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Deborah Sussman, Los Angeles area designer was 83

olympics-sussman.jpg Sussman began her career as an office designer for Charles and Ray Eames. She created a distinctive graphic look for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Hamlet in Encino

hamlet-in-encino.jpg Los Encinos State Historic Park, as I've said before, is my favorite history-drenched enclave of Los Angeles. So why not Hamlet on the grass?

Re-thought LACMA design would span Wilshire Boulevard

lacma-over-wilshire-zumthor.jpg Peter Zumthor's new design spares acreage around the La Brea Tar Pits and has the initial blessing of Mayor Eric Garcetti, LACMA director Michael Govan and Jane Pisano of the Natural History Museum.

Broad museum plants 100-year-old olive trees

bcam-olive-trees.jpg The fifteen Barouni olive trees were transported to LA on large trucks and transplanted into the plaza outside the museum.
pharrell550-zevweb.jpg “It’s heartbreaking to have to turn away patrons who we know paid sometimes as much as four times face value for a fraudulent ticket," says the LA Phil operating officer.

LA Times hires freelancer as new arts and culture blogger

carolina-a-miranda.jpg The number of Spanish speakers on staff goes up by one with the addition of Carolina Miranda, formerly of Time and KCRW, a Valley native who worked as an LAT desk assistant more than two decades ago.

Unblended: A tale of two newspaper film reviews

blended-sandler-barrymore.jpg A.O. Scott in the New York Times says Adam Sandler's "Blended" is so bad it will make your child stupid. The LA Times calls it a "fun...enjoyable romp."

History mural in the Valley painted over

flores-mural-main.jpg Mural by Alfredo Diaz Flores at Louise Avenue and Vanowen Street depicted Mission San Juan Capistrano. I don't know how long it has been gone, but it was there last time I looked.

Ronstadt will not travel to Rock Hall of Fame ceremony

ronstadt-nyt-aug2013.jpg Citing her health, Linda Ronstadt says she won't attend April 10 in Brooklyn. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Glenn Frey will go instead and make sure she is properly feted.

Free tix: Misty Copeland in Santa Monica

Misty-Copeland-ltla.jpg The American Ballet Theater soloist we wrote about here the other day will speak Thursday night at Bergamot Station.
Thumbnail image for philip-seymour-hoffman.jpg It's stunning how fast this all happened. One day, the National Enquirer was posting a bogus story that claimed David Bar Katz was the secret gay lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Less than three weeks later, the tabloid is paying for Katz to create the American Playwriting Foundation.

Broad Museum opening delayed until 2015

broad-plaza-rendering.jpg When the museum does open on Bunker Hill, there will be a public plaza and a restaurant whose partners include Bill Chait of Bestia and alums of Thomas Keller restaurants.

Maximilian Schell, Oscar winner was 83

m-schell-judgement.jpg Schell won his best actor Oscar for the 1961 Staley Kramer film "Judgment at Nuremberg.” He later directed “Der Rosenkavalier” for the Los Angeles Opera in 2005.

Breaking: LA Stage Times suspends publication*

la-stage-time-grab.jpg LA Stage Times is going on hiatus, effective immediately. Longtime theater writer Don Shirley will now post regularly at LA Observed.
pete-seeger-rrhof.jpg Pete Seeger, a champion of American folk music and social change since the 1940s, collected songs in the South with Alan Lomax, traveled in California with Woody Guthrie, performed for President Barack Obama — and adapted the civil rights movement anthem "We Shall Overcome."

Music industry honors Phil Everly at the Troubadour

rhiannon-giddens-troubadour.jpg Sounds as if the Troubadour stage has hosted another memorable show. "Deliriously upbeat," writes Chris Willman for the Hollywood Reporter. Adds Steve Hochman: "Hard to believe anyone could steal a show with a lineup like this. But, well, Rhiannon Giddens."

Report: MOCA goes to NYC for a director, again

Thumbnail image for moca-plaza-store.jpg The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles is poised to name as its new director Philippe Vergne, director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, according to Jori Finkel in the New York Times. The LAT, which laid off Finkel last year, doesn't have the story.

KPCC hiring to expand into arts and entertainment news

scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg The position open now is for an on-air host of entertainment programing. As I understand the plan, the coverage will begin as a segment on "Take Two" then expand to a half-hour show.

North Hollywood actors and crew get naked for costumes (video)

Members of the Antaeus Company classical stage troupe made a humorous end-of-year fundraising video that uses a lot of pixelated skin to make the point that actors need costumes.

LA Weekly cutting back on theater coverage

Thumbnail image for marin-ireland-parallelogram8.jpg Don Shirley at LA Stage Times has the toll: Capsule theater reviews will drop from the current seven or eight per week to about two, and commentaries by Steven Leigh Morris will appear every other week, instead of weekly.

Art, artists and California’s ribbons of road

CelminsWindshield-600-1966.jpg This painting of a freeway made in 1966 by the artist Vija Celmins is "a prime example of a California-based artist making work that engages the state’s famous highway system," writes arts journalist Tyler Green. He shows 25 examples.

Joseph Gatto as drawn by Kent Twitchell

joseph-gatto-twitchell.jpg Joseph Gatto is the longtime art teacher at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts who was found shot and killed in his Silver Lake home last week. Gatto was the father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Kent Twitchell murals inside redone Patriotic Hall

twitchell-mural-free-ballot.jpg The county-owned Bob Hope Patriotic Hall on Figueroa Street a bit south of downtown has been getting a makeover.

Hammer Museum declares that art will be free

Thumbnail image for streetsc-lindbrook+westwood.jpg UCLA Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin announced at her annual Saturday night gala that the the Westwood galleries will switch to free admission in February. Hammer donors Erika Glazer and Brenda Potter are making the change possible.

Linda Ronstadt talks music, Mexico and Parkinson's*

ronstadt-writersbloc-twitter.jpg I haven't been to enough Writers Bloc events to know if a standing ovation is usual when the author simply comes on stage, but that's what happened tonight in Santa Monica.

The Broad will open as a free museum

gracetti-broad-on-site.jpg The Broad opened its doors to the media today for a hard-hat tour of the still under-construction museum and made some news.

Tiler Peck gets into Vanity Fair (and engaged)

tiler-peck-robert-iris.jpg Peck is the New York City Ballet principal dancer who LA Observed featured in two posts last year. She has had a busy several months since.

Bruce Davidson photographs Los Angeles (images and video)

bruce-davidson-beach-2008.jpg The documentary photographer Bruce Davidson is known mostly for his images of New York — and not the softer sides of the city. Recently he has been dropping into Los Angeles for weeks at a time to shoot mostly in the hills and canyons. Palm trees, yuccas and the ivy growing on the undersides of freeway bridges factor in his LA pictures.

Linda Ronstadt says Parkinson's has taken her singing voice

lindaronstadt908.jpg Linda Ronstadt told the AARP website she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease eight months ago, after beginning to show symptoms eight years ago. "No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”

Soboroff adds Andrea Bocelli's Braille typewriter

bocelli-soboroff.jpg Steven Soboroff has picked up an interesting addition to the typewriter collection we have mentioned here from time to time. It is a Perkins Brailler that was used by the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Naming rights to Pantages Theatre are in play

pantages-inside.jpg For the first time in 83 years, one of Los Angeles' "rarest naming rights assets" is available. All media references to the Theatre will carry your brand name, the pitch promises investors.

Scottish Rite Temple on Wilshire to become private art museum

scottish-rite-curbed.jpg Maurice and Paul Marciano of the Guess Inc. jeans empire paid $8 million for the Millard Sheets-designed venue. They plan to renovate and use it to collect their art, with occasional public showings.

Deitch resignation from MOCA is now official *

moca-plaza-store.jpg Jeffrey Deitch formally informed the Museum of Contemporary Art board at today's meeting that he will be leaving as director. Joel Wachs is on the search committee.

Jeffrey Deitch appears to be out at MOCA

jeffrey-deitch-nymag.jpg After a report last night by Tom Christie that MOCA has formed a search committee, media outlets are confirming that an announcement of Deitch's exit is imminent.

'A Parallelogram' opens at the Mark Taper

marin-ireland-parallelogram8.jpg This is the actor with SoCal roots whose face you are seeing around town on posters for "A Parallelogram" — Marin Ireland, a Tony nominee in 2009 in her first role on Broadway in Neil LaBute's play "Reasons to be Pretty," and an actor who pops in pretty much everything she is in. The cast with her sparkles.

LA Times editor: arts coverage not diminished

davan-maharaj.jpg Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times, responded last evening to the Southern California museum directors who emailed a complaint yesterday about the firing of arts reporter Jori Finkel, who was laid off recently. Read Maharaj's response inside.

Museum directors protest layoff of LA Times arts reporter

Thumbnail image for jroi-finkel-salcido-zocalo.jpg In a letter to editor Davan Maharaj, the heads of the Getty, Hammer, LACMA and a dozen other institutions call for reinstating the position that was occupied by arts reporter Jori Finkel.

Open letter to 'the worst wax museum in America'

worst-wax-museum-vice.jpg "Dear Hollywood Wax Museum," says a story in Vice. "I recently visited your Los Angeles location and was exceptionally disappointed with what I saw...It was all of your waxworks. They look like something from the nightmares of a person who has been blind since birth and has no real concept of what human beings look like."

Lost Einar Petersen mural from Rosslyn Hotel on eBay

rosslyn_lobby.jpg A 1915 mural of a stagecoach scene that used to hang in the lobby of the Rosslyn Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has shown up for sale on eBay. Part of a set that was removed when the Rosslyn was remodeled, the mural is by long-ago LA muralist Einar Petersen.

