Aug 072017
 
MOCA Exhibitions Fall 2017

Anna Maria Maiolino, Por um Fio (By a Thread), from the Fotopoemação (Photopoemaction) series, 1976, archival inkjet print, 22 3/8 x 31 1/8 in. (57 x 79 cm.), photo by Regina Vater

MOCA’S LA/LA EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

ANNA MARIA MAIOLINO
August 4–December 31, 2017
MOCA Grand Avenue

ADRIÁN VILLAR ROJAS: THE THEATER OF DISAPPEARANCE
October 22, 2017–February 26, 2018
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

AXIS MUNDO: QUEER NETWORKS IN CHICANO L.A.
September 9–December 31, 2017
MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery

ANNA MARIA MAIOLINO
August 4–December 31, 2017
MOCA Grand Avenue
Curators: Bryan Barcena and Helen Molesworth

As part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Anna Maria Maiolino, the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of work by artist Anna Maria Maiolino. The exhibition considers five decades of her varied artistic practice including printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. From her early woodcut works and performances, which spoke directly to the tense political atmosphere during Brazil’s military dictatorship, to introspective paper works that express the feelings of alienation and marginalization that arose from her status as an immigrant, Maiolino’s work is uniquely capable of tracing the course of the movements that define Brazilian art history. She channels these through a personal, psychologically charged practice that charts her own introspective path as migrant, mother, and artist. Although she has been the subject of various exhibitions in Europe, Maiolino is only now beginning to be recognized in North America for her accomplishments. Her work is ripe to be explored within new contexts, given that it parallels, and in some cases presages, larger dialogues and processes that defined artistic developments during each period of her five-decade long career. This exhibition will cover the full range of Maiolino’s oeuvre from the early 1960s through the present with an equal focus on its socio-historical dimensions—particularly the issues of migration, linguistic competence, feminism, dictatorship—and the ever-present dialectical tension between art and life, between the timeless and the everyday, between what can be said and what is felt.

 

MOCA Exhibitions Fall 2017
ADRIÁN VILLAR ROJAS: THE THEATER OF DISAPPEARANCE
October 22, 2017–February 26, 2018
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Curators: Bryan Barcena and Helen Molesworth

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, a site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) has built a singular practice by creating environments and objects that seem to be in search of their place in time. Villar Rojas’s interventions beckon viewers to consider fragments that exist in a slippery space between the future, the past, and an alternate reality in the present. With his post-human artworks, Villar Rojas posits the question: What happens after the end of art?

For his project at MOCA, Villar Rojas will radically transform the Little Tokyo space, employing dramatic architectural and aesthetic shifts. In preparation for the installation, Villar Rojas spent a great deal of time exploring technologies used in Hollywood special effects and was struck by the universal digitization of the industry. From his perspective, it echoes a kind of post-human world dominated by technology, and in response, he will create an environment in The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA that is at once tactile and ephemeral, otherworldly and utterly human. Villar Rojas will use remaining materials and surviving bits of “art” from projects produced across the globe and recycle them into new “art,” this time tailor-made for The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Petrified wood from Turin, stratified columns from Sharjah, and silicone molds from Istanbul will not be reinstalled as what they once were but instead will have a second, unpredictable life. These elements will journey from “art” to “non-art” and back again to “art,” reinforcing their impermanence and our own in relation to our attempts to ascribe imperishable meanings and values to the world around us.

Image credit: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance, 2017, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, photo courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris / London, and kurimanzutto, Mexico City, photo by Jörg Baumann

MOCA Exhibitions Fall 2017
AXIS MUNDO: QUEER NETWORKS IN CHICANO L.A.
September 9–December 31, 2017
MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery
Curators: David Evans Frantz, Curator at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), is pleased to host Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The exhibition will be shown in two West Hollywood spaces, MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery. It will feature more than 50 LGBTQ and Chicano artists who created experimental artworks in a variety of media between the 1960s and early 1990s—a period bookended by the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, and feminist movements on one end, and the ravages of the AIDS crisis on the other. Axis Mundo is the result of extensive research by co-curators David Evans Frantz, Curator at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College. While developing the exhibition, the curators visited archives at institutions throughout North America and the United Kingdom and met with artists—as well as family members, friends, and collaborators of those artists—whose work has not been exhibited publicly since the 1970s or 1980s.

