The Ford Blog

Happy Shining People

October 19, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
You know that feeling you get when you accomplish something huge? That’s kind of how we feel right now. After being closed for nearly two years for some pretty serious renovations to the Ford’s historic stage and artist areas, we opened our doors and hoped that you still cared. You did. Thank you.  
Africa Rising poster

Dropping the Beat at LA’s Freshest Dance Party

October 11, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“Africa is the drum.” I couldn’t get that phrase put of my head after talking with Grammy-nominated Afro Roots star Rocky Dawuni, who is headlining the Ford’s season finale Africa Rising on October 15. 

L.A. Noir on the Fly

October 04, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
"In an age of digital noise and distraction, improv is a growth industry," Impro Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Dan O'Connor says. "It's about teaching people how to really listen instead of just waiting to talk."

Dragons and giants come to life at the Ford

September 28, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
When I was asked to interview O-lan Jones I have to admit I geeked out. Like a lot. In the theatre world, she is a bit of a legend. She originated countless roles in plays by the likes of Sam Shepard and Beth Henley. Plus, as any true 90s kid can tell you, she played a host of iconic characters in films like Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks and The Truman Show. I had no idea she also wrote operas...
After It Happened by Invertigo Dance Theatre

Flipping Things Inside Out and Upside Down

September 21, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“Invertigo means flipping things inside out and upside down,” Laura Karlin tells me. “It’s about finding new perspectives.” Laura is the Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre and she’s setting out to challenge the paradigm of how dance is presented with her evening-length work After It Happened.

Pure Unadulterated Mathematics

September 14, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
The beauty of classical Indian music is that it is entirely improvised. This is one of the many things that I learned while speaking with Vinod (V.R.) Venkataraman, producer and mridangam performer for the upcoming Divine Vibrations of India: Melody, Rhythm and Dance show on September 24.
Versa-Style Dance Company


September 07, 2016
Fall is in the air. If you’re from the Midwest, like some of us over here, you might connect fall with cooling temperatures and falling leaves. Not so much at the Ford these days -- things are hotter than ever.
Garth Trinidad by Kawai Matthews

In Conversation with Garth Trinidad

August 31, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“AfroLatino is an ongoing dialogue about the roots of rhythm,” KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad tells me. As a native Angeleno, I’ve been listening to him on the radio for as long as I can remember. I arrive at KCRW under the cover of darkness, just after Garth’s show finishes at 10 p.m., to talk to Garth about the AfroLatino show taking place at the Ford on September 10.