Reviews – April 2012

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THEATER

Billy Elliot The Musical
The Pantages Theatre – April 10 – May 13, 2012

Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever. Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by a phenomenal cast and the Tony Award-winning creative team – director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall – along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls “HIS BEST SCORE YET!” A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot the Musical will enchant the dreamer in all of us. 
http://www.broadwayla.org/production/show.info.asp?ID=55

IRIS
At Kodak Theatre

Cirque du Soleil invites you to IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema. This large-scale production – created exclusively for its permanent home at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles – offers a new take on the art of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it. IRIS is an inventive spectacle that combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that blurs boundaries between live performance and moving images. 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of performance floor, 174 loudspeakers, 603 lighting features, 20 video projectors and 160,000 watts of sound.
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/iris/default.aspx

BOOKS

El Jardín Ecológico
Susaeta Publishing, Inc.

Con un enfoque sobre unos aspectos específicos de la jardinería, desde el compost y la poda hasta la jardinería ecológica y sin agua, esta colección de guías de la horticultura incluye instrucciones prácticas para el mantenimiento de un jardín vibrante y excepcional. Las personas que tienen la habilidad para la jardinería pueden incorporar cada nuevo método en sus rutinas de jardinería, mientras que los nuevos entusiastas de jardinería encontrarán direcciones y sugerencias para la creación y el cuidado de un jardín.
www.ipgbook.com

Taco USA
Gustavo Arellano

Once upon a time, most Americans had never heard of a taco or a burrito. Today, salsa outsells ketchup and Taco Bell is one of the largest restaurant franchises in the world. In TACO USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (Scribner: on-sale April 10, 2012) Gustavo Arellano offers a comprehensive history of what just might be America’s most American cuisine: Mexican food. In TACO USA, he entertainingly explores all types of Mexican culinary history to trace its spread across the United States.
www.simonandschuster.com

The Big Penis Book 3D
Dian Hanson

In 3D every page becomes a pop-up! This 220-page, 28 by 28 cm special edition includes 96 images from the original book, plus 8 new bonus photos, transformed into eye-popping 3-D
Unlike other 3D pictures you may have seen, the photos in The Big Penis Book 3D do not look distorted when viewed without the glasses. The Brain Factory’s technique is so subtle it’s hard to even detect the red/blue tint in many of the black and white photos, but when you put on your glasses the parts of interest leap from the page, not in flat layers as in old-style 3D, but as thick, fully rounded, touchable contours.
www.taschen.com

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