May 5, 2016

Grand Park Bookfest, May 7

 Los Angeles’ only book festival is focused exclusively on the creativity of local authors, publishers, booksellers and aspiring creators. The Grand Park Downtown Bookfest returns for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, May 7, from noon to 5 p.m. Showcasing the love of reading, writing and Los Angeles, the free event, presented by The Music Center, offers book lovers of all ages access to the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and p… [Read More...]

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica Announces 2016 Spring Showcase

 For its 2016 Spring Showcase, Westside Ballet of Santa Monica presents an enchantingly diverse program, featuring excerpts from two of the world’s most beloved ballets, Swan Lake and Giselle and reviving August Bournonville’s spirited divertissements from Napoli. Among the highlights is George Balanchine’s charming Harlequinade Pas de Deux, Sophie Monat’s fiery new work, Lift, set to music by John Adams and the return of the jazz sensation Sweet Charity… [Read More...]

Chutzpah & Salsa, May 15 -24

 They came to America from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Venezuela, Peru and Cuba. They came to escape dirty wars, revolution, brutal dictatorships and other new forms of the horrific persecution their parents and grandparents had faced in Europe, Russia or Syria a generation before. They came speaking Spanish, feeling they didn’t belong, yet knowing that there was nothing left for them in their old homes except dead relatives in cemeteries. These … [Read More...]

15th Annual Artists’ Studio Tour, May 14 & 15

 Dates: Saturday, May 14 from 10-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 from 11-5 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction—Saturday, May 14 from 5-8 p.m. at the Topanga Canyon Gallery Join intrepid art lovers on this unique self-guided odyssey through Topanga Canyon for the Artists’ Studio Tour. Thirty artists will be featured at 18 different studio sites. A highlight of the tour is the Silent Auc… [Read More...]

IgNight Fire Flow at Joshua Tree, June 17-19

 The IgNight Fire Flow Conference returns for its second year from June 17–19 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. “Flow,” for the uninitiated, is an exhilarating transcendent way of being, in which effortless control and peak skill seems to erase a sense of time. IgNight helps attendees enter the flow state by offering more than 190 classes in what are referred to as the “Flow Arts”—Poi (aka fire dancing), juggling, circus art… [Read More...]

Ford Theatres’ 2016 Summer Season Returns in Renovated Amphitheatre

 The Los Angeles County Arts Commission announced the return of Entertainment Under the Stars to the Ford Theatres historic outdoor venue with four months of music, dance, theatre and film events as diverse as Los Angeles County itself, following nearly two years of renovations of the historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and its public amenities and landscape. The 2016 Summer Season, performed under the stars in the Hollywood Hills, opens on July 8 an… [Read More...]

FILM—Key & Peele Live Between the Lines in Keanu

 Comedy duo toggle comedy, action, and race in debut film,” Keanu.” It’s hard to differentiate between the comedy team, “Key & Peele,” and the creative entities behind Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Effervescence, razor-sharp wit and undeniable authenticity have turned them into the media version of the Golden State Warriors: A vision of limitless potential that is universally rooted for. The myriad of characters from their now instant-cla… [Read More...]

Elstree 1976 is More Time Machine than Documentary

 John Spira creates an indie documentary overflowing with heart. The Star Wars franchise has always been a financial juggernaut with blockbusters, toys, a glut of merchandise and cross-promotion providing overflowing revenue streams. With so much white collar filling in the vast from here to the galaxy from far, far away, Elstree 1976 comes across as an endearing outlier. It just has so much heart. It’s also a misnomer. Elstree … [Read More...]