MOVIES Compiled by Kevin Crust
All the Rage: Saved by Sarno Documentary on Dr. David Sarno, his book “Healing Back Pain” and its unorthodox approach of connecting pain with emotion rather than structural causes. Featuring interviews with Howard Stern, Larry David, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Directed by Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley and David Beilinson. (1:34) NR.
Annabelle: Creation A nun and several girls from a closed orphanage move in with the bereaved dollmaker, his wife and the possessed doll in this horror sequel. With Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto. Written by Gary Dauberman. Directed by David F. Sandberg. (1:49) R. Bedeviled A horrifying app terrorizes teenagers after the death of their friend. With Saxon Sharbino, Robyn Cohen, Bonnie Morgan. Written and directed by Abel and Burlee Vang. (1:31) R. Escapes The adventurous life of Hampton Fancher, actor, Flamenco dancer, and unlikely producer and screenwriter of “Blade Runner,” is chronicled in this documentary. Directed by Michael Almereyda. (1:29) NR. Farthest — Voyager in Space Documentary marks the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Voyager space mission; the twin spacecraft visited Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, transmitting revolutionary images and data. Directed by Emer Reynolds. (2:01) NR. 4 Days in France A Parisian tracks his lover as the young man travels the French countryside guided by his Grindr app. With Pascal Cervo, Arthur Igual. Written and directed by Jérôme Reybaud. In French with English subtitles. (2:21) NR. The Glass Castle Brie Larson stars as a young woman who strives to find her own way after growing up in a close-knit unorthodox family. With Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson. Screenplay by Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham, based on Jeannette Walls’ memoir. Directed by Cretton. PG-13. Story on Page E1 Good Time A man tries desperately to free his brother from jail after a bank robbery goes wrong. With Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie. Written by Ronald Bronstein, Joshua Safdie. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. (1:40) R. In This Corner of the World A young woman moves to a small town near Hiroshima in 1944 in this animated tale. Voices by Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba. Written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, based on the manga by Fumiyo Kouno. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2:09) PG-13. Ingrid Goes West After the death of her mother, a young woman moves to L.A. and befriends an Instagram star. With Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Wyatt Russell. Written by Matt Spicer and David Branson Smith. Directed by Spicer. (1:37) R. Story on Page E1 The Last Dalai Lama? In this documentary, the 14th Dalai Lama faces aging, the intersection of science and faith, the conflict between Tibet and China, and the question of his successor. Music by Philip Glass. Directed by Mickey Lemle. (1:22) NR. Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry Documentary profiles the life and work of the Kentucky-based poet and his deep connection to the land. Directed by Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell. (1:22) NR. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature This follow-up to the 2014 animated comedy finds Surly Squirrel and friends fighting to save their park from development. Voices by Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph. Written by Scott Bindley, Cal Brunker, Bob Barlen. Directed by Brunker. (1:31) PG. Once Upon a Time Over the course of a millennium, a goddess is sent to the mortal world where she falls in love and encounters an old enemy. With Yang Yang, Yifei Liu, Yikuan Ya. Directed by Zhao Xiaoding and Anthony LaMolinara. In Chinese with English subtitles. (1:48) NR. The Only Living Boy in New York An eccentric neighbor shares his wisdom with a recent college grad, whose life is complicated by his father’s mistress. With Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Kiersey Clemons, Cynthia Nixon, Callum Turner, Jeff Bridges. Written by Allan Loeb. Directed by Marc Webb. (1:28) R. Pilgrimage Monks cross a battle torn Irish island in the 13th century, bearing a valuable relic bound for Rome. With Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage. Written by Jamie Hannigan. Directed by Brendan Muldowney. (1:36) NR. Pulitzer at 100 Documentary celebrates centenary of the prestigious award for arts and journalism excellence with winners including Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon and Junot Díaz and readings featuring Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman and others. Directed by Kirk Simon. (1:31) NR. A Taxi Driver In 1980 Korea, a cabbie takes a foreign journalist to Gwangju where they find themselves in the midst of a military siege. With Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol. Directed by Jang Hoon. In Korean with English subtitles. (2:17) NR. The Trip to Spain Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite with director Michael Winterbottom for a third excursion, this time to sample the cuisine of the Iberian peninsula. (1:55) NR. Whose Streets? Civil rights, justice and the freedom to live peaceably in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting are examined in this documentary. Written and directed by Sabaah Folayan. Co-directed by Damon Davis. (1:40) NR. Story on Page E6 Women Who Kill The host of a female serial killer-focused podcast falls for a mysterious woman who may be a killer. With Ingrid Jungermann, Ann Carr, Annette O’Toole, Deborah Rush. Written and directed by Jungermann. (1:33) NR. MPAA categories: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.
