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Larry David's play 'Fish in the Dark' thinks too small-screen

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It's the pesky little things that make up Larry David's infinitely expandable comic universe. All those petty grievances and minor disputes, the slights and slips, the miscues and forced apologies — so flustering in our own lives, so hilarious in his.

How David Geffen's gift to Lincoln Center reflects on Music Center

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

With the news Wednesday of David Geffen's $100-million gift to Lincoln Center for the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall — which will be renamed David Geffen Concert Hall — the first sound I thought I heard was a resounding slap in the face of the Music Center.

Ringling Bros. circus to stop using elephants in traveling shows

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

For decades, the beloved tent spectacular known as the "Greatest Show on Earth" has featured elephants and other wild animals in its circus acts. On Thursday, the owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus made a surprise announcement that it plans to phase out...

Datebook: Art about the aqueduct, marijuana growers, warped perspectives

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Paintings that play with everything you think you are seeing... photographs that chronicle Northern California’s marijuana cultivation industry... and a thorough examination of that vital piece of infrastructure that gives life to our city: the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Plus, a show...

Bruce Willis returning to the stage in Broadway's 'Misery'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In the immortal words of Annie Wilkes, "Misery's alive! Misery's alive!"

'Hollywood Costume' sells 78,000 tickets at future Academy Museum site

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"Hollywood Costume," a multimedia exhibition at the site of the future Academy Museum, sold 78,000 tickets between its opening on Oct. 2 and its closing on Monday, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bill Clinton portrait features shadow of Lewinsky dress, says artist

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A portrait of former President Clinton in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington contains a subtle reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that engulfed the White House in the late '90s, the portrait's painter has revealed.

Follow-up: More tales of the Prometheus tree and how it died

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

On Friday, I had a front-page article on the story of Prometheus, the 5,000-year-old bristlecone that was chopped down in 1964 in the name of science — and whose memory was resurrected by Los Angeles artist Jeff Weiss.

When more is less, at Steve Turner Contemporary

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In “Always,” Hannah Perry goes to great lengths to make an exhibition that looks polished and professional. Unfortunately, that’s just about all the young British artist’s U.S. debut has going for it. At Steve Turner Contemporary, the two-room installation lacks focus,...

Not just Spock: Leonard Nimoy's arts trek covered many galaxies

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Leonard Nimoy carried conviction,” is the first sentence ever written in the Los Angeles Times, 59 years ago, about the man-who-would-be-Spock. He was playing a supporting role in a now-forgotten play called “Life Is But a Dream” at a now-defunct L.A. venue, the Civic...

Islamic State attack on Iraq museum condemned by Getty

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Islamic State's recent video showing its forces destroying what appear to be priceless antiquities in an Iraq museum has provoked harsh words from the head of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who condemned the attacks but said there is little that can be done outside of military...

Writer Nathan Englander's avenging pen

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Nathan Englander was in college when he first heard the story of Stalin's 1952 purge of Russia's top Yiddish writers. Determined that their story not die with them, he fictionalized their plight in "The Twenty-Seventh Man," the short story that led his 1999 award-winning debut collection,...

ISIS has turned the destruction of ancient artifacts into entertainment

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

For nearly 3,000 years, a pair of winged bulls stood at a gateway that once marked a principal entrance to the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh (situated outside the modern Iraqi city of Mosul). These giant stone colossi, known as "lamassu," welcomed visitors to the city, but also...

A 'Threepenny Opera' without a sense of urgency

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's musical play “The Threepenny Opera” was famously mounted in 1945 Berlin just after the war. 

Juilliard to honor Peter Sellars, Nicholas Hytner

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Juilliard School in New York will confer honorary doctorate degrees on directors Peter Sellars and Nicholas Hytner during its commencement ceremony in May.

Performance art meets comedy: Casey Jane Ellison's 'Touching the Art'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The first time Casey Jane Ellison took the stage as a stand-up comedian, things didn't go well.

War letters play returning to Los Angeles with Annette Bening

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A play about letters sent by military personnel to loved ones back home is returning to Los Angeles with two readings at the Kirk Doulgas Theatre in Culver City on March 14 and 15. Annette Bening is set to participate in the March 15 reading while "Veep" actor Gary Cole is...

Exploratory 'First Take' presents six operas in progress

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Opera as an art form about investigation might seem a radical idea in a modern world where so much about contemporary arts and entertainment is defined by conventional narrative. But such wasn't always the case. It still isn't in opera outside the American music theater mainstream.

Arthur Miller's 'The Price' bursts into meaning at Mark Taper Forum

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Arthur Miller's "The Price" is an old-fashioned play that takes a fair amount of time to get going, but when it does — midway through the second act — it explodes with the thunderous moral inquiry that has earned the author a place on the Mt. Rushmore of American playwriting.

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