James Turrell show at LACMA almost didn't make it

Thumbnail image for turrell-skyroom-hz-iris.jpg This weekend's New York Times Magazine had a long feature on how artist James Turrell has "knocked the art world off its feet," partly by opening three major shows in different cities inside a month. One of those cities is Los Angeles, as we have posted already. What hasn't been covered in LA is just how close the intricate LACMA show came to not being ready on time.

Dave Davies of the Kinks to be honored Friday at City Hall

dave-davies.jpg That's the Van Nuys city hall, where the Los Angeles City Council will hold its Friday meeting. Davies is in town to perform at the Canyon Club and elsewhere. Vintage videos inside.

How Joel Wachs built a pop art empire

joel-wachs-artinfo.jpg I don't think any politician who moved on from Los Angeles City Hall in recent times has invented a new life for himself (or herself) more successfully than Joel Wachs. The former city councilman from the Valley has been the president of the Andy Warhol Foundation in New York for more than a decade now — and his moves have made him a transformative figure in the art world.

James Turrell sky room on South La Brea

turrell-vert-iris.jpg The Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery on South La Brea opened with an inaugural exhibition of work by artist James Turrell, including e Skyspace room where visitors sit in reclining chairs and observe subtle light and color changes from a dome in the ceiling.

Lee Melville, founding editor of LA Stage Times, dies at 74

Lee-Melville-lastagetimes.jpg "Melville was the most extraordinary advocate Los Angeles theater has known," says the CEO of LA Stage Alliance.

When The Doors played LA high schools and clubs

doors-at-birmingham.jpg If you lived in Los Angeles in the 1960s and were inclined toward rock and roll, you might have seen Ray Manzarek and The Doors play at Sunset Strip clubs, at Ports O'Call in San Pedro — or at your high school. Memories are flowing on social media.

Ray Manzarek, co-founder of The Doors was 74 *

manzarek-morrison-boing.jpg Ray Manzarek, the Doors keyboardist, died at a clinic in Germany. Manzarek had cancer of the bile ducts. Sunset Strip clubs dimmed the lights Monday night in his honor. Video and photos inside.

Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre fund new music academy at USC

dre-and-jimmy-iovine.jpg They are donating $70 million for USC to create a new academy for students "who challenge conventional views of art and industry." The unveiling will officially be tomorrow at Interscope Geffen A&M Records in Santa Monica, but USC put out the release tonight.

Chloe Sevigny 'hates' LA like a New Yorker (video)

chloe-sevigny-moca-grab.jpg In this film made for MOCA TV, Chloe Sevigny bitches about everything in LA and pees in front of the camera — it's amusing and moreso when the twists occur at the end.

William Wilson, art critic was 78

Wilson was a Los Angeles Times art critic from 1965 until he retired in 1998, and the chief critic for 20 of those years.

MOCA board rejects merger overture from County Museum of Art

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for moca-sculpture-plaza.jpg The Museum of Contemporary Art released a statement today saying it would remain an independent institution. The statement does not mention LACMA or the proposal to merge with the Wilshire Boulevard museum, but it didn't have to.

Bobby Rogers, original member of the Miracles was 73

Bobby Rogers shared a birthday with Smokey Robinson and they began singing together at Detroit's Northern High School. Their group, The Matadors, changed its name to The Miracles after Rogers' cousin, Claudette Rogers, joined. They became the first Motown Records success.

LA hula dancers get invited to the big show (video)

KON-dancer-2007-ha.jpg In hula, it's a big thing to compete in the annual Merrie Monarch Festival held each spring in Hilo. This year there are only three troupes from outside Hawaii, and two are from the Los Angeles area. There's video inside; one halau struts its stuff Sunday in Lakewood to raise money to go.

NYT observes Huell, Kobe, Glorya Kaufman

huell-rabe.jpg Big weekend for Angelenos in the New York Times, including an obituary of Huell Howser. Plus: Kobe and Vanessa back together.

Video: Exhibit of items newly found in Frida Kahlo's closet

In this Univision video in English, the curator of a new show at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City explains the colorful dresses, other clothing and body harnesses found 58 years after the artist's death.

Patti Page, one of top selling singers ever was 85

patti-page-baby.jpg Page was to receive a lifetime achievement Grammy Award next month. The top selling female recording artist of the 1950s died in a nursing home in Encinitas.

Year-end obits: Catherine O'Neill, Mark Hundahl, Lee Dorman

catherine-oneill.jpg I'm catching up on some locally prominent deaths I've missed during the holiday slowdown. Video inside: 17 minutes of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida."

Fontella Bass, soul and gospel singer was 72

fontella-bass-record.jpg Fontella Bass, a church choir singer in St. Louis who recorded as a soul singer for Chess Records and had a hit with "Rescue Me" in 1965, died Wednesday at age 72 in her hometown. She suffered a heart attack three weeks ago.

Video: 'Stairway to Heaven' at Kennedy Center Honors

Awesome. Brilliant stroke to go female with the Led Zeppelin anthem. The surprise church choir voices finally brought Robert Plant to subtle tears.

Big things that were never built in Los Angeles

civic-center-wright.jpg Imagine if Disneyland had been built in Burbank, or if LAX lay west of the corner of Balboa and Roscoe. A major new exhibit will look at the city that never happened — a cool video inside invites you to support the project on Kickstarter.

Jenni Rivera memorial celebration a tear-jerker

rosie-rivera-memorial-grab.jpg The Jenni Rivera memorial held today at the Gibson Amphitheatre looked to be a very large family gathering. There were the 6,000-plus fans in the seats who sang along with the songs and chanted her name, and there was the singer's extended family baring their souls on stage.

Jenni Rivera service Wednesday at Gibson Amphitheatre

Jenni-Rivera-nbc4.jpg Rivera's family is asking to be left alone for a private burial, but on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon there will be a public memorial service at the amphitheater in Universal CityWalk. Her minister brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., will lead the service.

Gil Friesen, the 'ampersand' in A&M Records was 75

Friesen was the longtime president of A&M Records, executive producer of "The Breakfast Club" and was at work on a documentary about back-up singers called "Twenty Feet From Stardom."

Jeni LeGon, early movie tap dancer was 96

LeGon-obit-rko-nyt.jpg Jeni LeGon made her name in the 1930s singing and dancing with other African-American stars such as Bill Bojangles Robinson and Fats Waller. She later taught dance in Los Angeles, the NYT says.

From Ravi Shankar's living room to Occidental College

ravi-shankar-music-circle.jpg Oxy posts a little remembrance today that connects the small size of Shankar's living room in Beverly Hills in the 1970s with a 40-year tradition of live Indian classical music at the Eagle Rock campus.

How the media missed Jenni Rivera: part two

jenni-rivera-smile.jpg The Washington Post's Paul Farhi takes his stab at explaining why most Americans had never heard of Jenni Rivera until the Mexican-American performer died in a plane crash — and why very few media in Southern California had ever done stories on the local girl who made good. Make that very good.

Ravi Shankar, sitar maestro and Beatles inspiration was 92 *

ravi-shankar-2009.jpg Ravi Shankar has died in San Diego after being admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital last week complaining of breathing difficulties. The legendary musician and his musician daughter Anoushka are nominated for 2013 Grammy awards in the world music category. The prime minister of India has confirmed the death and called Shankar a national treasure.
lou-adler-rrhof.jpg The April 18 induction ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, moving to the West Coast for the first time since 1993. The event will be open to the ticket-buying public, and will air as an HBO special on May 18.

Remains of Jenni Rivera have been recovered

Thumbnail image for jenni-rivera-mun2.jpg Authorities in Mexico say that the remains of singer Jenni Rivera were found overnight in the wreckage field of her jet that crashed Sunday in mountains in the state of Nuevo Leon.

Rebekah del Rio announces final concert due to brain tumor

rebekah-del-rio-grab.jpg She will perform "Llorando," from the David Lynch film "Mulholland Drive," perhaps one last time on Sunday in Downtown LA. The brain surgery is expected to damage her voice.

Petersen Museum opening the 'vault' to tours

Delage_1937-petersen.jpg Starting this month, museum visitors who take a guided tour on weekends and pay an extra $25 will get to see the special cars kept out view in the garage.

Track 16 yields to the Expo Line

track-16-goodbye-kcrw.jpg Beside Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, bridge foundations are rising that portend the demise of a portion of the Bergamot Station arts complex, including the Track 16 gallery where many have attended events through the years. Lisa Napoli pays a little tribute for KCRW.

Prisencolinensinainciusol is a hit in any language

Forty years ago this weekend, Italian pop singer Adriano Celentano released a song that became a hit in Italy and across Europe — but it wasn't sung in Italian or English. Caution: infectious video ahead.

Bill Dees, co-writer of 'Oh, Pretty Woman' was 73

Bill Dees was a Nashville songwriter working with Roy Orbison in 1964 when they wrote 'Oh, Pretty Woman," inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette. The song changed both of their lives forever.

Brewery art walk on North Main

brewery-arts-crowd.jpg The Brewery Arts Complex in Lincoln Heights held its twice-annual open house and art walk this weekend. Good crowds both days. Here are a few pics.

Bring me the head of Paul McCartney

pauls-head-quinn.jpg For his new book documenting the rock and roll billboards of the Sunset Strip, Robert Landau wondered what happened to Paul's head from Abbey Road. Now we know, 43 years later. Pics and video inside.

The paintings of Estaño tonight at Take My Picture gallery

estano-work.jpg Gary Leonard's Take My Picture gallery on Broadway is opening a new exhibit tonight of 51 paintings and drawings by Philip Stein, who was nicknamed Estaño by the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.
beach-boys-marker.jpg Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson sent in a letter to the Los Angeles Times responding to a piece on Saturday by Mike Love, another original member of the band — and Wilson's cousin — about how it came to be that an entity called the Beach Boys will continue to tour without Wilson or Al Jardine.