Events & Revivals
Compiled by Kathleen Craughwell
Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: Pedro Almodóvar Film Week Now that drive-ins have largely gone the way of the rotary phone, watching a movie while picnicking on a beach blanket in a park (or cemetery) has become a summer must-do for many. For those seeking a more elegant outdoor experience on a glamorous rooftop with deckchairs, wireless headphones, and even a glass of bubbly, the Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood may be the ticket. This week’s offerings include a slate of favorites from Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Aug. 8; All About My Mother (1999), Aug. 9; Volver (2006), Aug. 10; Law of Desire (1987), Aug. 11; Live Flesh (1997), Aug. 12. Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood. (323) 8712420. Aug. 8-12. Rooftop opens at 6 p.m.; films start at 8 p.m. $19-$29. www.rooftopcinemaclub.com Targets Director Peter Bogdanovich will be on hand for this screening of his first foray into feature film directing, the 1968 Roger Corman-produced thriller. In one of his last films, Boris Karloff stars an aging and disaffected horror film actor named Byron Orlok, while in a parallel story, Tim O’Kelly, a clean-cut Vietnam War veteran goes on a killing spree. The storylines collide when the men face off at a drive-in where one of Orlok’s horror classics is screening. Bogdanovich and an uncredited Sam Fuller wrote the screenplay based on a story by Bogdanovich and Polly Platt (who also did the production and costume design on the low-budget film). The Cinefamily, Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2510. Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. $14; free for Cinefamily members. www.cinefamily.org
Sundance Next Fest 2017 This annual downtown festival opens on Aug. 10 with a 25th-anniversary screening of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 gritty classic Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino will be on hand to receive the Vanguard Leadership Award. The rest of the festival will feature Los Angeles premieres of seven films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival including: Audience Award winner Gook (Aug. 12), which examines the friendship between two Korean-American brothers and an African-American girl against the backdrop of the 1992 L.A. riots; Gente-fied (Aug. 12), a topical look at the tensions caused by gentrification and resulting rent hikes in Boyle Heights; Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Dina (Aug. 13), a tender love story between decorative sweatshirt enthusiast Dina, and her boyfriend Scott, who has Asperger Syndrome. Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. (213) 623-3233. Opening night, Reservoir Dogs, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., $35-$150; daily pass, $60-$120; weekend pass, $150-$300; individual screenings, $15-$25. The full schedule is available at: www.sundance.org Arena Cinelounge Presents Batman: The Movie. Friends of the late Adam West including comedian Dana Gould, stuntman legend Vic Armstrong, and animator Frank Dietz will provide live commentary on the 1966 feature film, which was originally released in theaters just months after the debut of the campy but popular television series. The movie co-stars Burt Ward as Robin, Lee Meriwether as Catwoman, Cesar Romero as The Joker, and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin. And holy tailfins! One of the original Barris-built Batmobiles will be on display. Arena Cinelounge, 6464 Sunset Blvd., lobby level, Hollywood. (323) 924-1644. Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. $25. www.arenascreen.com Mune: Guardian of the Moon The tiny and humble forest faun Mune finds himself thrust into the role of guardian of the moon and then has to work with the comically pompous Sohone, guardian of the sun, to save their world from an imbalanced solarlunar cycle in this charming animated feature. The 2014 French adventurefable has been expertly dubbed into English with voice talents that include Rob Lowe, Patton Oswalt, and Ed Helms. In theaters one day only. Fathom Events and GKIDS present “Mune: Guardian of the Moon,” various theaters. Aug. 12. www.fathom events.com
Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), Charles McNulty (C.M.)
and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.)/ Compiled by Matt Cooper.
