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Regarded by many as the world's finest traditional Irish band, Altan is renowned for its heartwarming, dynamic live performances that range from touching ballads to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Throughout its career Altan has shown an unwavering commitment to the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers.
Direct from Bahia in northern Brazil—a place where otherwise long forgotten gods are still remembered—comes this irresistible troupe famous for its explosive drumming, feverish dancing and uncontainable energy. Its display of Bahian folkloric dances of African origin was described as a "non-stop extravaganza" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Balé Folclórico da Bahia brings thrilling choreography, joyous rhythms, and a feisty, flirtatious exuberance to every performance.
The brainchild of Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt— two former principal dancers of The Royal Ballet— Balletboyz is London's hottest groundbreaking and distinctly masculine dance company renowned for their exciting and innovative blend of live performance and original filmwork. Featuring two new commissions by Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos, the evening takes an elegant, powerful and provocative look at life and death.
The election may be over, but the laughter continues! The Capitol Steps return with brand new and up-to-the-minute political satire song parodies that take aim at the outrageous goings on—from the campaign trail, congress and other political hot spots! Their trademark no-holds-barred approach to the headlines of the day in song and sketch is guaranteed to keep both sides of the aisle laughing, bringing down the House…and Senate!
Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, landmark attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more!
Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, a Republican U.S. Senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. The Senator's devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage. In a brutally honest and surprisingly funny way, the play sheds light on how religion, guns, and social media influence our elections.
One of the true hit makers of the 1990"s, Collin Raye still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals. With 21 top 10 singles including four number one hits: "Love, Me", "In This Life", "My Kinda Girl", and "I Can Still Feel You," Collin Raye has long been considered as one of Country music's most passionate and energizing showmen!
Complexions makes it "sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state" (Dance Magazine). Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. A show that literally rocks—with the So Cal premiere of Strum, set to the music of Metallica, plus a piece on unrequited love set to J.S. Bach's Chromatic Fantasy!
Since 1992 The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together every Thursday night in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Each week features a new surprise guest.
Come and see one of L.A.'s longest running long-form improvisation shows! Watch as the Groundlings Players begin with three suggestions from the crowd, and then proceed to weave the stories together, travelling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. AND, they keep it up for an uncanny 40 minutes straight. AND, after a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again with three new suggestions!
Creating a Brave New World is the first interactive theater experience to bring together a unique fusion of music, culture, dance, multimedia and self development.
International Performer and TEDx Speaker Daniel Tyler Pohnke has been creating Empowering Entertainment all over the world with his project Full Moon Rising; He's bringing his thought-provoking quirky style back to the USA after 7 years, in a new interactive show, with a fantastic cast of musicians and dancers.
Get your entire family into the spirit of the season with a Carpenter Center holiday tradition of cherished Vince Guaraldi tunes and more—starring jazz pianist David Benoit, featured vocalist Sara Gazarek, and special appearance by the All-American Boys Chorus!
The Broadway star (Wicked, A Light in the Piazza) returns with a strong, confident baritone that soars into the tenor range, and a charm that's undeniably magnetic!
Poetry of the heart ignites powerful desires that can no longer be ignored by Alma. The preacher's daughter boldly seizes on a chance to follow her heart's inclinations when John Buchanan returns from medical school to live in their small town where, too often, dreams die quickly. Tennessee Williams's subtly seductive play centers on the passionately complex and sometimes cruel relationships to which love becomes vulnerable, when we are strong enough to allow it.
Discover extraordinary ways that ordinary people are changing the world with an evening of insight by Nicholas D. Kristof—human rights advocate and an esteemed columnist for The New York Times. Kristof will discuss his celebrated book, A Path Appears, as he motivates through captivating stories of individuals and organizations applying research, evidence-based strategies, and innovative ideas to make the world a better place.
A stellar cast of four sensational entertainers perform the hits from four of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history! This Vegasstyle revue is complete with fun costumes, and choreographed production numbers like "Twist and Shout," "Stop in the Name of Love," "Surfin' USA, "Stayin' Alive," and more!
A stellar cast of four sensational entertainers perform the hits from four of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history! This Vegas style revue is complete with fun costumes, and choreographed production numbers like "Twist and Shout," "Stop in the Name of Love," "Surfin' USA, "Stayin' Alive," and more!
Join George Takei—the noted actor and activist with a signature wit—as he offers insight into his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media luminary, and his passionate role in the fight for LGBTQ equality in America. Dedicated to empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference, Takei reveals his personal story of his family's forced internment as Japanese Americans during WWII in this intimate evening.
All shows taped before a live audience! Be apart of this national broadcast special!
Adapted from Harris' New York Times best-selling book, HAM: Slices of a Life, this musical comedy takes us from a conflicted childhood in Bible-Belt Oklahoma to the dizzying roller coaster ride of a life in show business and the precarious balancing act of fatherhood.
J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation combines text, music, stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. This latest multimedia creation by the acclaimed Alison Mackay redefines the concert experience!
As America's hottest illusionist, Jason Bishop mystifies with stunning and original state-of-the art magic, award-winning sleight of hand, and one-of-a-kind grand illusions delivered with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock soundtrack. From exclusive grand illusions to close-up magic projected onto a huge screen—no other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents and virtuosity!
Kick off the holidays as The Jive Aces deck the hall with high energy music, wild stage show, and irresistible humor! The UK's No.1 jive and swing band performs energetic renditions of Christmas Classics and fresh arrangements of classics—from such greats as Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and more—leaving the audience cheering!
