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Oscar win at 87 may make Ennio Morricone the oldest winner ever

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Composer Ennio Morricone, 87, has become one of the oldest — if not the oldest — person to win a competitive Academy Award with his Oscar on Sunday for "The Hateful Eight."  The academy said it keeps age-related data only for the acting and directing categories and no winners in those races have...

Toil and trouble, and missed connections, in 'Macbeth' at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Lady Macbeth is such a larger-than-life theatrical figure that it's only natural that audiences would like more information about her than Shakespeare is willing to provide. His method, still unmatched, is suggestive, elliptical and completely comfortable with contradiction. Personality in his...

Garth Fagan Dance pays tribute to the director behind 'The Wiz'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

If there is such a thing as dance heaven, Garth Fagan Dance showed Saturday that it knows the path there. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company presented the West Coast premiere of “Geoffrey Holder Life Fete … Bacchanal,” a tribute to the late dancer and choreographer who won a Tony Award for his direction...

Daniil Trifonov, 24, is ready to make magic at Walt Disney Concert Hall

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The great Russian piano tradition includes the likes of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Vladimir Horowitz  and Sviatoslav Richter. Now another is vying to join those illustrious ranks: Daniil Trifonov, 24, star of a recital Friday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Trifonov is one of the hottest young pianists...

It's time to stop holding Leonardo DiCaprio's popularity against him

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Success for an actor — yes, even one of the classic Hollywood mold — can be a mixed blessing. For Leonardo DiCaprio, "Titanic" was both the greatest thing that ever happened to his career — the film that cemented his status as a box office megastar — and the movie that threatened to imprison him...

Lonely eccentrics, adrift in the French Quarter in Tennessee Williams' 'Vieux Carré'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The singular theatrical voice of Tennessee Williams pulsates through “Vieux Carré” at the Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood. Although this resourceful Coeurage Theatre Company production of Williams’ kaleidoscopic memory play doesn’t resolve the property’s liabilities, it’s a noble and...

'Romeo and Juliet' is a potent production still finding its way

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Large dumpsters, the kind often seen at construction sites or behind restaurants, play a prominent role in Dámaso Rodriguez's kinetic modern-dress production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." They help an actor reach a balcony. They provide a handy perch for company members to take in...

A little Icelandic music plus a film series coming soon to the L.A. Phil

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In a first for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, new music from Iceland will take the spotlight in the orchestra's 2016-17 season, with the multiday Reykjavik Festival featuring conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, the latter of whom is Oscar-nominated this year for...

Roundup: The Met's controversial new logo, Shia LaBeouf in an elevator, L.A.'s future transit system

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A new logo sends the art and design worlds spinning. An Egyptian gallery reopens after being shut down by authorities. Shia LaBeouf hangs out in an elevator. Plus: 3D printed re-creations of destroyed artifacts, the life of “Las Meninas” and Damien Hirst’s new restaurant. Here’s the Roundup: —...

Asian inspiration as L.A. Philharmonic tackles 'Pelléas'; Pacific Symphony 'Turandot'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

We credit Asia too little with its role in the rejuvenation of opera in the early 20th century, especially in France and Italy. Not long after hearing a Javanese gamelan, Debussy set about to compose his seminal "Pelléas et Mélisande," completed a decade later in 1902. Around two decades later,...

Surprises abound in the illuminating 'Leap Before You Look' at UCLA's Hammer Museum

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

For a generation of young artists flanking World War II, Black Mountain College in rural North Carolina was the California Institute of the Arts of America's avant-garde culture. A school in the middle of nowhere, 200 miles west of the state capital of Raleigh, outside Asheville, with a semester...

LACMA's acquisition of Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein house is big, but there's precedent

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses all kinds of treasures -- ancient Greek ceramics, West Mexican sculpture, thoroughly contemporary art. But just how unusual is it for the museum to collect a house? As Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reported on Wednesday,...

With swagger and style, Jose Montoya's drawings at the Fowler document Mexican American life

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When the artist, poet, activist and educator José Montoya died in 2013, he left a treasure trove of drawings in his Sacramento studio. The sketches — some 4,000 of them, accumulated over more than half a century of travels around California and beyond — were created on just about any material the...

These quilts with messages about gun violence and racial injustice issues aim to discomfort

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

She found her inspiration in the overnight violence report sent every morning to her husband, a district leader for the Chicago public school system. It cataloged students who had been shot, stabbed and killed the night before. Jacquie Gering said her husband wore that weight on his shoulders,...

East West Players finds the laughter behind the tears in 'Criers for Hire'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Culture shock, like grief, progresses through distinct stages: There's the honeymoon period, when an expatriate is enchanted by a new country. Bliss gives way to withdrawal and hostility, the adjustment and, ultimately, acceptance. This journey happens to have a pleasing narrative structure that...

This 'Dogfight' changes a Marine's life

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

About to ship off for Vietnam, a young Marine learns to be a man as he and his buddies forge bonds of loyalty, common purpose and sacrifice. Before he leaves, he will pick up other important lessons in masculinity, but taught by a woman. A relationship drama born of testosterone-fueled exuberance...

In 'Altman's Last Stand,' junk-shop owner hawks his prized possession: An unbelievable life story

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Franz Altman, the fictional New York City junk-shop proprietor in Charles Dennis’ play “Altman’s Last Stand” now at Zephyr Theatre, may be 90 years old, but he’s in no hurry to retire. In fact, he’s recently become a celebrity, interviewed on “60 Minutes” for refusing to sell his store, King Solomon’s...

James Welling's 'Choreograph' a bold dance between the real and the abstract

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

James Welling has had a long relationship with experimental landscape and architectural photography. His exhibition debut in 1975 was a series of Polaroids of his Venice loft, followed by Connecticut landscapes in 1977; the artist famously spent three years photographing architect Philip Johnson's...

Magic of Ken Price sculpture comes alive in Boyle Heights art gallery's first show

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

If you missed “Ken Price: A Retrospective” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012, you missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The magnificent survey was a joy to behold: Jampacked with masterpieces that Price made from 1959 to 2011, it made the case that Price was not only one of the...

In her series 'Make 'Em All Mexican,' artist Linda Vallejo imagines #OscarsSoBrown

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This may be the moment of #OscarsSoWhite, but one Los Angeles artist prefers to imagine it as the year of #OscarsSoBrown. Since 2011, Linda Vallejo has transformed found bits of Americana -- a Bob’s Big Boy statue or figurines of Elvis and Gary Cooper from “High Noon” -- into more Mexican-ized...

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