Journey of the Monkey King Taiwan’s Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe makes its U.S. debut with this ancient Chinese folktale; Taiwan’s Lei Dance Theatre the Irvine-based Sun Musical Concert Choir also perform. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Sun., 7 p.m. $39 and up. (800) 653-8000.
Kill Local World premiere of Mat Smart’s dark comedy about about a woman and her two daughters who work as professional assassins. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Sun., 7 p.m.; Tue.Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 27. $35 and up. (858) 5501010. Marlene Cindy Marinangel portrays legendary actress Marlene Dietrich in this solo bio-drama written by Willard Manus. Write Act Repertory @ Brickhouse Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove St., North Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 27. $20. (800) 8383006. OPC Summer New Works Festival The Ojai Playwrights Conference’s 20th annual showcase includes workshop productions of new works-inprogress by Sandra Tsing Loh, Samuel D. Hunter, et al.; details at www.ojaiplays.org. Zalk Theater, 703 El Paseo Road, and Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. Sun.-next Sun.; ends Aug. 13. $30. (805) 640-0400. Golden Girlz Drag show celebrates the hit 1980s-’90s sitcom. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Wed., 8 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 and 10 p.m.; next Sun., 3, 7 and 9 p.m.; ends Aug. 13. $30. (800) 838-3006. August Reading Series Staged readings of new plays by Brian Otano, Charlie Kelly, Sigrid Gilmer and Daria Polatin. IAMA Theatre Company @ Sacred Fools Theater, 1078 Lillian Way, L.A. Thu.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; $5 each; series pass, $17. (323) 380-8843. Las García Writer-performer Gabriela Ortega explores her life and Dominican ancestry in this solo drama. Asylum @ Studio C Artists, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 21. $15. (323) 533-7371. New Original Works Festival 2017 The 14th-annual performing-arts showcase concludes; program details at www.redcat.org. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends Aug. 12. $16, $20; festival pass, $40. (213) 237-2800. Tilda Swinton Answers a Craigslist Ad The British actress, portrayed by “Buffy’s” Tom Lenk, moves in with a shy gay man (writer-performer Byron Lane) to study him for a film role in Lane’s satirical comedy. Celebration Theatre @ the Lex, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 31. $20. (323) 957-1884. Honky Tonk Laundry Bets Malone and Misty Cotton star in the L.A. premiere of writer-director Roger Bean’s Nashville-set jukebox musical/comedy. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.Sat, 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Sept. 17. $45, $55. (323) 960-7773. Love Letters A.R. Gurney’s two-character epistolary drama. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Fri.-Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends Aug. 11. $16. (909) 477-2752. Rebel With a Cause: The Sal Mineo Story Writer-performer Dean Ghaffari portrays the actor and gay icon in this solo biographical drama. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 26. $12-$27. (310) 656-8070. Hamlet Shakespeare’s tragedy of the melancholy Dane. The Old Globe, San Diego, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Sat.-next Sun. 8 p.m.; ends Sept. 10. $30 and up. (619) 234-5623.
The Cake With understanding, respect and compassion for opposing points of view, “This is Us” writer/coproducer Bekah Brunstetter’s impeccably staged new dramedy explores the human repercussions when that quintessential symbol of union and hope — the wedding cake — becomes a flashpoint in the culture war over marriage equality. (P.B.) Echo Theater Company, Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Sun., next Sun., 4 p.m.; Mon., Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.;
Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 13. $34. (310) 307-3753. Fun HomeBased on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel about growing up as a lesbian with a closeted gay father, this deeply moving musical drama combines textured character psychology and nuanced storytelling with the enchantment of a score that can go from melancholy to zany in a heartbeat. Fun but never frivolous, this Tony-winning show by composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Lisa Kron shimmers with a Proustian glow. (C.M.) Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Ends Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m. $29 and up. (714) 5562787.
