Day 30: Pacific Standard Time and Public Arts Festival


Spine of the Earth, 1980, Lita Albuquerque. Ephemeral installation at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, CA Photo: Lita Albuquerque © Lita Albuquerque Studio, 1980

Pacific Standard Time: Celebrating art in L.A. 1945-1980 and the Public Arts Festival are collaborating from January 19-29, 2012.  This eleven day festival lineup promises to be a contrast of visual works staged in public venues and underground works in less grand spaces.  Many events will feature L.A.’s music and theater.  Personally, I’m thinking about checking out Punk Rock at MOCA…

Day 29: Seussical the Musical

Wondering what to do with your kids for the next few weekends?  Take them to the Morgan Wixson Theater in Santa Monica for a children’s theater production of Seussical the Musical.  I took my eleven year old two weeks ago to watch her friend perform in it and it was good fun!  The costumes and props were colorful and talented kids singing and dancing provided a great way to spend a rainy day.  There were some really young kids in the audience and I have to say, this show kept their attention from beginning to end.  It’s only running throught Dec. 17th so go online and get your tickets now!

Day 3: The Broad Stage

This was my first visit to The Broad Stage and was deeply impressed with the venue.  It’s small (499 seats), the acoustics are great, and the real estate side of me loved the contemporary design of both the exterior and interior of the building.  They had food available for purchase, courtesy of that wonderful catering company Along Came Mary, and wine was on the house.  But water cost a buck, go figure!  The women’s bathroom had a generous lounge with a couch,  two side chairs and plenty of stalls for everyone, no waiting!

We went to see Peter Brook: The Grand Inquisitor and Fragments from Beckett to Dostoevsky mainly because my 12th grade daughter Jackie, took a Brothers Karamazov class this year and was interested in seeing it performed.  Very interesting dialogue of Jesus coming back during the Spanish Inquisition, but I didn’t get the Fragments portion of the show.  That doesn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining  for some, as there were quite a few people with loud guffaws at certain points (Jackie and I don’t think they get out much or had too much of the free wine). 

Was it too high-brow for me?  Absolutely!  Glad I went to see the space, yes… 

I’m looking forward to heading back there.  Maybe they will feature a trashy night of comedy that would be right up my alley, but I’m not counting on it!