Theatre

Women on the Fringe: A Round Up of Female-Driven Shows at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival

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What do first crushes, hip hop, cave dwellers, and the City of Los Angeles all have in common? They encompass just a few of the countless productions written, performed, produced, and/or directed by women at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, running June 7th through the 24th in Los Angeles. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most diverse and yet distinctly female shows this year, so be sure to catch these four productions before they close!

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2017 Vulture Festival Los Angeles: Sunday

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Am I completely and totally exhausted from all of the excitement of the Vulture Festival this weekend? Yes. Is my head still spinning from all the dazzling insight I’ve learned about my favorite pop culture obsessions? Yes. Would I do it all again next year? Absolutely. Read on for some of the highlights from Day Two.

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Movies

La La Land Shines New Light on the “City of Stars”

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Since moving to Los Angeles six months ago, I’ve dreaded the question, “So how are you liking it so far?” My answer always gets convoluted between how much I like the sunshine but miss the seasons or how I love that there’s always something to do but hate how long it takes to get there. The truth is I feel conflicting emotions about this city. Some nights I feel invincible driving past illuminated skyscrapers in DTLA as KCRW fills my car with a new age soundscape. Other times I feel small at a coffee shop drafting my next screenplay, while everyone else around me seems to also be writing and drinking overpriced lattes alone. L.A., as I’m starting to learn, is a paradox. But maybe that’s part of its charm. At least, that’s how Damien Chazelle seems to paint it in his latest film La La Land, of which I happened to catch an advanced screening at Hollywood’s Harmony Gold. With Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Chazelle himself enthusiastically presenting, I was open to giving this city another shot.

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Music

Childish Gambino Experiments with VR and the Live Show Experience in PHAROS

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Before I entered the Microsoft Lounge in Venice, CA last night, the guy at the front instructed, “Put your phones on airplane mode and hand them to me.” A little confused, I did what I was told and forked over my phone to be locked away into a hefty pouch. “Come back after the presentation, and we’ll open it up for you,” he said with a smile and turned to the next set of willing attendees behind me. “What is this? Fort Knox?” I joked as I walked inside the building, realizing that I wouldn’t be able to document the event on social media. Little did I know, this was all part of the experience.

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Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

The saying “Art imitates life” or vice-versa doesn’t accurately describe Barry Jenkins’s critically-acclaimed Moonlight, although many early reviews and interviews with the filmmaker make it seem that way. To succinctly summarize, the film chronicles the journey of a young black boy as he traverses into manhood. The overall plot is that simple, but where Moonlight truly shines as more than just a coming-of-age story is within the execution of its details. With its sweeping narrative, kaleidoscopic visuals, and an atmospheric musical score, Moonlight shows us instead the ability art has in heightening life—especially in the bleakness of reality.

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Broods Brings Heartlines to Life at the Microsoft Lounge

If you haven’t heard of Broods yet, you should probably start listening now. With the recent release of their sophomore album Conscious last month, the New Zealand duo–composed of Georgia and Caleb Nott–teamed up with Microsoft to create a new way to experience music.

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Theatre

Fringe Benefits: A Review of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

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In the month of June, I attended three productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Truthfully, I didn’t know if any of them would be worthwhile, considering it was a little difficult navigating the Fringe’s seemingly never-ending schedule online. There were so many shows listed, I didn’t know what to choose or how to even begin to think about choosing. After sleuthing around in some early press releases, I found one that attracted my attention and committed to another that sounded highly artistic. While the third happened completely by chance, I received it just the same as the other two.

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