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Norman Lear, Barbara Cook coming to Wallis Annenberg Center

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:57am
Norman Lear, the television veteran behind the sitcom "All in the Family" and other hits, and Barbara Cook, the Broadway stage legend, have been added to the current season of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. 

Herbert Blomstedt leads L.A. Phil's commanding Bruckner performance

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 10:00pm
Silicon Valley, you've surely noticed, has become health conscious. Apple markets medical apps. One of Google's latest futuristic endeavors is a cancer nanodetector. But the Bay Area's entrepreneurial techies have missed a fountain of youth in its backyard — the San Francisco Symphony.

Composer Andrew Norman tries to evoke Gehry home in 'Frank's House'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:00pm
Andrew Norman is rhapsodizing over Frank Gehry's house in Santa Monica, where a few months ago Norman was given what the famous architect calls "the full Monty," a tour inside and out, accompanied by ample commentary from Gehry and his wife, Berta.

Photographer Anthony Samaniego aims to snap perfect Los Angeles shot

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:00am
Photographer Anthony Samaniego is on a quest to capture the perfect cityscape of Los Angeles — and he's nowhere close, he says, to achieving his mission. The relentless journey, however, has become an end unto itself, spawning dozens of images over several years that show a fluid,...

Carl St.Clair leads Pacific Symphony in Leonard Bernstein ode

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
On a gloomy damp and cold Sunday afternoon in August 1990, Leonard Bernstein conducted his last concert. Suffering from the late stages of emphysema, he gasped for air while leading an incomparably urgent performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony's outdoor...

Two perspectives on no way out by Eamon Ore-Giron

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:00pm
A two-channel video is the centerpiece of a somewhat slight but nonetheless involving installation by Eamon Ore-Giron at LAXART. The work is one of three small shows that inaugurate the nonprofit gallery’s new location in Hollywood.

In Daniela Comani's movie universe, gender assumptions get flipped

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 5:00pm
Turning the tables to switch the gender in pictures of men and women is a fairly simplistic strategy for an artist. For her second solo exhibition at Charlie James Gallery, Berlin-based Daniela Comani manages to make it work in surprisingly effective ways.

L.A.'s Hollyhock House among Wright's buildings up for World Heritage List

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:13pm
Ten Frank Lloyd Wright buildings from seven states, including L.A.'s Hollyhock House, were nominated on Friday for the UNESCO World Heritage List, which recognizes the most notable sites -- cultural and natural -- around the globe.

They look, we look; people's gaze is the focus in Dan McCleary works

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:00pm
Dan McCleary is among the finest figurative painters working today. Sixteen paintings made during the past 20 years in the survey “Dan McCleary: Every Day Sacred” are clear evidence, if any were still needed, that a full-scale retrospective exhibition is in order.

Darrell Hammond makes impression on 'SNL,' stage

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:00pm
The versatile impressionist Darrell Hammond, 59, holds the record as the longest-running cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (1995-2009) and recently succeeded the late Don Pardo as the program's announcer. Now he is developing a one-man show, "The Darrell Hammond Project," at La Jolla...

An art gallery in Los Angeles modeled on the Unabomber cabin

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:08am
Los Angeles is a region with plenty of unusual exhibition spaces. Pasadena's Side Street Projects operates out of a mobile trailer. The Finley displays art in a Los Feliz foyer visible from the street. A professor at Culver City's Otis College of Art and Design has a gallery in a small...

L.A. Opera goes for the epic with 'The Ghosts of Versailles'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:00am
In a large workshop at CBS Television City on the edge of Hollywood, the palace of Versailles was slowly taking shape.

Moment of Friday: A drone video of Auschwitz, field of nightmares

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:46am
This week marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. To commemorate the occasion, the BBC produced a six-minute video (embedded above) using a drone that flies over and around the infamous Nazi site in Poland to capture images of fields marked...

Lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg likes being film fodder for Ryan Reynolds

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:00am
Like wars, movies about real, living people have a home front.