[Blog] Amazing L.A. Sign: “Chickens taste like Lexus!?”
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[Blog] Amazing L.A. Sign: “Chickens taste like Lexus!?”

L.A. is home to countless wacky and whimsical and often nonsensical signs. One of the most unique has to be at Little Tokyo’s LA Chicken, a quick-serve joint specializing in Mexican-Japanese fusion, like the burrito with sushi rice, chicken, avocado, beans, cilantro, and potato salad. Continue reading

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[Blog] ‘Celebrate L.A.’ at Grand Park: Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo + Stevie Wonder (+ Video)
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[Blog] ‘Celebrate L.A.’ at Grand Park: Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo + Stevie Wonder (+ Video)

What do Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo and Stevie Wonder have in common? They were all on the same stage last Friday evening at City Hall for “Celebrate L.A.,” a so-called “block party” — free and open to all — honoring cultural heritage month and Villaraigosa’s final days as L.A. mayor. (See post for video of Bill Clinton’s comments and Stevie Wonder’s performance.) Continue reading

[Blog] Colburn School Dance Recital May 24: Danish “Flower Festival” to Cuban “Manteca” (+ Video)
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[Blog] Colburn School Dance Recital May 24: Danish “Flower Festival” to Cuban “Manteca” (+ Video)

My 15-year-long ballet “career” has introduced me to astounding music, from Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C major” (from George Balanchine’s “Serenade”) to Danny Elfman’s “Beetlejuice” score (from a funky piece by my amazing Westside Ballet teacher Veronica Apodaca). Now, I’m again adding to the list. In a recital this Friday at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, I’ll perform two pieces with Colburn’s adult ballet class – and our music ranges from 19th century classical to 20th century Latin jazz. Continue reading

[Blog] ‘Chess’ at East West Players in Little Tokyo
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[Blog] ‘Chess’ at East West Players in Little Tokyo

I saw my first musical when I was five. It was Chess: A story of Cold War hostility set during an international chess competition — U.S. versus U.S.S.R., of course — and the lovers’ lives who get tangled up and mangled up amid the scheming….The musical, which premiered in 1986 with music by ABBA songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and lyrics by Tim Rice, runs at East West Players in Little Tokyo until June 23…. Continue reading

[Blog] “Music as Urbanism” at the Armory Center: Rural Music, Christopher Dorner Corridos, + L.A. Songlines
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[Blog] “Music as Urbanism” at the Armory Center: Rural Music, Christopher Dorner Corridos, + L.A. Songlines

Last week, creative thinkers Brian Cross, Eamon Ore-Giron, Josh Kun and Susannah Tantemsapya met up at Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts to discuss “Music as Urbanism.” Their presentations took us from the American southwest to Cali, Colombia, and home to Los Angeles. We heard (literally) about Peruvian processionals, Colombia’s “música pacífica,” and Mexican migrant music. And we contemplated the sonic landscapes of both our cities and our minds. Here are a few ideas that buzzed most loudly in my head. Continue reading