2012 preview: The year in arts and culture

Ravi Coltrane
What's in store for 2012? A Pulitzer Prize winner, an adaptation of a hit horror film and a traveling Broadway smash will take center stage in theater, while Pacific Standard Time marches on in the art world.

In music, John Cage tributes and Ravi Coltrane will take the spotlight. And comedy takes a stand-up step, with one of the godfathers of funny, Jerry Seinfeld, leading the way.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet performance for UCLA Live

The son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane has made a name for himself on the modern jazz scene with his post-bop tenor sax style. Coltrane and his quartet are joining pianist Geri Allen and her Timeline Band at Royce Hall on Feb. 11. The performance, which promises exceptional artistry as well as live innovation, is part of the UCLA Live series.

John Cage centennial

Composer John Cage, known as the grandfather of the avant-garde, was born Sept. 5, 1912 and died in 1992. He would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2012, and a slew of celebratory events are being held all year across the country in his honor.

In Los Angeles, the California Institute of the Arts will present a complete performance of Cage's “Song Books" on Feb. 5 as well as an orchestral concert at REDCAT on Feb. 15-16. Southwest Chamber Music is hosting a Cage festival in March, complete with audio-kinetic sound sculptures and other commissioned works. And the L.A. Phil's April 10 Green Umbrella performance features Cage's “Concerto for Prepared Piano," conducted by John Adams.

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