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Boozing, Brawling and Behaving Badly

By Victoria Looseleaf From our perch in the front row of the 1,800-seat Ahmanson Theatre, we could almost feel the spray of spit emanating from the New Jerseyed mouth of James (Tony Soprano – we can’t help it, we were … Continue reading

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What They Are: Edie Brickell Introduces the Gaddabouts

The Gaddabouts: Pino Palladino, Andy Fairweather Low, Edie Brickell, and Steve Gadd. Photo by Jonathan Mover and Amy-Beth McNeely. By Mary Lyn Maiscott Rhymin’ Simon seemed almost at a loss for words to express how he felt about the performance … Continue reading

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Gustavo Goes Hollywood & Then Some

By Victoria Looseleaf Could there be anything better than being in the audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall listening to an all-Tchaikovsky program performed by the illustrious Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by ours truly, the Dude himself, Gustavo Dudamel? If … Continue reading

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LA Opera Gets “Screwed"…

By Victoria Looseleaf …so to speak. Not wishing to show her age (The Leaf arrived in the City of Angels as a mere babe, trust her), but to prove she’s been a cultural maven for some time now, she was … Continue reading

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Going Dutch: Dance & Otherwise

By Victoria Looseleaf Who knew that Den Hague, home to the World Court and Vermeer’s fabulous Girl With a Pearl Earring (the painting, not the flick starring Scarlett Johannson and recent Oscar winner Colin Firth as the sexiest artist to … Continue reading

Posted in ANNA PAVLOVA, COLIN FIRTH, DEN HAGUE, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, HOLLAND DANCE FESTIVAL, HOTEL DES INDES, JIM VINCENT, JOHANNES VERMEER, NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER, SCARLETT JOHANNSON, SCHEVENINGEN BEACH | Comments Off on Going Dutch: Dance & Otherwise

Flatley Fizzles

By Victoria Looseleaf It’s safe to say that that Michael Flatley did for Irish step-dancing what the late Jane Russell did for the push-up bra. (With gravity eventually bringing them both down – though Ms. Russell actually passed away recently … Continue reading

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Slow Dancing…With Spuds

By Victoria Looseleaf Buttocks. Beauty. Bach. Welcome to butoh, Eiko and Koma-style. The married couple, who met in 1971 in Tatsumi Hijikata’s Tokyo studio and are two of the most revered artists in the dance world, imbue butoh – a … Continue reading

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Pretty On Pointe

By Victoria Looseleaf I’m a balletomane – especially when it comes to the bodies. I also love the art form’s discipline, beauty and history, and have been pushing for Los Angeles to have a world-class ballet company to call its … Continue reading

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Oscars Brouhaha

By Victoria Looseleaf The less said the better about the 83rd Academy Awards presentation, save that James Franco was in uber-slacker mode and, while Anne Hathaway’s gowns were gorgeous, the painful patter coming from her Julia Roberts-like mouth was akin … Continue reading

Posted in ACADEMY AWARDS, ANNE BOLEYN, Anne Hathaway, ATTICUS ROSS, BILLY CRYSTAL, COLIN FIRTH, DAVID LETTERMAN, JAMES FRANCO, JAVIER BARDEM, KIRK DOUGLAS, KUSC-FM, OPRAH, RICKY GERVAIS, TRENT REZNOR, UMA | Comments Off on Oscars Brouhaha

The Majesty of Martha

By Victoria Looseleaf All hail the mother of modern dance: Martha Graham. Though she died in 1991, her company, the Martha Graham Dance Company – the oldest contemporary dance troupe in the country – is now in its 85th year. … Continue reading

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