January 13, 2016 |
The long: Pre-kids, parents vow they'll never subject their young (or themselves) to made-for-kids' music. Only Bowie, Beethoven, and Beyoncé for their brood. When reality intervenes, World Café Live's decade-running, Saturday morning mini-concerts offer a chill compromise. The short: "If You're Happy and You Know It," just better. The demo: Ages 2 through 5. Siblings welcome. Babies free. How long: About an hour. The setup: Sunny, street-level bar with small stage and dance area, tables, chairs and banquettes.
January 10, 2016 |
Charlie Kaufman never planned on Anomalisa 's becoming a movie. Written as "a sound play," he says, "basically a staged radio play" and presented at a UCLA theater over three nights in September 2005, the one-act meditation on loneliness, longing, and the mundanity of life starred David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan. Well, "starred" is not exactly the right word: The three actors stood on the stage, scripts in hand, no costumes, no sets, while a Foley artist oversaw audio effects, and composer Carter Burwell conducted a musical ensemble.