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The Return of the RealNESS; Again & Again & Again: Trajal Harrell’s Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church

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After enduring Trajal Harrell’s Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church at REDCAT on April 3rd, I felt gutted, empty and sad. I was nauseous for being reminded of our human condition; trapped as opposites and the same; responsible for each other, connected by atomic fibers as symbiotic memes. Going into the black box, I wanted to pretend I knew nothing about Mr. Harrell’s creative intentions.

But NOOOO, in case you didn’t get a program from the cardboard box in the shadows at the door, Harrell felt the need to explain the Antigone/Harlem Balls/downtown pedestrian theater connections prior to the start of the performance and apologized(part of the piece?) that the lighting designer was in Belgium and that there might be mistakes despite the stand in lighting designer from Brest being present. I wanted an authentic, non-insider art viewing experience without the tropes of meaning nor histories. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Appropriation Theatre: The Wooster Group’s CRY TROJANS! At REDCAT

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Though I lived in NYC for 6 years, I never saw a Wooster Group production. When my friend invited me to see the Group’s remake of CRY TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida) at REDCAT on opening night, I was thrilled. The fact that Wooster Group is premiering CRY TROJANS! in Los Angeles and not anywhere else, says A LOT about the state of performing arts here. Not only is it thriving but established venues are more confident that bringing a company like Wooster, to Los Angeles will inspire entertainment seekers to choose a live, black box theater experience over a more predictable, safer movie theater outing.

If your brain is a little dumbed down from not picking up a book lately, knowing the synopsis of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida certainly helps fill in any confusing plot gaps you may experience while viewing CRY TROJANS.

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Dara Birnbaum At Human Resources

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Dara Birnbaum has questions. Where did my irony go? How can I question and address our current political and environmental state through art? After viewing over an hours worth of early single channel works at Human Resources in Chinatown on February11th, I asked her if she liked disco music. Her response was, “Do you?” I was born in the seventies so I did not experience disco through contemporary pop culture.

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Avant Garde, Artistic, & Alluring: The Magic Flute At LA Opera

Avant Garde, Artistic, & AlluringThe Magic Flute At LA Opera 1

Seeing Komische Oper and 1927’s staging and production of Mozart’s Magic Flute that continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion through December 15th, 2013 was like going to Disneyland for the first time with my friend who broke his leg: we went to the front of the line for every ride. Any future outing to see a different iteration of the Magic Flute or visit to the magic kingdom will pale in comparison. The leitmotif of L.A. Opera’s U.S. Premiere of The Magic Flute remains the same but the projected infrared visual animations add levels of glee, anxiety, physical dexterity, and energy that must be absent from any other productions.

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Lucy Guerin’s WEATHER

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While experiencing Lucy Guerin’s WEATHER at UCLA’s Royce Hall on October 4th, 2013 I thought, “This is something historic, a dance and choreographic piece of wonder, to me at least.” I am growing into contemporary dance viewing adolescence. Now, I can pinpoint one choreographer’s influence on another. I have yet to see, however, anyone master synchronic memory in such a mesmerizing continuity quite like the dancers in Guerin’s company. The impetus for Guerin’s WEATHER is to expose and unite nature’s violence and power onto the stage or black box with expressive, human movement.

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La Cage Aux Folles Warren Techentin Materials And Appliances

Silver Lake’s Materials & Appliances is welcoming it’s latest installation on April 19 called La Cage aux Folles. The work is by Warren Techentin and is a warping of steel tubes. Stop by the opening if you can!

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AIGA Los Angeles Hecho En LA Yo Santosa Designer Entrepreneuer

AIGA and Hecho En LA are having an event at Maker City LA about with Yo Santosa of Ferroconcrete on starting a design studio. Happening April 30!

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Night Gallery Cogwheels Carved In Wood Jonathan Griffin

Night Gallery’s next exhibition is group show Cogwheels Carved In Wood. It’s curated by Jonathan Griffin and will be on view from April 19 through May 17.

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The Eden's Edge Project

For the fifth Mak Center Garage Exchange Vienna-Los Angeles, Mak Center will feature The Eden’s Edge Project form Kaucyila Brooke, David Lamelas, and Gerhard Treml. The opening will take place April 17 and will be on view from April 18 through August 16.

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Sourfest 2014 Little Bear

Tomorrow, April 17, Little Bear in the Arts District is going to be having a special beer happening called Sourfest. Pucker up for these “sour” beers!

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