These days - when membership of the rock army can be symbolised by the simple purchase of a Ramones T-shirt - dedication has become a debased currency, subject to the hyper-inflationary dictates of fashion. Raw recruits sign up for the short term, soon surrendering their affections to whichever sexy "scene" might spring up next. Unswerving commitment to rock's righteous cause is rare; it demands a troop of seriously single-minded dudes with their collective heart and soul fixed on one goal - to bring the noise. Scottish five piece Mogwai formed in 1995 and debuted a year later with the single "Tuner/Lower", released on their own Rock Action label. They've since gone on to develop their distinctive style of apocalyptic, yet deeply humanised noise across four albums, establishing the transcendentally effective quiet-loud/quiet-loud dynamic as their very own and spawning a generation of imitators. Usually tagged a post-rock band because of their slow-build, instrumental workouts and the neo-classical majesty of their more ambitious songs, Mogwai are rather a bunch of a-rockers, drawn to whatever serves their cause - be it the stripped-down delicacy of Erik Satie or the boiling rage of Big Black. Mix light and dark together, Mogwai understand, and you make magic.
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(APRIL 17) Kevin Young is the author of Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times notable book for 2012, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and winner of the PEN Open Award. His new volume of poems is Book of Hours.
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A surprise treat. Director Jason Reitman returns to the project that he started with Film Independent in fall 2011, Live Read, with a special added installment of this popular and idiosyncratic series. For each edition, Reitman selects a classic film script and stages a cold reading of the material at Film Independent at LACMA with a group of hand-picked actors. The cast and film, as usual, will be announced by Reitman himself.
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Renowned theater and film director Peter Brook brings us a music-filled adaptation of a poignant original story from South African writer Can Themba. The Suit is a tragic tale of betrayal and resentment as a scorned husband takes out his anger, pain and frustration on his wife.
The suit her lover left behind takes on the symbolic embodiment of him and becomes the tool of her husband’s aggression. The suit is a constant and painful reminder of her adultery and through its presence, tension erupts, sorrow abides and the couple’s inability to heal is invoked.
Set in apartheid-era South Africa, Brook’s innovative staging integrates live musicians performing African melodies and Schubert lieder. The original novel The Suit, written by Themba, was banned in his native country as he was exiled during apartheid.
The play’s setting of Sophiatown—a teeming township that was erased shortly after Themba wrote his novel—is as much a part of the story as the unfortunate couple.