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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. 

the hills are alive

Costume Parade participants dressed ...

Quartetto Fantastico Brings Multimedia Improvisation to Arts Alive

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 9/11/2014 2:48:00 PM

Quartetto Fantastico is a LA based string quartet that specializes in creating multimedia vignettes, with artists simultaneously improvising music and video. They're performing on Friday, September 19th at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. But you can catch them this Saturday at 8AM on Arts Alive.

Behind the Scenes of LA Opera's Art Deco La Traviata

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 9/8/2014 12:47:00 PM

LA Opera will open its 2014-15 season with a sparkling, Art Deco production of Verdi's La Traviata. Nino Machaidze is the glamorous party girl, Violetta, and Arturo Chacón-Cruz is her handsome Alfredo. Maestro Plácido Domingo will appear on stage in the role of Giorgio, a father determined to do the right thing.

Placido Domingo with Nino Machaidze and Arturo Chacón-Cruz

Before the opera opens, we were invited backstage to hear behind-the-scenes details of the production.

some of the smiling faces behind LA Opera's La Traviata

The Cast: Arturo Chacón-Cruz  (playing Alfredo Germont), Nino Machaidze (playing Violetta Valery), Plácido Domingo (playing Giorgio Germont) and Marta Domingo, the director.

Marta Domingo created the Art Deco look of the show. She says she wanted to update the production while respecting the libretto and the ideas of the composer. That meant avoiding added elements that would just read as absurd or laughable.

"You see," said Domingo, "I have seen more than 20 productions of La Traviata, all so different you can't even imagine. The last one ...

Getty Villa Welcomes "The Persians": Breathing New Life into the First Drama

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/26/2014 11:12:00 AM

For this year's outdoor theatrical production from antiquity, the Getty Villa is hosting one of America's leading theatre ensembles, SITI Company. The play is The Persians by Aeschylus and is an emotional story of war, victory and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. When you're bringing a play first performed in 472 BC to a contemporary audience, how do you make it feel relevant and alive?

To answer this question, I talked to the play's director, Anne Bogart. She's won two Best Director Obie Awards, was one of the founders of SITI Company and is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Concentration. I also talked to two cast members: Ellen Lauren who plays the Queen and Leon Ingulsrd who appears as part of the Chorus.

Here is what they had to say about internalizing this ancient script and using voices and bodies to bring it to life ...

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