Image credit: Teddy Sandoval, Las Locas, c. 1980, acrylic and mixed media on unstretched canvas, 39 x 52 in. (99 x 133.4 cm), collection of Paul Polubinskas, photograph by Fredrik Nilsen

 

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Jul 042017
 

Staples Center L.A.

Usually, there are several notable events scheduled at the Staples Center in L.A. Currently, there are two listed:

MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!
July 7-9, 2017 (7 Shows) time TBA

KCON (an annual Korean wave convention)
August 19 & 20, 2017

Take a look at upcoming concerts?

Tickets are available online at www.staplescenter.com, via axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 or the STAPLES Center Box Office.

STAPLES Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA 90015. Phone: (213) 742-7100; Website: www.StaplesCenter.com

Jul 042017
 

Microsoft Theatre in L.A.

A schedule of concerts and other Special Events taking place at The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

 

THE ESPYS
July 12th, 2017 at 5:00 pm

BANDA MS DE SERGIO LIZÁRRAGA
July 14-15th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

OZUNA
July 22nd, 2017 at 8:00 pm

90’s POP TOUR
July 28th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

80’S WEEKEND #4
July 29th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

NICKY JAM & PLAN B: EL GANADOR TOUR
August 12th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

RASTAK MUSIC GROUP
August 13h, 2017 at 8:00 pm

BRING IT! LIVE
August 16th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

NOCHE DE RECUERDOS
August 26th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

SHREYA GHOSHAL LIVE WITH SYMPHONY
August 27th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

YESTIVAL: YES & FRIENDS
August 29th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

BETHEL MUSIC – HEAVEN COME CONFERENCE 2017
September 21st – 23rd, 2017

PAIN IS LOVE TOUR
September 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

TZU CHI: THOUSANDS OF HELPING HANDS CONCERT
October 1st, 2017 at 7:00 pm

R. KELLY
October 6th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

BILL MAHER
October 7th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

J BALVIN
October 8th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

CAIFANES
October 13th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

FRANCO ESCAMILLA
October 21st, 2017 at 8:00 pm

ANDRE RIEU
October 22nd, 2017 at 8:00 pm

PJ MASKS LIVE!
November 26th, 2017at 2:00 pm

THE GAME AWARDS 2017
December 7th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

PEPPA PIG LIVE
December 10th, 2017 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY
January 20th, 2018 at 8:00 pm

 

Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Court (between Figueroa Street and Georgia Street),
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213)763-6030
Website www.MicrosoftTheater.com

Get tickets to Microsoft Theater Online, by phone at 888-929-7849 or the STAPLES Center Box Office.

Mar 142017
 

THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA
SPRING 2017 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

CARL ANDRE: SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958–2010

April 2–July 24, 2017

ARTHUR JAFA: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE IS DEATH

SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: CATHERINE OPIE AND STERLING RUBY

April 2–June 12, 2017

Arthur Jafa
CARL ANDRE: SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958–2010
April 2–July 24, 2017
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Exhibition Curators: Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond
MOCA Curator: Bennett Simpson

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, an exhibition tracing the full evolution of the work of Carl Andre, a crucial figure in the redefinition of contemporary sculpture. The retrospective, which premiered at Dia:Beacon in 2014, includes sculptures; poems and works on paper; a selection of rarely exhibited assemblages; and an unprecedented selection of photographs and ephemera. This is the first museum survey of Andre’s entire five-decade oeuvre and his first retrospective in North America since 1978–80.

