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Fall Down the Rabbit Hole with LA Phil's Alice in Wonderland Director

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 2/24/2015 1:06:00 PM

When you're dealing with Alice and Wonderland ... we're out there. For anybody being offered a production, Alice in Wonderland is the one you want, because it's a land of imagination and transformation and craziness. - Netia Jones

This weekend the LA Phil will give the West Coast premiere of the multimedia opera Alice in Wonderland. The award-winning South Korean composer Unsuk Chin wrote the music. The libretto is from Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and the inventive look of the production comes from director/designer/video artist Netia Jones. We talked to Jones backstage at Disney Hall about this "brilliant, wild, crazy opera" and her experience working with the great Maurice Sendak on a production of Where the Wild Things Are.

This weekend's production of Alice in Wonderland is part of the LA Phil's in/SIGHT series. Click here for tickets and information.


Photo of Netia Jones courtesy Susie Goodman.

Special Oscars Coverage: Hear Our Interviews with Selma & Inherent Vice Costume Designers

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 2/20/2015 8:46:00 AM

The annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition is open right now at FIDM Museum & Galleries downtown. That's the place to see more than 100 costumes representing 20 of 2014’s most notable films in a variety of genres. We talked to two designers with costumes in the exhibit:  Mark Bridges who is nominated for an Oscar for his work on Inherent Vice (he also designed the costumes for 50 Shades of Grey) and Ruth E. Carter, who designed the costumes for Selma. Listen to our interview below and click here to listen to our tour of the exhibit with designer and FIDM spokeman Nick Verreos.

Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice costume designer

Mark Bridge, costume desiger for Inherent Vice.

 Inherent Vice ensemble

Costumes from Inherent Vice.

Ruth E. Carter, Selma costume designer

Ruth E. Carter, costume designer for Selma.

Selma costumes

Costumes from Selma.


Photos courtesy Susie Goodman

Special Oscars Coverage: Photo Tour of the Year's Best Big Screen Costumes

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 2/13/2015 12:35:00 PM

Right now at the FIDM Museum & Galleries downtown, you can see their popular annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. This year’s collection features more than 100 costumes representing 20 of 2014’s most notable films in a variety of genres. We toured the exhibit with museum spokesman and designer Nick Verreos, who told us seeing the costumes in person uncovers a world of detail that you can miss when watching the movie. Listen to our interview with him while scrolling down to see the costumes he's talking about.


Costumes from Birdman

Selma costumes

Costumes from Selma.

Into the Woods

Costumes from Into the Woods.

Grand Budapest

Costumes from The Grand Budapest Hotel.


Costume from Malificent.

Mr. Turner

Costumes from Mr. Turner.

Inherent Vice ensemble

Costumes from Inherent Vice.


Photos courtesy Susie Goodman

Our Interview with The Ghosts Of Versailles Director Darko Tresnjak

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 2/6/2015 2:05:00 PM

Tomorrow, the stage of the Dorothy Chandler will be haunted by LA Opera's The Ghosts of Versaillesthe first full-scale production in this century of John Corigliano’s grand opera buffa. Trapped in the spirit world, the ghost of Marie Antoinette (Patricia Racette) bitterly reflects on her final suffering. Her favorite playwright (Christopher Maltman) tries to entertain the melancholy queen with the continuing adventures of his beloved characters from The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, including an outrageous performance by the Turkish singer Samira (Patti LuPone)But sneaky Figaro (Lucas Meachem) refuses to play by the script, breaking free from the opera-within-the-opera in a surprise bid for a better life.

We talked to the director of The Ghosts of Versailles, Darko Tresnjak about the "chic and gruesome" look of the opera, which is the biggest production in LA Opera history.

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Photos Courtesy Susie Goodman and LA Opera.

Frank's House: Andrew Norman Composes a Musical Version of Frank Gehry's Home

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 1/30/2015 1:59:00 PM

"He took a very traditional pink bungalow and then he sort of just deconstructed it. In my piece, there's a piece of old music that I've kind of stuck in the middle, that I'm totally exploding then in the rest of the piece." Andrew Norman

Composer Andrew Norman has been inspired by architecture since he was a student. For his new piece (premiering Thursday at LACO's Westside Connections), Frank's House, he drew from the home of architect Frank Gehry, pictured below. You can hear the whole story on KUSC tomorrow at 8AM when Norman and Gehry are Brian Lauritzen's guests on Arts Alive.


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