 1 and this Quickstep. His technique is there (I thought his ‘hold’ and ‘frame’ were great…regardless of what the judges said….), his charm is there, and he just seems like a genuinely good guy! This Aussie Team is definitely one to watch!

Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus – Jive – Hmmmm….not what I was expecting, to be completely honest.  Dorothy came out and WOW’d us all last week and I expected the momentum to continue in Week 2. You hate to see an injury occur so early in the season, and I guess we’ll have to wait to see if it will be one that this team can overcome. As I know from experience, sometimes you can practice all week and fake your way through the performance on Monday….Unfortunately, we could tell that they weren’t able to rehearse much this week. Not sure how I feel about the scores either – they were VERY low, but not sure you could justify much higher ones….That being said, I am still a Dorothy fan and want them to make it past this week, manage her injury, and go further in this competition.

Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff – Jazz – For the first Jazz of the competition, I thought this was great! These guys might be the team to beat in terms of entertaining! Entertaining aside Jacoby is a naturally good dancer!  Even my husband recognized Jacoby’s talent for dance in their routine last night. He makes the routine fun to watch which is so important in this competition. And what about those lifts?! Whew! He looks like he can just fling Karina around easily without even thinking about it! Personally, I thought the scores were a little low – there should have been an 8 or two in there…BUT, more importantly than scores, these guys proved they have their game faces on…

Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold – Jive – I hate to say this (and don’t hate me….!), but I was a little disappointed in their routine.  I expected these guys to be top contenders week after week. Victor is an amazing athlete, with a mega-watt smile and matching charm. Maybe his frustrations in practice got in his way during the performance, or maybe Jive just isn’t their dance (personally, it was my least favorite and weakest dance), but something just didn’t click this week. I don’t think they deserve to be the first to go, so I hope they make it past this week and can come back for a killer redemption dance next week!

Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani – Quickstep – I think Wynonna has such a inspirational backstory, and the potential to have a journey of growth throughout this competition. Their Quickstep was….safe. Technically all was good: Her form, her hold, her footwork were all very nice! But she needs to push herself more. She’s capable of having ‘Wow’ moments on the dance floor, if she pushes herself past the ‘safe’ zone. But it was a good Quickstep, and I hope to see her advance in this competition so we can all watch her grow! (And PS – what did you think about Tony’s mustache?! Ha!)

Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy – Jive – This little one did it again! You never want to jinx anything (heck, it is early…), but I can totally see these guys in Top 3! She showed amazing grace and maturity last week and proved she can do it all by going upbeat and fast this week. She is a little dynamite! What was that she was saying about not being able to walk in high heels?! Pa-shhhh! Ummm…I didn’t see any struggle in those heels. She rocked that dance, and I can’t wait to see what these two bring to the ballroom next week! And kudos to Val on his choreography – FANTASTIC!

Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess – Jazz – I am still giggling about this routine – in a good way! This dance was the perfect way for Adam to redeem himself (at least with the judges….) from last week! This performance was right up his alley! And props to Sharna for the amazingly unique choreography! I really enjoyed this dance – and I’ve made it no secret I’m rooting for Andy to do well in this competition. I love a good comeback story and I love the effort he’s putting into it all. Anyone else smell a little more confidence coming from Andy this week?!? Good for you!

Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd – Jive – Really, judges?! Really? I didn’t agree with them tonight on this one — Sean did a great job on this Jive! For a guy as large as him (and I mean that complimentary), he can move fast! Those feet were going 90 nothing! I thought the theme was cute, the dancing was good, and the charisma was oozing. He definitely upped the ante from last week. Sean has a natural charm about him and I personally like watching those contestants without natural dance ability/dance background rise and grow in this competition. Nicely done, Sean!

Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas – Quickstep – I think she is a-dor-able! What a fun little personality! I could watch their rehearsals all the time.  And she has more talent in her little finger than I have in my whole body! This Quickstep was great and technically she’s going to be hard to beat. Reminds me of Shawn Johnson: those girls train for perfection. Aly’s lines are beautiful, her hold/frame is perfect, and her footwork is spot-on. These guys are definitely a couple to watch – I predict she’s going to rock it for awhile in this competition!

Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko – Jive – Oh Lisa, Lisa, Lisa. It’s never quite fair to judge a woman 50+ doing a Jive against a 16 year old doing a Jive. It wasn’t Zendaya’s Jive, but I thought it was good! I love the presence of pink (which I think we’ll see her entire stay), and her delicate gracefulness! I agree with the judges that she needs to be a little sharper, and bring a little more pizazz – but I am still a huge fan! It is hard to compete against teenagers and 20-something’s, but she’s definitely doing a great job and holding her own.

DL Hughley & Cheryl Burke – I have to start by saying I hate when the pre-dance packages show fighting or frustration. I feel like it leaves a bad taste in the audience’s mouth before the dance even starts. And to be honest, it was a moment that took place during the 25-30 hours of rehearsal time. I cringed a little when I saw the spat between DL and Cheryl, but it made me want their dance to be that much better than we all expected, to make up for the package. And I must say, it was definitely an improvement from last week! Score-wise, these guys are on the bottom, and I feel like a lot of people predict them to be the first to go. I love Cheryl and I want D.L. to be proud of himself, so I don’t want them to go, but numbers-wise, they do have a lot to overcome.

Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough – WHOOOAAAA!! I’m going to say it: One of the best dances I’ve ever seen in the ballroom! This was the Derek Hough-amazingness that we’ve come to love!! He really is brilliant when it comes to creativity and choreography. And he has a little muse this season that suites him perfectly! Kellie has an incredible ability to move and dance in a way that looks like she’s been doing it for years! Did you see how high she help her leg up?!? What?? Had this dance taken place a couple weeks from now, it would have been a perfect score. Kellie and Derek certainly didn’t disappoint, and I think made the competition a little nervous…

So there we have it! Eliminations tonight. I hate to make predictions (and I always hope I’m wrong!) but I think it might be D.L. tonight…His scores might be too much to overcome. But, I’m so proud of everyone! This is shaping up to be a greatly competition season! And with Eliminations now in play, Game On!

By Melissa Rycroft

Apr 032013
 

About the J. Paul Getty Trust

J. Paul Getty Trust

The Getty is based in Los Angeles / Anything L.A.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent Programs—Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Getty Research Institute—it pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities with the conviction that a greater and more profound sensitivity to and knowledge of the visual arts and their many histories are crucial to the promotion of a vital and civil society.

Locations
The Getty is based in Los Angeles, California, and welcomes nearly 1.8 million visitors each year to its two locations, the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The Getty Center, a dramatic hilltop campus designed by Richard Meier, opened in 1997 and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2007.

The Getty Villa in Malibu, the original location of the J. Paul Getty Museum, reopened in early 2006 with a new mission as an educational center and museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

Both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa serve a varied audience through exhibitions, conservation, scholarship, research, and public programs.

History
J. Paul Getty viewed art as a civilizing influence in society and strongly believed in making art available to the public for its education and enjoyment. He opened the J. Paul Getty Museum to the public in 1954. This small museum, established in his ranch house in Malibu, housed collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture, and European paintings. Fascinated with the ancient world of the Mediterranean, he later built a Roman-style villa, modeled after the Villa dei Papiri of the first century A.D.

When most of Mr. Getty’s personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982, the Trustees sought to make a greater contribution to the visual arts through an expanded museum as well as a range of new programs. The Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Grant Program were founded in the 1980s. The Grant Program became the Getty Foundation in 2005.

The J. Paul Getty Trust continues Mr. Getty’s vision, supported by directions from his will, which calls for “the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge.”

Historical records of the J. Paul Getty Trust’s activities are held in the Institutional Archives at the Getty Research Institute.

Apr 012013
 

Upcoming Concerts:

STAPLES Center Upcoming Concerts

Rihanna – April 8th, 2013

Bon Jovi – April 19th, 2013

Justin Bieber – June 24th & 25th, 2013

The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE: Beyonce – June 28th, 2013

The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE: Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Miguel and ScHoolboy Q – June 29th, 2013

The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE: R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons – June 30th, 2013

Beyonce – July 1st, 2013

Fleetwood Mac – July 3rd, 2013

New Kids on the Block/ 98 Degrees/ Boyz II Men – July 5th, 2013

Bruno Mars – July 27th & 28th, 2013

One Direction – August 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 2013

Taylor Swift – August 19th & 20th and 23rd & 24th, 2013

Depeche Mode – September 28th & 29th, 2013

P!NK – October 12th & 13th, 2013

Selena Gomez – November 6th, 2013

Upcoming Sporting Events and Family Shows:

WWE SummerSlam – August 18th, 2013

STAPLES Center Communications: 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Apr 012013
 

Upcoming Concert & Entertainment Events:

Nokia Theatre Upcoming Events

28TH ANNUAL ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY – April 18th, 2013

KRAZY 2 FEATURING SUNIDHI CHAUHAN AND ALI ZAFAR – April 20th, 2013

RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS  –  April 27th, 2013

THE AMAZING GRACE GOSPEL FEST FEATURING HEZEKIAH WALKER & THE LOVE FELLOWSHIP CRUSADE CHOIR – April 28th, 2013

ALEJANDRO SANZ – May 1st, 2013

CAIFANES – May 18th, 2013

LUPILLO RIVERA – May 24th, 2013

JUANES – May 25th, 2013

RAPHEAL – May 26th, 2013

SESAME STREET LIVE: CAN’T STOP SINGING – May 31st-June 2nd, 2013

POLO POLO – June 14th, 2013

LA ARROLLADORA BANDA EL LIMON – June 15th, 2013

JULION ALVAREZ – July 20th, 2013

AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE! TOUR 2013 – July 23rd, 2013

CARLOS VIVES – July 27th, 2013

STEELY DAN – August 24th & 25th, 2013

FRESH BEAT BAND – February 9th, 2014

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.  777 Chick Hearn Court Los Angeles, CA 90015

Apr 012013
 

It has come to our attention that there is an interesting Humanist Church in Los Angeles, more specifically in the San Fernando Valley. Self Creation Ministry presents a different perspective on religion: it is inclusive, welcoming and – surprise! – empowering.

In the words of its Founder, Reverend Enrich: “Self Creation Ministry is a Humanist Church for people who recognize God but realize that the human experience is shared best with other people.” This congregation focuses on building a community of shared VALUES, something all of us could potentially benefit from. And yes, they provide Humanist rites of passage, including Humanist marriage ceremonies, Humanist baby naming, Humanist memorial services and more.

Gossip has it, that Reverend Enrich is a gifted leader of this Los Angeles Humanist Church.