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Datebook: An all-American collection, art in a train station, genre-bending painting

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Summer is in full swing, but art is still happening all over Southern California. This includes the display of an important U.S. collection in Orange County, peephole curiosities at Union Station, and painting that blurs boundaries in Venice. Plus: A performance about identity in Santa Ana, a summer...

USC Roski School of Art and Design rebuilds with 'transformative' new hires

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The USC Roski School of Art and Design is attempting to rebuild – both its embattled infrastructure and its image. Last year, seven studio art MFA students withdrew from the school protesting curriculum changes and staff defections at the university. The lone student left, International Artist...

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez wrote a western in the '60s - it screens in Hollywood on Friday

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A man returns to the dusty village of his youth after an 18-year absence. A couple is fleetingly reunited after decades apart. A pair of hot-headed brothers seeks to avenge a murder they neither witnessed nor fully comprehend. There is a gun battle. In many ways, “Tiempo de Morir” (“A Time to Die”),...

Artist launches Reparations website and 'social experiment' on white privilege

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

As an interior designer relatively new to the business, Christy Lynn Abram lacked the connections that could make her start-up a success. Then a friend recommended Reparations, a new Internet site that allows ethnic minorities to request help or services from a white person who would fulfill them...

Six-time Oscar nominee Lalo Schifrin brings 'message of joy' to the Hollywood Bowl

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Lalo Schifrin, the Argentine-born composer responsible for the propulsive, infectious theme for "Mission: Impossible," as well as such classic film scores as "Bullitt," "Cool Hand Luke" and "Dirty Harry," says he's retired from the movie-music grind. After more than 100 feature films, an estimated...

Roundup: Marina Abramovic's no-kid policy, Boyle Heights gentrification (again), good design and affordable housing

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Gallerists suing gallerists. A photographer suing a photo agency. A never-written novel about art world corruption. Plus: A Roman mosaic uncovered, more on art and gentrification in Boyle Heights, and Marina Abramovic tells the world she is not into baby-making. The art world, as always, is keeping...

Essential Arts & Culture: DNC set design, L.A.'s public art biennial, a ballet star in 'A Chorus Line'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Summer is supposed to be a sleepy time for the arts. Not in 2016! The week has produced intriguing stories on everything from convention architecture to a notable woman conductor to L.A.’s new public art biennial. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with a look at the...

The short and the long of the American conversation in Wynton Marsalis' Concerto in D at the Bowl

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Every election year is about competing visions of America and what it means to be an American. Political parties this summer are particularly divided between and among themselves. The Hollywood Bowl, however, has offered to help with the vision thing. Last week the Los Angeles Philharmonic offered...

Mirga's majestic moments at the Bowl before her big one in Birmingham

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia wasn’t the only place to witness a woman’s prospect of breaking a glass ceiling Tuesday night. Two years after a newly named 28-year-old Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor made her Hollywood Bowl debut, leading a marvelous performance...

A triumphal arch for the age of Amazon: Michael Parker's cardboard monument in San Pedro

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In ancient Rome, important military victories were often commemorated with a triumphal arch — often a standalone structure that was wide enough and grand enough to allow a procession of soldiers to march through. One of the most famous of these is Rome’s Arch of Constantine, built in AD 315 to...

L.A. theater openings, July 31-Aug. 7: 'The Tempest' and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: A new drama about the financial industry, a bloody twist on a Gilbert & Sullivan favorite, and a Shakespeare classic in a sylvan setting. Shakespeare by the Sea Locally touring productions of the Bard’s “Cymbeline” and “Othello.” Various locations; details at www.shakespearebythesea.org....

The challenge Nicola Benedetti threw down to get Wynton Marsalis to write a 'wild' violin concerto

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was 17 when she met American jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. A rising classical star, she was on her own in New York for the first time for a performance at Lincoln Center. “Kathleen Battle sang in the same concert and Elie Wiesel spoke,” she recalls. “Itzhak Perlman...

Partying with the Germs and drinking with X: A new book about Slash magazine captures L.A.'s early punk scene

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It all began as an art project. It was the mid-1970s and Los Angeles was cheap and stuffed with artists.  Melanie Nissen was an amateur photographer managing a bookstore in Palos Verdes. Steve Samiof was working for a group of small newspapers on Crenshaw Boulevard. The couple, who had exchanged...

Homespun, blunt and direct: The Democrats' architecture of unity

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

There were moments during the opening hours of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, as the boos rained down, when it seemed as if the party’s progressive and moderate wings were being held together with paper clips and bailing wire. The mood was less volatile during the roll-call...

Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Veteran theater provocateur Erik Patterson stings once again in “One of the Nice Ones,” his new play presented by Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre. The title is a pointed misnomer. No one is remotely nice in this raucous comedy, which is set behind the scenes at a fly-by-night...

Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Getty Foundation is scheduled to announce its 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees on Thursday -- and the projects chosen are slightly more gender balanced than in years past. The nine recipients in nine countries include, for the first time since the initiative’s 2014 launch, two projects designed...

Roundup: Possible discord at Jeff Koons' studio, Luis Barragán becomes a diamond, Dede Wilsey leaves Bay Area museums

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A prominent board member departs the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Allegations of labor tumult in the studio of Jeff Koons. An artist has transformed architect Luis Barragán into a precious stone — literally. Plus: Museum expansionism in the age of uncertainty, the Hammer Museum’s digital...

Puccini extreme: Dudamel's gloriously pessimistic 'Tosca' an indictment on the appeal of fascism

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Tosca” is Puccini extreme, the composer’s most political opera. At its center is his most fiery heroine, Tosca, the diva who attempts to live for art under tyranny in Rome during Napoleonic times.  Cavaradossi, the painter and revolutionary, is his most heroic tenor role. The lecherous tyrant...

A ballet superstar hits Hollywood with 'A Chorus Line' at the Bowl

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

About a week ago Robert Fairchild was packing his bags following three weeks as an American in Paris. New York City Ballet, where he is a principal dancer, was winding up a three-week season at the Théâtre du Châtelet. It's a venue he knows well: In 2014 he spent months there immersed in the creation...

An artist's imposing new monument at Echo Park Lake honors Angelenos killed in violent crimes

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The area around Echo Park Lake is known for its iconic sites. There is the lake itself, its exuberant fountain and the Art Deco statue on the north end that’s informally known as “The Lady of the Lake.” Now there is another: A monumental installation evoking a brutalist pergola by Mexican artist...

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