How Lena Herzog Is Keeping the World's Endangered Languages AliveOf the estimated 6,000 living languages in the world, something like 43 percent of them are endangered. In the past 70 years alone, more than 230 have gone extinct, with one dying out every 14 days. Some have been recorded and remain in archives, like vestiges…
Hollywood Fringe Has Staged Almost 3,000 Shows in 10 YearsHave you heard about the big, breakout hit show that got its start at Hollywood Fringe? No? That’s because it hasn’t happened yet. Ben Hill, the festival director and one of its founders, says that’s never been the focus. “Our goal is not to find that…
ATLAS Is Yuval Sharon's Most Ambitious Project YetI recently traveled from Los Angeles to Europe, a journey that required crossing an entire continent and ocean. As I moved through space and time zones, drifting in and out of sleep on red-eye flights and navigating various airports, the hypnotic sounds of one album flowed through my…
Stories of Women Brings a "Vulnerability Variety Show" Back to L.A.Women’s bodies have always been political objects, as headlines have reminded us all too often lately. But what can get lost in the stories of society’s roll-back of reproductive rights, refusal to punish those who commit abuse, and shaming and harassment of women who speak…
Why Isn't To Kill a Mockingbird Up for Best Play at the Tonys?By any actuarial accounting, April 30 was an exceptionally good one for Scott Rudin. The prolific Hollywood and Broadway producer had skin in seven of the 34 shows that were eligible for Tony Awards, and when the nominations for the 2018-2019 season were…
How the Kilroys Are Beating Theater's Boys ClubFrom the humblest of gatherings—in this case, a house party—great things can bloom. Back in 2013 playwright Annah Feinberg, newly arrived to L.A. and eager to make friends, invited several other playwrights, including sometime TV writers Daria Polatin (Jack Ryan) and Sheila Callaghan (Shameless), to her place to…
A Play About LeBron James Is Coming to L.A.If Space Jam 2‘s summer 2021 release date has left you jonesing for LeBron James content, Center Theatre Group has good news. The L.A. Times reported today that King James, a play about James’s tenure as a Cleveland Cavalier and the impact he had on that city,…
This Unconventional Opera Gives Audiences a Front-Row Seat to a Musician's MeltdownWhen composer David Lang picked up The Loser, Thomas Bernhard’s 1983 novel told in one long paragraph by an unnamed doomy pianist, Lang was so taken by its bitter, manipulative narrator that he felt the need to read the whole thing out loud. When…
December 24 to 28, 2018This week might be one of our favorites to spend here in L.A. Streets are quiet, people are jolly–and some of us even get a few days off. There are plenty of holiday events afoot, and it’s a good time to get outside for a hike. And, of course, we have…
Could A New Series Fill the Void of the Canceled Night on Broadway?Earlier this year, Night on Broadway brought 250,000 Angelenos out for an evening of free entertainment in and around the Broadway theater district of downtown L.A. But, amid a City Hall scandal, the 2019 event was called off just weeks before it was…
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