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  • Dec 13-19, 2012
  • Vol. 35, No. 4
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  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Christmas Carol

    Fantastical stagecraft is the indisputable star of co-director Geoff Elliott's adaptation of Dickens' holiday classic. Its magic appears as soon as the lights come up and Scrooge (Elliott) hobbles across the broad proscenium, a dark silhouette with top hat and cane, against a crepuscular sky. Under Andrew Ellis' technical direction,...
  • Family paintings
  • Family paintings

    Al Payne used to piece together ravaged frames and shreds of cloth to make paintings that looked like disaster sites. He also would paint slightly awkward but sincere portraits of his children skiing or playing in front of the fire. Both strains of his work appear in the Box Gallery's...
  • Go Eddie Go
  • Go Eddie Go

    On the final evening of his 11-date stand-up stint, comedian Eddie Izzard brings to you all the things that matter so much: God, the dinosaurs and the secret life of your machines. It's a primer for his upcoming international 2013 tour Force Majeure, which means "act of God," so that...
  • By George
  • By George

    Kelly Carlin nicely defies expectations. Having grown up in an L.A. celebrity home, she is authentic and down-to-earth. The daughter of one of America's most acclaimed stand-up comedians, she's felt no need to try to be a jokester. And in a town where people with her family-name situation have projects...
  • Life After Lewitsky
  • Life After Lewitsky

    Considered L.A.'s patron saint of dance, legendary choreographer and teacher Lester Horton launched dancers like Alvin Ailey and Bella Lewitzky, who went on to lead their own companies as choreographers and teachers. While Ailey decamped for New York, Lewitzky remained in L.A. The local dance landscape is populated with former...
  • The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!
  • The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!

    That this campy romp falls apart in Act 2 and still gets a "Go" says plenty about Joe Marshall's knack for comedic dialogue and director Paul Storiale's casting. Rod (the terrific Adam Loyd) is the loud, proud, disaster-penning playwright (sample titles: Okahomo!, The Wizard of Odd) for a small, gay...
  • A Wayne in a Manger
  • A Wayne in a Manger

    We may no longer have Andy Williams and Bing Crosby, but fortunately, we have Wayne Federman and his annual (well, four years anyway) A Very Federman Christmas 4. This year's lineup includes Paul Williams, John C. Reilly, Dana Gould and Illeana Douglas, plus surprise guests. "From the piano I host...
  • 86'd
  • 86'd

    What would you do for a hefty slice of $5 million? Some answers come along with laughs in this dark comedy by Jon Polito and Darryl Armbruster. At an all-night Big Apple diner (masterfully designed by Danny Cistone), Dame Fortune smiles when one of the oddball regulars (Alan Ehrlich) gleefully...

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  • S.S. Coachella Cruise: Our Review From the High Seas

    Photo by Ian WitlenJarvis Cocker and Pulp aboard the S.S. Coachella.By Liz Tracy The maiden voyage of the S.S. Coachella departed Sunday from Ft. Lauderdale, bound for the Bahamas. It set out to sea rather unceremoniously. There weren't horns, not a streamer in sight, and no one smashed bottles against...

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  • 10 Movies We're Excited to See in 2013
  • 10 Movies We're Excited to See in 2013

    See also: *Top 10 Films of 2012 *More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage Most of the blathering this year about the death of the movies has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one gnomic pronouncement endures: Leos Carax describing cinema as "a beautiful island with a...

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