• UNCANNY VALLEY @ International City Theatre

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a staple of speculative fiction since the time of Alan Turing (b. 1912, d. 1954); and the closer we creep to realizing the possibility, the more timely it seems. But the downside for today's writers taking on the topic is two-fold: 1) there's an ever-larger body of work on the subject to which an audience will

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  • Frank Stallone

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    April 22 Frank Stallone Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist Frank Stallone is one of the most versatile actors, singers and musicians in the business. His explosive voice and his range from comedy to drama and rock to blues to big band, leaves audiences entertained an

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET @ Elysium Conservatory Theatre

    I was not looking forward to this play. I don't love Shakespeare as I once did, and I never thought much of Romeo and Juliet. Yeah, he's a genius, and admittedly R&J is a great cautionary tale about the dangers of being swept away by immature passions. But three problems: 1) most productions of R&J totally miss or

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  • The Town Hall Affair Debates Culture Wars

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer The Wooster Group’s The Town Hall Affair, based on the 1979 documentary, Town Bloody Hall plunges its audience into the women’s liberation movement of the early 1970s. The REDCAT Theater presented the play, cap

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  • Rob Flax

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    April 15 Rob Flax "One Man Band" Rob Flax is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer and educator from Evanston, Ill. He uses live looping of violin, percussion and other instruments. Time: 8 p.m. April 15 Cost: $20 Details: www.alvasshowroo

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  • Gabble Ratchet

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    April 7 Amicus Trio This top ensemble emerged from the USC Thornton graduate program. It is comprised of violinist Melody Chang, cellist Coleman Itzkoff, and pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan. Time: 12 p.m. April 7 Cost: Fre

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  • STUPID F*CKING BIRD @ the Garage Theatre

    I like metafiction and various ways of playing with/against convention as much as the next guy—more, probably—but these are dangerous games when you're trying to get people to feel something. After all, the whole point of (for example) the alienation effect—a major component of Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird, which is a sort of m

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  • The Space Provides a Cutting-Edge Venue

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The first time I attended an event there I was struck by the venue’s size, the different activities and multiple mediums employed inside. It’s genius! Known as The Space, it accommodates a theater, live television studio and even a

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  • ECT Unearths the Truth of Love in Romeo and Juliet

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Stephanie Serna, RLn Contributing Writer Elysium Conservatory Theatre Director Aaron Ganz speaks with passion when he describes his production of Shakespeare’s play about the young star-crossed lovers. It runs from March 31 to April 30 at the company’s new site

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  • Harmonizing Forms Inhabit Sculptural Exhibit

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation="lightSpeedIn"]By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer The figures at the Transvagrant Gallery imply a sense of undulating bulbous forms. Your instinct wants to interpret them as representational of familiar forms, while your eyes remind you that this is

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