Author Archives: Bob Lee

LA Phil and Deaf West Theater Bring Beethoven’s Fidelio To Deaf & Hearing Audiences This Week

This Thursday and Friday, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic will be collaborating with Deaf West Theater and Venezuela’s Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir) on a semi-staged production of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. This production, which premiered to raves … Continue reading

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Eno Plays LA? Almost – His AI Assisted Documentary Screens At The Alex

To the best of my knowledge, Brian Eno has appeared in person in LA just a couple of times; at the Roxy Music debut American tour when it hit the Whisky in 1972, and for a lecture he gave at … Continue reading

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La Traviata at LA Opera – The Lady Has Been Paid In Full

Rachel Willis-Sorenson as Violetta Valery in the LA Opera production of La Traviata. Photo by Cory Weaver, used with permission.  In the current LA Opera production of La Traviata, relocated here from San Francisco, things are presented with a highly … Continue reading

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LA Opera’s La Traviata Premieres This Weekend – Don’t Miss Rachel Willis-Sorenson

Rachel Willis-Sorenson in the LA Opera production of La Traviata. Photo by Cory Weaver for the LA Opera, used with permission. This weekend sees the LA premiere of a new production of Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata. The miraculous Rachel … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Rozz Williams Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery This Friday

Fans of Christian Death, Shadow Project and all manner of dark, pounding music are referred to this rare performance at the most appropriate venue of all time for a Rozz Williams tribute. Those fortunate souls in attendance at this event … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends – Voivod, Prong, Hirax at the Fonda This Sunday

Montreal’s Voivod are one of the most singular creations under the banner of metal. Born during the early 80s thrash explosion, they quickly evolved into a frighteningly capable outfit with blatant progressive rock tendencies and a lead singer who didn’t … Continue reading

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Otoboke Beaver at the Observatory

All photos by Bob Lee for the Los Angeles Beat. Even if they don’t claim to be fully punk, the existence and widespread popularity of Kyoto band Otoboke Beaver is proof that punk’s not dead. Although theirs is an extreme … Continue reading

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Otoboke Beaver Is Headed For LA

Otoboke Beaver, from Kyoto, Japan, titled their latest album Super Champon, after a Japanese dish that seems to involve throwing every single ingredient in the kitchen into a bowl with some noodles. It’s an appropriate metaphor for the band’s musical … Continue reading

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The Jim Irsay Collection Gives L.A. A Rock And Roll History Lesson…With Guitar

L-R Harmonica player Billy Branch, keyboardist Michael Ramos, lead singer Kevin Cronin, guitarists Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Mike Wanchic (hidden) at the Jim Irsay Collection. All photos by Bob Lee for the LA Beat.  Jim Irsay, to answer a question … Continue reading

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ADKT Brings French Flair And Funk To Fairfax

The combination of fine dining and funky music may not yet be commonplace in LA, but at the recently-opened ADKT (Art Drinks Kitchen Tunes) in the Fairfax District, it is now possible to get your jam on while pondering the … Continue reading

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