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 Bondo Wyszpolski

Erich Korngold’s rarely performed “Der Ring des Polykrates” at Zipper Hall

Erich Korngold’s rarely performed “Der Ring des Polykrates” at Zipper Hall

Love conquers all in Korngold’s early opera “Der Ring des Polykrates” at Zipper Hall by Bondo Wyszpolski A musical prodigy, Erich Korngold’s first two operas, “Der Ring des Polykrates” (a domestic comedy) and “Violanta” (a tragedy) were performed together in 1916, conducted by Bruno Walther. They were written a couple of years earlier, when Korngold […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 19 to 25

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 19 to 25

Thursday, December 19 Erich Korngold’s 1914 opera Numi Opera presents “Der Ring Des Polykrates,” the fledgling company’s second production of their inaugural season, at 7:30 p.m. in Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., in downtown Los Angeles. Another performance is set for Saturday, same time and place. Directed by Gail R. […]

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Käthe Kollwitz: War and other atrocities at the Getty Research Institute

Käthe Kollwitz: War and other atrocities at the Getty Research Institute

No compromises “Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics” at the Getty by Bondo Wyszpolski Käthe Kollwitz never saw the light. What I mean is that she lived through dark times, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich. Or, in bleaker terms, she was born just before the Franco-Prussian War, endured World War I […]

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South Bay art calendar for Dec. 12 to 18

South Bay art calendar for Dec. 12 to 18

Thursday, December 12 Making themselves heard The annual fall “Opera Workshop” takes place at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre of El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The singer-actor ensemble performs scenes from the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, the oratorios of Handel, and the operas of Mozart and Rossini. Directed by Kevin […]

 Neely Swanson

“Mob Town” – Bom(b) Town [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Mob Town” – Bom(b) Town [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson So much can be said about “Mob Town” and none of it is good. Directed badly by Danny A. Abeckaser, an actor of little renown, written poorly by Jon Carlo, Abeckaser’s collaborator (there can be no better use of that word) on their ill-received feature “First We Take Brooklyn,” and Joe Gilford, […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 5 to 11

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 5 to 11

Thursday, December 5 The way it was “Robi Hutas: Classic Photographs and Watercolors” is on view at Richard Stephens/Cannery Row Studios, in The Loft at 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro. Open during the First Thursday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Hutas has chronicled life and sports in the South Bay, especially in […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

Friday, November 29 But what if He doesn’t? “Making God Laugh,” presumably a comedy and spanning four decades, written by Sean Grennan, is now playing in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Same schedule next weekend. Tickets, $28. Call (424) 241-8040 […]

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From Japan, creatures great and small

From Japan, creatures great and small

Zoological gardens “Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art” at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski Robert T. Singer was probably put on Earth to shepherd this exhibition into existence. He’s been (good-naturedly, I’m sure) referred to as a zookeeper rather than a curator because of all the Japanese art depicting animals that he’s collected for LACMA […]