ParadeA man’s religion and origin mark him for scapegoating when the public needs an outlet for its collective frustration. Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown base this stunner of a musical on the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish Northerner indicted for the murder of a 13-year-old girl at the factory he supervised in Atlanta. Director Kari Hayter and a committed cast deliver a fluid, coiled production that shakes the audience to its core. (D.H.M.) Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Aug. 13. $40, $45; discounts available. (888) 455-4212. Rhinoceros With darkly hilarious urgency, this superbly staged and disconcertingly timely revival illuminates playwright Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist warning about the seductively corrosive lure of herd mentality and the fragility of civilized norms we take for granted. (P.B.) Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Sept 10. $25-$34; discounts available. (310) 822-8392.
Picks by August Brown and Randall Roberts.
HARD Summer The annual EDM-adjacent festival celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, but it’s also at a crossroads. Several years of fan overdoses have marred its otherwise jubilant, musically progressive spirit, and it has struggled to find a permanent home (2017 saw another last-minute venue switch). A widely panned trailer making light of the gender imbalance on festival stages didn’t help either. But the lineup remains compelling — Snoop Dogg performing his landmark LP “Doggystyle” to start, and there really is a formidable bill of young female producers on the bill, such as like the U.K.’s Madam X. (A.B.) Glen Helen Amphitheatre, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino. Noon Sun. $109-$159. hardfest.com
Kendrick Lamar The first time Lamar appeared at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, in 2012, he was months away from releasing his major-label debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city.” Nobody was yet calling him the most important rapper alive, as he’s regularly described these days, but his impressive early work had lifted him to an enviable spot. Five years later, Lamar was the one bringing out guests — Future, Travis Scott and Schoolboy Q — when he closed Coachella’s first weekend on Sunday night. And this time the young Compton native wasn’t leading up to an album but was celebrating the release of one in “Damn,” which instantly dominated sales and streaming charts on iTunes and Spotify. But if Lamar’s star turn in Indio cemented his status as hip-hop royalty, his performance also demonstrated how uniquely he wears that crown. More than a symbol of accumulated power (like Dr. Dre) or an embodiment of untouchable cool (à la Future), Lamar presents himself as an ordinary guy whose extraordinary talent has left him no choice but to be great. (M.W.) Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Blvd., L.A. Sun., Tue.-Wed. $49.50$129.50. staplescenter.com. Lady Gaga Here’s a weird name to throw in the mix for the next Desert Trip: Lady Gaga. A deep believer in the power of costume and character and thumping electronic beats, this pop star hasn’t historically sold herself to the classic-rock lovers who assembled this month near Palm Springs to witness Neil Young flay his guitar in a black T-shirt and jeans. But on her new album, “Joanne,” Gaga is speaking precisely their language. It rolls out one boomer signifier after another, beginning with the slinky Stevie Nicks homage of the opening cut, “Diamond Heart,” and proceeding through songs that emulate Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones, the last another Desert Trip performer. In the title track she even steps to Simon and Garfunkel’s fingerpicked folk — with
Paul Simon’s son Harper on guitar. (M.W.) Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Wed. $59-$509. fabulousforum.com.
Hans Zimmer A packed, totally enthralled crowd flooding the Outdoor Stage. Thundering drums, ethereal vocals, a surprise Pharrell Williams cameo. A triumphant turn from an EDM superstar? Nope. Just film composer Hans Zimmer absolutely devastating a Coachella crowd that had no idea what it was in for. When the Coachella lineup was announced this year, Zimmer’s presence was the one chin-scratcher. His scores have for three decades set the tone for some of the biggest blockbuster films of our time. "The Dark Knight," "Inception," "The Lion King," for starters. The resume speaks for itself. But how would it play at Coachella? Would a millennial crowd more used to DJ Khaled’s Snapchat missives take to an orchestra playing instrumentals from movies they may not have seen? Oh, lord, did they ever. Maybe Zimmer had a hunch that Coachella rewards bigness of all stripes. That’s why he toted out a dozens-strong orchestra to bring his compositions to total, exacting fruition. (A.B.) Shrine, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Fri. $59.95$250. axs.com.
