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  • Nov 15-21, 2012
  • Vol. 34, No. 52
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  • A Vogue is a Vogue is a . . .
  • A Vogue is a Vogue is a . . .

    No one ever did the Macarena outside a banquet hall, and the same should apply to "Gangnam Style." Vogueing in the early 1990s – back when Madonna was relevant and electronica was called techno – was not only the last, big international dance craze but a true art form. Twenty...
  • Anna Lucasta
  • Anna Lucasta

    Phillip Yordan originally wrote this play for a Polish family, but its blunt theme of liberated female sexuality was deemed unsuitable for the white public, so it debuted in 1944 with a black cast. It has since become something of a staple in the African-American theater canon ( it was...
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Wreck-It Ralph

    Thanksgiving screenings "in wreck-tacular 3D" include a live pre-show with Ralph and Vanellope onstage, followed by a behind-the-scenes Art of Wreck-It Ralph exhibit. Nov. 2-Dec. 18, 2012...
  • Carry On My Wayard Son
  • Carry On My Wayard Son

    It takes arena-size balls to be in a cover band that plays music most people thought was really uncool the first time around. Atlanta's Yacht Rock Revue – all seven of them – pay unironic tribute to not one but a whole "Time Life Infomercial Catalogue" of soft rock artists...
  • Lord of the Prog
  • Lord of the Prog

    Just as grunge might've never existed if it hadn't been for hair metal, punk might've never existed if it hadn't been for prog rock, even if the Sex Pistols were joking about their collective hatred of Pink Floyd. Non-profit 826LA's Prog Angeles: An 826LA Fundraiser Celebrating the Music of Yes,...
  • Untitled Warhol Project
  • Untitled Warhol Project

    The Odyssey Theatre's Student Outreach Program (Odds) and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy have teamed up with Theatre Movement Bazaar's Tina Kronis (choreographer) and Richard Alger (playwright) to create a dance-performance piece based on the life of Andy Warhol. The piece deserves a better title than Untitled Warhol...
  • Red Barn
  • Red Barn

    In the program notes to the new musical Red Barn, which he co-authored with his wife, the show's director, Melissa Chalsma, actor-playwright David Melville invites us to Google the term "anthropodermic bibliopegy." This refers to books documenting the judicial proceedings of a murder trial. These books are bound in the...
  • Drinking and Thanking
  • Drinking and Thanking

    This year's Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Crawl — the latest offering from the producers of the World's Greatest Pub Crawl — takes you through various bars of the greater metropolitan Hollywood area, and they're looking to break more drinking records this year in the name of civic pride and burst bladders...
  • Foote Notes
  • Foote Notes

    Subtlety and skill are on ample display in this duo of Horton Foote one-acts, directed by Scott Paulin. "A Woman of Property," set in Foote's Harrison, Texas, in 1925, revolves around a high-spirited, 15-year-old named Wilma (Juliette Goglia), whose mom has died and whose dad is about to remarry and...
  • Jasper's journey
  • Jasper's journey

    Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, also wrote about the artist Jasper Johns. He recalls driving the artist to some destination in New York. Neither knew exactly how to get there. "I'll know it when I see it," Johns said, staying calm while Crichton became agitated. They crossed the Washington...
  • Garlin and Silverman: America's New Sweethearts?
  • Garlin and Silverman: America's New Sweethearts?

    Plucky and sharp-tongued, vulnerable and sweet little Veneloppe in the new animated kid-hit Wreck-It Ralph may be Sarah Silverman's most winning work to date. It's such a endearing performance, Silverman is sure to gain new fans. The comedian/actress has been a lot of things – sitcom star, mouthy standup trouble-starter,...
  • A Monet Splendored Thing
  • A Monet Splendored Thing

    One main quality of Impressionist painting is how pure color and speedy brushstrokes work to re-create the experience of looking, more than reasoned depiction. Shapes and spaces are ripped apart, broken down into luminal and chromatic elements, and reassembled in a volatile fashion which more closely resembles the real-world tumult...
  • Meet the Beats
  • Meet the Beats

    Waiting For Jack: Poems of the Beat Era stands as that one extortionately rare chance to hear Beat poetry as delivered by the aesthetic descendents of the Beats inside one of American poetry's great and stalwart cornerstones, Beyond Baroque. Produced by writer and casting director Eve Brandstein, this second in...
  • Peppermint Lounge
  • Peppermint Lounge

    Infamous Manhattan discotheque the Peppermint Lounge was the geographic and spiritual epicenter to a beautifully bizarre, all American confluence of music, dance, crime, low life and high society, and the publication of Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s. finally takes a...
  • Intimate Apparel
  • Intimate Apparel

    Lynne Nottage's lyrical drama tells the tale of the naive-but-indomitable black seamstress, Esther (Vanessa Williams), in 1905 New York. Esther makes her living creating fine lingerie, and she's worked 18 years to save enough money to launch her dream -- a beauty salon for black women. She's accepted the fact...
  • Their Eyes Saw Rain
  • Their Eyes Saw Rain

    Playwright West Liang also stars in his astonishingly intense ensemble drama, set in a fictitious small country town. The specter of tragedy hangs over the townspeople of Castle, emblematized by an ever-present decay caused by months of relentless rain. Or is that really the cause? Stern and unyielding, Terrance (Liang)...
  • Avenue Q
  • Avenue Q

    How can you not like a musical puppet show that looks a little like Sesame Street but sounds more like South Park? Director Richard Israel's charming local production of the Tony Award-winning musical proves that the show plays brilliantly on a small, intimate stage. After all, Avenue Q is at...

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