Friday, August 19, 2016

CABARET, FILM & DANCE NEWS for Friday, August 19, 2016

The ladies of Crimes of the Heart: An “Oh-So” Criminal Cabaret return to Rockwell Table & Stage for an encore performance on August 23 at 8pm. The show celebrates Broadway’s femme fatales and stars Leah Ashton, Tia Simone, Aly French, Kelly King and Nina Kasuya singing songs by Kander and Ebb, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne and more.

Kurtis Simmons

The following Monday night (August 29) at Rockwell,
Kurtis Simmons makes his LA solo debut performing songs from his critically acclaimed pop/rock CD Fraction of a Thread, along with tunes from his original musical Hipster Sweatshop (co-written with Kyle Puccia and Darryl Stephens). Music direction is by Sean Bart. Also appearing with Simmons are Jordan Kai Burnett and Nicci Claspell.

Theatricum Botanicum’s Under the Oaks salon series returns during the month of September with four Thursday night musical performances outdoors under the California oaks in the company’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion. Sept 1 is an evening of song with actress Judy Norton. On Sept 8 it’s Roots, gospel and old school R&B with Skyrocket recording artists Little Faith. Sept 15 Tom Allard will perform Love Songs, Storytime and Moon-Madness! with musical guests. And on Sept 22, multi-instrumentalists Many Distant Cities (Clara Dykstra on accordion, ukulele and trumpet, Liz Eldridge on glockenspiel and ukulele, and Carl Turner on bass, drums and ominichord will sing about love and dying and bleeding a lot.

An Evening of Classic Broadway
with Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser returns August 22. Show features music by music by Bernstein, Sondheim, Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Hugh Martin, Kander & Ebb sung by Julie Garnyé, Emma Ashford, Joshua Finkel, Barrett Foa, Zachary Ford, 
Susan Edwards Martin and Christina Saffran.

Photo courtesy of Disney
It’s hard to believe that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is celebrating its 25th anniversary, but it is. To mark the occasion, the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood is showing the film daily, Sept 2-18, and also featuring a special appearance by Belle, live on stage before each screening. Showtimes are 10am, 1pm, 4pm & 7pm. Tuesdays are designated as Tiny Tot Tuesday and during the 10am screening, parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way – with lights dimmed rather than out and with reduced sound levels. At the end of the film, families will have the opportunity take pictures with Belle on stage. For more info about special events in connection with the screenings at the El Capitan go to

Now playing and full of delightful performances, Florence Foster Jenkins.

DANCE: Ford Signature Series pairs Brooklyn-based dance company Urban Bush Women with Los Angeles-based urban Latin dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO for a one-of-a-kind evening of dance under the stars, Saturday, August 27. UBW will perform the West Coast premiere of their newest work, Walking with ‘Trane, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of innovative jazz artist, John Coltrane. The performance features experimental movement and an original soundscape, and was conceived of as an album, offering a Side A (with guest DJ) and Side B (with live pianist). CONTRA-TIEMPO kicks off the evening with She Who: Frida, Mami & Me, a new work inspired by the life and mythology of Frida Kahlo and Nigerian deity Mami Wata. Former UBW company member Marjani Forté choreographs.

Voices Carry, Inc. presents the world premiere of Strings Attached, an innovative multidisciplinary dance performance exploring the ties that make us human at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Oct 6-16. The performance combines contemporary dance, abstract puppetry, an original score, and performance art to create a window into the heart focusing on universal feelings of grief, forgiveness, devotion, entrapment, and joy. Dance choreography and story development is by Christopher Bordenave, and the original score is by Ariel Blumenthal. Dancers featured include Nia-Amina Minor, Junji Dezaki, Brenna Dwyer, Raymond Ejiofor, and Annalee Traylor. Puppeteers are Marie Bergenholtz, Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh, Drew McCourt, Lisa McNeely, Elizabeth Nankin, and Monti Silva. Ticket Link

Photo by Marc Domage
The fall season at REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) kicks off with Christian Rizzo/ICI - CCN MONTPELLIER d’aprés une histoire vraie (Sept 15-18). Inspired by Turkish folk dances, the performance features eight male dancers executing Rizzo’s powerful choreography to tribal rock music featuring two percussionists on stage.

Local favorite Diavolo – Architecture in Motion is celebrating its 25th Anniversary season by bringing Passengers, a new work, to The Broad Stage, Sept 23-25, along with audience favorite Trajectoire. Passengers takes place on and around a giant morphing staircase with multiple doors, passageways, and shifting surfaces. Here, the dancers contend with themes of journey and transition and the tenuous balance we attempt to strike each day as both indomitable drivers and unwitting passengers. Following intermission, Trajectoire takes the audience on a visceral and emotional journey through the ebb and flow of the human experience. As the performers struggle to find their balance on a voyage of destiny and destination, Trajectoire shows the transcendence of the human soul against all odds.

The USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct 5 to celebrate its grand opening. The center will act as the new home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the first new school to be established at USC in nearly forty years. “This is the largest dance-dedicated complex on a private university campus,” said Jeffrey de Caen, Associate Dean for Operations. At the Kaufman Dance Center, students will have endless tools to experiment with different settings and engage in dialogue with other performing arts disciplines both on and off campus; even its courtyard can act as a non-traditional venue space.”

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