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L.A. theater openings, Oct. 25-Nov. 1: Astrid Hadad and more

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: Halloween is at hand with spooky shows for every taste, including not one but two productions of "The Addams Family" musical. Drempels Actors' Repertory Theatre stages this musical fantasy-comedy about a race of tiny humans. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sun., next...

Thomas Jefferson statue incites debate at Mizzou

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A public statue of Thomas Jefferson on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia has generated intense debate at the school -- and more recently, on social media -- over whether the founding father and third U.S. president deserves to be honored given his known status as a slave owner. ...

Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian hopes to give voice to her Armenian ancestors

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In a profession dominated by Italian and German repertoire, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian has had the privilege of performing in two languages that are not normally associated with the standard operatic canon: Armenian and the Elvish tongue known as Sindarin. The latter language she sang in the 2002...

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' is good and righteous; lifts London broadcast

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

There has been such a frenzy of ticket-buying desperation and media-manufactured hype and controversy over the London production of "Hamlet" at the Barbican starring Benedict Cumberbatch that it was a relief to hear the soothingly familiar language of Shakespeare's tragedy as I settled into my...

Nazis killed Simon Goodman's grandparents and stole their art; new book tells how he got some of it back

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It’s fitting that Simon Goodman, a Los Angeles man who’s spent the past 21 years tracking down brilliant works of art that the Nazis looted from his doomed grandparents, fixed on a gold timepiece made more than 450 years ago for the title of “The Orpheus Clock," his new book about his quest. Goodman's...

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra explores Mozart by way of Sacred Harp, Haydn by way of flamenco

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The ways in which old and new music interact are a difficult subject in classical music. Is it the present's role to tell us something about the past, or should today's composers seek in the standard repertory a basis for progress? For some there is little connection: then was then, and now is...

World Monuments Fund 'Watch List' hits home in U.S. at two Southwest colonial churches

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A graceful baroque church built in the late 18th century by members of Arizona's Tohono O'odham Nation, and a stark mission constructed at the Acoma pueblo in New Mexico a century earlier are among 50 world heritage sites on the World Monuments Fund "Watch List" for 2016. The list, which is published...

Actors in Los Angeles file lawsuit against Actors' Equity over wage hike

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A small group of actors and theater professionals in Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against Actors' Equity Assn. seeking to reverse the union's new 99-seat theater plan, enacted in April.  The lawsuit, filed on Saturday in a Los Angeles federal court, claims that the new plan is detrimental to...

Essential Arts and Culture: The critic's life, vintage plays and vintage couples

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

I'm Kelly Scott, arts and culture editor of the L.A. Times, back home from trips to New York (yes, I did see "Hamilton," and yes, it's as good as you've heard) and the Central Coast, which included a trip the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. But there's nothing like the L.A. arts scene in October....

Getty acquires first photos ever taken of ancient ruins ISIS recently destroyed

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Martyrdom and historic loss are the common threads in two recent acquisitions by the J. Paul Getty Trust. One is a poignant, nearly 600-year-old alabaster figure of a saint who Catholic tradition says was crucified by the ancient Romans – a sculpture that the Nazis looted in 1934 from a German...

What makes set designer Mimi Lien a genius? Take a look

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"What makes you a genius?" It's an obnoxious question for us to ask, but theatrical set designer Mimi Lien graciously answered the night she was announced as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. The prize comes with a $625,000 grant and the instant pressure of the label "intellectual hero." Amid the blitz...

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal, 45 years later: 'Love Letters' loaded with nostalgia

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

You could counterfeit money, risking jail time, or you could cast the stars of one of the most profitable romances in movie history and hit the road with a perennially popular stage show. The national tour of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” which launched this week at the Wallis Annenberg Center...

That offer asking theaters to pony up $150 for pay-to-play reviews falls flat in L.A.

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A Los Angeles theater website’s controversial but novel bid to prop up one of the 21st century’s dwindling occupations – professional theater criticism – has failed to take hold, with few theater artists or producers leaping at an offer in which the reviewee pays the reviewer. Bitter Lemons, previously...

'Carrie: The Musical' returns with a fresh splash at downtown's Los Angeles Theatre

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

What a difference a second look makes. When “Carrie: The Musical” hit La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in the spring, I found its immersive execution spectacular, its performances impressive and the material, well … The production's return, billed as “The Killer Musical Experience” at...

An Iraqi photo agency's powerful new project documents the plight of the country's refugees

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

For weeks, the refugee crisis in Europe has dominated headlines with stories of desperate Syrian migrants making epic journeys through Turkey, across the Aegean Sea and then on through Greece Eastern Europe. But Europe isn't the only place contending with waves of people displaced by war. The slow...

Dustin Yellin adds his mark in L.A. with art that's a 'missile for social change'

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Dustin Yellin is an artist who comes in many guises. In Vanity Fair last month, Yellin, posing naked but for mismatched socks and eyeglasses at his Brooklyn studio, was presented as the art world's "it boy." Other images in the media collage that is his public history: Yellin break-dancing in Jay...

Eloisa Maturen working with Gustavo Dudamel, Frank Gehry on 'Ay Carmela'

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Eloisa Maturén, the wife of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, will star in a Los Angeles stage production of the popular Spanish play "Ay Carmela!" that will feature music by her husband and sets by architect Frank Gehry. The production, which comes from the Stella Adler Theatre and is scheduled to open...

'Vietgone' is a journey of intersecting lives after the fall of Saigon

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The program for South Coast Repertory's production of Qui Nguyen's "Vietgone," which is having its world premiere in Costa Mesa, has some interesting biographical tidbits about the author that illuminate his irreverent, pop-culture-recycling style. A playwright and fight director "often credited...

What finally broke the 'no Chicanos' rule at the reemergent Museum of Latin American Art

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

On the surface, the new exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach doesn't seem unusual. A series of more than two dozen paintings and mixed-media works by Mexican American artists from around Southern California depict various guises of landscapes — from a tight city...

Bill T. Jones tests the limits of his own comfort zone in 'Story/Time'

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

We tell stories. We express our emotions. Conventional wisdom calls that the representation of our humanity and, thus, the essence of art. But art's function is also to challenge conventional wisdom. Storytelling can be truth or deceit. Emotional manipulation is not a benign activity. The tradition...

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