The Ford Blog

Dragons and giants come to life at the Ford

September 28, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
When I was asked to interview O-lan Jones I have to admit I geeked out. Like a lot. In the theatre world, she is a bit of a legend. She originated countless roles in plays by the likes of Sam Shepard and Beth Henley. Plus, as any true 90s kid can tell you, she played a host of iconic characters in films like Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks and The Truman Show. I had no idea she also wrote operas...
After It Happened by Invertigo Dance Theatre

Flipping Things Inside Out and Upside Down

September 21, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“Invertigo means flipping things inside out and upside down,” Laura Karlin tells me. “It’s about finding new perspectives.” Laura is the Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre and she’s setting out to challenge the paradigm of how dance is presented with her evening-length work After It Happened.

Pure Unadulterated Mathematics

September 14, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
The beauty of classical Indian music is that it is entirely improvised. This is one of the many things that I learned while speaking with Vinod (V.R.) Venkataraman, producer and mridangam performer for the upcoming Divine Vibrations of India: Melody, Rhythm and Dance show on September 24.
Versa-Style Dance Company

#TreatYoSelf

September 07, 2016
Fall is in the air. If you’re from the Midwest, like some of us over here, you might connect fall with cooling temperatures and falling leaves. Not so much at the Ford these days -- things are hotter than ever.
Garth Trinidad by Kawai Matthews

In Conversation with Garth Trinidad

August 31, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“AfroLatino is an ongoing dialogue about the roots of rhythm,” KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad tells me. As a native Angeleno, I’ve been listening to him on the radio for as long as I can remember. I arrive at KCRW under the cover of darkness, just after Garth’s show finishes at 10 p.m., to talk to Garth about the AfroLatino show taking place at the Ford on September 10.
Scene from POP's Abduction from the Seraglio

Beam Me Up, Amadeus!

August 24, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
Would Mozart have been a Trekkie or a Stars War fan? We may never know, but that hasn’t stopped Pacific Opera Project (POP) from boldly going where no opera company has gone before. On September 3, their uproarious Star Trek inspired adaptation of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio takes place at the Ford. 
Vaud & the Villains

Three Parts Awesome

August 17, 2016
What do New Orleans jazz, a mariachi cover of a Radiohead song and the soundtrack of Fallout 4 have in common? They will all be performed at the Ford. Not all in one night, mind you. 

Conjuring Coltrane

August 10, 2016
I’m listening to John Coltrane’s seminal album “A Love Supreme,” soaking in his energetic riffs and masterful melodies. Even though I’ve never taken time to just sit and listen to it, I feel intimately familiar with so many of the songs – that’s how much this album, considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time – has permeated the American soundscape. Never mind how many other artists it has inspired.

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