Beginning in September, CAP UCLA, the organization known for presenting contemporary, often experimental, live performances is partnering with the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles to bring a third of its programming to the center of the city. The crosstown collaboration will include the Los Angeles premiere of Taylor Mac’s critically acclaimed “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” a Pulitzer finalist and one of the most buzzed-about pieces of performance art this year. The 2017-18 season for CAP UCLA launches in September and will feature about 50 main-stage acts. Fifteen will appear at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Highlights include a mid-career survey of the work of sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, who “basically creates poetry out of binary code,” Edmunds said; Oakland-based jazz vocalist Goapele; Meow Meow, the “cabaret diva of glamour and goodness,” with musician Thomas Lauderdale; and visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra in a conceptual talk about growing up across the street from the brothel that “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” was based on. That event will feature actress Lili Taylor on guitar. Then there is theater artist Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.” The epic show is a cycle of four music, dance and spoken-word plays, each six hours long, that challenge an establishment culture rooted in sexism, racism and homophobia. The themes are explored through 246 popular songs from 1776 to 2016.