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COLCOA — L’ODYSSÉE

Audrey Tautou in L'Odyssee, directed by
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The 21st annual COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is here, presenting nine days of premieres at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood. Some highlights from the first few days of the fest: L’OPÉRA—a documentary about the Paris Opera, and a worthy complement to Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse (2009)—screens Tuesday evening, April 25 at 5 pm. Later that night, rustic […]

POOR DOG GROUP OPEN STUDIO

Brad Culver in Dionysia by Poor Dog Group (EMPAC, 2011; a Getty Villa incarnation earlier the same year was titled Satyr Atlas). Conceived, written, and directed by Jesse Bonnell.
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POOR DOG GROUP—acclaimed for their experimental, no-holds-barred approach to performance art—welcomes you to an Open Studio event at the Bootleg Theater. Their new work-in-progress GROUP THERAPY “draws on 16 hours of audio recordings from the group’s actual therapy with a licensed professional to probe the inner workings of long-term collaboration.” GROUP THERAPY was commissioned by the […]

CONCRETE ISLAND AT VENUS

Matt Johnson, Drywall #5 (Baby Aqua M440–3), 2017.
Painted wood, 72 x 101 x 72 inches (182.9 x 256.5 x 182.9 cm)
Image credit: Venus Over Manhattan

“Welcome to Concrete Island: an overlooked city within a city, an entropical paradise where leisure is lean….Listen to our walls: they speak in a rare blend of hobo shamanism and contemporary primitivism that captures the texture of the urban psyche.”* This group show at Venus’ Boyle Heights outpost features work by Kelly Akashi, William Anastasi, […]

JANE JACOBS

Jane Jacobs, 1961.
Image credit: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection

“[Jane Jacobs’] name still summons an entire city vision—the much watched corner, the mixed-use neighborhood—and her holy tale is all the stronger for including a nemesis of equal stature: Robert Moses, the Sauron of the street corner. The New York planning dictator wanted to drive an expressway through lower Manhattan, and was defeated, the legend […]

LOCARNO IN LOS ANGELES 2017

Miriam Jakob in The Dreamed Path (2016), directed by Angela Schanelec
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Curated by Acropolis Cinema founder Jordan Cronk and co-artistic director Robert Koehler, the inaugural edition of the LOCARNO IN LOS ANGELES film festival will run from April 21–23 at the Downtown Independent cinema. Ten features—all local premieres—from nine countries will bring the best of the 69th Locarno Festival to Los Angeles. Organized with the Swiss Consulate General […]

REBECCA LEMME AND ANDREA GISE’S T3THERING

Dance Aegis
Photograph by Jamie Carr
Courtesy of Andrea Gise

In its third annual incarnation, T3THERING once again brings together two Los Angeles-based dance companies—Rebecca Lemme’s Acts of Matter and Andrea Gise’s Dance Aegis—for a weekend of performance and celebration. Lemme presents LOVE LETTER (full version), which she choreographed on Acts of Matter, and PERSIST (on the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company). Both are premieres. Gise presents the premiere […]

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY

Nicole Shalhoub and Denver Milord (foreground); Gina Torrecilla, Cristina Gerla, Brittney S. Wheeler, and Kurt Quinn (left to right, background) in the Coeurage Theatre production of Failure: A Love Story.
Photograph by Craig Schwartz.
© 2017 Craig Schwartz

Founded in 2009 by a dozen graduates from Cal State Fullerton, the Coeurage Theatre Company embodies the spirit of kids-putting-on-a-show with masterful comic timing and lyricism. FAILURE: A LOVE STORY, by Philip Dawkins, was originally produced by the company in 2015, and is now back on the boards in an energetic revival directed by Michael […]