LA’s Best Fall Events

LA’s Best Fall Events

Every year when fall arrives I feel such excitement for what’s to come! Summer is totally fun, but I love when the routine returns and all my favorite things are in full swing. I start getting organized in the summer to plan for what’s ahead. The trick is to keep track of the different theatres, dance companies and artists you love so you know when they are in town. Buying a subscription to your favorite spot is a great way to save money on tickets, plus there are usually great additional perks to becoming a member like free parking (ex: Wallis Annenberg).

The culture in Los Angeles is getting more complex with each passing year and finally I can say that I feel excited with my options. (Even though I still will be planning a trip to NYC at some point in October, I need a fix!)

 

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Here’s a list of my top 5 choices for Fall 2016 in LA:

 

SEPTEMBER

THEATRE

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

Sept 7 – Oct 16 – Ahmanson Theatre

I have been dying to see this play since it premiered on Broadway and the West End in London. How can you go wrong with a classic play by Arthur Miller and directed by Ivo Van Hove? This play won the Tony this year for Best Revival of Play and for Best Director. This is a must see if you love American theatre directed by a Belgian with a radically stripped down interpretation.

 

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ART

CINDY SHERMAN

Now until Oct 2 – Broad Museum

I went to see this exhibit in June when it opened and it is one of the most immense collections of Cindy Sherman’s work. This exhibit allows the viewer to explore her process and evolution of her artistry. She is one of the most important female artists of our time. Go see this before it closes.

 

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OCTOBER

DANCE

FALL FOR FORSYTHE

Month of October – Various locations in LA

This is an exciting time in the dance world, especially here in LA to have William Forsythe teaching at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Starting at the end of Sept and into October, USC has organized a month of events revolving around the importance of Forsythe’s choreography on the future of dance. Forsythe has changed the landscape of choreographic exploration over the last four decades. There are lectures at USC, site specific works showing at LACMA and the culmination of the month at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion highlighting 3 of our national ballet companies – San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet. If you prefer more classical ballet technique to the avant garde, the show at the Music Center is the one for you.

 

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NOVEMBER

THEATRE / DANCE

Robert Wilson’s LETTER TO A MAN

Nov 18 & 19 – Royce Hall/ UCLA

First of all, if you have never seen Mikhail Baryshnikov on stage just do yourself a favor and buy a ticket. This concept theatre piece is directed by the iconic avant garde director Robert Wilson and is based on the life of the legendary dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinksy. After seeing THE OLD WOMAN starring Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe a couple years ago, I knew this current collaboration between these two artists was not to be missed.

 

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NEW RESTAURANT

FELIX

Opening late November (I hope!) – Abbot Kinney, Venice

This new restaurant by Evan Funke will be taking over the old Joe’s restaurant space on Abbot Kinney. I live in Venice so I am thrilled that we are adding another top notch restaurant to our regular spots. I am hoping that Felix will stay with a strong Italian influence and not fall into the boring “new american” cuisine which seems to be all the rage on the Westside.

 

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This list only skims the surface, but I hope this will inspire you to try something new. Go see a dance piece or explore the Broad Museum if you haven’t been yet. Always feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I would love to help you decide on shows or organize your adventures in any way I can. My concierge service Jette Sette goes far beyond just booking your pilates and fitness classes while you travel. I am also available to create a custom itinerary of things to do specifically for you. Inquire for more info!

Happy Fall!

 

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A November day in Paris

I have been behind on my blog posts due to the fact that Josh has been visiting for the month of November.  He is quite distracting ;).  Anyways, having him here provides me with an opportunity to be a tourist and get out of my teaching routine.

On one Friday in November we decided to visit the Palais Garnier which in all of my trips to Paris I have never been inside the actual opera house.  By the way it is phenomenal and as opulent as one can imagine!

We took ourselves on our own tour and wandered through the building imagining what it must have been like in the late 1800’s.

The building was built between 1861-1875 by the architect Charles Garnier who won an architectural design competition to create this opulent building for the Emperor Napoleon III.  It is also the opera house that inspired Gaston Leroux’ novel The Phantom of the Opera.  I would like to believe there really is a subterranean lake underneath the opera house…it makes the whole experience much more romantic.

There was a rehearsal happening during our visit so we were unable to sit in the theatre but could watch the rehearsal from a viewing area.  I could have stayed there watching the singers and orchestra all day.  The good news is this Saturday Dec 15th I will be seeing the Paris Opéra Ballet perform in this theatre and get the opportunity to see the gorgeous Marc Chagall ceiling in all of it’s glory.

As we walked outside onto the balcony we were serenaded by an amazing pianist playing below on the street.  He truly was brilliant and captured the mood of our visit.

As we left the opera house we decided to head to the Marais to the Breizh Cafe to get some of the best crepes and galettes in town.  I should also mention that Josh is obsessed with them so it really was a daily food occurrence but this cafe specializes in the Breton culinary traditions so how could we pass it up.

After dinner we wandered back to the left bank and headed toward the famous Shakespeare & Co bookstore where Josh had been dying to go.  As a writer and lover of books he could not miss it.  This store will make you spend money on books that you never even knew you had.  One could stay there forever…and it seems like people do.  This whole day really revolved around the fact that I had promised Josh we would go to a jazz club in the evening even though I had to work bright and early on Saturday morning.  I rallied because I wanted to go as well.

We headed toward Le Caveau de la Huchette one of the oldest jazz clubs in the city.  We were there early and got a great seat in the cellar for the first set.  My phone died so I was unable to take as many pictures as I would like so these are courtesy of Josh and an archaic blackberry.

The band was a mix of American musicians and a Brit who had come together for this show performing a mix of blues and swing.  Little did we know that Parisians swing dance.  Shocking – I know!  I mean I could not have been happier watching this older group of men and women dancing their butts off.

I wish these pictures could do them justice.  The band started and the dancers were at least all over 50 and SOOOOOO serious as the French can be.  I kept thinking how funny it is that they are swing dancing and not smiling – I mean isn’t it impossible not to smile while swing dancing?  Josh and I had names for all of the dancers…. ‘Suspenders’, ‘ the Don’, ‘Bobby Socks’, ‘Francois’, ‘The Black Widow’.  But as the dancers got into it, the crowd got larger and their smiles started emerge.  The music was awesome and some ancient guy who looked like he was about to break got onstage to join the band and sang an amazing blues song.  I wish we could have stayed all night!

These are the days that make me so happy for this adventure.

a bien tôt

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