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Best 2014-2015 College Productions In Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is known as the movie making capital of the world and aspiring artists of all kinds flock to it with dreams of making it big in show biz. While many A-listers are transplants from other states, there are many colleges and universities in LA that are home-growing their own next generation of stars. From USC to UCLA and LACC, check out these five college productions and who knows, you might catch a future award winner in the making.

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'The Old Woman'
Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
340 Royce Drive b100
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-2101
Date: Nov. 14-15, 2014

UCLA presents "The Old Woman," directed by Robert Wilson, considered one of the great works by Russian author Daniil Kharms. This production of the Russian avant-garde story of a struggling young writer stars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe. You won't want to miss this legendary performance. There will also be an Opening Night After-Party immediately following the performance. Proceeds will support CAP UCLA programs and special initiatives in 2014-2015.

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Fall Dance Theatre 
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-3371
Date: Oct. 23 - Nov. 2, 2014

CSU's performance by the Fall Dance Theatre will take you on a visual and emotional journey through contemporary dance. Allow these dancers, choreographers and artists to take you on an adventure through love and loss, lyricism and passion in only the way body movement and dance can. Come with an open mind and leave inspired.

'Anton in Show Business'
LACC Theatre Academy
855 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 953-4000
Date: Nov. 18-22, 2014

Where better to catch a rising star than in a performance at a professional training conservatory like LACC? You'll laugh and cringe as art imitates life with this backstage comedy-drama that is the business of putting on a play. The stellar cast of "Anton in Show Business" will pull you in and keep you in the moment and won't release you until the curtain drops, and maybe not even then.

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Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in Collaboration with CSULB School of Dance
Carpenter Performing Arts Cent
6200 E. Atherton St.
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 985-4781
Date: Nov. 21-22, 2014

This six-piece performance fusion helmed by Johannes Müller-Stosch brings live musical masterpieces, contemporary dance and multimedia together for two nights of finely tuned magic. To call this first-time collaboration between the College of the Arts, the Department of Dance and the Cole Conservatory exciting is an understatement. For a true fan of the arts, this performance is an unforgettable experience.

'Racial Imaginary'
Nichols Gallery
1050 N. Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-3143
Date: Now through Dec. 5, 2014

Pitzer College likes to engage its students on many levels by challenging their views of social justice, environmental sensitivity and perceptions of intercultural existence. Pitzer's evocative visual art exhibit of photography and voice, "Racial Imaginary" is a perfect example of how they open minds and begin a dialogue. Some of the amazing contributing artists are Amitis Motevalli, Dread Scott, Liz Cohen, Alice Shaw and Kyungmi Shin. There are also free lectures and workshops open to the public.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at



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