Comedic master John Cleese—often regarded as the funniest man alive—returns to share hilarious anecdotes about his colorful life and career, which spans more than 50 years! Best known for his idiosyncratic turns in Monty Python's Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda, John Cleese enthralls audiences worldwide with his wit, his charm, and his unique brand of unrelenting humor!
A true living legend, José Feliciano delivers an exhilarating and magnetic performance while displaying remarkable dexterity on the guitar, and a voice that resonates with strength and power. Accompanied by his band, Felciano shares his trademark ability to re-invent rock classics with a Latin spin, as demonstrated in one of his biggest hits, "Light My Fire." Truly a night to remember, don't miss your chance to see him doing what he does best!
A magical fable where the mouse squeaks, the lion roars & the grasshoppers sing.
Through song, dance and humor, this bright and colorful children's musical educates as it entertains. Described as a "near perfect formula for child entertainment" and "an inspired piece of theatre", answering life's most pressing questions through allegorical myths portraying animals engaged in human-like situations, they are sure to resonate with both children and adults alike.
"From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation," proclaims LA Times, as the jazz singer effortlessly glides from breathy jazz standards to growling blues!
Marquee Five brings a spunky, intelligent flair with tight harmonies and exciting five-part arrangements as they visit hits by greats like George & Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more!
Griffiths pays homage to Cole Porter—and his legacy that continues to sparkle—with all of the provocative and witty lyrics as well as the sophisticated rhythms and melodies!
Mona Golabek intertwines some of the world's most beloved piano music in this poignant tribute to her remarkable mother, Lisa Jura, as she shares the true story of how the young Jewish pianist escaped Nazi-controlled Austria and triumphed through her talent.
Mona Golabek intertwines some of the world's most beloved piano music in this poignant tribute to her remarkable mother, Lisa Jura, as she shares the true story of how the young Jewish pianist eascaped Nazi-controlled Austria and triumphed through her talent.
Cinch up your corsets and tighten your top hats for a wild ride into the seductive world of turn-of-the-century Paris. The long-running cabaret musical A Night at the Black Cat returns to Edgemar Center for the Arts, transforming this elegant Santa Monica theater into a teeming speakeasy packed with colorful characters, beguiling musical numbers, scintillating costumes, and daring dance numbers including an erotic tango sequence. Heroes, villains and clowns abound in this irresistible blend of campy songs, ribald humor and plenty of sultry shenanigans.
Changing the world isn't as easy as Warren had imagined. An enthusiastic African-American college graduate joins the 2008 Obama campaign and lands in the streets of East Cleveland. Between knocking on doors, fending off cops, and questioning his own identity, he discovers that working in the spotlight of "Hope" can be challenging. Obama-ology is a compelling exploration of re-igniting the dreams of a black minority and the hopes of a country.
EST/LA is curating an inspiring variety of mostly world premiere one-act treasures, written by fourteen of their top playwrights. The One Act Festival this summer will bring Los Angeles audiences a feast of new entertainment. Produced by Co-Artistic Director Roderick Menzies and presented in programs A, B, & C, brimming with provocative drama and comedy.
Paula Poundstone is back with her legendary ability to create humor on the spot! Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone can find the hilarious angle of almost any subject—from the absurdity of the political world to the deviousness of housecats—and deliver it with impeccable timing and razor-sharp wit. Heard regularly on NPR's popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, Poundstone is famous for her spontaneity where every performance is unique!
A Carpenter Center favorite, the masters of agility and grace return with a mesmerizing performance featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival! Rooted in more than 2,000 years of history and tradition, The Peking Acrobats are experts at treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. A legacy of superb talent and rigorous training, they amaze sold-out crowds wherever they perform!
The cult favorite returns by demand after five sold out appearances! Experience two hours of thrilling visuals choreographed to one of the greatest bands of all time, Pink Floyd! With vivid multi-screen video projections, cutting edge laser technology, and the theatre's state-of-the-art sound system—it's got all the excitement of a live concert!
Kick off the holidays as The Jive Aces deck the hall with high energy music, wild stage show, and irresistible humor! The UK's No.1 jive and swing band performs energetic renditions of Christmas classics and fresh arrangements of classics—from such greats as Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and more—leaving the audience cheering!
Passionate, smoldering secrets lurk beneath the surface of genteel society – and explode in a comical climax of accusation, confession and calamity. Inspired by American master playwright Tennessee Williams' rollicking storytelling and delicious language, Impro Theatre starts with a single audience suggestion and builds improvised, full-length plays that are hilarious, yet tender as a Southern belle's broken heart. Williams' best known plays include A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie<i/>.
This LA-based band fearlessly pulls the big band sound of yesteryear into the 21st century using all the instruments from that bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between pop, soul, jazz, & hip-hop. Their Carpenter Center debut pays homage to Duke Ellington and Count Basie with a funky mix that promises to captivate!
When Sin Comes Knocking is Christian love story about a couple committed to weather any adversity together until a chance encounter threatens to rock the foundation of everything they believe. The question is will their love and commitment be enough to save their marriage?
This play offers a window into real life situations and human interactions that aren't always pretty. The play dares to admit that we all have a past, some may be a little more colorful than others, but we've all done things that we are not particularly proud of.
When Sin Comes Knocking explores what can happen when we allow shame, fear, and guilt to cause us to try to hide the truth from people we love. This play demonstrates that no matter how checkered our past may be, God still delivers on his promise to love us unconditionally and has made the provision for redemption through Jesus Christ.