Carey Mulligan stars as a young woman standing firm in the face of social pressure to marry in Far from the Madding Crowd. Photo: Fox Searchlight

Film review: Far from the Madding Crowd returns with grace

Call it an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s breakthrough “Victorian realist” romance novel, call it a remake of John Schlesinger’s 1967 film starring Julie Christie, but whatever you do, don’t call Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd derivative. Like Hardy and Schlesinger before him, Vinterberg uses the relatively straightforward tale of an independent-minded woman caught […]

East L.A. Latin rockers Los Lobos look back on 40 years of groundbreaking music at the Jefferson on Friday night. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Los Lobos

It was a mutual fondness for obscure artists like Randy Newman and Ry Cooder that originally sparked drummer Louie Pérez and guitarist David Hidalgo’s musical relationship in 1973. But it wasn’t until  the ’80s that the massive soundtrack cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” catapulted them into the mainstream. More than 40 years, and 20 […]

Edwina Herring, Javier Figueroa, Martha Stafford, Timothy T. Read and Alison Bowers compete for your votes in Fight Night. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

ARTS Pick: Fight Night

Exercise your freedom of speech and love for the arts in a unique dramatic performance when Live Arts’ Fight Night places control in the audience’s hands—literally. Viewers determine the outcome of the play by voting with a handheld transmitter as five actor/contestants duke it out onstage in an innovative production that challenges beliefs and stimulates […]