Now for Something Completely Different for Date Night
Need something different to do for date night? How about dinner and a night with an extraterrestrial plant? Or drinks followed by Silence? Or for a day-date, how about a Frank Lloyd masterpiece and an exhibition about innards?
The quirky sci-fi, plant-from-outer-space musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” is at the Pasadena Playhouse through October 20. Some of you may remember the 1986 film with Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and the ginormous sass-talking plant that took 60 people to operate. Or the 1960’s Roger Corman flick with a cameo by Jack “Here’s Johnny” Nicholson. The Pasadena Playhouse’s updated version, created by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin), won’t have Jack but will have kicky music and plenty of plant puppeteering (with help from our friend from Rogue Artist Ensemble who’ll be here on ArtNight, another great date night idea by the by). The show also promises to have “devious new twists.”
Hear the sounds of “Silence” during the two remaining experimental music shows “under the oaks” at Descanso Gardens September 21 and 28. Sounds like a pretty groovy program. “Created by artistic directors Christopher Rountree (Wild Up) and Anna Bulbrook (Girlschool) in partnership with Descanso Gardens, SILENCE presents music and performance unconstrained by genre at specific sites within Descanso’s “living collection” of horticulture.” Not sure if you can bring in wine or not, but a blanket and an open mind are in order.
On the other side of town, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park has recently opened the living and dining rooms for its house tours. If you’ve never been, you should really go. After being painstakingly restored, the house stands in all its resplendent glory, and you’ll learn details of FLW’s inspiration, process, the house and its former owner. The views are spectacular (you can even see another FLW creation in the distant Hollywood Hills) and there’s plenty of surrounding green space to enjoy a picnic-for-two. And since you’re being all cultural and stuff, pop into the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery to see their group show Ofal, which is part of the city-wide program CURRENT:LA FOOD public art triennial on view from October 5-November 3, curated in part by ICA LA.