Spring 2013 Happenings
Published Apr 1, 2013 8:00 AM
Arts and Entertainment
Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project
The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA is partnering with the Hammer Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum to present a tribute to acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown. The Retrospective Project includes "Floor of the Forest," a series of ongoing performances in the Hammer Courtyard (Thursdays-Sundays, Mar. 30-Apr. 21); "Astral Converted," a self-contained set piece at the Sunset Canyon Amphitheatre (Apr. 4, 8 p.m.); ensemble choreography at Royce Hall (Apr. 5, 8 p.m. and Apr. 7, 2 p.m.); the first-ever remounting of Brown's "Roof Piece" outside of New York City at the Getty Museum (Apr. 6, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.); and a conference titled "Dancing With the Art World" (Apr. 26-27).
David Mamet's American Buffalo was hailed as a new American classic when it opened on Broadway in 1977. Now, the Geffen Playhouse takes a fresh look at these misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection.
Apr. 2-May 12. Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $35-$75. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.com.
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden Volunteer Docent Training
The UCLA Botanical Garden seeks volunteer docents for its public program serving K-12 students and the UCLA family of students, faculty and staff, as well as other adult community groups. The garden maintains one of America's largest collections of tropical and subtropical plants. Volunteers will receive basic botanical training by Professor Phil Rundel during five weekly 1-1/2-hour sessions and will experience firsthand how easy and fun the tours are.
Roger Bourland Farewell Concert
In celebration of his 60th birthday and upcoming retirement, a program of chamber music and songs by Roger Bourland, performed by faculty artists Juliana Gondek, Antoinette Perry, Movses Pogossian, Guillaume Sutre, Richard O'Neill and guests.
Apr. 17 / Wed / 8 P.M. Schoenberg Hall. Tickets: $12; $5 UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID) Phone: (310) 825-4761. Web: www.music.ucla.edu.
Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish: A Hal Willner Project for Naomi Ginsberg (1894-1956)
Kaddish is legendary music producer Hal Willner's live staging of the Allen Ginsberg poem of the same name. An epic lament to Ginsberg's loss of his mother and a reflection on his own estrangement from Judaism, Kaddish is a cornerstone of the Beat Generation and has been the inspiration to many artists past and present.
Apr. 17 / Wed / 8 P.M. Royce Hall. Tickets: $20-$50; $15 UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Concertos—Handel & Mozart
LACO has long called Royce Hall its home on the Westside and joins CAP UCLA as resident orchestra for the 2012-2013 season. Led by conductor Jeffrey Kahane on piano and Margaret Batjer on violin, the orchestra will perform Handel Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11, and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482, among other works.
Apr. 21 / Sun / 7 P.M. Royce Hall. Tickets: $25-$105. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Seasonal Spotlight: James Bridges Theater
Cyrano de Bergerac
In Edmond Rostand's classic romance, Cyrano, France's greatest swordsman and a distinguished poet, is cursed with a grotesquely protuberant nose. Because of his ugliness, he cannot reveal his love for the beautiful Roxane. When the heroine falls in love with Christian, an Adonean but doltish young soldier, Cyrano offers to help him by writing love letters, and their beauty wins Roxane's heart. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
Glengarry Glen Ross
Joe Mantegna re-creates his Tony Award-winning role in David Mamet's scathingly funny, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about small-time real estate brokers who vie for the hot leads at a Chicago firm selling shoddy properties. With money, egos and jobs on the line, the cutthroat salesmen will stop at nothing to get their fair share of the American Dream. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
Jane Kaczmarek reprises her Ovation Award-winning role from the Tiffany Theater production when L.A. Theatre Works records Diane Samuels' play for public radio broadcast. In the last months of WWII, 10,000 Jewish children were voluntarily sent by their parents to the UK to escape the certain death of Nazi concentration camps. Most never saw their parents again. Kindertransport celebrates the heroism and hope that kept these children alive. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly nationwide and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
L.A. Theatre Works at The James Brides Theater. Admission: $15-$49. Phone: (310) 827-0889. Web: www.latw.org.