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'Venus in Fur' is a delicious study of sexual power dynamics

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 4:00am
Depending on your taste for kink, "Venus in Fur," David Ives' twisty tale about a casting session between a smug playwright and an earthy actress trying out for the role of a well-born 19th century dominatrix, will be either a dream come true or a cautionary nightmare.

London Philharmonic Orchestra's Jurowski a hypnotic force

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:30am
Orchestral life in London is a monster. Five major orchestras compete, and with the likes of Valery Gergiev heading the London Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Philharmonia, the battle for the best players and for audiences can be brutal. On top of that, the world's great orchestras are...

Form and color meet in Matisse's joyous cutouts

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 2:00pm
At the end of World War II, when Europe was recovering from the onslaught, the great French artist Henri Matisse was recovering from personal battles. Matisse, then in his 70s, had endured not just the war but also two surgeries and an infection that had left him hardly able to stand, much less...

The stars open up in Jeff Vespa's 'The Art of Discovery'

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:00pm
Celebrity photography is all about access, and few people have more than Jeff Vespa.

Tig Notaro leads breast cancer benefit at Largo

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:50am
Tig Notaro’s 2012 stand-up set at Largo in Los Angeles is now the stuff of comedy legend: That night Notaro revealed to the audience that she had Stage 2, bilateral breast cancer. She then brilliantly spun the life-altering news into a candid but hilarious half-hour of stand-up. Louis...

'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:00am
After years as an influential but rarely screen cult classic, Thom Andersen's 2003 documentary, "Los Angeles Plays Itself," will finally be released on DVD this week. Andersen, a professor of film studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, made the movie to protest what he saw...

Contemporary works from the United Arab Emirates to highlight L.A. Art Show

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 8:00am
The United Arab Emirates has been designated the "featured guest country" at the 2015 L.A. Art Show, scheduled for Jan. 14-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.