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'Spring Awakening' and Deaf West's unlikely road to three Tony nominations

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

From its humble start in a small theater space in downtown Los Angeles to its three Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, including a nod for musical revival, Deaf West's production of "Spring Awakening" qualifies as this Broadway season's little theater production that could. The innovative staging,...

Roundup: Pop artist Marisol dies, museums show mostly men, parsing the Pershing Square redesign proposals

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A key pop artist passes away. Museums lean towards the dudes when it comes to granting solo shows. And proposals for the redo of Pershing Square are down to a final four. Plus: Where Eli Broad does his shopping, Zaha Hadid's first posthumous commission and the real-life crime that inspired Ana...

'Hamilton' breaks Tony record with 16 nominations

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about America's founding fathers, wrote its own piece of history Tuesday morning by picking up 16 Tony Award nominations, breaking the record of 15 held by “Billy Elliot” in 2009 and “The Producers” in 2001. Miranda’s hit is a shoo-in to win the...

An injured Ed Moses is present 'in spirit' at his 90th birthday dinner

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Ed Moses’ 90th birthday dinner, a private party for close friends and family at the William Turner Gallery on Thursday night, was a festive affair -- though one tinged with concern: Moses himself was missing. The artist fell in his living room a few days earlier and injured his leg. His son Andy,...

For Betye Saar, there's no dwelling on the past; the almost-90-year-old artist has too much future to think about

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Betye Saar is an artist whose life's work has consisted of creating careful arrangements of objects. So it should come as no surprise that her Laurel Canyon studio is also a careful arrangement. Vintage clocks of all shapes and sizes line its walls. One table holds a graceful cluster of antique...

Joel Kyack's kinetic sculptures: The cycles of life in water bottles, buckets and a record player

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

You might want to use the restroom before visiting Joel Kyack’s exhibition at François Ghebaly Gallery. The artist, known for his endurance performances and examinations of bodily processes, has turned his attention to the fountain as an aesthetic and mechanical form. The sound of running water...

'Shuffle On' delivers a powerful kick from Broadway's musical past

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A Broadway history lesson is being delivered these days at the Music Box Theatre, and never has anything this educational been so sensationally staged. All credit to Professor George C. Wolfe, holder of a PhD in theatrical pizazz, for adapting and directing this homage to "Shuffle Along," the 1921...

The 'Psycho' house on the Met's roof is cool, but can it outweird Hitchcock's at Universal Studios?

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Take the elevators to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and you will be greeted by the creepy sight of the house from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." Rendered at a shrunken scale, and constructed with wood harvested from an old barn, the structure strikes a decidedly dilapidated...

'Waitress' serves up a slice of star power in Jessie Mueller

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

What is that indefinable quality that makes an actor a star? Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony in 2014 for her performance in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," helped me once again answer this question. Whenever she was onstage in "Waitress," the new Broadway musical based on the 2007 Adrienne...

In the wake of Prince's death, a very short history of the color purple

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When Prince unexpectedly passed away earlier this week, the outpouring of grief was instantaneous: Old performance videos and concert photos popped up all over the Internet and buildings the world over — including Los Angeles' City Hall — draped themselves in purple lights. And it didn't end there. One...

Can Vanna Venturi House and other landmark homes survive the test of new owners?

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Sometime over the last week, the online listing for the Vanna Venturi House, a three-bedroom, two-bath, two-story residence in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia that covers 1,986 square feet and is asking $1.5 million, ticked from "active" to "contract pending." That rearrangement of pixels...

Laurie Lipton: Drawing the walking dead with a most beguiling beauty

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Ace Gallery serves up a feast of toxic confections in its show of Laurie Lipton's drawings from the past 10 years. Every lavishly detailed scene straddles the divide of seduction and repulsion, and each visual spectacle registers some aspect of societal decay. "Happy" (2015) is among the most gripping...

Hear Now Music Festival reveals the essence of Los Angeles new music -- we do as we please

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Hear Now Music Festival, devoted to composers who live in and around Los Angeles, can seem neither here nor there. There isn't much of an agenda. Nearly all the works, which began with an orchestra concert Thursday at UCLA and continue with chamber and solo pieces in three concerts in Santa...

'American Psycho' boldly blends the scary with the sardonic

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In "Sweeney Todd," Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler proved that laughter in a musical could make the adrenaline pump harder. Funny, it turned out, didn't have to be the nemesis of fear. A trickier combination is being attempted in "American Psycho," the clever new Broadway musical based on Bret...

Los Angeles Philharmonic pays tribute to its late new-music mentor Steven Stucky

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's special concert in memory of composer Steven Stucky was called "Radical Light." An uncannily heavenly light did, indeed, radiate throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. But I hope that doesn't sound precious or somehow unreal, because the memorial...

Desert X marks its spot for Coachella 2017 art exhibition

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Lita Albuquerque would like to map the sky. She'd like to stitch together the stars and the sand, sending a blanket of fluid, brightly colored dancers across the open, dusty desert floor. The environmental artist's vision for a performance involving hundreds of people, along with a companion sculptural...

Mark Bradford brings 'dexterity of De Kooning' and a commitment to activism to 2017 Venice Biennale

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It's been more than 10 years since a painter has represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. That was Ed Ruscha in 2005. This week, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University announced that another Los Angeles painter, Mark Bradford, would be given free rein at the U.S. Pavilion for 2017's...

Beth Morrison's '21C Liederabend. Op. LA' at Disney Hall was a good idea (but next time, rethink the presentation, please)

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

All the world, iTunes tells us, is a song. But if one-size-fits-all digital platforms can't distinguish among a symphony, a raga and "Eleanor Rigby," the real world sometimes has the opposite problem. Although song form lies at the heart of popular culture, art songs have become box-office horror....

Mark Bradford's plans for 2017 Venice Biennale: 'The whole of who I am and where I am now'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford said Wednesday he has been given free rein in how he represents the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in cooperation with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, chose Bradford...

L.A. Public Library unveils new card designed by Shepard Fairey

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Los Angeles Public Library seriously upped its hipster credentials when it unveiled on Tuesday its new library card co-designed by L.A. street artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey's design, which he created with artist Cleon Peterson, depicts the historic Central Library in downtown in a white, green...

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