The exhibition represents all major historical and aesthetic shifts in Andre’s career, from his early exercises to his most recent work. The main stages of Andre’s mature oeuvre are represented by a large selection of sculptures including the artist’s defining floor sculptures, modular arrangements of unaltered building and industrial materials such as brick stacks, metal squares, slabs, and timber blocks. An unprecedented display of poems and typewriter works examine the pivotal role of language in Andre’s practice, providing a strikingly intimate perspective on his visionary approach to concrete poetry. The exhibition also offers a rare opportunity to view a selection of Andre’s Dada Forgeries—a legendary series of assemblages and readymade-like pieces produced sporadically between the late 1950s and the early 2000s—as well as ephemera and photographic documentation.

The retrospective was co-curated by MOCA Director Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in close collaboration with the artist. The presentation at MOCA follows an extensive European tour including Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. A comprehensive catalog accompanies the exhibition.

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010 is organized by Dia Art Foundation, and co-curated by Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond.

The international tour of Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010 is made possible by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional tour support is provided by the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte; The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Sotheby’s.

The Los Angeles presentation is organized by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, with Anna Katz, Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

MOCA’s Lead support is provided by the Aileen Getty Foundation, and the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.

Generous support is provided by The Mohn Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Wonmi and Kihong Kwon, and Joseph Varet and Esther Kim Varet.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Delta Air Lines, Shari Glazer, and Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Allison and Larry Berg, and Jerri and Dr. Steven Nagelberg.

Image credit: Installation view, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon, New York, © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, photo by Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

RELATED PROGRAMS

MEMBERS’ OPENING: CARL ANDRE: SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958–2010
Saturday, April 1
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1794 or membership@moca.org
FREE for MOCA members; no reservations necessary

LECTURE: CHARLES BERNSTEIN
Sunday, April 30, 3pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE with museum admission; priority entry for MOCA members

LECTURE: BENNETT SIMPSON
Thursday, May 4, 7pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE

LECTURE: ANNA CHAVE
Thursday, July 6, 7pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE

Please check moca.org for updates on related programs.

Carl Andre
ARTHUR JAFA: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE IS DEATH
April 2–June 12, 2017
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Curator: Helen Molesworth

Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is a new video by artist, director, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa. Set to the searing highs and lows of Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track “Ultralight Beam,” Love Is The Message is a masterful convergence of found footage tracing African American identity through a spectrum of contemporary imagery that includes photographs of civil-rights leaders watermarked “Getty Images,” helicopter views of the L.A. Riots, and a wave of bodies dancing the Dougie. The meticulously edited seven-minute video suspends viewers in a swelling, emotional montage that is a testament to Jafa’s profound ability to mine, scrutinize, and reclaim media’s representational modes and strategies. Alongside images of familiar Black icons and historic events are also scenes of lesser-known figures, anonymous bodies in various states of elation and despair. Excerpts from Jafa’s own documentary film Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014) add a personal dimension to a work otherwise drawn from news media, television, and the Internet. While Love Is The Message poignantly embodies the artist’s desire to create a cinema that “replicates the power, beauty and alienation of Black Music,” it also reminds us that the collective multitude defining Blackness comprises singular individuals with manifold identities and unaccountable differences.

Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is organized by Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Delta Air Lines, Shari Glazer, and Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Allison and Larry Berg.

Image credit: Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (still), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound), 7:30 minutes, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome

RELATED PROGRAMS

ARTHUR JAFA AND HELEN MOLESWORTH IN CONVERSATION
Sunday, April 2, 1pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (NCPD)
111 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE with museum admission; priority entry for MOCA members

LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM AT MOCA PRESENTS
ARTHUR JAFA’S DREAMS ARE COLDER THAN DEATH
Thursday, May 11, 7pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org
FREE for MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum members
$15 general admission, $8 students with valid ID

Please check moca.org for updates on related programs.

