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KUSC Talks to the Director of LA Opera's Florencia en el Amazonas

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 11/21/2014 12:20:00 PM

LA Opera's Florencia en el Amazonas set

Florencia en el Amazonas, opening this weekend at LA Opera, was created by Daniel Catán, based on the writings of author Gabriel García Márquez, a pioneer in the genre of magical realism. In the opera, a famous prima donna is riding a steamboat through a rainforest hoping to reconnect with the great love of her life. 

Francesa Zambello is directing Florencia en el Amazonas. She made her LA Opera debut in 1991 with The Trojans and has been back to direct productions of Billy BuddPorgy and Bess and the first LA Opera staging of Florencia en el Amazonas in 1997 We talked to Zambello at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion about how this production differs from LA Opera's earlier version.

Click here to watch a conversation between Zambello and LA Opera President Christopher Koelsch.

LA Opera President Christopher Koelsch


photos courtesy Susie Goodman

Burning Down the House: Photos and Flames at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

Posted By: Kelsey McConnell · 10/24/2014 1:27:00 PM

The Pasadena Museum of California Art exhibit Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin uses work from those three photographers to explore different roles women have taken on in domestic spaces. The photos reveal meticulously crafted scenes that use the juxtaposition of furniture, fabric, bodies in motion, posed dolls and props to evoke the anxiety and rebelliousness many women have experienced since the game-changing social movements of the 1960s. Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon co-curated the exhibit and you can hear our interview with them this weekend on Arts Alive

Here is a peek at the exhibit, which is on view at PMCA through January 11th.

Burning Down the House 1 © Don Milici

The gallery at Pasadena Museum of California Art currently showing Burning Down the House. (photo of installation by Don Milici)

Burning Down the House 2

Eileen Cowin, I'll Give You Something to Cry About, 1998, Digital Light Jet Prints, Courtesy of artist. (photo of installation by Don Milici)...

Photos from the 36th Annual Very Special Arts Festival

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 10/22/2014 3:06:00 PM

The 36th Annual Very Special Arts Festival took over the Music Center on Friday,October 17th with two outdoor stages, workshops, disco dancing, photos booths, face painting, magic tricks, activities inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and much more. The event is presented by the Music Center to celebrate the creative achievements of students with disabilities in both the visual and performing arts. More than 2,000 students attended from 70 student groups grades K-12. This year's theme was "A Year to Remember" in honor of the Music Center's 50th Anniversary.


Opera singer Suzanna Guzman has performed at every single venue at the Music Center and was one of the original associate artists at LA Opera. She was the Master of Ceremonies for the Very Special Arts Festival. 

Performance of Wake Me Up by the All-Abilities Dance Group.

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A stilt walker entertained the crowd.


Two examples of the wonderful artwork displayed on the Music Center ...

Get Your Kicks at the Autry's Exhibit on Route 66

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 10/9/2014 9:03:00 AM

Right now at the Autry National Center of the American West, Route 66: The Road and the Romance explores one of the West's most storied highways and one that inspired artists, authors and musicians. It also provided hope for Americans fleeing the Dust Bowl and a sense of adventure for road trippers.

Here are Project Advisor and Consulting Curator Jim Farber and Curator Jeffrey Richardson giving you a taste of the treasures on display at the Autry's show -- from a Harvey Girls "fiesta dress" to Kerouac's first draft of On The Road to an unlikely Pollock -- and how they tell the story of the rise and fall of Route 66.


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photos courtesy Susie Goodman

The Hollywood Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 9/29/2014 11:46:00 AM

It's one of the most enjoyable evenings of the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. Every year since 2005, the Hollywood Bowl hosts a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long to sold-out audiences. In addition to the film being screened (with subtitled lyrics), there is a pre-show Costume Parade. Here are photos from this year's unforgetable Sing-A-Long and costume parade.

Melissa Peterman

The evening's host, Melissa Peterman, actress and comedian.   

little Maria

This adorable participant is dressed as Maria before she enters the von Trapp estate. 

costumed family

This whole family got in the Sound of Music spirit.  

costumed couple

In the mood. 

curtain couture

Costumes made from Maria's bedroom curtains. 

boy with dog deer

Costume Parade participant dressed as an Austrian with his "deer".

swinging costume

Costume Parade participant creatively dressed as one of the von Trapp children swinging from a tree as Captain von Trapp and Baroness Schraeder return from Vienna.   

The Order of Disorder

Costume Parade participants dressed as Nuns from the Order of Disorder. 

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Costume Parade participants dressed ...

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