Compiled by Matt Cooper
Nixon Library Sunday Concerts The Weston Duo performs music for piano and saxophone. Richard M. Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. Sun., 2 p.m. Free. (714) 9935075. All-Mendelssohn Guest conductor Karina Canellakis leads the LA Phil in the composer’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Overture, Symphony No. 4, and Violin Concerto in E minor featuring violinist and concertmaster Martin Chalifour. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Tue., 8 p.m. $1-$154. (323) 8502000. All-Vivaldi Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan leads the LA Phil in the composer’s “Stabat Mater” featuring countertenor Tim Mead, “Gloria” with Pacific Chorale, and two violin concertos with violinist Simone Porter. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m. $1$154. (323) 850-2000.
Choral Festival Pacific Chorale is joined by singers from local community, school, university, church and temple choirs for Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Next Sun., 5 p.m. Free. (714) 662-2345. Second Sunday Concert Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena presents classical accordionist Paul Shemet, soprano Ingrid Helge, et al. Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Next Sun., 2:30 p.m. Free. (626) 744-4066. Shakespeare in Love California Philharmonic and the Cal Phil Chorale perform selections from Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Nino Rota’s score for the film “Romeo and Juliet” and more. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 2 p.m. $30-$112. (323) 8502000. SummerFest 17 The Lyris Quartet performs works by Haydn, Janacek and Ravel in this Music Guild presentation. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $46-$58; discounts available. (310) 558-3500. Sundays Live Violinist Yu Eun Kim and pianist Sung Chang perform works to be announced. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Next Sun., 6 p.m. Free. (323) 8576234.
Compiled by Matt Cooper Technicolor Drip Heidi Duckler
Dance Theatre performs this new site-specific work as part of the Culver City centennial’s “1988” series. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Sun., 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. www.heididuckler.org.
Le Fate in Italia The fairies from Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” dance to music from Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” in this new mash-up by choreographer Lincoln Jones; program also includes Jones’ new choreography to dances from Léo Delibes’ “Lakmé.” American Contemporary Ballet, The Bloc, 32nd floor, 700 S. Flower St., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m; Sat., 6 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 4 p.m. p.m. $50-$105. (800) 838-3006. Big World Fun Kutturan Chamoru Foundation presents traditional Chamoru music and dance from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in an hour-long show geared to children ages 4 to 12. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. Aug. 12. Sat., 10 a.m. $5; 12 and under, free; reservations recommended. (323) 461-3673. Emotions The newly formed Blind Dance Company, made up of performers who are sightless, gives its first-ever performance. The Lazarus Experience, 224 E. 11th St., Loft 501, L.A. Sat., 7 p.m. $20, $25. www.creoutreach.org. Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet The troupe is accompanied by Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra for a program that includes the world premiere of composer Zbynek Mateju’s “Joshua Tree Symphony.” Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $20-650. (323) 343-6600. Unbounded A Stage of Our Own presents an interactive performance featuring original works inspired by cultural and ancestral connections. Pieter Performance Space, 420 W. Avenue 33, L.A. Sat., 7 p.m. $10. (310) 9418379. Dance in Progress Kai Hazelwood presents new works by L.A.-based choreographers. Downtown Dance & Movement, 1144 S. Hope St., L.A. Next Sun., 8 p.m. $12. (213) 335-3511.
Reviews by Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Matt Cooper.
Analia Saban: Folds and Faults Saban has made it her cunning practice to reconstitute painting and sculpture, to fiddle with foundations, essences and definitions, to take nothing for granted. She is consistently inventive with materials (folding concrete like paper, weaving dried paint as if thread), and at her best the work is witty, chewy, subversive. (L.O.) Spruth Magers, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Ends Aug. 19. (323) 634-0600. Theodora Allen: Vigil In her entrancing second show here, the L.A. painter continues to visualize the space of dreams and visions. Her two new bodies of work evoke a state of altered consciousness: physical reality feels muted, spiritual awareness elevated. (L.O.) Blum & Poe, 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Ends Aug. 19. (310) 8362062.
Reviews by Christopher Knight (C.K.). Compiled by Matt Cooper.
Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz First major retrospective of the late Chicano artist’s work features more than 60 pieces. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Opens Sun.; ends Dec. 3. Closed Wed. $10-$25; members and children 17 and under, free. (323) 857-6010.
ROBERT PATTINSON stars in “Good Time,” directed by Josh and Benny Safdie.