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From packaging material to modern totem: The wry art of An Te Liu

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

An Te Liu's bronze sculptures are mostly cast from the plastic foam packaging materials designed to cushion electronics and other goods.

It's not what it seems: Unraveling the secrets of Analia Saban's 'Threadbare'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The L.A. artist's new show at the Spürth Magers gallery near LACMA includes a mind-bending piece that looks like framed panels of fabric but are actually something else entirely.

Nelsan Ellis, who played Lafayette Reynolds on 'True Blood,' is dead at 39

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Nelsan Ellis, the actor best known for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” has died at 39. The reported cause was complications due to heart failure. Ellis burst into popular consciousness with the show’s debut in 2008. Introduced almost immediately, Lafayette was a flamboyant...

At the G-20, Beethoven is played and the world listened (maybe)

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is a universalist call for the social and spiritual liberation of the masses. But the Ninth, with it’s “Ode to Joy,” must also speak to the elite among us, as it did Friday night in a performance for President Trump, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and the other world leaders...

Can this man save the Pasadena Playhouse?

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Danny Feldman is the new leader of the theater company, which celebrates its 100th birthday this summer with some serious questions about its future.

An overnight sensation after 45 years in the biz: Denis Arndt, Mary-Louise Parker's co-star in 'Heisenberg'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

On the surface, actor Denis Arndt appears very much like the character he plays in “Heisenberg”: comfortably masculine and fit, in blue jeans and a plaid shirt. When show time arrives at the Mark Taper Forum, “All I do is put on a different shirt and change jeans,” he says with a laugh. The similarities...

The NRA puts architecture, and L.A., in the crosshairs

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Here’s a current-events quiz of a truly depressing kind: What do Walt Disney Concert Hall, the shiny, stainless-steel Bean sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park and the headquarters of the New York Times have in common? The short answer is that they all star in a bilious, minute-long video ad...

The last (porn) picture shows: Once dotted with dozens of adult cinemas, L.A. now has only two

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In the Internet age, the idea of watching porn in an actual movie house might seem like a quaint act. But the U.S. and Los Angeles once teemed with porn palaces. We visit the two that remain in L.A.

A Christian conservative baker, a gay wedding and the smart, funny play 'The Cake'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

What does it say about us when that quintessential symbol of union and hope — the wedding cake — becomes a flashpoint in the culture war? Bekah Brunstetter’s new dramedy, “The Cake,” grapples with this irony in a timely, superbly cast debut staging from Echo Theater Company, just as a legal case...

'50 Years of Rolling Stone': Photographic gems and memorable moments you missed the first time around

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

"50 Years of Rolling Stone," a large-format coffee table book, chronicles the magazine's half-century history in photographs and articles.

The week ahead in L.A. classical music, July 2-9: Independence Day shows and more

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra is joined by a cappella group Pentatonix and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West for patriotic favorites and more. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Sun.-Tue., 7:30 p.m. $7-$270; children 12 and under, half price....

Look what happens when you interview artist and Instagram sensation Guadalupe Rosales via text image

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Artist Guadalupe Rosales created an iconic archive of '90s Chicano youth. Now she's taking over LACMA's Instagram; she's the first artist to helm the feed.

Travis Wall brings a dizzying, sudsy dance spectacle to UCLA

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Sexy, soapy and spectacular Shaping Sound, the company whose artistic director is Emmy-winning “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Travis Wall, performed its latest mash-up of contemporary styles during a two-night run this week at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Shaping Sound sets the dance drama “After...

Her quilts are made of 16-mm film. Here's what they reveal, frame by frame

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

From afar Sabrina Gschwandtner's captivating work at Shoshona Wayne Gallery is pure pattern, color and light -- until you step closer and see the details of those geometric designs.

Turning rhyme for the ears into rhythm for the eyes: It's 'Concrete Poetry' at the Getty

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Lively exhibition looks at the revolution started in the 1950s against conventional poetry structure of lines meant to be read from left to right, top to bottom.

Black, Baptist and gay: One man's journey from to Hollywood, vividly told

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When it comes to a conflicted identity, actor-playwright Giovanni Adams grew up in Jackson, Miss., saddled with a daunting trifecta: being black, Baptist and gay. The struggle to fit those fragments into a coherent life provides the narrative arc of “Love Is a Dirty Word,” his moving and ultimately...

L.A. versus Berlin: Which is king of the classical world?

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

On the off chance that you haven’t noticed, Los Angeles is hot. The arts scene, in particular, is on fire. Classical music is a catalyst. You can hardly open the New York Times or the New Yorker anymore without finding an L.A. angle. Often as not, and rightfully so, that means the Los Angeles Philharmonic,...

Architecture catches the acting bug

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Building Type: Artist Alex Schweder interviews gallery visitors about that most complex psychological minefield -- home. Think of it as architectural therapy.

What would a theater critic write to the creator of 'Letters From a Nut'? Well, let's start with ...

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Dear Ted L. Nancy: Congratulations on the success of your series of “Letters From a Nut” books. I have to admit I never heard of them until I received an invitation to attend your show at the Geffen Playhouse, but then the last humor book I read was Erma Bombeck’s “The Grass Is Always Greener Over...

The Underdog on Post-it notes and other nostalgic bits, revived with a twist

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The objects spur collective memory, but they're not what they seem: Most of Kristen Morgin's pieces on view at Marc Selwyn are made of clay, walking the line that separates illusion from delusion.

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