Gundlach gets his stolen artwork back

That $10 million art theft at the home of Santa Monica bond trader Jeffrey Gundlach has been solved — or at least he has gotten his artwork back and two men have been arrested. I guess rewards work when they are big enough.

Getty parking correction: some of our numbers were wrong

getty-entrance-view.jpg My item last week on the Getty's parking revenue included two incorrect numbers billed as coming from the museum's IRS filings, and they alter one of the key points of the post. In fact, the Getty has netted more than $1.2 million in new parking revenue that did not go for executive salaries.

Yaroslavsky as Lincoln

zev-as-lincoln.jpg On Sept. 11 at the Hollywood Bowl, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky narrated the Abraham Lincoln parts of it “A Lincoln Portrait,” by Aaron Copland. Watch the video.

Before there was Art Walk there was the Young Turks

young-turks-logo.jpg In the late 1970s, performance artist Stephen Seemayer used an 8mm movie camera to film the artists who were starting to inhabit Downtown, "before skyscrapers, MOCA and loft living." His 1981 documentary, "Young Turks," has been re-cut with Pamela Wilson using found footage of Al's Bar, Pino's Tropical Paradise, the Atomic Cafe and other landmarks of the Downtown art scene that no longer exist. Watch the trailer inside.

Johnny Perez, Topanga drummer and songwriter was 69

sir-douglas-quintet-album.jpg Johnny Perez came out of San Antonio as the drummer of the 1960s band Sir Douglas Quintet, which had hits with 'She's About a Mover" and "Mendocino." Perez landed in Topanga Canyon and more recently owned Topanga Skyline Studio, a famous recording venue used by Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Sting, T-Bone Burnett and others.

Chuck Philips to unveil new rap story on Twitter

Philips is the former LA Times staff writer who left the paper shortly after editors fully retracted his 2008 story naming names in the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. He will break what he calls a new story Thursday via tweet.

Getty takes in $6.4 million in parking a year *

getty-parking-990.jpg Officially, there is no admission charge to visit the Getty Museum. But parking takes in almost two million dollars more than it used to.

Siqueiros' America Tropical finally gets a public date

América Tropical, on a second-story outside wall of the old Italian Hall on Olvera Street, is the last surviving public mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros in the United States that remains in its original location.

Museum directors christen Grand Park, defend MOCA *

Zócalo-at-Grand-Park-panel.jpg On Friday night, Zocalo held its first event outside in the new Grand Park — a co-branded dealie with KCRW. On the panel, Los Angeles Times arts reporter Jori Finkel...

MOCA postpones this year's gala fundraiser

mocagagadancer.jpg The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles isn’t in a party mood this year, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.

LA Times adds another pop music writer

The newest music writer on the LAT staff is Mikael Wood, most recently a freelancer for the paper and elsewhere. Here's the newsroom memo:

Kiss and ride: LA's newest dance venue

van-nuys-flyaway-front.jpg The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's latest work, "Kiss n' Ride," will be performed inside the city's Van Nuys FlyAway Bus Terminal on Woodley Avenue.

Mapplethorpe's gay S&M photos coming to LACMA

mapplethorpe-sm-lacma.jpg It has been two decades since artist Robert Mapplethorpe's exhibit of sexually graphic photographs of black men were denounced by Jesse Helms and put on trial for obscenity in Cincinnati. (The jury acquitted the museum director.) Now Mapplethorpe’s rarely shown "X Portfolio" will go on display this fall at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "in a space beyond immediate sightlines."

Center Theatre Group's LA commitment: deleted?

tribes-ctg-shirley.jpeg Theater critic Don Shirley likes to peruse the new CTG seasons when they are announced and gauge how well the material fits the company's pledge to tell stories "inspired on our own streets” and through “collaboration with other Los Angeles theatres and ensembles.” Only this time, Shirley says that principle has gone missing from the CTG website.

Origin of those garage door bookshelves

garage-door-books-crais-fb.jpg The trompe l'oeil bookshelves were commissioned by Lee Dembart, a former Los Angeles Times editor and writer, and painted in 2005 by artist Don Gray. Author Robert Crais posted about the garage door recently on Facebook.

Nightfall: New LA time lapse from Colin Rich

Artist Colin Rich, who made a pretty stunning timelapse piece on Los Angeles at night last year, returns to the subject of illuminated LA. The music this time is "Echoes of Mine" by M83. Watch inside.

Scott McKenzie, musician of the 1960s was 73

Screen shot 2012-08-20 at 6.59.06 PM.png Scott McKenzie, who died Saturday at home in Silver Lake, is best known for singing the ballad "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," which beckoned the youth of the world to come to the first Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 and became an anthem of that year's Summer of Love. The song, written by John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and released by Lou Adler's Ode Records, went as high as No. 4 on the Billboard chart but was No. 1 across Europe. Check out this video from Monterey.

Chris Burden's favorite Westwood office tower

helmut-jahn-tower.jpg Artist Chris Burden used to see the Helmut Jahn-designed Tower building at Wilshire and Midvale Avenue on his trips to and from UCLA, where he taught for 26 years. It's a "visually complex and satisfying office building" that gives him pleasure, as he explains.

Not a Cornfield artist has a new idea for downtown

Water-wheel-550.jpg Lauren Bon's latest project is to install a large working water wheel to extract water out of the Los Angeles River (once the city's main source) and irrigate land beside the Broadway bridge, near the Los Angeles State Historic Park where her cornfield transformed a former train yard in 2005. Check out the prototype.

The older guy who dances at concerts around LA

dancing-man.jpg Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen tracked down his man — the mysterious figure who stands up and dances at so many live music performances around town that he showed up in "Shut Up and Play the Hits," a documentary on the band LCD Soundsystem. Here's the scoop.

Up close with KUSC's Brian Lauritzen

brian-lauritzen-kusc.jpg Lauritzen is portrayed as "a laid-back evangelist of the classical radio world" in a short Times feature by Scott Timberg.

Liza Minelli at the Bowl: 'Crowd was growing restless'

liza5.jpg Charles McNulty's review sounds completely fair, while saying what had to be said. "The unretireable Minnelli owed her success on Saturday as much to her signature strengths as to her often parodied weaknesses."

MOCA changes tune, will name a chief curator

Bloomberg News is moving a story by Chris Palmeri saying that the Museum of Contemporary Art has reversed an earlier decision and will hire a new chief curator. “In the past weeks we have witnessed considerable media attention and criticism directed at MOCA and its leadership, particularly at our director,” the MOCA board’s executive committee wrote in a letter to other trustees.

Marvin Hamlisch, composer was 68

Hamlisch collapsed and died in Los Angeles on Monday. He has won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. He had been scheduled to return in September as conductor of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops.

Chavela Vargas, Mexico's 'rough voice of tenderness' was 93

Just your average cigar-smoking, tequila-swigging, pistol-packing lesbian Mexican ranchera singer who may have had a love affair with Frida Kahlo.

Natalie Portman, Millepied marry in Big Sur

Portman and Benjamin Millepied managed to keep it secret until after the fact, so good on them.

Mythbusting the Broad conspiracy to ruin MOCA

eli_broad_museum_plans.jpg William Poundstone writes at Artinfo that the whole notion of Eli Broad trying to run the Museum of Contemporary Art into the ground is uninformed, illogical and should just go away. Frequent MOCA critic Tyler Green agrees, posting on Facebook: "This is fantastic. I wish I'd written it."

San Fernando rallies around neon sign at shuttered Penney's

penneys-sf-neon-dn.jpg Residents in the city of San Fernando could not stop their J.C. Penney store from closing over the weekend. But they did manage to stop the dismantling of the store's long-time neon sign.

German view of 'Fashioning fashion'

fashioning-fashion-berlin.jpg If you remember the exhibit at LACMA a couple of years ago on European clothing through the centuries, here's some interesting behind-the-scenes detail on the show and its recent run in Berlin. Plus a reprise of our video tour with costume designer Marlene Stewart.

Latest act in MOCA drama: Ex-CEO calls for Deitch's removal

Charles Young, the former UCLA chancellor who was named chief executive officer at the troubled Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008, has sent an email to friend and museum trustee Eli Broad urging they move on from director Jeffrey Deitch.

Bunker Hill in 1965: Dick Clark and the Turtles

Dick Clark points out the DWP building and the new Music Center, then the Turtles play "You Baby" on the Grand Avenue sidewalk with City Hall in the background, in a clip from "Where the Action Is."

Rhino Records, the video, needs your help

rhino-popup-poster.jpg Keith Shapiro grew up in Pittsburgh listening to Dr. Demento talk about a magical place in LA's Westwood called Rhino Records. Now he's making a movie. Check out the video.

Deitch talks about his rough month at MOCA *

jeffrey-deitch-nymag.jpg Embattled MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch sat down with the LA Times' Reed Johnson on Friday to give his side of the past month's turmoil at his museum. Deitch "vigorously defended his two-year record of exhibitions and programming. Meanwhile, a NYT critic who endorsed Deitch's hiring backs away some.

Woody Guthrie's Los Angeles still being discovered

woody-guthrie-columnist-kcet.jpg In honor of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, which would have been last weekend, KCET blogger and artist Ed Fuentes went in search of understanding why LA's months of celebrating the Dust Bowl era singer-songwriter includes city signs proclaiming 4th and Main to be "Woody Guthrie Square."

Susanna Hoffs lands a new record

susanna-hoffs-gdla-grab.jpg The lead singer for The Bangles released a new solo album today and made the rounds, including a conversation and mini-concert at the Grammy Museum last night and a visit to "Good Day LA" on Fox 11. Meanwhile, she performs with the original band next month in Pershing Square then goes out on tour. Oh by the way, she is 53 and the mother of two teenage sons.

