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The 'Mice' trap: Two captive women, one cannibalistic killer

last monthArts : Culture Monster

“Mice” is the first show from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A.’s New West Playwrights Program, a series featuring writers under 30. Schaeffer Nelson, the author of “Mice,” may be young, but he’s certainly not timid when it comes to expressing the offbeat (and some would say repulsive) themes largely...

'Springsteen on Broadway': A rock-star confessional with heart

last monthArts : Culture Monster

Bravo, Bruce. The star of Broadway's fall season delivers a piece of theater that few will forget - two hours of longing, loss, quiet melancholy and reflection, all from the man who was born to run.

Carmen Cusack, star of Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s 'Bright Star,' finds her place in L.A.

last monthArts : Culture Monster

The Broadway star Carmen Cusack arrives at the Silver Lake Reservoir dressed for a midday walk in shorts, sneakers, a hat and sunglasses. Even the most devoted theater fanatic would be hard-pressed to identify her as the lead in Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s musical “Bright Star.” Cusack is...

Spend Halloween with John Carpenter: Why the horror movie man wants to play scary music, just for you

last monthArts : Culture Monster

When John Carpenter was a boy, he found some music paper and started scribbling away “like a crazy person,” he said. His father, a music professor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, played the piece — Carpenter’s first avant-garde composition. “Garbage is what it was,” Carpenter says...

Object Lesson: What Elsa Flores’ painting of Carlos Almaraz reveals about a marriage of artists

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It is a small work, rather mystical: a faceless human figure, his head surrounded by an aura, appears to rise off of a couch. Whether it’s to simply stand up, or an otherworldly act of levitation, it’s hard to tell. “Urban Shaman, Portrait of Carlos” was created in 1984 by artist Elsa Flores. It...

Desert X 2019: Art biennial announces its next exhibition

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Desert X, the free, site-specific contemporary art exhibition that unfurled across 45 miles of the Coachella Valley earlier this year, announced dates and curators for its next incarnation.

Billy Al Bengston 'Dento' paintings at Parrasch Heijnen: Life through reflected light

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Seventeen of Billy Al Bengston's aluminum paintings from the late 1960s, all named for John Wayne movies, have been collected here in their dented, dinged and rippled glory.

In Gary Simmons' hands, classic film titles ooze with racial history

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"Fade to Black," an installation of five monumental paintings by Gary Simmons at the California African American Museum, turns "race movies" of the 1930s and '40s into a modern meditation of an American social divide.

At Park View gallery, a spellbinding trip into a world turned upside down

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"A Spaghetti Dress for World Peace" is a group show that takes the temperature of today's difficult realities, with pieces by Dardan Zhegrova, Timothée Calame, David Muenzer, Catharine Czudej and more than a dozen others.

He fooled Penn & Teller, now Siegfried Tieber is amazing L.A. audiences with his up-close magic show

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Magician Siegfried Tieber is a study in contrasts. Tall and lithe, the 30-year-old Ecuador-raised sleight-of-hand artist is dressed in the magician’s requisite formal vest and white shirt, sleeves rolled to the elbow, cheekily accented with a micro-printed floral tie, a rose pin on his lapel. At...

For this homeless man, playing Union Station's free piano brings respect and an appreciative crowd

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

On most mornings, Matthew Shaver casually emerges from the packs of speed-walking commuters scuttling across Union Station and quietly takes a seat at the public piano at the heart of one of Los Angeles’ busiest transportation hubs. For 20 straight minutes — the maximum play time, according to...

Kid-friendly Halloween happenings and other family fun for October

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Our monthly roundup of family-friendly arts events bounces from Santa Monica Playhouse to Griffith Park to Kidspace in Pasadena. Eight picks for your October calendar: 1. 'Absolutely Halloween' A family musical follows the adventures of a girl named Candy and a cast of brightly colored characters...

The week ahead in L.A. theater, Oct. 8-15: 'Helen Lawrence,' Karen Finley and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.), Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.) and David C. Nichols (D.C.N.). Openings An Accident Griot Theatre stages Lydia Stryk’s drama about a woman who is visited by the man who struck her with...

The week ahead in L.A. dance, Oct. 8-15: Mariinsky Ballet, American Contemporary Ballet and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Any Place But Here Amie Cota and No)one. Art House explore the “Great Migration” of African Americans out of the rural South during the 20th century; part of the LAX Festival. The Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (213) 446-9556. Marshmallow Sea Choreographer Stephanie...

The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Oct. 8-15: 'The Hubble Cantata,' 'The Consul' and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Jean-Baptiste Robin The organist plays works by Chopin, Ravel, et al. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $20-$59. (323) 850-2000. Jonathan Biss The pianist performs works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann and Leon Kirchner. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing...

'From Hollywood to Nuremberg': How three noted filmmakers used their cameras to document Nazi atrocities

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens, From Hollywood to Nuremberg," details the documentary efforts at World War II concentration camps and in preparation for the Nuremberg trials.

Essential Arts & Culture: A censored mural returns, PST: LA/LA is humming, learning from Las Vegas

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Another set of beguiling Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions. How the Las Vegas killings attacked the idea of audience. And David Geffen’s big gift to LACMA. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s blazing culture stories: A mural gets its day In 1981,...

Around the world with Ai Weiwei: Where to get your fix of the artist's work

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Ai Weiwei, the celebrated Chinese contemporary artist and activist, has nine museum and gallery exhibitions up around the world right now. Here's where to see them.

In 'Runaway Home' at the Fountain Theatre, hurricane-battered lives hang in the balance

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Jeremy J. Kamps' play "Runaway Home,” now premiering at the Fountain Theatre, is set in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward three years after Hurricane Katrina. The waters may have long receded, but the residents still wander like ghosts through the wreckage of their lives. Stephanie Kerley Schwartz’s...

'Curve of Departure' at South Coast Rep: The dad, the ex, her son and his lover. Let the drama begin

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

After Rachel Bonds’ “Five Mile Lake” had its world premiere in 2014 at South Coast Repertory, news that SCR would be producing Bonds’ new “Curve of Departure” this fall was thrilling. The last time I remember feeling this excited about an opening was in my 1970s childhood, during the build-up to...

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