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Entries by James Scarborough from 11/2012

Dralion, Cirque du Soleil, Long Beach Arena

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Arts

Because they set the bar so high, even the worst Cirque du Soleil production is still pretty good. Instead of leaving with a Giaconda smile and sparkly eyes, though, you walk out feeling let down.

'Present Laughter,' Little Fish Theatre

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Arts

A sustained, delightful and genteel match of verbal badminton, Present Laughter elicits laughter that is both abundantly present and, yes, splendidly accounted for.

Lola Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era, The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

| Posted 11.19.2012 | Arts

Consisting of previously unpublished photographs, negatives, and documents culled from the recently uncovered Rendón family archive, Lola Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era, presents scholars with the chance to reevaluate the life, career, and influence of one of Mexico's leading 20th century photographers.

How I Learned to Drive, Santa Monica Repertory Theater

| Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts

Therapeutically entertaining, How I Learned to Drive brings ubiquitous, taboo issues out into the open. Though the story's tinged with humor, it's still a tough one to embrace. As horrible as it begins, though, it shows that you can come out on the other side.