MOCA loses Ed Ruscha too

ed-ruscha-exhibit.jpg Ruscha became the last of four artists to leave the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art since the whole kerfuffle erupted over the removal of chief curator Paul Shimmel.

Catherine Opie, Barbara Kruger join the exits from MOCA

moca-gala-loadin.jpg The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art lost two more prominent artists. In a joint resignation letter, Opie and Kruger said "perhaps we're just not the appropriate artists to represent this current version of MOCA."

John Baldessari resigns from MOCA board

The artist, on the Museum of Contemporary Art board board for 12 years, is the fifth member to leave since February, says Mike Boehm in the LA Times. Baldessari said his reasons include the recent ouster of chief curator Paul Schimmel and news that the museum will hold an exhibition on disco music's influence.

Getty tightens the screws on parking a bit more

getty-entrance-view.jpg Research readers will now have to pay to park at the Getty, and automated machines are replacing the money takers out at the Sepulveda gate. Still $15 a car to get in, or $10 after 5 p.m.
moca-gala-loadin.jpg In an op-ed in the Sunday L.A. Times aimed at defusing the controversy over curator Paul Schimmel's departure, museum patron Eli Broad expresses his support for the direction the Museum of Contemporary Art is headed. He's fairly critical of some past practices and says he's happy with controversial director Jeffrey Deitch.

MOCA's firing of Paul Schimmel getting horrid reviews

hopper-moca-iris.jpg The news last week in the LA Times that the MOCA board of directors fired curator Paul Schimmel, with Eli Broad giving him the word, revealed deep discord in the arts journalism world about the direction of the Bunker Hill museum under the recent guidance of Jeffrey Deitch.

When Frank Zappa joined Beethoven and Bach in Claremont

zappa-claremont copy.jpg U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter gave the commencement speech last month at Pomona College and hinted that he may know a thing or two about a long ago prank at Claremont's Bridges Auditorium.

KPFK morphs 'The Music Never Stops' into something newer

barry-smolin.jpg Barry Smolin's show devoted to the music of the Grateful Dead and beyond was on the air at KPFK from 1995 until slipping into hiatus a few months ago. "The Head Room" debuts Friday at 10 p.m.

Time lapse of Levitated Mass installation

Just 48 seconds — kind of fun to watch the transformation of LACMA's back lawn into the city's newest outdoor gathering spot.

Picture page: Levitated Mass debuts at LACMA

levitated-mass-skyline-lao.jpg Michael Heizer and LACMA unveiled his giant boulder this morning, and several hundred people came out to take a look. Lots of oohing, ahhing and picture taking under the boulder. As LACMA director Michael Govan said, how often do you get to see under a sculpture?

LeRoy Neiman, artist was 91

The painter mostly of sports scenes and the Olympics, and a longtime contributor to Playboy magazine, died today, his publicist told AP.
ochoa-donnelly-slake.jpg Business editor John Corrigan gets the AME slot for arts and entertainment, while Ochoa — the former LA Weekly editor who is married to Jonathan Gold — becomes Arts and Entertainment Editor reporting to Corrigan. TV critic Mary McNamara also gets a new title.

LACMA shortens museum hours *

lacma-resnick-pav.jpg If you plan to visit the galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, you better start thinking about going earlier in the day. The museum, currently open until at least 8 p.m. every night except Wednesday (when everything is dark), is shifting to an earlier schedule.

Rolling Stones book from Life

stones-altamont-life.jpg Life Books has released a new book with photographs from the magazine's archives and other sources: "The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll." Were you at Anaheim Stadium in '78? Altamont Speedway?

Herb Reed, last of The Platters was 83

herb-reed-later.jpg The Platters were another popular vocal group that formed in Los Angeles and lasted. Reed, a Kansas City native, was there at the beginning — he gets credit for naming the group — and he sang bass "on all of the 400 recordings the group made during its peak years, including four that reached No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart." Video and obits

Zocalo goes dancing — but never back to Saddle Ranch

Benjamin_Millepied_color.jpg Zócalo hosts a Music Center conversation on Sunday with choreographer Benjamin Millepied, and among the group's eclectic web offerings up now is an essay on what whiteness means.

Hospital bed interview with Bobby Womack

bobby-womack.jpg The nurse attending Bobby Womack in Encino wears an expression for which the phrase "long-suffering" was invented. "Can I give you your meds?" she asks, proffering a handful of tablets. "Potassium, magnesium, something for blood sugar," she explains.

Observing the Beach Boys, California and life

pet-sounds-cover.jpg Joe Donnelly, the co-editor and publisher of Slake: Los Angeles, writes in a Las Vegas magazine about his epiphany with the Beach Boys, many years ago. "I think it was 'Sloop John B' that did it," he writes, "...a miniature pocket symphony, if you will, of ascending and descending harmonies, vocal bass lines, multi-tracking, odd-but-effective instrumentation." Excerpts and a video

Howard Richmond, music publishing pioneer was 94

howard-richman.jpg The founder of music publisher TRO, The Richmond Organization, "contributed mightily and without fanfare to the music business for nearly three quarters of a century," family friend and former employee Michael Sigman, the former LA Weekly publisher, writes at the Huffington Post.

Downtown 'sunbathers' were taken away - and not by the artist

sunbathers-greenwood.jpg Calder Greenwood, one of the artists who stationed some papier-mâché figures in the vacant pit where the state building in Downtown was razed five years ago, says he doesn't know what happened to his papier-mâché sunbathers. "But I'm glad people saw them while they were up."

Getty gardens reopen Saturday

getty-garden-trees-fall.jpg The Getty Center’s Central Garden will reopen to visitors on Saturday, May 26. It has been closed since February for maintenance to the walkways and planters.

Downtown 'sunbathers' identified

sunbathers-greenwood.jpg The figures that showed up — briefly — in the Civic Center pit on Wednesday are made of papier-mâché and apparently the work of artist Calder Greenwood, the LA Weekly says. Sounds good to us.

Huntington to close and renovate main hall for a year

huntington-exhibhall-hunt.jpg The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino announced Wednesday it will close the Main Exhibition Hall on June 5. After renovation and reinstallation with "a new, dynamic permanent exhibition designed to provoke visitors’ sense of connection to history and literature," the hall will reopen in fall 2013.

Calvin Hicks, LA artist-photographer was 71

calvin-hicks-figure-1973.jpg Artist J. Michael Walker sends word that his friend Calvin Hicks died on Sunday, from complications of cancer. Hicks' photography was most recently seen in the Pacific Standard Time exhibition, "Identity & Affirmation: Post-War African-American Photography," at Cal State Northridge.
 
Also: Otto Jensen, Burbank photographer was 101

Revisiting the ukulele (so soon)

tranquadaUkulele.jpg The LA author of a new history of the ukulele says last week's story in The Daily got a few key things wrong. Here are his corrections, and more proof that the uke has soul.

'Levitated Mass' opens to the public on June 24

levitated-mass-move-zevweb.jpg The payoff for all that excitement and disruption involved in moving a 340-ton hunk of rock from Riverside County to Wilshire Boulevard comes June 24. That's the day the Levitated Mass exhibit will debut at a dedication ceremony on the back lawn of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Free admission if the rock passed through your Zip code.

In praise of Hawaii's ukulele (via Portugal)

aloha-uke.jpg The stringed instruments that define so much Hawaiian music all came from somewhere else — and not so very long ago. In the case of the ukulele, that was from Portugal's Madeira Islands. Hawaii's King David Kalakaua embraced the four-stringed instrument after it arrived about 1879, and the rest kind of is history, as Los Angeles writer Swati Pandey explores at the Daily.

Donna Summer, disco queen was 63

donna-summer.jpg The singer known for her disco era hits such as "Love to Love You Baby," "Last Dance" and "On The Radio" has died of lung cancer.

Willie Middlebrook's last cry of rage

willie-middlebrook-thesource.jpg Friend and artist J. Michael Walker recounts in a piece for the LA Times op-ed page ow the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida overwhelmed artist Willie Middlebrook in the hospital last month.
hwd-bowl-bathrooms.jpg Yes, the long wait is over. We now know what the bathrooms will look like when the Hollywood Bowl season opens. Courtesy of ZevWeb.

Artist Willie Middlebrook dies

willie-middlebrook-thesource.jpg The Inglewood artist died over the weekend, just a week after the opening of the Expo Line, which features his artwork in the Crenshaw station. The MTA joined friends on Facebook in announcing his death.

Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius

RalphLawler-kcrw.jpg Here's a side of Clippers' play-by-play man Ralph Lawler that you probably didn't know. The 1960s stage musical "Hair" changed his life. He's this week's guest DJ on KCRW.

Silver Lake Badminton and Adventurers Club solves the crime

fernando-fernando-clue.jpg "In a world full of secrets, lies, and depravity, there are some crimes that the police are just too mainstream to handle. Enter: The Silver Lake Badminton and Adventurers club. The heros Silver Lake deserves but hasn't necessarily heard of yet."
SturgesHouse.jpg Pedro E Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life" is on exhibition at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery through April 25. Guerrero, who is now 94, was a close friend of, and the photographer for, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Bob Dylan on the passing of Levon Helm

levon-helm-rs.jpg "He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about...." More inside.

Michael Heizer living at LACMA while he seats the boulder

rock-heizer-vevweb550.jpg The artist and his wife are staying in an Airstream trailer at LACMA during the installation of Levitated Mass. He gave architect Frank Gehry a tour of the site this week.

If it be your will, your honor, do throw the book at her

leonard-cohen-sings-hat.jpg Leonard Cohen delivered a heartfelt statement in Los Angeles Superior Court today at the sentencing of Kelley Lynch, his former business manager. He also thanked the judge for "the elegant manner in which these proceedings have unfolded. It was a privilege and an education to testify in this courtroom."

