Encore! LA’s Best Music, Theatre & More
This might be the coldest February on record in 60 years, but LA is on fire with hot new live performances, film festivals, and immersive exhibitions. From Mozart to Matthew Bourne, and CATS to costume design, with some Digital Nature thrown in for fun, it’s time to experience LA’s best music, theatre and more. The heat is on!
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
LA Opera premieres a new production of Mozart’s rarely performed final masterpiece, The Clemency of Titus. Revenge and romance set Rome on fire! The most powerful civilization in the world falls vulnerable to the machinations of power players seeking glory. In a drama marked by shifting layers of morality and loyalty, Mozart’s unmistakable love for humanity shines through in his glorious and endlessly inventive music. Russell Thomas stars as the imperiled leader whose generosity and compassion point the way to a brighter future. In Italian with projected English translations.
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz. Performed to Prokofiev’s magnificent score, this new production comes alive with heart-stopping choreography, vivid theatrical storytelling, and sumptuous award-winning scenic and costume designs that will transport audiences to the heart of war-torn London for a timeless story of the power of love.
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is now on tour across North America! Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), and new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom), and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
FIDM Museum’s annual costume design exhibition has become a tradition for LA locals and movie lovers alike. As always, this year’s exhibition will feature a variety of film genres that represent outstanding achievement in costume design. Fan favorites along with Academy Award® nominees will be on display in celebration of the dedication and creativity of costume designers and their teams. Free to the public.
The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Calling all creatives! The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF offers an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject.
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Produced by The Paley Center for Media, PaleyFest is the premier television festival in the country, bringing you together with the talent behind your favorite TV shows, such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Grace and Frankie, Rupaul’s Drag Race, The Walking Dead, and Stephen Colbert. Join in the fun as the hottest stars delight fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes scoops, hilarious anecdotes, and breaking news stories. Enjoy a screening followed by a discussion with your favorite stars live on stage, capped off by a Q & A with the audience. Named for William S. Paley, founder of CBS and The Paley Center for Media, proceeds from PaleyFest support his mission to serve as a nonprofit cultural and educational resource in television, radio, and new media.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301N N Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Nature+Technology = Art. Experience amazing video and sound installations at Digital Nature 2019, an evening outdoor art exhibition at the Los Angeles Arboretum from February 27 to March 3. Inspired by the natural world and technology, contemporary artists project their work onto the lush landscape of the Arboretum, exploring themes as diverse as butterfly wings, bird songs, heavy metal, and inter-active digital wildflowers. The L.A. Arboretum transforms into an outdoor gallery where you can wander to view the unique, site-specific works of art. Some are interactive, a few with music, others silent. All are illuminated. The evening includes a no-host bar and food will be available for purchase.