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Kent Twitchell to revive famed 'Ed Ruscha Monument' mural downtown

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Artist Kent Twitchell announced Thursday night that he's painting a new version his famed 1987 mural “Ed Ruscha Monument,” the 70-foot-tall portrait that was accidentally whitewashed in 2006.

'As You Like It' in blue and gray

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Consider this a well-deserved Like for “As You Like It” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. As part of the company’s Americana-themed summer repertory season, the production resets Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy in the post-Civil War Deep South, an overlay that shrewdly amplifies the...

Ojai Music Festival celebrates icon Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Tributes this year to Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday have been plentiful in Europe and will continue to be at summer festivals. In America, where the revolutionary French composer has always been more admired as a conductor than for his music, not so much.

Not-so-secret weapon in 'A Permanent Image': Anne Gee Byrd

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Here’s a deal, L.A. theaters: We’ll happily watch all the liquored-up-dysfunctional-family-reunion dramas you care to stage, as long as you cast Anne Gee Byrd as the mother.

Shakespeare Orange County goes all in on ethnic diversity. Will it work?

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Like platinum and gold, Shakespeare’s plays can be stretched and twisted into any number of unusual shapes without losing their intrinsic brilliance.

L.A. stories hidden in menus, from tiki kitsch to Ma Maison

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The special collections archive at the Los Angeles Public Library contains roughly 9,000 menus — from rare 19th century banquet menus boasting a "saddle of Canadian mutton" to the informal paper sheets produced by L.A.'s countless neighborhood joints, such as the Mexican Revolution-themed menu...

L.A. theater openings, June 14-21: 'California: The Tempest' and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: A Golden State-themed makeover of a Shakespearean fantasy, an ancient Greek tragedy with a gospel twist, and a new adaptation of a classic French farce.

Court order halts destruction of Prado Dam bicentennial mural in Corona

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

For almost four decades, the red, white and blue mural painted on the Prado Dam spillway in Corona has greeted motorists at the juncture of the 71 and 91 freeways in Riverside County. Created and painted by students at nearby Corona High School in the spring of 1976, the mural honored the nation's...

Leonardo DiCaprio to donate art installation to LACMA

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Leonardo DiCaprio will be donating a large-scale installation by artist John Gerrard to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a spokeswoman for the museum has confirmed. "Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada)" is a digital simulation of a solar thermal power tower that offers dynamic, changing views...

James Conlon named principal conductor of Turin, Italy, orchestra

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

James Conlon has been named the new principal conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Turin, Italy, his representatives announced on Tuesday. Conlon, who currently serves as music director of Los Angeles Opera, will begin his new job at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The real magic of 'Matilda' is in the story of a spirited, bookish girl

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

How can you not love a musical about a badly mistreated pint-sized prodigy whose passion for reading rescues her from the bullies and boors around her?

'Junk Dada' assembles Noah Purifoy's overlooked, pivotal works

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Noah Purifoy may be the least well-known pivotal American artist of the last 50 years.

Roundup: Kapoor's controversial sculptures plus art school infatuation with 'sophomoric' disruption

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Protests at institutions on the both the East and West coasts, Anish Kapoor’s sexy installations in France, and how women get written out of art history in the U.K. (and beyond). Plus: a soon-to-be demolished Modernist gem in Tokyo, the wild vernacular architecture of a Bolivian city and a fancy...

Tonys 2015: Larry David's curbed enthusiasm; Ruthie Ann Miles' 'King and iPhone' moment

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Like any of life's extreme events, awards shows bring out the best and worst in their players. Here are some of most memorable moments from the 69th Tony Awards:

Comic Eddie Izzard, at Hollywood Bowl, generates hysterics and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Throughout the washes of guffaws, chuckles and hysterics that accompanied Eddie Izzard's set on Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the British comedian, actor, logician and mimic performed gymnastic non-sequitur sequences and nuanced physical comedy.

After 32 years, 'Available Light' brighter than ever

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The idea of reviving a 32-year-old collaboration between composer John Adams, choreographer Lucinda Childs and architect Frank Gehry that had been commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art to open its Temporary Contemporary space (now the Geffen Contemporary) might seem a peculiar way to celebrate...

Tony Awards: 'Curious Incident of the Dog' wins best play

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It dominated the Olivier Awards two years ago. It has become a box-office draw on both sides of the Atlantic. On Sunday, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" continued its streak of success by taking home the Tony Award for best play.

Tonys 2015: Helen Mirren's win marks an early showing of star power

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In a Broadway season that largely lacked blockbuster horsepower and runaway hits, the Tony Awards on Sunday opted for old-fashioned razzle-dazzle, with co-hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming exchanging tongue-in-cheek theatrical banter supplemented with splashy musical numbers from nominated...

With Fitzgerald adaptation 'Up & Down,' Eifman succeeds on his own, melodramatic terms

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Boris Eifman’s “Up & Down,” which had its West Coast premiere at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Friday night, is the Russian choreographer’s eighth modern-style ballet to be presented in Southern California in 15 years.

Visionaries search for key to civic engagement in L.A.

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The 3-year-old house owned by Jeanne and Anthony Pritzker, high on Angelo Drive in the upper reaches of Beverly Hills, is a vast and imposing neo-modern chateau, loosely Richard Meieresque in feel, that holds a notable collection of contemporary art and covers 49,000 square feet. It opens onto...

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