Wilshire subway to devour A+D Museum, galleries

AplusD-Museum.jpg An op-ed piece protests the plan by Metro to raze the Wilshire Boulevard buildings that house the A+D Architecture and Design Museum and nearby galleries in order to stage construction of the Purple Line stop at Fairfax Avenue.

Leonard Cohen soundcheck *

Nice informal footage of Leonard Cohen rehearsing in Ghent, Belgium with his band and the angelic accompaniment of the tour's two backup singers from Ojai, Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla.

Saturday is free day at 20 museums

free-museum-day-2012.jpg Saturday is the official last day of the Pacific Standard Time extravaganza that began last fall.

Music Man Murray, the trailer

Richard Parks' documentary film about epic Los Angeles record collector Murray Gershenz, who's pushing 90, debuts on The Documentary Channel on April 21 and will also be on NPR's All Songs Considered website.

Overthinking 'Mad Men:' the original Zou Bizou

If you are still hearing in your head the French sex song interlude from last night's 'Mad Men' season debut, Slate's David Haglund provides the original (above) and some...

Kent Twitchell on Patriotic Hall

The Los Angeles artist talks about doing three murals inside Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Downtown.

Prepare to hear a lot about Woody Guthrie

woody+guthrie+la+graphic.jpg Next month there will be a major conference at USC and a star-studded concert at L.A. Live of Guthrie's music, all for the centennial of his birth.

Whitney Houston: accidental drowning with cocaine as a factor

The LA County Coroner has ruled that Whitney Houston died of an accidental drowning in which heart disease and cocaine were factors. Traces of marijuana, Xanax and other drugs were...

Celebrating the journal Wet

wet-cover-julaug78.jpg Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing was published in Venice between 1976 and 1981. Now there's a book.

James Brown bio lands

james+brown+the+one+cover.jpg Los Angeles journalist RJ Smith's biography, "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown," is getting some rave response. Enjoy some video of the Godfather of Soul.

Video: A better day to be at the Apple store

Maybe it's just me, but I'd prefer to be there on the day the hula flash mob drops in.

MOCA gets in bed with dealer and James Franco *

Arts critic and blogger Tyler Green is perturbed by MOCA's latest untraditional arrangement — "it’s extremely unusual — and perhaps unprecedented — for a museum to put an exhibition in a space owned by a dealer or to accept funds from a dealer to place an exhibition in a space he owns."

11 Days of the Rock: by the numbers

Total gallons of diesel fuel burned: 2,250. Cars towed on Wilshire: 10, including six Hondas.

Don Cornelius died a loner and feeling unappreciated

The creator of "Soul Train," who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in the hills last month, never thought he got the credit or support he was due.

Los Angeles, we have a rock*

boulder-arrives-lacma-gary.jpg * Update: The megalith arrived at its final home at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art about 4:30 a.m. ths morning. Gary Leonard was there when it passed...

Friday desk-clearing

What you need to know to see the LACMA boulder arrive early Saturday morning, but plus more notes.

Programming notes: Kenny Burrell on KCET, Valley Times photos

vt-driveinchurch.jpg At 9 p.m. tonight KCET's new Open Call series is airing a documentary I helped produce on UCLA professor and jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell. Then on Saturday, I'm showing photos from the old Valley Times newspaper at the Central Library.

Where the boulder will come to a stop

lacma-boulder-slot.jpg The "slot" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where the Levitated Mass boulder will go on display. The rock arrives Saturday. More...

Found photos swept away by the Japan tsunami *

tsunami-found-photos.jpg >The Lost & Found Project's Exhibit of Photos Swept Away by Tsunami in Japan opens Thursday at the Hiroshi Watanabe Gallery in West Hollywood.

Angels Flight will double the fare to 50 cents

Thumbnail image for black-clock-10.jpg Angels Flight Railway president John H. Welborne announced that the one-way fare to ride the cars up or down Bunker Hill in Downtown will rise next Monday.

Street closures coming for Levitated Mass boulder

levitated-mass-move-zevweb.jpg The plan is for the Levitated Mass convoy to enter Los Angeles on Thursday night — in hopes of reaching the museum on Saturday morning.

Reporting from the boulder in La Mirada

That's a respectable crowd on the sidewalk — reminded some residents of when the Olympic torch came through in 1984.

Radio Recorders, historic sound studio burns in Hollywood *

hollywood-fire.jpg Tonight's fire at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Avenue wasn't just in another storefront. It's the former location of Radio Recorders, a legendary sound studio.

Getty receives donation of 25 Ansel Adams images

ansel-moonrise-getty.jpg The Ansel Adams Museum Sets were selected out of his archives and printed by Adams near the end of his life, then sold on condition that the buyers would eventually donate their set to a museum.

LACMA's rolling stone is a rock star

boulder-grapefruit-rapeport.jpg The 340-ton boulder that's headed for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is attracting crowds of fans — and potential new visitors to the museum — as it rolls...

She's a one-woman Wrecking Crew

carol-kaye-smithsonian.jpg Carol Kaye played bass guitar on many hit songs of the 1960s and 70s. She came out of Long Beach, played in LA jazz clubs and broke into session work in Hollywood with an invitation to play on a Sam Cooke recording.

In love with the sound of vinyl at KCRW

Nice video piece by KCRW's Saul Gonzalez and Michael Garber on the resurgence of a market for vinyl records.

Davy Jones, singer with The Monkees was 66

monkees-variety-ad.jpg The lead singer of the musical group The Monkees that was cast for a television show that ran on NBC from 1966-68 died of a heart attack in Indiantown, Florida, where he lived.

Rock is one day closer to LACMA

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The 340-ton boulder that is destined to sit on the lawn behind the Los Angeles County Museum of Art began its long-delayed trek last night, after suitable festivities at the Stone Valley Materials quarry in Riverside County.

Music in the Bradbury Building

bradbury-vertical-dacamera.jpg The Da Camera Society's Chamber Music in Historic Sites series certainly will live up to the latter part of its name with Saturday's shows.

Mike Melvoin, Billy Strange and Lorin Levee, LA musicians

Two were session musicians and more, while Levee was the principal clarinetist of the LA Philharmonic.

Levitated Mass boulder moves next week (probably)

levitated-mass-map.jpg Photographer Gary Leonard is really looking forward to the move of that 340-ton boulder to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Incoming Getty director not yet clear on museum's policy

Arts blogger Lee Rosenbaum says what startled her most about Timothy Potts was "his lack of thorough knowledge about the Getty's written antiquities-collecting policy."

Alex Cohen's week with Leonard Cohen

l+cohen+npr.jpg The KPCC afternoon host mentions meeting Leonard on a Buddhist retreat, before she know who he was.

Getty Museum's new director is...

Just as blogger Lee Rosenbaum said yesterday, the Getty announced today that the museum's new director is Timothy Potts.

The Getty's gardens to close for three months

getty-garden-trees-fall.jpg The sculpture garden and all the lawn areas are included in the closure, in case that affects your plans to visit.

Grammys guests hired plane to fly over I-10 backup

banning-traffic-guy.jpg Sunday's Caltrans-induced traffic jam on Interstate 10 coming back in from Palm Springs was so bad that at least one group of music industry types headed to the Grammy Awards flew into Santa Monica Airport.

Houston was found submerged in bathtub

Beverly Hills police today confirmed the reports that singer Whitney Houston was unconscious and underwater when attendants entered her Beverly Hilton bathroom on Saturday afternoon.

Grammys and BAFTAs hand out hardware on Sunday night

adele+grammys.jpg The Grammys handled the death of Whitney Houston by having host LL Cool J follow opening act Bruce Springsteen with some words of tribute and a prayer "for our fallen sister," and Jennifer Hudson sang "I Will Always Love You."

Clive Davis party goes on: 'I am personally devastated'

While the body of Whitney Houston lay upstairs, music business legend Clive Davis and his guests held their annual pre-Grammy party — somewhat muted, it sounds like, and with some high-profile absences.
KTLA brought in a full crew, I'm told, to pull together a nearly five-minute news piece on Whitney Houston's rise and fall. If the player doesn't show, here's the link....

Grammys post quick web tribute to Whitney Houston (with ads!)

whitney-houston-grammys-previous.jpg "Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades," Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow says.

Singer Whitney Houston has died at 48, publicist says *

Whitney-Houston.jpg Publicist Kristen Foster told AP on Saturday afternoon that the singer had died. TMZ reports she died at the Beverly Hilton, where she was to attend a Clive Davis party tonight.

The Beach Boys pose at Grammys rehearsal

brian+wilson+beach+boys.jpg Posted at Brian Wilson's Facebook page, along with the line "who's watching the Grammy's on Sunday?"

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland comes home to San Pedro

misty-copeland-breeze.jpg Misty Copeland is the 29-year-old soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (and muse of Prince) who we told you about last year at LA Observed.

Paul McCartney gets a star in Hollywood

capitol+records+mccartney+gary.jpg Largest crowd for a Walk of Fame star ceremony that many could remember, outside the Capitol Records tower on Thursday. Photo by Gary Leonard.

Lana Del Rey fills up Amoeba Music

lana-del-rey-britvogue.jpg All those posters around town for Lana Del Rey worked. Pretty much everything she's doing seems to be working, including that bad turn on SNL.

Blast from the past: Ramones and LAPD *

lapd-ramones-palladium.jpg Los Angeles police outside a 1987 show by The Ramones and Black Flag at the Hollywood Palladium.