Soft Work
SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: CATHERINE OPIE AND STERLING RUBY
April 2–June 12, 2017
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Curator: Bennett Simpson

MOCA presents two recent acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection: SOFT WORK (2011–13) by Sterling Ruby and Inauguration Portfolio (2009) by Catherine Opie. Shown in the United States for the first time, Ruby’s SOFT WORK is a large-scale installation of stuffed fabric sculptures in unsettling biomorphic forms. Appendaged cushions and gaping, fang-filled mouths are manically arranged as sausage link–like drips from the ceiling, coiled heaps across the floor, and slumping, abject forms throughout the space. Using textiles that evoke the colors and motifs of the American flag, the sprawling installation offers up that iconic symbol of national pride as an intensely visceral experience—a political scene filled with performative “bodies” that seem to manifest both theater and playground simultaneously. Opie’s 33-photograph Inauguration Portfolio, a collective portrait of the over one million Americans who gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to partake in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, provides a compelling documentary counterpoint to SOFT WORK. Opie focuses her lens not on the swearing-in ceremony itself or other such singular historical moments but instead on more elusive or anti-climactic subject matter—the anonymous figures bundled up in 20-degree weather, the Jumbotron screen broadcasting the ceremony, and the detritus left behind after the crowd has dispersed. Opie’s poignant photographs suggest that the election is significant not only for the person at its center but for the millions of Americans whom the commander-in-chief is called upon to represent through the democratic process.

Selections from the Permanent Collection: Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby is organized by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Image credit: Sterling Ruby, installation view of SOFT WORK (2011-13), Art Basel: Unlimited, Switzerland, 2014, photography by Timo Ohler, courtesy of Sprüth Magers

 

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Mar 102017
 
The Cast Of “Into the Woods” At Ahmanson Theatre

Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella, Anthony Chatmon II as Cinderella’s Prince and the cast of the Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods,” which plays April 4 through May 14, 2017, at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400.
Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED FOR ACCLAIMED FIASCO THEATER PRODUCTION OF

“INTO THE WOODS”

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP / AHMANSON THEATRE
APRIL 4 – MAY 14, 2017

“Truly enchanting …These are the woods that you want to get lost in, a place you’ll find buried treasures that you didn’t even know existed.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

The complete cast has been announced for the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods” opening April 5th 2017, at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre and playing through May 14th 2017, with one preview performance on April 4. This celebrated new production of the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

This wildly inventive ensemble piece features versatile actor/musicians who sing, act and play instruments, including Anthony Chatmon II as Lucinda/Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Eleasha Gamble as Baker’s Wife, Evan Harrington as Baker, Lisa Helmi Johanson as Little Red Ridinghood/Rapunzel, Bonne Kramer as Cinderella’s Stepmother/Jack’s Mother, Patrick Mulryan as Jack/Steward, Darick Pead as Milky White/Florinda/Rapunzel’s Prince, Evan Rees, Music Director/Pianist, Fred Rose as Mysterious Man, Stephanie Umoh as Witch and Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella/Granny, with Joshua Archer, Sean Peter Forte, Javier Ignacio, Kate Moore and Alanna Saunders.

“The key element in every Fiasco show is the sense of ensemble that the audience sees on stage. What you’re seeing is not a group of individuals, but an actual group — like seeing a band or a choir. We’re really listening, breathing and thinking together,” said Steinfeld, who is also co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater.

 

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Feb 112017
 
Charlie Wilson To Perform at Microsoft Theater

Additional L.A. concert added due to popular demand!

CHARLIE WILSON

IN IT TO WIN IT TOUR

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST FANTASIA & JOHNNY GILL

BY OVERWHELMING DEMAND A SECOND SHOW JUST ADDED

MARCH 9TH AT MICROSOFT THEATER

 

Due to overwhelming fan demand, eleven-time Grammy nominee, Charlie Wilson, has just announced a second Los Angeles concert has just been added to his upcoming national tour “In It To Win It” which will now include two unforgettable nights at Microsoft Theater on March 8 & 9, 2017.

“In It To Win It” is also the title of Wilson’s new album, slated for release on February 17th, featuring musical guests Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, and the first single from the album, “I’m Blessed.”

Tickets for the newly announced LA show go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 10th at 10am at AXS.com.

For information on presale tickets, VIP packages or to purchase tickets visit charliewilsonmusic.com.

“I am excited about being on the road with my friends Grammy-Award winner, Fantasia, and four time Grammy-Award nominee, Johnny Gill,” stated Wilson. “As usual, folks should come prepared for a party. I am looking forward to performing my new single, ‘I’m Blessed’ together with some music from my new album and my classic hits.”

