The show starring Tony Todd ("Candyman") recounts the racism and vindictiveness of White America against a man whose talents went way beyond the ring. Jack Johnson was a musician, raconteur, entertainer, horse jockey, bullfighter, inventor, race car driver and secret agent during World War I. He was an infamous Lothario who flaunted his flashy lifestyle in the face of contemporary mores. Johnson was the catalyst for celebrations, condemnations, deadly riots and outrage from all sides of the racial divide. He was also the most famous Black man in the world—and one of the most misunderstood.
5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Anton Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy bursts with passion and fierce humor in Pulitzer Prize and three-time Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker’s colloquial translation. Antaeus Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Baker’s fresh new version, hailed as one of the top 10 shows of 2012 by both The New York Times and New York magazine, in a fully partner-cast production. On a country estate, Vanya's monotonous existence is thrust into chaos by the arrival of his brother-in-law’s beautiful new wife. Written with the “goal of creating a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first productions in the provinces in 1898,” Baker's Uncle Vanya introduces 21st century audiences to Chekhov's enduring wit, insight and emotional depth.
16007 Crenshaw Blvd. T, Torrance, 90506
El Camino College will present an evening with jazz luminary Carmen Bradford for an unforgettable one-night only performance in Marsee Auditorium. "Carmen Bradford and Friends" will take the stage with a jazz trio at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 to perform blues and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
Carmen Bradford's passionate jazz vocals have been featured in performances and recordings with a wide variety of musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Shelly Berg, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Patti Austin, Dori Caymmi, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, and the National Symphony. She continues to tour internationally and has also taught jazz vocal music at USC.
Bradford is the daughter of legendary trumpeter/composer Bobby Bradford and renowned vocalist/composer Melba Joyce. Her grandfather Melvin Moore sang with the Lucky Millender and Dizzy Gillespie big bands in the 1940s, making Bradford a third-generation musician.
She was discovered and hired by William "Count" Basie, and was the featured vocalist in the celebrated Count Basie Orchestra from 1982-1990. In addition to recording several CDs as a solo artist, Bradford performed on two Grammy Award-winning albums with the Basie Band in the 1980s and later collaborated on a third Grammy-winning album with guitarist George Benson in 1991. Bradford's 2015 release "John Mills 'Invisible Design' featuring Carmen Bradford," is another example of her ability to sing all forms of jazz.
631 West 2nd St, Los Angeles, 90012
West Coast Premiere
REDCAT and L.A. Opera present composer Missy Mazzoli’s Song from The Uproar, a multimedia opera that combines live musical performance and original film. This compelling new work was inspired by the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), one of the most remarkable women of her era. At the age of 20, she left her life in Switzerland behind for an unfettered existence in the North African desert. Hailed by The New York Times as “a visually and aurally ravishing chamber opera…a captivating multimedia spectacle,” Song from the Uproar immerses the audience in the surreal landscapes of her life: the loss of her family, the thrill of her arrival in Africa and the mystery of her demise.
806 E Colorado St, Glendale, 91205
Los Angeles' Little Red Lung originated as a solo project of singer/keyboardist Zoe-Ruth Erwin, whose pure, bellowing vocals have been compared to the likes of Florence Welch, Stevie Nicks and Grace Slick. She quickly brought on board three creative veterans of the local indie music scene: guitarist Ali Nikou, bassist Rob Hume, and drummer John Broeckel, whose unique
influences spanning the psychedelic troughs of Hendrix, the urgency of the 80's post-punk movement, and the fierceness of the early Seattle rock scene, cultivated Little Red Lung’s
distinctive voice. In 2012, they released a self-titled debut EP; a lavish, 6-song introduction to their dynamic sound; produced and recorded by the band at Nikou's recording studio, Blaster Master Productions.
Now they are gearing up for their debut LP release "Beware" promises to be a bold and uninhibited follow up to their
acclaimed EP, stretching the boundaries of their unique multi-dimensional sound.
Be sure to join Little Red Lung at their album release show for "BEWARE" at the Complex in Glendale, CA October 9th.