Universal City deletes Buddy Holly, Muddy Waters and Patsy Cline *

muddy-waters-drive.jpg Fifteen or so years since Universal Music Group left for Santa Monica, the honchos at Universal City are taking down the signs on various streets and driveways that honor music legends.

Mike Kelley told Artillery he was 'having a really hard time'

mike-kelley-artiellery.jpg Artillery founder Tulsa Kinney has posted her interview in the magazine with Mike Kelley, possibly the last interview with the artist who apparently killed himself at home in South Pasadena earlier this week.

Mike Kelley, artist was 57

mike-kelley-artillery.png South Pasadena police say that artist Mike Kelley was found dead Tuesday night at home and may have killed himself.

Conan O’Brien to headline event for Geffen Playhouse

conan-geffen.jpg O'Brien, Nick Offerman and Patton Oswalt will take part in a family-friendly benefit for the Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates Play/Write program.

Jazz Bakery coming back to Culver City in style

kirk-douglas-theatre-east.jpg Ruth Price's Jazz Bakery received approval today from the Culver City city council to develop a new Frank Gehry-designed, 250-seat theater.

Evicting the Latino Theater Company from LATC

ltc-logo.jpg Adam Leipzig, publisher of the website Cultural Weekly, doesn't pretend to be objective about the city's move to remove the Latino Theater Company from the Los Angeles Theatre Center, its Spring Street home for six years.

When art and politics collided on the Sunset Strip

DiSuvero-Peace-Tower1.jpg Historian Jon Wiener op-eds in the Los Angeles Times about a divisive 1966 art installation intended as a protest against the Vietnam War.

John Levy, pioneering jazz manager was 99

John+levy+nea.jpg Levy's clients included Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Roberta Flack, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson and many others. In 2006 the National Endowment for the Arts recognized Levy's role in jazz.

KPFK to air Johnny Otis tributes

johnny+otis+bill+gardner-kpfk.jpg KPFK (FM 90.7), which had a long association with Johnny Otis, will air tributes starting tonight with Bill Gardner's 8 p.m. show, "Rhapsody in Black."

Etta James, singer was 73

Etta James, who was 73, is another of the great R&B figures to come out of the Los Angeles area. She died Friday in Riverside after suffering from ill health, including leukemia and dementia.

Johnny Otis, R&B figure was 90

Johnny Otis, the white songwriter and singer from the Bay Area who said he "chose" to live as a black man, died in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday.

'The Descendants' music coming to South Bay

descendants-soundtrack.jpg The Southern California Slack Key Festival on Sunday at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center will feature some of the top Hawaiian musicians whose work made it into Alexander Payne's...

Took a village to build Metropolis II

metropolis2-jg.jpg Chris Burden's installation now at LACMA came together with the help of an interesting crew that reflects Southern California.

Los Angeles plays itself: 'Video Games'

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Lots of L.A. in the video for Lana Del Rey's first hit.

The Music Box at the Henry Fonda closes its doors

It may come back, but for now The Music Box on Hollywood Boulevard has the feel of a former venue

Don Shirley critiques the L.A. Times theater critic

don+shirley+stagetimes.jpg Charles McNulty's year-end lookbacks "demonstrated anew [the paper's] curiously constricted view of the importance of the other LAT — LA theater."

This might be my favorite L.A. video of the year

Ink and Paper spends nine lovely minutes at adjacent shops out of another time in the Westlake district, near MacArthur Park.

Sean Bonniwell, lead singer of The Music Machine was 71

The Music Machine got a regular gig at Hollywood Legion Lanes bowling alley and in 1966 scored their only chart hit, "Talk Talk."

Behind the scenes of today's holiday concert downtown

Video from the only rehearsal of the local tradition at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Yay, new bathrooms for the Hollywood Bowl

bowl-bathrooms.jpg The makeover project is costing $3 million and Mark Rios is the architect.

On the work and lives of Ray and Charles Eames *

EamesXmas-682x1024.jpg American Masters on PBS on Monday night aired "Charles and Ray Eames: the Architect and the Painter," about the famed Los Angeles design team and couple.

Jumping the gun on LACMA's big rock *

rock-photo-w-figs1.jpg The Levitated Mass boulder is still in Riverside County, despite what Los Angeles magazine says.

Surviving Beach Boys to tour, make album for 50th year

beach-boys-surfin-usa-album.jpg News item: Brian Wilson will rejoin the Beach Boys to make a 50th anniversary album and go on tour.

Fela's long connection with Los Angeles

fela-and-tom-1986.jpg Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was on stage in 1986 when KCRW held its first live music show ever, at the Olympic Auditorium.

Getty Research Institute acquires two Man Ray archives

lips-manray.jpg Manuscripts, correspondence, calendars and other archival materials are included in the acquisitions, as well as some photographs of course.

John Atterberry, music executive shot at Sunset and Vine was 40

The music industry veteran who was shot in his Mercedes by Tyler Brehm in Friday's rampage in Hollywood died of his injuries this afternoon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced.

'The Descendants' is #1 for L.A. Film Critics Association

The L.A. Film Critics Association is tweeting out the news from their annual vote.

Donate your theater programs to the L.A. Public Library

lapl-theater-program.jpg The Central Library has an impressive collection already and is looking for more.

'Unfortunately, The Huntington was significantly affected'

huntington-tree-down.jpg President of the Huntington Library and botanical gardens asks for financial help to clean up "extensive" damage from last week's winds.

Happy 20th to 'Harbor Freeway Overture'

harbor-fwy-mural-laco.jpg Kent Twitchell's mural of L.A. Chamber Orchestra players started going up in 1991

Barbara Orbison dies on same date as Roy

roy_barbara_orbison.jpg Barbara Orbison, who was 60, died here in Los Angeles on Dec. 6, the 23rd anniversary of the death of her husband Roy Orbison.

Dobie Gray, singer was 71

Dobie Gray, born in Texas, moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to be an actor but had greater success as a singer. (He did spend a couple of...
The amateur musical groups selected to perform in the free holiday concert at the Music Center on Christmas Eve get 20 minutes each to rehearse — in one day-long marathon on the fourth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. LA Observed was there Saturday.

On the Occupy LA box mural

occupy-mural-oberstein.jpg Ed Fuentes, the Downtown photographer and muralist, examines the case for preserving the mural created on the plywood box that city crews had erected in the Occupy LA camp to protect a fountain.

Getty imposes $10 fee to park at night

Parking at the Getty Museum used to be free after 5 p.m.

Can you pay the ticket with Monopoly money?

general-thaddeus-sign.jpg A no parking sign of dubious origin, plus evidence of progress on the Eli Broad art museum on Bunker Hill.

Heavy D, hip-hopper was 44

The singer known as Heavy D collapsed this morning outside his home in Beverly Hills, and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai.

Media mob: Shakira gets star

shakira-gets-star.jpg Recording star Shakira poses after receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning.

Dinosaurs over Eagle Rock, not in neon

EchoParkLight.jpg The Eastsider L.A. has a nice piece on Darren Pearson, an Eagle Rock artist who uses the LED on a key chain to "draw" images of dinosaurs.

Subdued opening night at the Geffen

gil-cates-ucla.jpg On Wednesday night, the Geffen Playhouse run began for "Next Fall," handpicked for the schedule by producing director Gil Cates.

LACMA's gala tries to copy NY, says WSJ

lacma-resnick-pav.jpg The big fashion and celebrity fundraiser on Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow, is billed in today's Wall Street Journal as essentially a borrowed idea.

Write-in candidate is a Beverly Hills sleeping lion

noah-margo-patch.jpg Noah Margo, a write-in candidate for the Beverly Hills school board, has a family musical legacy.

Gil Cates, producer-director was 77 *

gil-cates-ucla.jpg Gilbert Cates, the stage, film and TV producer and director and the producing director of the Geffen Playhouse, has died at age 77.

Behind the scenes of Romeo et Juliette

la-opera-sewing.jpg Work on a ball gown for the L.A. Opera's latest production The L.A. Opera will opens its doors for the company's first open house on Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler...

Gary Leonard: Tyrus Wong celebrates 101

LAO__Tyrus101.jpg Each October, Gary Leonard heads out to Santa Monica Beach for artist Tyrus Wong's birthday.

Tony Curtis mural moving to Hollywood

blogtony-001.jpg For 16 years, Whittier artist George Sportelli has been cleaning and maintaining his mural of actor Tony Curtis on the southbound Hollywood Freeway. But no more.

LA Observed on KCRW: Historic music

clark-tomb.jpg I was inspired by my first visit last week to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library to make this week's KCRW column about L.A.'s historical tradition of concerts and recitals in private homes.

Laurel and Hardy dance to Santana

I guess there are many variations of the Laurel and Hardy dance meme on YouTube, but this was new to me until Facebook this morning.

LACMA's rock finally has a route and a date

levitated-mass-map.jpg After some delays, the 340-ton boulder destined to be part of an exhibit at LACMA is now scheduled to leave the Riverside area quarry on Oct. 25. Wait until you see the route map.

Read the memo: New pop music editor at the L.A. Times

Lorraine Ali is the new pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times, where she began writing for the longtime pop music editor Robert Hilburn.

Pacific Standard Time appeal is not universal

Youry-Ceramic-Group-low-res.jpg The New York Times finds some skepticism about the arts festival.

LAO video: Inside peek at LACMA's 'California Design'

calif-design-jg.jpg See the Eames living room, furniture by Neutra and Schindler, Dick Van Dyke's Studebaker Avanti and more.

LA Plaza CEO out due to 'financial mismanagement'

Miguel Angel Corzo, president and CEO of the new LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes near the historic Plaza, has been removed and there have been layoffs.

Jason Schwartzman and John Baldessari make PST video

Taped at LACMA for Pacific Standard Time.

