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Datebook: A Frank Romero retrospective, Moholy-Nagy at LACMA, Ulay at the Depart Foundation

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A retrospective for an important L.A. painter. The works of a polymath Modernist. And landscapes of the unusual. Plus: A book launch, early Polaroids and a documentary about a key dancer. Here are nine exhibitions and events to check out in the coming week: Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective,...

Ohad Naharin's dazzling choreography and prickly personality shine in 'Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The only mandate artists have is to make things happen: Being articulate about what they do is an option. But when someone can talk as well as they create, the rewards are considerable, as the documentary “Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance” convincingly demonstrates. The artist in question...

The play that started without a single written word: '946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Let’s start with an easy quiz. Biggest spoiler alert ever: All answers are right, and “D” is most correct of all. The play “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips,” opening Friday at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, includes: a) Jivedancing and a jump-rope contest between Adolf...

Jane Kaczmarek, 'Long Day's Journey' and the dark role that's a complete departure from 'Malcolm'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“There’s a beautiful line by T.S. Eliot,” says the actress Jane Kaczmarek: “Something about how we wander through life, ‘… and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ That’s how I feel about working in the theater. I’ve kind of come...

How graffiti, neon signs and Pee-Chee folders taught artist Patrick Martinez to see Los Angeles

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Graffiti taught Patrick Martinez how to look at Los Angeles. As a teen, the born-and-bred Angeleno joined his brother and friends on frequent graffiti runs, tagging up bits of municipal infrastructure and old industrial sites. Martinez says that much of what he produced in those days was rather...

Diego Rivera's Cubist masterpiece arrives at LACMA

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Two paintings by Diego Rivera, including his 1915 Cubist masterpiece, have joined "Picasso & Rivera: Conversations Across Time," an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that opened in December. "Zapatista Landscape" (1915) and "Flowered Canoe" (1931) had been on loan to the Grand...

'Waitress' and 'The Color Purple' coming to the Hollywood Pantages for 2017-18 season

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The crowd-pleasing adaptation of “Waitress” and the national tour of Tony winner “The Color Purple” highlight the Hollywood Pantages season for 2017-18, the theater announced Tuesday. Rounding out the lineup are the Los Angeles debut of Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as L.A. premieres of Andrew Lloyd...

Al Pacino and the role that pulled him to the Pasadena Playhouse stage

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Al Pacino stumbles onstage during rehearsals at the Pasadena Playhouse, his rumpled suit too loose, his hair disheveled, his eyes buggy. The set of playwright Dotson Rader’s “God Looked Away,” which begins performances Wednesday, is a lavish Chicago hotel in 1981, the evening before Tennessee Williams’...

Chita Rivera on touring, and staying political, at age 84

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Chita Rivera originated some of the most indelible roles of Broadway’s Golden Age: Anita in “West Side Story,” Velma in “Chicago,” Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie.” She also starred in the film version of “Sweet Charity” alongside Shirley MacLaine and Paula Kelly, but Hollywood never called her away from...

Mining the drama of everyday life in 'Gulf View Drive'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The intimate character-based play “Gulf View Drive” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura thoroughly satisfies on its own merits, but the finely tuned performances, script and staging also fittingly conclude a three-year project to present Arlene Hutton’s complete “Nibroc Trilogy.” The returning Rubicon...

With violin in hand, Mark Menzies finds hope for the future in the past

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Music, we all know, can change moods. But can it change minds as well? Just how crazy is it to expect a single violin to coax us toward utopia?  That is the mission of Luigi Nono’s 45-minute masterpiece, “La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura: Madrigale per piu ‘Caminantes’ con Gidon Kremer.”...

'Every Brilliant Thing' approaches suicide with touching comic sincerity

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Something miraculous happens in “Every Brilliant Thing.” Something you might want to include on your own list of life-enhancing pleasures should you follow the lead of the protagonist, who inventories all that makes the world worthwhile for him. First produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre...

Trump travel ban may be on hold, but many artists still wary

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

President Trump’s executive order on travel may be temporarily halted, with visa cancellations reversed by the State Department for now, but that doesn’t mean those affected by the ban are breathing a sigh of relief just yet. On Friday, federal judge James Robart of Seattle issued a restraining...

A so-called Saturday morning on Twitter

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It’s our so-called American life — a chaotic whirlwind of legislative changes, public protests and a fire hose of news clogging our social media feeds hourly. The latest politically flavored term trending Saturday on Twitter? “So-called president.” The term grew out of a tweet that President Trump...

'Rings' takes top spot at Friday box office, with 'Split' a close second

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Movie theaters might be expecting a slow Super Bowl weekend, but Paramount was seeing ring bling at the box Saturday morning. The studio’s horror reboot “Rings” took the top spot at the box office on Friday, grossing $5.6 million. The franchise, about a video that kills people who watch it, has...

Essential Arts & Culture: 'Zoot Suit' anew, art and the travel ban, Jimmie Durham's timely sculptures

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Art, theater, music and performance that resonate with this tumultuous moment in world history. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, and your friendly neighborhood newsletter writer with the week’s most intriguing culture stories: Art that throws stones A new retrospective...

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" is 50 and racial tension still a problem in America

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Even 50 years ago, in a nation inflamed by prejudice and civil rights marches, the interracial marriage fable “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” played suave and polite at a defining moment when cinema was shifting from studio conventionality to bracing realism. Directed by Stanley Kramer, the film...

'Zoot Suit': How Latino theater born in the farm fields changed L.A. theater forever

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

It was 1946. The cotton-picking season was over in the San Joaquin Valley, but the truck wouldn’t go, the money was running out and this farmworker family was living on fish tacos. Father fished, mother made tortillas. When 6-year-old Luis fell into the river while fishing with his dad, Mama decided...

Demian Bichir plays it cool in 'Zoot Suit'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Demian Bichir is quite attached to his hat. “I sleep with it, take showers with it,” the 2012 lead actor Oscar nominee says after finishing the day’s rehearsal for the Mark Taper Forum revival of “Zoot Suit.” He holds out the sleek, black fedora for closer inspection. It is at once reserved and...

L.A. theater openings, Feb. 5-12: Chita Rivera, Julia Migenes and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: Broadway’s Chita Rivera takes stock of her career, and soprano Julia Migenes celebrates a specific French composer. Plus, Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina costar in a classic American drama. Mess Writer-performer Kirsten Vangsness (“Criminal Minds”) stars in this autobiographical one-woman...

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