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L.A. theater openings, April 6-13: 'Romeo & Juliet' and more

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:00am
Wherefore art thou, "Romeo & Juliet"? At Independent Shakespeare Co., that's where. Plus, Parson's Nose tells of "Little Sophie’s Misfortunes," and "Salome" is just trying to get a head at Archway Studio/Theatre.

Some like it not: Grotesque 'Forever Marilyn' leaving Palm Springs

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:00am
Critic's Notebook: J. Seward Johnson's 'Forever Marilyn' was meant to honor Marilyn Monroe, but the ham-handed sculpture dehumanizes her.

Good news out of Palm Springs this week: Work has begun on dismantling "Forever Marilyn," the grotesque colossus fabricated with typical ham-handedness by sculptor J. Seward Johnson, which has been marring an already vacant lot at a prominent downtown corner for the last two years.

Watch 'The Lion King' cast burst into song from their plane seats

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:07pm
The cast of the Australian production of "The Lion King," in a buoyant mood, gave it their all in a flash-mob performance aboard a Virgin Australia flight.

Gauguin painting stolen 44 years ago hung in autoworker's kitchen

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:45am
A pair of paintings by French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard that had been missing for four decades has been recovered by Italian authorities who said that the works of art were hanging in a kitchen of a retired Sicilian autoworker who was unaware of their value.

Baseball is a big attraction on L.A.'s cultural scene this week

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:00am
With the Major League Baseball season just underway, it's also batter-up this week for baseball-related cultural events in the L.A. area -- a triple play of sorts including a big museum exhibition, a theatrical production focused on baseball songs, and a program of chamber music interspersed with writer-actor Richard Montoya's reflections on the history of Chavez Ravine before it became the Dodgers' home.

An April Fool's prank Bieber fans will have to see to 'Believe'

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:30am
Southern California street artist PAZ says he replaced thousands of Justin Bieber's 'Believe' CDs in various L.A. stores with his own for April Fool's Day.

A street artist and electronic musician said Tuesday that he clandestinely removed Justin Bieber's "Believe" CD in stores across Los Angeles and replaced them with fakes as part of an elaborate April Fool's Day stunt.

Alex Fernandez reflects on juggling stage work and TV stints

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:00am
'Henry V' director and narrator Alex Fernandez, a.k.a. Guillermo Cienfuegos, talks about managing dual artistic identities in theater and on TV.

Shakespeare's "Henry V" begins with a narrator called the Chorus bemoaning the theater as "an unworthy scaffold." The description turns out to be an accurate one for the Pacific Resident Theatre production, which takes place in a cramped, 34-seat space where actors and audience can practically touch hands without much strain.

Jackson Pollock's 'Mural' gives Getty a bump in attendance

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:26pm
The Getty Museum reported an uptick in attendance for March due in part to interest in its exhibition devoted to Jackson Pollock's "Mural."