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!)
Here’s a list of my top 5 choices for Fall 2016 in LA:
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.
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.
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.
THEATRE / DANCE
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.
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.
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!