September 16, 2011 | 11:40
This fall the architecture world will whipsaw between past and present, looking back at postwar Southern California (thanks to Pacific Standard Time) and the postmodern movement even as a batch of new museums get ready to open.
It is a group of seasonal offerings that reflect the state of the profession, to be sure. Credit remains tight for commercial and civic projects, for the most part, which means that there is plenty of time for retrospective analysis — and that completed buildings continue to get outsize attention.
So do proposed ones with any sort of momentum: Farmers Field, the planned football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, is a case in point.
September 16, 2011 | 10:15
Cutbacks in the arts are everywhere, and Los Angeles is not immune. But the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2011-12 season is packed with a record number of special events and premieres. Most — such as Gustavo Dudamel’s Mahler cycle — will happen next year, but plenty of adventure can be found in the fall.
It hardly seems cutback time when major halls are being built all over the world. The first 17 days of September alone saw concert halls opening in Montreal; Helsinki, Finland; Kansas City, Mo.; and at Soka University in Orange County. Plus, Reykjavik, Iceland’s striking-looking new hall, which started presenting concerts in May, has just gotten its finishing touches.
As for performances, the composer in the air this fall is Tchaikovsky. Valery Gergiev will tour the states with his Mariinsky Orchestra performing the six symphonies (four of them make it to our neck of the woods). Los Angeles Opera begins its season Saturday with its first performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”
September 16, 2011 | 9:40
Museums and galleries all over Southern California will be filled to overflowing this fall with exhibitions that are part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980. The Getty-sponsored historical survey chronicles countless nooks and crannies of the first two generations of the region’s art made after World War II. In all, some 60 shows will open over the next six months, offering the most in-depth look imaginable at a woefully underexamined period.
Thanks to New York’s place as the nation’s publishing and art-market capital, we know more about doodles by second- and third-tier New York School artists of the 1940s and ’50s than we do about many major works by any number of first-tier postwar L.A. painters and sculptors. So prepare to be surprised, entranced or otherwise engaged.
That’s not all there is to look forward to, however, either in Los Angeles or elsewhere in coming months. Out of town, the prime attractions include at least one great painter who has already had a number of major retrospectives and another who remarkably has not. In town, there will also be plenty of non-Pacific Standard Time art.
September 16, 2011 | 9:20
Here in Los Angeles, autumn’s arrival doesn’t really translate into a horizon-altering turning of leaves or a discernible temperature shift — depending on which way El Niño’s whims are flowing. But even as the local jazz scene offers a similar kind of all-season consistency, there’s no denying that this fall offers a particularly rich harvest, including a tangle of promising shows crowded around the days ahead.
The Angel City Jazz Festival has served as an exhilarating mile marker in the shift from one season to the next over the last four years. This year’s multi-night, multi-site menu will be highlighted by a multi-act “World Jam” at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Local presenters such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, UCLA Live and still-nomadic Jazz Bakery also kick off new slates of programming. And this doesn’t even count the reliable menu of one-off touring bands, such as jazz star of the moment Esperanza Spalding and other more familiar faces in new musical surroundings.
There’s no shortage of jazz on the rise.
September 16, 2011 | 8:55
This fall's lineup of dance and performance events covers the waterfront, from big-budget spectacles (think Cirque du Soleil's “Iris”) to world-class ballet companies (imports from San Francisco and Europe) to Broadway must-sees (“Come Fly Away,” Stephen Sondheim).
To see it all would keep you on your feet for most of the season. It would also drain your bank account, considering the prices that some shows are charging for tickets. (Think Cirque, again.) Thankfully, there is one free event (Diavolo Dance Theater at the Music Center) as well as numerous opportunities for students to buy discount tickets.
Here is a selective list of Southern California's season's biggest dance and performance events, plus a nod to some major out-of-town productions.
September 16, 2011 | 8:30
Big spectacles are awaiting us this fall — “Bring It On: The Musical” at the Ahmanson Theatre, “Jesus Christ Superstar” at La Jolla Playhouse. But I’m looking forward to some smaller-scale works that seek to make up in offbeat charm what they may lack in expensive special effects.
Among these are two musicals that are carving their own quirky paths — “I’ve Never Been So Happy,” a work by the genre-busting Rude Mechs (“The Method Gun”), and “Hey, Morgan!,” the Black Dahlia’s foray into indie musical comedy.
David Henry Hwang’s comedy “Chinglish,” opening on Broadway in October, stands out amid the new dramatic offerings this season. And closer to home there’s John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown” — a solo effort that will no doubt populate the stage as though it were a massive extravaganza.