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40 years of Martin Scorsese movies, mashed up as a concert-musical? That's 'American Crime Requiem'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A lot can happen in six years. That’s how long it took L.A.-based For the Record to grow up from a renegade little troupe in an 80-seat East Hollywood dive bar, where it performed concerts inspired by the soundtracks of film directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Baz Luhrmann. Now the group is...

What a Holocaust survivor has to say to South L.A. school kids - and how she uses art to connect

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The first period of any school day can be boisterous, with bells ringing, friends catching up on gossip and late arrivals rushing madly through doors. But early on a Thursday morning, the students in teacher Jon Aguado’s history class at Animo Ralph Bunche High School in Los Angeles are respectful and...

UnSilent Cinema dumps the player piano and sets Chaplin, Keaton to new electronica and indie music

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Go to a screening of a classic silent film and chances are it will  be accompanied by a single piano player cranking out tunes influenced by ragtime, jazz and various vaudevillian sounds. But a two-day film fest in Los Angeles aims to update silent classics with a more contemporary soundtrack....

Hammer Museum's 'Radical Women' to spotlight women united by struggle and overlooked by history

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Latina and Latin American women artists rarely get air time in U.S. museums. That will change next fall when the Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions devoted to art from Latino and Latin American artists around the globe is set to touch down in Los Angeles. Of particular note will be “Radical...

The non-roar of the invisible crowd: Stage design at the first Trump-Clinton debate

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates, established in 1987, uses a stock, reconfigurable stage design, a kit of sober-looking parts, for each of its nationally televised events. Monday night this portable backdrop was reassembled inside Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition...

Essential Arts & Culture: Photos that capture L.A., Dudamel's White House show, Trump's 'Les Miserables' moment

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Pictures that record L.A.’s automotive landscapes. A presidential candidate channels Victor Hugo. And Gustavo Dudamel puts on an unplanned show. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and here’s your super-duper essential guide to all things fine art: Photography with...

The quest to retrace the tracks of seascape painter Childe Hassam

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Isles of Shoals is an archipelago of nine islands six miles off the Atlantic coasts of New Hampshire and Maine. The largest, Appledore Island, characterized by rocky coves, granite gorges, sweeping seascapes and the grand Appledore House hotel, was a prime vacationers' destination in the 19th...

Datebook: Toba Khedoori's enigmatic drawings, games about capitalism, art about the California coast

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The ethereal drawings of Toba Khedoori. An L.A. artist makes a comeback. A museum debuts a politically minded arcade. Plus: Beer and art in Santa Monica, paintings about the California coast and a debut film about a mother’s death. Here are 10 exhibitions and events to check out in the coming week:...

'Teatro Moz': A theater festival in Boyle Heights takes on love, loss and the Mexican fascination with Morrissey

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Two years ago, Casa 0101 theater in Boyle Heights held an open call for short plays about, inspired by and tangentially touching on the life, times or melancholy of singer Morrissey — renowned for his love of gladiolas and his enmity toward meat. The theater received dozens of entries, including...

'The Gildless Age': A different tale of the '1 percent' at the Torrance Art Museum

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When some of the gilding gets stripped away from our New Gilded Age, defined by the concentration of income and wealth that fueled the incredible rise of the "1 percent," what is left behind? A new show at the Torrance Art Museum has some thoughts. For "The Gildless Age," an apt if rather clumsy...

Photography's best-kept secret: How Anthony Hernandez put a distinctly Los Angeles lens on picture-making

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

They are images in which Los Angeles can see itself, the side that doesn’t make it onto the picture postcards: Broken-down trucks in wide empty lots, the improvised architecture of freeway-side homeless encampments and municipal spaces that seem to offer their residents little more than disdain....

The late Cuban artist Belkis Ayón's mysterious world unfurls at the Fowler Museum

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The moment is shrouded in secrets.  Cuban artist Belkis Ayón's family home sits on a quiet street of central Havana, the charm of the house belying the mysteries of her death. White shutters open to leafy banana trees and crowing roosters. A warm, mango-scented breeze wafts through the central...

Why a MacArthur Foundation grant for playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 31, is no surprise at all

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty has written that we’re enjoying  “one of the most exciting periods in American playwriting in at least a generation,” one in which “a cadre of trailblazing talents has emerged.” Now one of those ascending stars, 31-year-old playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins,...

What this MacArthur winner, an expert in African American art history, plans to do with her grant

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Kellie Jones wants a new desk. That was the first thing the art historian and curator decided she would buy with the grant she will receive as one of 23 MacArthur Fellowship recipients announced Wednesday night. Jones’ focus has been African American and African diaspora artists, and her goal has...

'Anthracite Fields' composer Julia Wolfe says MacArthur grant will bring 'time and space'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

After receiving the Pulitzer Prize for music last year, a Grammy Award nomination and other praise for her coal-mining-themed choral work “Anthracite Fields,” composer Julia Wolfe can add another accolade to her professional mantel: a MacArthur Fellowship, a five-year grant that comes with an unrestricted...

'Rogue One' composer Michael Giacchino to conduct 'Lost' anniversary show at Ford amphitheater

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Twelve years have passed since the premiere of ABC’s hit series “Lost,” but die-hard fans are still as crazy about it as ever. So is Michael Giacchino, the man who composed the series’ music. To mark this latest anniversary, Giacchino will appear Thursday and Friday at the Ford amphitheater in...

Low-key pop dominates Latin Grammy nominations with four nods each for Jesse & Joy, Fonseca and Djavan

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

No clear leader emerged in the nominations for the 17th  annual Latin Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday morning. Mexican pop duo Jesse & Joy, Brazilian singer-songwriter Djavan and Colombian pop vocalist Fonseca took the lead, with four nominations apiece. Coming in at three nods each were Tijuana...

Roundup: More on Washington's new museum, Obama and the arts, the Rams video that is definitely performance art

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Parsing Washington’s new African American museum. Obama’s record on the arts. The new Mecca and old Palmyra. Plus: Dubya the painter, Facebook and censorship, and a tribute to that cheap plastic chair that inhabits every backyard. Here’s the Roundup: — The reviews are trickling in for the new National...

How white tables set with black vases serve as a reminder of the struggle for civil rights

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Rodney McMillian's latest exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is perfect for election season. At its center is an installation that delves into the legacy (or lack thereof) of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American female presidential candidate. It's a welcome reminder of...

Plácido Domingo's sound and fury in L.A. Opera's 'Macbeth'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

As Macbeth’s fate begins to catch up with him, the king in Los Angeles Opera’s 31st season opener cannot look forward to having earned honor, love or compassion. His voice rises into a stressed high range, and harmonies in the orchestra offer little comfort as he acknowledges that advancing age...

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