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For Tupac Shakur musical 'Holler if Ya Hear Me,' a social mission

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 9:00am
Contemporary Broadway is filled with splashy adaptations of popular movies and revivals of long-ago hits. The hard-core‎, truth-to-power stylings of Tupac Shakur? Not so much. The creators of "Holler If Ya Hear me"--an ambitious musical that spins a new story from the late rapper's iconic...

'The Immigrant': James Gray on Puccini and other opera influences

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 5:14pm
James Gray recalled attending a performance at Los Angeles Opera that would eventually inspire him to make his latest movie, "The Immigrant," which opens Friday and stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. It was 2008 and the production was "Il Trittico" -- a set of three...

Stars elevate 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' at Laguna Playhouse

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:35pm
An inordinate degree of audience-savvy skill and no small amount of personal charm distinguishes “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” at the Laguna Playhouse. By embracing rather than avoiding the conventional contours of Richard Alfieri's international hit two-hander about an imposing Florida...

Missing Van Gogh painting reported found in safe-deposit box in Spain

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:42am
A long-missing painting by Vincent Van Gogh is believed to have been discovered in Spain by tax collectors who were going through the contents of a safe-deposit box. The small work of art, titled "Cypress, Sky and Country," is thought to have been missing for about four decades. The Spanish...

An auction house does clumsy art-shtick

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 3:05pm
Odds are you won’t be bidding at Christie’s special contemporary art auction Monday night in New York. With estimates running as high as $12 million for a 1985 multiple of a Jeff Koons aqualung cast in bronze, which would helpfully drag you down to the bottom of the sea, this is a sale for...

San Diego Opera reaches $1-million crowd-funding goal

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 2:33pm
San Diego Opera said Friday that it has reached its crowd-funding goal of $1 million, 10 days ahead of the May 19 deadline. But the financially troubled opera company said it wasn't ready to announce a new season yet. The company launched its $1-million crowd-funding campaign last month,...

Hugh Jackman returning to Broadway in Jez Butterworth play

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 9:19am
As the publicity for the latest "X-Men" movie ramps into fifth gear, veteran Broadway producer Sonia Friedman took the opportunity to announce late Thursday that Hugh Jackman -- Wolverine himself -- will return to the New York stage in a production of Jez Butterworth's play "The River."...

Shakespeare OC gets new lease on life with old hand John Walcutt

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:00am
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Among the untold thousands of actors who’ve tackled the title role of “Macbeth,” John Walcutt may have been the first whose director instructed him to think of himself as a legitimate heir to the throne. But it wasn’t the throne of...

KCET's 'Artbound' to air 100-mule, 240-mile trek to water source

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:53pm
Last October, 100 mules, a couple of wranglers and one civic-minded artist set out on a nearly month-long, 240-mile journey on foot from the Owens Valley to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Griffith Park. Lauren Bon’s mobile art project, "100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," was...

Peter Sellars, Chuck Berry are winners of 2014 Polar Music Prize

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:19pm
They've probably never shared a stage together, and they are a strange match even by the odd-pairings standards of entertainment awards. Peter Sellars, the innovative Los Angeles-based director of opera and theater, and rock pioneer Chuck Berry were named the dual recipients of the annual...

"Odalisque," a big little icon by Ingres, goes on view at LACMA

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:10pm
Icons loom large in the mind, but sometimes they’re tiny in person. That’s the case with “Odalisque,” the teensy painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) acquired a few days ago by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Less than six-by-10 inches in size, it has just been...

Can Getty keep prized 'Bronze'? Italy's high court delays ruling

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:35am
Italy's highest court has once more delayed a ruling on whether it will affirm a lower court's decision ordering the Getty Museum to return one of its most prized antiquities, the so-called Getty Bronze, to Italy after 36 years as one of the foremost works on display at the Getty Villa in...

Renee Fleming donates Super Bowl gown to Smithsonian

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:01am
Renée Fleming is donating the Vera Wang gown she wore to perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl game to the Smithsonian in Washington. The National Museum of American History will display the gown starting June 14. The gown -- which is black with a white shoulder wrap made of...

Picasso painting 'The Rescue' sells for $31.5 million at auction

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:04am
A Pablo Picasso painting titled "Le Sauvetage," or "The Rescue," sold for $31.5 million at a New York auction on Wednesday, exceeding sales estimates. The 1932 painting -- a brightly colorful, abstract depiction of individuals on the seaside -- was part of a larger Sotheby's auction of...

L.A. theater openings, May 11-18: 'Entershamement' and more

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 9:00am
Pasadena Playhouse reopens its recently refurbished Carrie Hamilton Theatre with a pair of solo shows: Amy G's "Entershamement" and Joe Orrach’s "In My Corner." Plus, South Coast Rep revisits its inaugural production, Moliere's "Tartuffe," to close out its 50th anniversary season. Letters...