ANGE January 2014 : Page 74

caught in a moment actors perform a tender scene from Noël Coward’s Brief encounter. toP FIVe: muSeumS And GAllerIeS Sneak peek a rendering of the italian american museum of Los angeles 1 best of the city Center StAGe The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is itself a masterpiece, but the Beverly Hills gem will soon host another. England’s revered Kneehigh Theatre takes the stage at The Wallis for Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter . The classic and gripping work chronicles an illicit love affair as it unfolds within the walls of a train station. Drawing upon Coward’s Still Life and the play’s 1945 cinematic adaptation, Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter is also an artistic cross-section of sorts, melding film and dramatic acting. The end result is as multifaceted as the story, and still relevant more than a half-century after the original work’s debut. “That is the power of a great and enduring story,” says director Emma Rice. “We can all own it and feel it, and find something of ourselves in it.” During the limited engagement, patrons of The Wallis will do just that. Feb. 15-March 23, $49-$89, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000, thewallis. org 74 angeleno January 2014 Viva Italia! housed in the oldest building from L.A.’s original Little italy, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is gearing up for a winter 2014 debut. to enhance the collection, which boasts vintage photographs, cookbooks, musical instruments and WWii-era letters, the center will employ oversize digital panels that change based on the featured exhibit. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, L.A., 213.485.8432, italianhall. org Get Glowing caught in limbo since shutting its downtown doors in 2011, the Museum of Neon Art plans to reopen in winter 2014. the shimoda Design Group is tasked with mapping out the new digs, as the museum focuses on preserving neon signs and promoting new interpretations. Glendale, 213.489.9918, neonmona. org 2 cu l t u r e 3 Food for Thought head fork first into Museum Tamal , an innovative culinary experience from Playa and Rivera chef John Rivera sedlar, set to open later this year. savor authentic Latin fare while learning about ancient cooking techniques, rare ingredients and cross-cultural influences. 1155 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.493.4320, museumtamal. org The Call of the West Ditching its beloved Manhattan space for the West coast, the Von Lintel Gallery is scheduled to debut this month in hopes of ushering in a new wave of experimental art from the likes of catherine howe and stephen ellis. fans of the Munich-born, Nyc-raised gallery can expect daring collections with an L.A. spin. vonlintel. com 4 5 Where the Art Is Adding to DtLA’s art epicenter is the all-new François Ghebaly Gallery . in the same vein as its culver city sister location, the new space resists the norm with irreverent, visceral works. expect a showing from Joel Kyack when the space opens next to Night Gallery in mid-January. 2245 E. Washington Blvd., L.A., 323.282.5187, ghebaly. com

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