Jude Dillon was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He attended Rockwell College, in Ireland, and holds a degree in English from Queens University (at Kingston). He also studied painting and the visual arts, at a college in Kingston, and later at an arts college in Calgary. He spent a number of years as a news-photographer, winning... Read more →
To the Weeds in My Garden I saw a girl wear a mask of my face the other day She changed almost nothing, simply shrunk the nose and called it her own I thought it was a compliment until her friends joined in but still said I couldn’t sit with them That’s when I questioned... Read more →
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A clutch of choreographers in Beverly Hills, inspiration from Manet downtown, a female perspective on an epic from India in Culver City, boundary breaking ballet in Glendale, enigma code breaker meets Disney in Santa Monica, contemporary ballet in Torrance and at a secret address, flamenco in East Hollywood, plus more So Cal dance this week.... Read more →
Experiments with time, space, and staging can illuminate or obscure a playwright’s intent. Three current productions on and Off-Broadway juggle with traditional concepts with varying results. The most conventional of the three is Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of J.B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways. This is the first time the time-tripping British family drama has... Read more →
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Every time a character is killed in The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist Western distributed by The Weinstein Company in 2015, blood and butchery splatter across Jennifer Jason Leigh’s expectant face. Tarantino stages these violent outbursts, and the degradation of the female lead, for gleeful male laughter. The residue on Leigh’s face is a porn... Read more →
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As we head into the final weeks of accepting submissions for Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, I find myself frequently searching for more, new dance films to share that are done in the public sphere, completely outside of studios, sound stages, and theaters. Luckily, there are plenty of these of late, although not all... Read more →
On Sunday, October 15, I attended what was announced as the Final Reunion of the Pasadena Playhouse Alumni Association. The 62nd. Yes, I’m an alumna. Of course, I showed up. I confess I did not always show up. During the organization’s heyday, when we were young, actively engaged in life and participatory, I attended these... Read more →
Yare: One More Dance is a new exhibition by Cristobal Valecillos opening with special ceremony this weekend in Los Angeles as part of Pacific Standard Time. Cristobal Valecillos has traveled to Venezuela, his country of origin, to explore and understand the 400-year-old festival, Los Diablos de Yare. This UNESCO Cultural Heritage Festival is rooted in... Read more →
Having grown up in Italy, where freshly baked bread is an essential part of every meal, I have fond memories of the heavenly smell wafting out of bakeries in the early hours of the morning. So I was excited to receive an invitation to a Bread Making class at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood,... Read more →