Pacific Standard Time finally here

ruscha-standardsta.jpg Los Angeles did not have a public exhibition space devoted to art until 1954.

Sly Stone lives in a van in Crenshaw district

It's the usual story: he blew all his money, he's suing his former representation for squandering even more of it, and he feels the FBI and his enemies are after him.

Art walk in Frogtown

frogtown-artwalk-mural.jpg There was a bit of extra buzz this year due to the participation of former television journalist Bill Lagattuta.

20 years after Nirvana at Sound City

sound-city-nirvana.jpg Sound City Studio Center in Van Nuys is where many top records were made. "If you're a fan of rock and roll...this is hallowed ground."

R.E.M. and 'My So-Called Life'

With the news that R.E.M. is breaking up, James Poniewozik warns: "For the next day or two, those of us who attended college in the '80s and '90s are going to be insufferable."

Shepard Fairey art in Westwood

fairey-ww-cityproject.jpg The City Project has posted a series of photos of wall art that has been popping up in Westwood Village.

You were wondering about 'Pacific Standard Time'?

The video that explains Pacific Standard Time in less than two minutes and why the museums in L.A. are so excited.

Otis Redding's 70th birthday

Otis Redding, a Stax/Volt artist from Dawson Georgia, broke ground twice in California. He introduced R&B to the Whisky on the Sunset Strip in 1966. The next year he...

Buddy Holly day in L.A.

GlassesSign.jpg Today would have been the 75th birthday of the rock and roll pioneer who died at 22 in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson. At 11:30 a.m.outside the Capitol Records building, Holly's widow Maria Elena Holly will accept his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

New literary map of L.A.

walker-map-hammer.jpg As part of David Kipen's Libros Schmibros pop-up bookstore at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, artist and author J. Michael Walker created a map that spans 23 feet by 5 feet that depicts L.A. literary figures.

Lights dim for the last time at Charlie O's

charlie-os-logo.jpg Daily News columnist Doug McIntyre on the weekend shuttering of the Van Nuys jazz bar.

Shepard Fairey on art, West Hollywood, graffiti

Shepard-Fairey-independent.jpg He was installing a floor-to-ceiling piece in the new West Hollywood library when L.A. Independent managing editor John Moreno caught up with Fairey.

Now that was a girl group *

Before the Ronettes, the Supremes or the The Shangri-Las were The Exciters.

Sunset Junction fate unclear for this weekend *

But don't buy any advance tickets, and if you're a band, cash the check quick and get out of town.

Q: Where's Bill Lagattuta? A: Frogtown

lagattuta.jpg The former CBS News correspondent and local TV newsman in Los Angeles is now painting and sculpting at a studio in Elysian Valley.

Sunset Junction org says it can come up with the money

Questions now are whether $140,000 or so is enough and whether the city will reconsider the denial of a permit for this weekend's scheduled street fair.

New 'murals' stolen before Caltrans can unveil them

Caltrans had planned to show off four new pieces of artwork along Los Angeles freeways this morning, replicas of murals from the 1984 Olympics era that had been defaced by taggers. But overnight, two of the pieces were stolen.

Nick Ashford, Motown songwriter was 70

Bad day for legendary songwriting teams. Nick Ashford, a prolific writer of hits for Motown with his partner and later wife Valerie Simpson, died in New York City.

Jerry Leiber, songwriter was 78

Hound Dog Front.jpg Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met in Los Angeles in 1950 and teamed up to write dozens of early rock and roll hits, including many for Elvis Presley. Leiber died today at Cedars-Sinai.

Scott Wannberg, poet of Dutton's was 58

Wannbergcrunch.jpg Scott Wannberg, a member of the traveling poet troupe known as the “Carma Bums” and a 23-year employee of the late Dutton's Brentwood Books, died Friday of an apparent heart attack in his recent hometown of Florence, Oregon.

'Wattstax' screens at the Hammer on Saturday

Q&A with the director follows Saturday night's free film screening at the Hammer Museum of the 1973 documentary on "the black Woodstock," more properly known as the Wattstax Music Festival.

Ferus Gallery in this weeknd's NYT

brittin-getty-ferus-group.jpg New York Times art critic Holland Cotter reviews "Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s" by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.

Valley's 'Great Wall' being upgraded

great-wall-zevweb.jpg The murals inside the Tujunga Wash flood control channel known as The Great Wall of Los Angeles are getting some fresh care.

'Ask a Mexican' the play debuts next week in NYC

ask_a_mexican_logo-thumb-200x200.jpg Gustavo Arellano, creator of the Ask a Mexican! column syndicated out of the OC Weekly, writes today that "I've been sitting on this announcement for months, partly because I fully expected it to fall through."

Turnover at the Los Angeles Ballet

laballet-5.jpg You may remember the local ballet company that we featured in an audio photo video a couple of years ago. The LA Weekly looks at why so many dancers leave.

Art Walk spreads out a bit

The effect of moving the vendors and food trucks out of the crowded core of Downtown's Art Walk was, predictably, to steer some of the people to other blocks.

The Go-Go's get their star in Hollywood

go-gos-get-star.jpg Twenty-nine years after they frolicked on La Cienega and in the Beverly Hills fountain for the "Our Lips Are Sealed" video below, the Go-Go's showed up in Hollywood today...

Getty acquires 69 Herb Ritts photographs

ritts_richard_gere.jpg The Getty's acquisition includes photographs of nudes, celebrity portraits, and images made for high-fashion ad campaigns.

Art Walk to limit food trucks, honor infant who died

Food trucks will be kept outside the core area of this Thursday's Downtown Art Walk, the first to be held since the death last month of Marcello Vasquez when a car went up on the sidewalk.

Catching up: Books and authors

bryson-mccollister.jpg East of West L.A., Linda Ronstadt signs to write her memoirs, and finalists for the Southern California Book Awards.

We have our Fanny Brice

lauren-ambrose-imdb.jpg Lauren Ambrose will play the role of Fanny in the Los Angeles production of "Funny Girl" set to open at the Ahmanson Theatre in January.

Bracing for Lady Gaga in Hollywood

It comes just a day after a near-riot broke out at the premiere of a documentary on the Electric Daisy Carnival.

More local media transitions

In addition to the newsroom turmoil at the Los Angeles Times, a couple of other transitions to note today. Tina Dupuy is leaving Fishbowl LA — voluntarily! — after three...

Mariachi Plaza roiled by price war

mariachi-nyt-almeida.jpg It seems that newcomers are negotiating lower prices while the older mariachis are trying to maintain the traditional $50 hourly rate. About 200 of the price-fixers belong to United Mariachi...

Amy Winehouse, 27

The British soul singer with a drug and alcohol problem was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday afternoon local time. An autopsy is pending.

Hidden sculpture moved off Wilshire, needs home

statue1-001.jpg Chris Nichols of Los Angeles magazine has the story behind a Jacques Overhoff sculpture that was hidden behind a medical building near Wilshire and Bixel.

Travis Bean, influential guitar maker in the Valley was 63

travis-bean-guitar.jpg "Born of the motorcycle and hot rod culture of Burbank California in the early 1970s, the Travis Bean guitar was fused from gear head sensibility and rock and roll creativity," says a website.

Last call for the old LACMA film series

l-avventura-poster.jpg Debra Levine at Arts Meme urges movie fans to take in the final run of films curated by Ian Birnie at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Video: moving neon art

See the Museum of Neon Art begin its move out of Downtown to Glendale.

Here's how that boulder will get to LACMA

rock-photo-w-figs1.jpg How do you bring a 340-ton rock to Wilshire Boulevard? First you need a transporter with 208 wheels, and about fifteen men.

Springsteen releases his eulogy for Clarence Clemons

"Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die."

LA Weekly picks a music editor

Ben Westhoff, a New Yorker who has written for the Village Voice, NPR, Pitchfork, Spin and XXL has been named the LA Weekly's music editor.

Sunday night video: Chelsea Hotel, 1988

This popped up tonight on Facebook: Leonard Cohen, Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen in San Sebastian in 1988, singing about Janis Joplin.

Continuing the conversation on L.A. theater

Here's a report by Los Angeles theater types who aren't fans of the Center Theater Group model.

LA Observed on KCRW: Theater

superior-donuts-geffen.jpg Today's column on KCRW: Is Los Angeles a theater town?

Clarence Clemons, tenor sax player was 69

Clemons, a beloved member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1972, couldn't survive the massive stroke he suffered a week ago. He died Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida.

Wild Man Fischer, songwriter and performer was 66

wild-man-fischer.jpg Lawrence Wayne Fischer, known for a long time as Wild Man, was a musical partner of Frank Zappa until the two had a falling out, and the "spiritual godfather" of Rhino Records.

Elvis Mitchell on LACMA film: Expand, not redefine

elvis-mitchell-120.jpg Mitchell tells IndieWire's Dana Harris that in his new role as curator for the Film Independent/Los Angeles County Museum of Art film series, "The first thing I want to do is not alienate people who have been coming to LACMA to see movies.

Carl Gardner, original Coaster was 83

Carl Gardner was singing in the Los Angeles R&B group The Robins in 1955 when he and other musicians formed The Coasters, the first vocal group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Banksy does good, but Guetta loses big time

Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary every Monday for the duration of the Art in the Streets exhibition. Thierry Guetta, the other star of "Exit From the Gift Shop," takes a big loss in court.

Video: Meet UCLA Live's new director

Kristy Edmunds, who comes to UCLA from Australia, talks about programming the performing arts and how she intends to get to know what Los Angeles audiences want.

Andrew Gold, L.A. musician was 59

Andrew Gold, who died Friday at home in Encino, had serious roots in the Los Angeles music scene. His father, Ernest Gold, won an Oscar for his score on the...