“2017 is going to be an epic year for Charlie Wilson,” stated Michael Paran, Wilson’s manager and CEO of P Music Group. “The new album represents some of the best music Charlie has recorded in his career thus far. He has a very diverse fan base and there is something on this album for everyone.”

Charlie Wilson has received numerous awards during his critically-acclaimed career including eleven Grammy nominations and a 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award which included performances by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, and India Arie.

 

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Jan 272017
 

12 Regional Finalists In A. Wilson Monologue Competition

CENTER THEATRE GROUP SELECTS 12 STUDENTS FOR

AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALS

TO BE HELD AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM ON FEB. 27

Top Two Students Will Participate in National Finals on Broadway on May 1, 2017

 

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local high school students to participate in the regional finals for the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 27.

This is the sixth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” a 10-play dramatization of the African American experience in the 20th century.

Those selected to participate in the regional finals are Joey Aquino (Los Angeles), Luke Baxter (Moreno Valley), Kelly Bouslaiby (Fontana), Hollis Dohr (Sherman Oaks), Asa Ferguson (Los Angeles), Hannah Franklin (Long Beach), Elija Hall (Los Angeles), Habin Lee (Los Angeles), Arjang Mahdavi (Granada Hills), Ehvinny Mora (Rowland Heights), Alexander Villaseñor (Los Angeles) and Aryana Williams (Carson). The students represent seven local high schools within Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Aquino and Williams both participated in the 2016 competition where Williams took third place.

The students selected will receive training and rehearsal sessions provided by Center Theatre Group throughout January and February. The sessions will allow the students to refine their performances while gaining valuable acting techniques.

 

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Jan 152017
 

“Elmo Makes Music” Coming To Microsoft Theater

 

Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music”

Takes the Stage in LOS ANGELES

Fun and Furry Musicians Perform

at Microsoft Theater May 13th

 

Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other – monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” at Microsoft Theater on May 13. Tickets for both performances are on sale now.

Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless lessons for all ages. Through the razzle-dazzle of this Broadway-quality musical production, children learn about patience, acceptance and teamwork. The universal appeal of a Sesame Street Live production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written scripts, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “The Hustle,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “Rockin’ Robin.” “Elmo Makes Music” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as “Elmo’s World” and “The Alphabet Song.”

What:
Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” coming to Los Angeles!

When:
Saturday May 13 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Where:
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tickets: $22.00, $35.00 and $50.00. A limited number of $65.00 Gold Circle seats and $105.00 Sunny Seats** are also available. Prices include a facility fee of $5.00. Additional fees and special offers may apply.

The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo!

Tickets are available online at www.axs.com. To charge tickets by phone, please call 888-929-7849. For more information, please visit www.sesamestreetlive.com. Become a fan of Sesame Street Live on Facebook.

ABOUT SESAME WORKSHOP
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

ABOUT VSTAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
VStar Entertainment Group is one of the nation’s leading multi-concept media and entertainment platforms and producer of family-friendly consumer shows and events, with an extensive background presenting and promoting more than 36,000 performances worldwide over the past 37 years. Headquartered in the Twin Cities, VStar Entertainment Group was founded in 2015 following an acquisition of VEE Corporation, one of the most experienced and respected names in family-friendly entertainment, and Blue Star Media, a leader in event production and promotion. VStar Entertainment Group also provides turnkey, in-house solutions for agencies, brands, corporations and marketing experts serving the event, sports and experiential industries. For more information, including current touring shows and a complete list of service offerings, please visit www.vstarentertainment.com.

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Jan 132017
 
“Fun Home” At The Ahmanson Theatre

L-R: Alessandra Baldacchino as ‘Small Alison’, Pierson Salvador as ‘Christian’ and Lennon Nate Hammond as ‘John’ in the national tour of “Fun Home.” “Fun Home” is part of the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season and will be presented February 21 through April 1, 2017.
Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

“Fun Home”

Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron;
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Choreography by Danny Mefford; Directed by Sam Gold

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, “Fun Home” introduces Alison at three different ages in her life, as she explores and unravels the mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical, Alison eventually sees her parents through the eyes of a grown-up. Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book, Score and Director of a Musical, “‘Fun Home’ is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway” (The New York Times).

