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Warm spots in Pierre Huyghe's often chilly Conceptualism at LACMA

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:55pm
The traveling 20-year retrospective of French Conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe turns the Los Angeles County Museum of Art into a mammoth vivarium — a carefully orchestrated, walk-in terrarium-cum-aquarium. The exhibition creates a self-contained ecosystem of plants, sculptures, video...

Wall Street Journal columnist barred by Broadway press agent

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:51pm
A cultural columnist at the Wall Street Journal has been disinvited to shows by a top Broadway press agent in response to a column she wrote in which she confessed to leaving a number of shows early.

The listicle perfected: Henri Lefebvre's 'The Missing Pieces'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:05pm
We are a culture that likes to make lists. We have top 10s. We have the five best. The three worst. We have every story ever written on Buzzfeed. But Henri Lefebvre's "The Missing Pieces" turns the listicle into a platform for storytelling, a funereal poetry of sort. The book is an 83-page list...

Bradley Cooper earns plaudits for 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:47am
Bradley Cooper has already made the new Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man" a hot ticket, with fans lined up in front of the theater for scarce seats and behind it for autographs and selfies with the star. Whether the critics would react with the same enthusiasm was unknown until Sunday...

For Tom Hanks et al., a capital evening at Kennedy Center Honors gala

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 10:10pm
WASHINGTON — Tom Hanks was lauded as America's "favorite son" — and one of the greatest of cinema's stars — at a star-spangled Kennedy Center Honors gala on Sunday.

Music Center's 50th-anniversary gala amps up energy to a fault

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:05pm
Times, tastes, fashions and spectacles have changed in the past half-century. The Music Center has noticed.

'On Tour with Leonard Cohen' presents a picture of the singing poet

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 8:00am
A selection of Sharon Robinson's 'On Tour with Leonard Cohen' photos are in a Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibit

A 'Performance' that sometimes captivates, often disappoints

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47pm
Can you demystify enchantment? Choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, composer Stephin Merritt and designer Ali Naschke-Messing certainly tried in their plotless, collaborative 50-minute theater piece “Performance” at the REDCAT in Disney Hall on Friday.

Hershey Felder gives Irving Berlin one-man-play treatment at Geffen

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:00pm
Hershey Felder may be the most efficient performing artist on the planet.

El Sistema founder, Gustavo Dudamel are targets of scathing new book

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 11:00am
Everyone loves El Sistema, Venezuela's revolutionary music education program — which serves hundreds of thousands of students, many in the barrios — and produced Gustavo Dudamel. Its founder, José Antonio Abreu, has been heralded as a national treasure and living saint. The...

Angela Lansbury's spirit and star power burn as bright as ever

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 9:00am
As gracious and unpretentious as her Brentwood home, Angela Lansbury radiated hospitality as she ushered me into her living room, where her honorary Oscar sits as casually as a figurine placed on a table while a kettle was whistling.

Object Lesson: Roberto Chavez's dusty shelf of famous men

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:40pm
One of the best outcomes of Pacific Standard Time (PST), the series of Getty Foundation-funded exhibitions first staged in 2011, is that it got Southern California to study its own art history — bringing to light the work of artists who had been somewhat overlooked. Case in point:...