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Culture MonsterAfter deliberating for hours on healthcare in Thursday's summit, President Obama turned to the arts, entertainment, literature and scholarship, conferring the National Medal of Arts -- the nation's highest award in the field -- on 12 recipients and the...
The Theater LoopTHEATER REVIEW: "My Brother's Keeper" ★★½ Open run at Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon St.; Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes; Tickets: $45 at 773-769-4451 and www.blackensembletheater.org. With Dawn Mitchell, Donald Barnes (back right),...
Cheryl Holdridge, the beautiful blond actress who first gained fame as a Mouseketeer on TV's "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, has died. She was 64. Holdridge died Tuesday at her home in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with lung cancer, said...
Winter Performance: February 19-22, 2009 The 51st season will continue with the Winter Show's presentation of a Kansas City PREMIERE of Ben Stevenson's End of Time, two works rarely seen in Kansas City, George Balanchine's Apollo and Yuri Possokhov's...
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Special to The TimesIT STARTED as a simple back flip. Well, maybe it wasn't that simple. Los Angeles dancer-choreographer Jacob "Kujo" Lyons executed the risky move for a video camera -- tumbling through the air from a bouncing seesaw into a pair of blue jeans. The resulting...
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Karole Armitage is having an intensely busy first week of March, and the stress is showing. She's a few days away from the opening of an ambitious retrospective -- revivals of several of the barrier-smashing dances that, a generation ago, put her on...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe West Coast premiere of a Twyla Tharp collaboration with rock star composer Elvis Costello, "Nightspot," and the return of the Kirov Ballet will highlight the 2008-09 series. "Nightspot," to be danced by Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, will...
David Gordon, writer, director and choreographer, acknowledges a practical reason for reworking his 1982 stage piece "Trying Times," this time as "Trying Times (remembered)." The National Endowment for the Arts offered him a grant to do it -- and times...
Times Staff And Wire ReportsGerald Arpino, who co-founded the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet and oversaw its move from New York to Chicago, died Wednesday at his home in Chicago. He was 85. Arpino, a dancer and choreographer when he established the troupe in 1956 with its namesake, the...
Tags: Armed Forces, Entertainment, Dance, Dancing, Joffrey Ballet
Here's a suggestion: Let's ditch the nightclub as a setting for ballet. No more predictable tales about the trials of courtship or the ballroom as a metaphor for life. Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella's smart and spirited South Florida company,...
Special to The TimesTREY MCINTYRE'S initial experience with ballet did not augur well for a career in dance. "I would skip class a lot. My mom would drop me off, and I would go get a Slurpee next door." Ballet class, to this 11-year-old in Wichita, Kan., "felt so square...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn a warehouse space on a no-frills Westside industrial street, Thordal Christensen, co-artistic director of Los Angeles Ballet, points to a rickety little table. "Welcome to my office," he jokes. "We've been in here four months, so it's still a work...
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