Arts Are Essential | What’s Happening Around Town July 16 – 22

PHOTO: Antony Potts | South Pasadena News | Lu Tianyi conducts the LA Phil

LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl presents “Pictures at an Exhibition” Tuesday July 20 at 8pm. Former Dudamel Fellow Tianyi Lu leads a blazing program that includes Mussorgsky’s unforgettable “Pictures at an Exhibition”—in Ravel’s dazzling orchestration—a world premiere fanfare by Ricardo Molla dedicated to the LA Phil’s brass and percussion sections, and a new Trumpet Concerto by acclaimed composer Thea Musgrave, played by one of the world’s leading trumpeters, Alison Balsom.

PHOTO: Lizzie Patterson | South Pasadena News | Trumpeter Alison Balsom
PHOTO: Pix 28 | South Pasadena News | Enluis Montres Olivar

And on Thursday July 22 at 8pm, they will present “Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky”. In the boisterous celebration of Santa Cruz de Pacairigua, Venezuelan composer Evencio Castellanos mixes Afro Caribbean rhythms with Gregorian and Renaissance chant. Swooning Russian Romanticism then takes over as Dudamel Fellow (and fellow Venezuelan) Enluis Montes Olivar leads Tchaikovsky’s tuneful tribute to Ukraine and Rachmaninoff’s rapturous Second Concerto with pianist Lukáš Vondráček. Tickets and information visit


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Center Theatre Group, The Fire This Time Festival and Watts Village Theater Company present the third episode of “Not a Moment, But a Movement”, premiering July 15 at 5 pm and available on demand through August 12, 2021. The video will be free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters and $10 for all others except for opening weekend July 15 – 18 when it is free to the public. This episode of Not a Moment, But a Movement will be available at

At the center of this episode is Roger Q. Mason’s “The Duat,” directed by Taibi Magar, performed by Gregg Daniel (HBO’s “Insecure”) and featuring percussionist David Leach. Introduced by Wayne Brady and hosted by Watts Village Theater Company Co-Artistic Director Bruce A. Lemon Jr. the episode will also feature Lemon’s interview with multi-disciplined artist Floyd Strickland.

Fusing dialogue, music and movement, “The Duat” follows Cornelius Johnson, a former FBI COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program) informant as he awakens in the Egyptian afterlife. While he awaits judgement, Cornelius struggles to come to terms with his family history and his own troubling role in the civil rights movement at UCLA in the late 60s. The digital premiere of “The Duat” features lighting design by Brandon Baruch; live music composed and performed by David Leach; sound design and original music composed by David Gonzalez and choreography by Michael Tomlin III. “The Duat” was filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and edited by Jabari Phillips.

A series that amplifies and centers Black artists, Not a Moment, But a Movement events feature the work of multiple artists from varied disciplines. Each of the artists offers their own distinct voice which blends with, builds upon and sometimes clashes up against the other voices to create a unique piece that centers conversations that have long been held to the periphery. Each event is paired with a panel discussion to create a uniquely comprehensive cultural experience.

Dwayne Johnson as Frank and Emily Blunt as Lily in JUNGLE CRUISE. Photo by Frank Masi. © 2020 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents Disney’s “Jungle Cruise  July 30 through August 10, 2021, shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Audio Technology. Guests can take a picture at a “Jungle Cruise” themed photo op and see iconic costumes from the movie. There will be a special Opening Night Fan Event on Thursday, July 29th at 9:00 PM. Guests will be among the first to see “Jungle Cruise” and each ticket includes reserved seating, 1 DOLE Whip®, 1 bottled beverage (20oz) and an Opening Night Fan Event Souvenir Credential with Lanyard.  Tickets for this special opportunity are $40.00 per person no matter of age.

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson)  and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt). Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance.
Tickets are now on sale at and at  All seats for this engagement are reserved: $22 Adult, $18 Child (3-11)/Senior(60+).