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March 2020

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Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper on view at Fahey / Klein

Dennis Hopper

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of Fahey/Klein

Dennis Hopper: In Dreams, at The Fahey/Klein Gallery is an exhibition of works that connect Hopper’s role as an actor, husband, father and photographer.  The exhibition, in conjunction with the newly published book of the same name affirms the restless energy and curiosity of Hopper’s eye, as well as his unique place in the culture of 1960s America.

Referencing Roy Orbison’s song by the same name, famously featured in David Lynch’s film, Blue Velvet, In Dreams includes appearances by famous faces such as Andy Warhol, Peter Fonda, and Wallace Berman, which are intimately interwoven with Hopper’s peripatetic life and his daily use of the camera. While Hopper was very much an insider—at ease with the celebrities and artists of his day — this new engagement with his archive reveals that, like many photographers, Hopper was also in some ways an outsider, an observer. Famous himself, but also an observer: it’s this unique duality that allowed Hopper to view the world in his distinctive way. As a photographer, his output was particularly concentrated in the 1960s; the Nikon camera his wife Brooke Hayward gifted him hung so prominently around his neck that friends jokingly called him “the tourist.” Before his passing he remarked, “while people will always remember me as an actor and for Easy Rider – I want to be remembered as a photographer, not just as an actor who took pictures.”

On view at Fahey/Klein, for more details click here.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse Empty Exhibit on view at GRAMMY Museum (Photo courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Timothy Norris, Getty Images © 2020)

Amy Winehouse

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of GRAMMY® Museum

Six-time GRAMMY® winner Amy Winehouse has been widely renowned not just as a British music icon and pop royalty, but as a trendsetting fashion influencer. Beyond Black — The Style of Amy Winehouse at the Grammy Museum is showcasing a retrospective of Winehouse’s career, her biggest influences, her most iconic fashion moments, and how she left an indelible mark on music, fashion and pop culture. Capturing the spirit of Winehouse through some of her most cherished and unique outfits Beyond Black shows her wit and charm by displaying never-before-seen handwritten lyrics and prolific journal entries.

Winehouse, plagued by drug and alcohol addiction died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. The exhibit touches on how Winehouse’s untimely passing led her family to create the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to inspire children and young people to build their self-esteem and resilience, so that they can flourish. “Amy had a rebellious rock and roll style and attitude, which she made all her own with her signature beehive up do, winged eyeliner, tattoos, and bold red lipstick,” said Winehouse’s stylist, Naomi Parry. “She had a clear vision of who she was and what she wanted the world to see. Working with Amy was one of my most satisfying and creative times in my career. I’m excited for the world to finally see the looks we created for what would have been her 2011 summer festival tour.”

For more details, click here.

Man of God

Man of God playing at the Geffen Playhouse through April 12th

Man of God

  • By AC Remler

Betrayal comes in many forms, but when it happens at the hand of a spiritual leader, it packs a God All-Mightier punch. Man of God, a dark comedy premiering March 12th at Geffen Playhouse, tells the story of four Korean American high school students traveling on a mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand, with their youth group pastor. When the girls discover a hidden camera in their hotel bathroom belonging to their church, they each process the profundity of the violation in very different ways. How do you cope when the sacrosanct image of your pastor suddenly morphs into that of a predator?

From award-winning playwright Anna Moench and director Maggie Burrows, comes an important narrative exploring the impact of sex exploitation on the fragile minds of developing teens. As they act out (sometimes comically) their feminist fantasies of revenge, we get fleeting glimpses into psyches of pubescent girls living in a #metoo era.

Shaped by the religious ideology of their parents and community, the play is an interesting study into contemporary Korean American youth culture, but also transcends to “everyteen” who is balancing the stress of adolescent life with the hopes and dreams of the future. Featuring Shirley Chen, Camryn Kim, Natasha Liu, Albert Park and Jenapher Zheng Man of God runs through April 12th at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse.

Previews begin March 3. Tickets start at $30. For tickets and more information click here.

Home

Home at The Broad Stage (Photo courtesy of Kevin Berne Berkeley Repertory  Theatre)

Home

  • By Arlene Winnick

HOME at The Broad Stage is so much more than a play – it’s visual theater that asks (and answers) the simple question: When does a house become a home? Using storytelling, dance, audience interaction, and a touch of magic, HOME’s creator Geoff Sobelle literally builds an actually house on the stage to tell his tale. Yes, I’ll say it again – a house is actually created before the audience’s eyes in an inventive mash up choreography of people, time and space.

We discover all the residents – past, present and future – as they live and interact doing their regular routines and living their ordinary lives as the house and life dictates.  Residents move in, move out, remodel, get married, grow up, burn it down, celebrate milestones and all the while leaving small traces and remembrances of the lives they lived. At times there is a traffic jam of residents. But there is also a bigger story to be told – one of the current housing dilemmas on a local and global scene. How does the changing nature of society affect how we live, where we live and who we live with?

Reading the credits, I was not surprised to see an Illusion Designer – Steve Cuiffo really does use his background in magic to create something very unique and very memorable on The Broad’s stage. HOME is a brilliant and innovative production – don’t miss it.

For more details, click here.

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