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Datebook: Statue selfies, new Nazca Lines, the whitest superheroes

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:41am
All kinds of drama at museums in Delaware, North Miami and Washington, D.C., a discovery of new Nazca Lines in Peru, reconsidering the urban role of the Santa Ana River, psychedelic fonts, statue selfies and why liking everything on Facebook encourages the worst kind of content sludge. It's all...

Benjamin Millepied to unveil new work with L.A. Dance Project

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 8:29am
Benjamin Millepied is set to assume his new job as the head of the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet this year. The dancer-choreographer has stated that he will still be involved with his company L.A. Dance Project going forward, and this week, the group said it will debut a new work in October...

'Finding Fela!' uses musical bio as entry point to tell Fela Kuti story

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:30am
"Finding Fela!" is a hall-of-mirrors documentary that dissects the complex public persona of the late Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti though the lens of the 2009 Broadway musical biography "Fela!"

Lauren Bacall dies at 89: Screen legend found success on Broadway

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:15am
If Oscar gold eluded Lauren Bacall for decades -- she finally received an honorary statuette in 2010 -- the actress had better luck on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards for stage roles that traded on her Hollywood legend status.

Pacing, casting mar 'Cherry Orchard' at Pacific Resident Theatre

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:00pm
“The Cherry Orchard” could more appropriately be titled “Aristos in Amber.” 

Why Kenneth Jarecke's gruesome war photo needs to be seen

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:29am
The photo shows a man, his skin blackened, his teeth set in a grimace, a barely human figure who was carbonized trying to escape his deathtrap of a burning truck. The man is Iraqi. The setting is the Highway of Death, the strip of road that led north out of Kuwait into southern Iraq, where...

Robin Williams: A comic actor with classical training

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 7:55am
Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Monday at the age of 63, was an actor of prodigious comic gifts both on stage as a stand-up comedian and on-screen as an actor. What many of his fans may not know or remember is that behind his hyper and manic comic persona was a classically...

'Recovered Voices' initiative studies grim history of Nazi censorship

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:30am
James Conlon's Los Angeles Opera "Recovered Voices" mission of reviving music suppressed by the Nazis has been on hiatus lately, economic recovery being the company's priority. For the time being, the music director has, instead, looked elsewhere, such as establishing the Ziering-Conlon...

Quentin Tarantino, Barbara Kruger will be honorees at LACMA gala

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:00pm
Quentin Tarantino will share the spotlight with visual artist Barbara Kruger as the honorees at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Art + Film gala in November.

Metropolitan Opera sets deadline of Sunday for union negotiations

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:52pm
The Metropolitan Opera has set a new deadline of Sunday for union negotiations to conclude, according to an announcement from the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The Met has been locked in contentious discussions with several of its unions as company leaders have sought to...

Claims of retaliation for faculty dissent at Corcoran Gallery of Art

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:30pm
It seems that the controversial breakup of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design just got vindictive.

Untangling the complicated legacy of nanny-photographer Vivian Maier

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:28pm
It's a story that is part "Storage Wars," part "Antiques Roadshow." A Chicago Realtor named John Maloof purchases an uncataloged trove of negatives at an auction in 2007. These orphaned negatives, it turns out, belonged to a nanny named Vivian Maier. And the black-and-white images they...

Neil Simon pays visit to 'Broadway Bound' in Los Angeles

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:39am
The audience at Sunday's matinee performance of "Broadway Bound" at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles got a surprise visit when the play's author -- Neil Simon -- made an appearance in the front row of the small theater where the revival production opened this month.

Why Salonen's 'Universe of Sound: The Planets' L.A. stop was canceled

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 5:00am
For more than 30 years, L.A. audiences and arts funders have followed Esa-Pekka Salonen down new pathways into classical music.

New concert hall in Sonoma named after 'Peanuts' character

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:54am
In the classical-music world, concert halls are typically named after philanthropists and other major donors who have given substantial sums of money to help make the new building a reality.

Cate Blanchett brings an extravagant fierceness to 'The Maids'

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:00am
Cate Blanchett is spectacular in Sydney Theatre Company's patchy production of Jean Genet's 'The Maids' in New York. Isabelle Huppert is also fierce, but seemingly at odds with the rest of the cast.

Cate Blanchett is spectacular in Sydney Theatre Company's patchy production of Jean Genet's 'The Maids' in New York. Isabelle Huppert is also fierce, but seemingly at odds with the rest of the cast.

'Revealed' photo exhibit captures famous artists at work

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 1:00pm
In a great work of art, the artist's hand is invisible. Not so in the traveling exhibition "Revealed," which shows famous artists at work in their studios. The series of nearly 40 photographs has been culled from the archives of the French weekly magazine Paris Match by Pablo Picasso's...

LACMA's 'Marsden Hartley' show a moving study of German years

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:00pm
I fully expected to enjoy "Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings, 1913-1915," the newly opened exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. And I did.

Beyond 'Orange is the New Black': 8 eye-opening prison books

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 9:54am
Like a lot of people, I got sucked in by the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black": the totally backstabby soap operatic twists, Lea DeLaria's comedic awesomeness as Big Boo, the luminosity of Samira Wiley as Poussey (memo to execs: please cast her in everything!), all of the inventive...