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DANCE REVIEW: Ballerina Wendy Whelan, Restless for a Reason

Debra Levine | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Debra Levine

Balanchine's chivalrous comportment with Farrell was a memorable treat for audiences in 1965. Fifty years later, former NYCB principal dancer Wendy Whelan made the marvelous and somewhat offbeat decision to launch her post-ballet career squired not by male cohorts, but by a roster of well-selected choreographers dancing in their own creations.

Marsha Hunt's Wartime Saturday Nights at the Hollywood Canteen

Debra Levine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Debra Levine

It was a touching and exceptional march back through time. Wednesday night at the historic American Legion Hall (Hollywood Post #43 ) just south of the Hollywood Bowl, we attended a marvelous event mixing military veterans and classic film buffs, members of Hollywood Heritage.

Russ Tamblyn, Child Star of Gun Crazy, Featured on Film Preservation Festival Opening Night

Debra Levine | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Debra Levine

A restored print of the soul-throttling film-noir, which concerns an outlaw couple who bond over their mutual affection for artillery, provided a jangling opening night choice for UCLA Festival of Preservation 2013.

After "The Artist" Wins Best Picture, Mary Pickford, Silent-Film Icon Orphaned by Parent Foundation

Debra Levine | Posted 05.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Debra Levine

Mary Pickford (1892-1979), Hollywood's original "Artist," was the world's first movie superstar, known internationally as the original "America's Sweetheart."

Dance Review: Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Koch Theater

Debra Levine | Posted 05.21.2012 | Arts
Debra Levine

Last week was heady for American modern dance in New York. The Martha Graham Dance Company performed historic works from the great one's canon at the Joyce Theater.

James Dean Broods... and Dances

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

A fun new book, Location Shooting in Los Angeles, written by Marc Wanamaker, Karie Bible and Harry Medved, provides a delicious historic photo-tour of...