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posted on 11.13.09

This is one of a somewhat random series of posts that suggest a paired outing to a unique, free or reasonably priced cultural experience in los angeles and a neighboring restaurant.

REDCAT / Cliftons Cafeteria

The Roy and Edna Disney / Cal Arts Theater, known as REDCAT, located at the back corner of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles presents an eclectic mix of experimental performance, film, literary and visual art.  The space is intimate and can be completely reconfigured for different presentations.  Most events are between $10 to $30, less with student i.d., and sell out quickly so order tickets in advance.

Now through saturday:

Anna Halprin/Anne Collod & guests, with Morton Subotnick: parades & changes, replays

West Coast premiere

Improvising around a set of movement and music scores, dancers dress and undress, carry out everyday tasks, invent gestures, and disappear inside swirling rolls of paper in this full-scale reinterpretation of Anna Halprin’s game-changing 1965 work parades & changes, her first “collective creation” and a landmark of postmodern dance. Reinterpreted in collaboration with a star-studded international team of choreographers led by Anne Collod, the new version features music performed live by Morton Subotnick, the electronica pioneer who teamed with Halprin on the original. This “ceremony of trust,” as Halprin calls it, exposes the processes of group performance and insists on dance as both metaphor and medium for artists working together—of being together. Now, nearly 40 years later, Halprin’s utopian opus, once banned in the United States because of its frank treatment of nudity, is re-examined through a contemporary lens and put to the test of today’s social and artistic realities.

“Full of aesthetic rigor and intense emotions, [parades & changes, replays] speaks to everyone… Nothing is missing.” Le Monde

“Anna Halprin is one of the most important and original thinkers working in performance. Her impact on dance, theater and ritual is immense, positive, and life-giving.” Richard Schechner

November 18 through December 13:

Joey Arias and Basil Twist: Arias with a Twist

West Coast premiere

“Eat your heart out, Madonna… Goes the distance, all the way over the rainbow.” The New York Times

“A delightfully transgressive lysergic fantasia.” Time Out New York

In this deliriously madcap fantasy revue, the soaring song stylings of drag artist Joey Arias are surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza conjured by a team of puppeteers directed by the legendary Basil Twist. Channeling lurid celluloid dreams, macabre nightmares and bizarre premonitions on a stage transformed into a bigger-than-life cabinet of curiosities, the adventure begins with an alien abduction and concludes with a stupendous Busby Berkeley-esque finale. Along the way, the throaty chanteuse belts out pop, rock and jazz standards—including Billie Holiday’s “You’ve Changed”—as Twist and company work their magic with vintage marionettes, anatomically correct puppets and fantastical scenic elements. Arias was the longtime “Mistress of Seduction” in Zumanity, Cirque du Soleil’s adult-themed Las Vegas show, while Twist is most famous for his Folies Bergère-style underwater staging of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.


A few blocks away on Broadway and 7th is the surviving Clifton's Cafeteria- "Brookdale" with a two story dining area in a redwood forest theme complete with running brook, stuffed bear and birds.  Make sure you also check out the upstairs  room decorated in a  completely incongruous style that I can only describe as 'neoclassical whorehouse'.  The food is serviceable and reasonable.  Watch out for the selection of different deserts inserted throughout the food line- it's easy to end up with pie, pudding and cake- all good.   This restaurant and a few remaining theaters on Broadway are what remains of a downtown Los Angeles that was the entertainment destination before the emergence of Hollywood.   Open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm

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