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  • Life’s last chapter, biopics and Jewish terrorists

    June 4, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Our film-going readers can look forward to an embarrassment of cinematic riches this summer, with an eclectic mix of movies promising something for almost everyone.

    A few of the films will tear at your heartstrings.  Among these is “Lullaby,” which follows the journey of Jonathan...

  • World of adventure for the bookshelf

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 28, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    The summer season offers some remarkable opportunities for face-to-face encounters with authors who are celebrated not merely for their celebrity but for the quality of their written work. To be sure, Kendall Jenner will be touting “Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and...

  • “The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)” to premiere at Ojai Fest

    By Rick Schultz

    May 28, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    In addition to Uri Caine’s appearance, another highlight of this year’s Ojai Music Festival sounds like a joke, and, at least in part, it is. Festival music director Jeremy Denk, 44, one of the finest pianists of his generation, wrote a libretto for an opera based on “The Classical...

  • Bringing Klezmer to Ojai Music Festival

    By Rick Schultz

    May 28, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Growing up Jewish in Philadelphia, Uri Caine, the genre-bending jazz pianist and composer, said he was “too cool for klezmer.” Although that Eastern European musical tradition surrounded him — his childhood friend, Hankus Netsky, became a klezmer authority — Caine preferred the...

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  • Pantages welcomes iconic adaptation in ‘Ghost the Musical’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    During his more than three decades as a screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin’s friends, colleagues and even his own son have asked him why he is so preoccupied with death. 

    “But I’m actually obsessed with life,” insisted Rubin, the Academy Award-winning author of the hit 1990...

  • Playing a girl cop on the mean streets of Los Angeles

    May 28, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    Depicting a darker side of Los Angeles not seen on TV since “The Shield,” the gritty new crime drama “Gang Related patrols mean streets where police wage an uphill battle against drug lords, gang wars and human traffickers. The series is centered on a conflicted cop (Ramon...

  • Art that’s happenin’ in L.A. at the Hammer

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 28, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    In keeping with summer being the season for superhero sequels, the Hammer Museum is presenting “Made in L.A. 2014,” its second biennial selection of contemporary artists working in Los Angeles. Organized by the museum’s chief curator, Connie Butler, along with independent curator...

  • How a student’s plagiarism became a playwright’s muse

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    In spring 2011, Steven Drukman, a journalist, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and an associate arts professor at New York University (NYU), was upset by the behavior of one of his students.

    She was failing his theater course for her sub-par work, rarely showed up to class,...

  • Hans Zimmer: Proud to say ‘My people’

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    When Hans Zimmer stepped up to the podium during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival in 1999 to discuss his score of “The Last Days,” a Holocaust documentary produced by the Shoah Foundation, he was asked why he chose to work on the movie.

    And that’s when Zimmer...

  • Fusing ritual and theater

    May 28, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    In Encino, seven actors move across the scuffed hardwood floor of a gymnasium. It’s after 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and this is only the third rehearsal for the play “Tefillah or Prayer: A Transition.”

    Paul Vroom, a middle-aged actor sporting camouflage shorts and a goatee,...

  • Calendar June 1 - August 30

    By Laura Donney

    May 28, 2014 | 11:41 am

    TUE | JUN 3

    “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”

    You’ve seen the banners around the city and we’re here to confirm it: Israel’s favorite son is coming to Los Angeles. Following the triumphs and tribulations of Joseph (son of Jacob and Rachel), the musical is the...

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