FROM Yuval Sharon
'War of the Worlds' becomes an unconventional opera in LA Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast “War of the Worlds” was a radio drama about Martians invading earth, based on the novel by H.G. Wells. It was remade into a movie starring Tom Cruise. Now it’ll be an opera at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Three wartime sirens will even blast the music out to the streets of Downtown LA. The show is a modern take on how information gets spread, and how reliable it is. “War of the Worlds” will run November 12 and 18. The new opera 'War of the Worlds,' directed by Yuval Sharon, comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall on November 12 and 18 . (Photo courtesy of LA Phil.)
LA's Viet Thanh Nguyen and Yuval Sharon on becoming MacArthur 'Geniuses' Four of the MacArthur fellows this year are from Los Angeles. They include theater artist Taylor Mac, painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen and opera director Yuval Sharon. Each will receive a so-called genius grant worth $625,000. We speak with Sharon and Nguyen about what the award means to them, how they’ll spend the grant money, and what projects are next for them. Viet Thanh Nguyen Yuval Sharon Images courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Hopscotch, the Opera An outside-the-box opera called Hopscotch is being staged throughout the streets of downtown L.A.—including inside a fleet of moving limos. Hopscotch is the latest project from L.A.’s experimental opera company, the Industry. Over the past five years, the Industry has built a reputation for creating shows in unlikely places. And the L.A. Philharmonic recently announced it’s giving the company a three-year residency, starting next year.
Behind the Scenes of LA Operas, Both Big and Small This weekend is big for high culture in Los Angeles with the LA Opera kicking off its new season. Off stage, it's trying to get past years of budget cuts, layoffs and emergency loans. We hear a report from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who went behind the scenes, then hear how smaller, avant garde operas, are appealing to younger audiences. LA Opera in final rehearsals for the production of Carmen, with Placido Domingo conducting Photo courtesy of Saul Gonzalez
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.