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FUN HOME

Karen Eilbacher as Joan (left) and Abby Corrigan as Medium Alison in Fun Home.
Photograph by Joan Marcus.
Copyright © 2016 by Joan Marcus

Near the beginning of the fascinating coming-out, musical-comedy-tragedy FUN HOME, the lead character Alison tells the audience that in the show, the father and his daughter (Alison) are both gay, and, while she’s away at college, her father will kill himself.  When he isn’t running a funeral home, teaching high school English, and hunting for antiques, […]

SALOME

“What Camp taste responds to is instant character…. [which] is understood as a state of continual incandescence—a person being one, very intense thing.” — Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp’ “* SALOME is an opera of instant character, and its exaltation of lust is undiluted. Bodies and things are transposed, and the protagonists begin and end […]

THE BOOK OF CLARENCE AT MOMA

Clarence Fountain.
Image credit: Discogs

When writer-director-lyricist Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson fused Sophocles to the African-American church experience in The Gospel at Colonus, Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys of Alabama were cast to collectively portray Oedipus—an event that vaulted Clarence and his group into mainstream recognition.  Thirty-five years later, the Museum of Modern Art will present the world premiere […]

KNEEHIGH AT THE WALLIS

Katy Owen as Lily in 946. Photograph by Steve Tanner

On the coast of Cornwall—far from the ears and eyes of London’s West End—the Kneehigh theater company channels anarchy inside a group of barns, where actors, dancers, singers, acrobats, puppeteers, designers, and carpenters eat, sleep, play, and learn. For Kneehigh, the creation of magic is a collective enterprise. “Think deeply and profoundly [about your source material], […]

JONAH BOKAER

James McGill and Wendell Gray II in Rules of the Game. Photograph by Yi-Chun Wu

Choreographer–dancer Jonah Bokaer brings three of his works to Los Angeles this weekend, all in collaboration with artist and designer Daniel Arsham: Recess (2010), Why Patterns (2011), and a new piece—Rules of the Game—with an original score by Pharrell Williams, his first for live dance and theater (arranged and co-composed by David Campbell). Rules of […]

MUSIC: M.O.P

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M.O.P, Mash Out Posse, is an American hip hip duo composed of rappers Billy Danze (Eric Murray) and Lil’ Fame (Jamal Grinnage). They grew up together in the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn and formed a gang called Mash Out Posse.With a desire to express themselves through rap, they formed a hip-hop group named after their […]

WEEKLY WRAP-UP: JAN. 19-23

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  This week, we listened the mexican performed by Babe Ruth; we passed by Meliksetian Briggs to see few works by the late artist Bas Jan Ader: we went to Bristol to check Josephine Pryde‘s new exhibition at Arnolfini;  we listened few songs of the singer-songwriter John Grant; we visited the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica and the […]