DATES / TIMES:
Previews February 21 at 8 p.m. Opens February 22 at 8 p.m.
Through April 1, 2017.
Regular Performances (February 23 – April 1):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: Added 8 p.m. performance on Monday, March 27 and 2 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 30.

 

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Jan 132017
 
Charlie Wilson To Perform at Microsoft Theater

Photo property of Charlie Wilson

CHARLIE WILSON RETURNS TO MICROSOFT THEATER

IN IT TO WIN IT TOUR

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST FANTASIA, JOHNNY GILL & SOLERO

 

Eleven-time Grammy nominee, Charlie Wilson, announced that his upcoming national tour “In It To Win It” will include a much-anticipated stop at Microsoft Theater on March 8th 2017.

“In It To Win It” is also the title of Wilson’s new album, slated for release in February 2017, featuring musical guests Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, and TI. The first single from the album, “I’m Blessed” is coming soon.

Tickets for the Los Angeles show go on sale to the general public Friday, January 13th at 10am at AXS.com.

For information on presale tickets, VIP packages or to purchase tickets visit charliewilsonmusic.com.

“I am excited about being on the road with my friends Grammy-Award winner, Fantasia, and four time Grammy-Award nominee, Johnny Gill,” stated Wilson. “As usual, folks should come prepared for a party. I am looking forward to performing my new single, ‘I’m Blessed’ together with some music from my new album and my classic hits.”

Also, joining Charlie on their first national U.S. tour is P Music Group’s pop music duo, Solero. Solero has over 8 million views on their YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/SoleroTV . Their first single “Greenlight” from their debut EP is scheduled for release February 2017. Check them out at http://www.solerobrothers.com.

“2017 is going to be an epic year for Charlie Wilson,” stated Michael Paran, Wilson’s manager and CEO of P Music Group. “The new album represents some of the best music Charlie has recorded in his career thus far. He has a very diverse fan base and there is something on this album for everyone.”

Charlie Wilson has received numerous awards during his critically-acclaimed career including eleven Grammy nominations and a 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award which included performances by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, and India Arie.

 

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Jan 122017
 

KPCC IN PERSON PRESENTS A SPECIAL ONE NIGHT EVENT

Zoot Suit

Luis Valdez (center right) with the cast of the 1978 production of “Zoot Suit” at the Mark Taper Forum. Written and directed by Valdez and presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit” will play January 31 through March 12, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 2017-2018 season at the Los Angeles Music Center.
Photo by Jay Thompson.

 

THE RETURN OF “ZOOT SUIT”: DOWNSTAGE WITH THE FRAME

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13th 2017, AT 7:30 P.M

AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM

Center Theatre Group’s “Zoot Suit” Plays January 31 – March 12, 2017, at the Taper

 

KPCC In Person will present a special event with The Frame at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. The return of “Zoot Suit”: downSTAGE with The Frame will include host John Horn, “Zoot Suit” writer-director Luis Valdez, Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, original and revival cast member Rose Portillo and others as they take the “Zoot Suit” stage to revisit this crucial part of L.A. history and examine social conditions for Mexican-Americans in current-day Los Angeles.

Racial tensions in Los Angeles exploded when, in 1943, American sailors set out to attack young Mexican-American men who were being blamed for an uptick in violence. The targets were youths who had adopted, as their signature look, the zoot suit – the stylish, baggy outfit that had been made popular by jazz musicians in New York. The 10-day spasm of violence became the basis for “Zoot Suit,” the landmark 1978 production at the Mark Taper Forum. Almost 40 years later, the first Chicano show to go to Broadway is being revived by Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum with its original writer-director, Luis Valdez.

Center Theatre Group’s production of “Zoot Suit” at the Mark Taper Forum, begins previews January 31, opens February 12 and continues through March 12, 2017. Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/mark-taper-forum/also-at-the-taper/kpcc-zoot-suit/.

Please note this event does not include a performance of “Zoot Suit.”

 

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Dec 232016
 
Fountain Theatre production of “Citizen: An American Lyric.”

L-R: Leith Burke, Bernard K. Addison, Lisa Pescia, Tina Lifford, Tony Maggio and Simone Missick in the Fountain Theatre production of “Citizen: An American Lyric.” Written by Claudia Rankine, adapted for stage by Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, “Citizen” is part of Center Theatre Group’s Block Party and will play April 28 to May 7 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Ed Krieger.

CENTER THEATRE GROUP SELECTS THREE LOCAL PRODUCTIONS FOR

INAUGURAL BLOCK PARTY AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Center Theatre Group Will Remount Productions from Coeurage Theatre Company,

Echo Theater Company and Fountain Theatre for Block Party Celebration April 14th –May 21st 2017

 

Center Theatre Group has selected three local productions for the inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Block Party will remount Coeurage Theatre Company’s production of “Failure: A Love Story” by Philip Dawkins, Echo Theater Company’s production of “Dry Land” by Ruby Rae Spiegel and Fountain Theatre’s production of “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs. Each production will have a two-week run presented April 14th through May 21st 2017.

The selected shows will receive the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production. Full casting for “Failure: A Love Story,” “Dry Land” and “Citizen: An American Lyric” will be announced at a later date.

Coeurage Theatre production of “Failure: A Love Story.”

The original cast in the Coeurage Theatre production of “Failure: A Love Story.” Written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Michael Matthews, “Failure” is part of Center Theatre Group’s Block Party and will play April 14-23 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Matthew Denman.

“Failure: A Love Story” from Coeurage Theatre Company will take the first slot and will begin previews April 14, open April 16 and close April 23. Written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Michael Matthews, the show chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters and the one man who fell in love with each of them. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Chicago, this touching, whimsical tale explores the impermanence of life and the permanence of love.

“We’re completely thrilled to be a part of this program,” said Coeurage Artistic Director Jeremy Lelliott of being selected. “Center Theatre Group is a standard-bearer in the L.A. arts scene, and to benefit from their support and input on our growth and this upcoming production marks an exciting new chapter for Coeurage and the 99-seat community as a whole.”

Echo Theater production of “Dry Land.”

L-R: Connor Kelly-Eiding and Teagan Rose in the Echo Theater production of “Dry Land.” Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, “Dry Land” is part of Center Theatre Group’s Block Party and will play May 12-21 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Darrett Sanders.

Fountain Theatre’s “Citizen: An American Lyric,” a meditation on race that fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image, will begin previews on April 28, open April 30 and close May 7. Adapted by playwright and Fountain Theatre Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, it is a provocative stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America. Of Rankine’s “Citizen,” The New Yorker wrote that it was “brilliant… [and] explores the kinds of injustice that thrive when the illusion of justice is perfected.” The New York Times wrote that “Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Center Theatre Group on its first-ever Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre,” said Sachs. “It’s particularly meaningful to us that ‘Citizen’ was chosen because racism and white dominance in America is as timely now, since the election, as it ever was. The project also reflects the diversity of our work at the Fountain Theatre.”

Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, Echo Theater Company’s “Dry Land” will take the final slot of Block Party and will begin previews May 12, open on May 14 and close on May 21. It is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes and bonds of teenage girls — as gut-wrenching as it is funny. In his New York Times “critic’s pick” review, Ben Brantley called “Dry Land” “tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time.”

“The Echo is delighted and honored to be selected for Block Party,” said Echo Theater Artistic Director Chris Fields. “The fulfillment of being recognized and the deep gratification of being part of a special affirmation of our entire Los Angeles theatre community is just wonderful.”

“As we celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50 years of creating theatre in Los Angeles, we want to turn the spotlight on some of the remarkable work being done on other stages,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie in discussing Block Party. “Coeurage Theatre, Echo Theater and Fountain Theatre, as well as others throughout L.A., regularly produce excellent, boundary-pushing work and we’re so glad they are sharing some of that work with us.”

 

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