LAT names Roberts as pop critic

Randall Roberts is moving over to fill the pop critic spot at the Los Angeles Times that was vacated recently by Ann Powers. Read the memo.

'God of Carnage' a hit at the Ahmanson box office

God of Carnage Photo 8.jpg Before the eight-week run closed Sunday at the Ahmanson Theatre, "God of Carnage" sold 97,567 tickets and grossed $7,794,941. Those are all-time highs for a play at CTG.

Holiday weekend reads

janice-min-thr-nyt.jpg Janice Min's THR makeover, Farrah Fawcett's death, Sheriff Baca's special recruit, how L.A. County cities fit together plus some quotables.

Weekend obits

Gil Scott-Heron, Jeff Conaway, Margo Dydek, Irene Gilbert, Don Kubly, Dana Brand, Tom West.

Bob Dylan at Hollywood Bowl, 1965 *

dylan-hwd-bowl.jpg The Hollywood Bowl is celebrating its 90th year by posting a Twitter-sized nugget from the archives on the web each day.

Play based on Marichal & Roseboro opens here tonight

marichalroseboro.jpg We first told you about Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man show, which traces its roots to the summer day in 1965 when San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal conked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro's head with a bat, back in 2009.

'Levitated Mass,' behind the scenes

rock-photo-w-figs1.jpg LACMA is beginning prep work for a major new art installation that will open to the public in November.

Misty Copeland takes NYC

The most famous dancer (I think) from San Pedro is profiled in the current New York magazine as the first black female soloist at American Ballet Theatre in decades and as the muse to Prince in a recent video. Copeland, a prodigy after she took up dance as a teenager,

'The Clock' to screen for 24 hours at LACMA

the-clock-lacma.jpg The West Coast premiere of artist Christian Marclay's "The Clock," a 24-hour montage of thousands of scenes from films and television depicting the passage of time, will run in LACMA's Bing Theater from 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16 until Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Getty Trust names new president and CEO

James Cuno will assume his position August 1. He has been president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago since 2004.

Arthur Laurents, playwright-director was believed to be 93

Laurents wrote the books for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" and the screenplay (from his own novel) for "The Way We Were."

Beethoven at the bowling alley

The cocktail lounge at the Canoga Park Bowl features classical music on Wednesday nights.

Party night at the Hollywood Bowl

dip.JPG Shana Ting Lipton was among the press corps that freebied in to tonight's launch party for the 90th season of the Hollywood Bowl. Nice night for it.

Speaking of Fred Harvey, a book and some art

LosAngelesCA-UnionRestauran.jpg A biography of Harvey and a Visiting Blogger excerpt about the woman who designed the floor of the cafe at Union Station.

Getty's history of looted antiquities goes way back

aphroditegetty.jpg In their forthcoming book "Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum," reporters Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino detail Getty scams through the years.

Another music video in the Fred Harvey room

The Brian Setzer Orchestra with "Jump Jive An' Wail" in the old Fred Harvey diner at Union Station.

Magazines this month

miller-mccune-511.jpg Los Angeles has Chinese restaurants, Herb Alpert, Austin Beutner and girls on quads. Miller-McCune has Lee Baca.

Around LA Observed: Something new *

alex-ward-form.jpg Donna Perlmutter, the former dance and music critic for the Herald Examiner and CityBeat — and freelancer for the L.A. Times and New York Times, among other places — is the newest contributor to Native Intelligence.

Pacific Ocean Park in 1967, with dancers and Nancy Sinatra

If you never saw the short-lived but very popular amusement park that was at the Ocean Park end of Santa Monica Beach — or want to see it again — check out this Nancy Sinatra video.

Hazel Dickens, soul singer of the South was 75

Bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens used her music to tell people about the plight of coal miners and working women in the South, and inspired the work of Emmylou Harris and others.

'60 Minutes' on Eli Broad: sets the standard for philanthropy *

The preview portrays Eli Broad as L.A.'s top philanthropist and arts patron, one who is not shy about putting his name on things.

LA Observed on KCRW

My topic tonight is LACMA on its 46th anniversary, with mentions of the David Smith sculpture exhibit that opened this weekend and the new book from Angel City Press on...

For LACMA's 46th birthday, a sculptor gets his day

david-smith-lacma-2.jpg Forty-six years after a fatal car crash ended talks on a major show, LACMA honors David Smith.

Just try to see this play at the Geffen

nothing-is-taboo.jpg The Geffen's production of "The Escort" with Mad Men's Maggie Siff as a call girl has had a heck of a time getting its ads past censors.

Film of murals being installed at Golden State Mutual *

Woodruff-mural-300x204.jpg Oscar Garza at LA Fwd has posted a two-minute silent clip of the Hale Woodruff and Charles Alston murals being installed and unveiled for the 1949 opening of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building at West Adams Boulevard and Western Avenue.

Weekend news and notes

billcunningham-square.jpg Smithsonian withdraws bid for historic murals, LAUSD's Deasy won't take $55,000 raise, a City Hall exit, art and books notes and a local media obituary.

Lanford Wilson, playwright was 73

The Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist "rose to fame for his plays that explored such themes as contemporary gay identity, youthful angst and modern anomie."

Museum of Neon Art finalizes deal to leave L.A.

mona-glendale-rendering.jpeg The Museum of Neon Art isn't moving far — to the heart of Glendale's Carusoland — but it will be the end of an era.

Nate Dogg, Long Beach rapper reported dead at 41

nate-dogg.jpg The Long Beach-raised rap music star Nathaniel D. Hale, known in the music industry as Nate Dogg, died today, his family told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Go surfing with Liz Phair

liz-phair-grab-2.jpg Los Angeles Magazine asked the Chicago native to riff a little on life in Manhattan Beach.

Remembering '60s figure Owsley Stanley III *

deadlogo.gif L.A. food writer and author Charles Perry writes about his former roommate in a Visiting Blogger post for LA Observed — and insists he did not turn on the former LSD designer.

Center Theatre Group joins 'It Gets Better'

Staff members of L.A.'s leading live theater organization tell their personal stories from childhood for the It Gets Better Project.

Banksy pieces gone from PCH, Westwood *

banksy-pch-alcorn.jpg The tank painted with the words "This looks a bit like an elephant" was towed from the field along Pacific Coast Highway on Friday.

Mark Tulin, bassist was 62

Tulin was the bassist for the 1960s psychedelic garage band The Electric Prunes (formed in the Valley) and had been playing recently with the Smashing Pumkins and with Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan.

Banksy piece removed from wall in Boyle Heights

"Caution," located at Soto and 1st streets, was sawed off the wall in broad daylight, as they say.

Banksy hits Pacific Coast Highway

banksy-pch-alcorn.jpg Jonathan Alcorn spots this latest Banksy piece on a tank at the base of the palisades along PCH across from Will Rogers Beach. Recently: LAT: The truth of 'Exit Through...

New arts and culture editor at LA Weekly

zachary-pincus-roth.jpg LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes told the staff this afternoon that the paper's new arts and culture editor will be Zachary Pincus-Roth.

Critic Ann Powers leaves L.A. Times for NPR

Powers, the LAT's pop music critic since coming from Blender in 2006, will join NPR Music and switch to contributor status at the Times.

Professor removes camera his body rejected

camera-in-head-wsj.jpg The NYU arts professor who had a Los Angeles tattoo parlor embed a web camera in the back of his head has changed...focus...and is now wearing the camera around his neck.

Steve Martin goes over better in L.A.

Unlike in New York, the LACMA audience apparently was quite satisfied to hear Martin talk about art.

Jane Fonda draws a crowd at the Ahmanson

33-Variations-Photo-11.jpg Jane Fonda blogged on Tuesday that tonight's opening performance of "33 Variations" at the Ahmanson Theatre would be attended by Cher, Colin Farrell, Angelica Huston, Chelsea Handler, Rosanna Arquette, Carla Gugino, Christian Slater, Peter Fonda, John Glover, Ben Vereen, Lindsay Lohan "and many other friends and family." She was right.

Mapplethorpe's work acquired by Getty and LACMA

mapplethorpe_calla-lily.jpg The Getty and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art jointly announced today that more than 2,000 photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe will be housed here in Los Angeles.

Costumes from 'True Grit,' other Oscar nominees

true-grit-fidm.jpg Judy Graeme at Native Intelligence got a preview this afternoon of the new exhibition of costumes from the past year's Hollywood movies that opens Tuesday at FIDM.

Ritchie Valens, garage band success was 17

valens-grave.jpg There's a reason that, 52 years later, they still remember Ritchie Valens. Especially in Pacoima.

Hilburn sells bio of Johnny Cash as seminal rock artist

Cash-and-Hilburn350.jpg Little, Brown and Company has bought world rights to "In Search of Johnny Cash," an exploration of the singer's life by former L.A. Times music critic Robert Hilburn that is promised to go beyond previous works.

Valley finally gets another concert hall

valley-perf-arts-center-big.jpg Forty seven years later, the San Fernando Valley gets another performing arts space and it's bigger and grander.

Neon and L.A. artist get their first postage stamp

neon-stamp.jpg In March, the U.S. Postal Service will release its first stamp featuring neon art. The design is by Van Nuys neon artist Michael Flechtner.

Charles Brittin, L.A. photographer was 82

brittinwalsh.jpg Charles Brittin was a beat-era photographer whose best-known work captured Los Angeles and the avant-garde artists of the decades when the Ferus Gallery was big. His photos from the streets...

Exene Cervenka returns Downtown

exene-bdt.jpg The former lead singer of X talks about the former punk venues of Downtown and her appearance tonight at the Redwood Bar and Grill on 2nd Street.

Q&A with arts writer Jori Finkel

jroi-finkel-salcido-zocalo.jpg Finkel, the arts writer at the L.A. Times, took some questions in the green room at Zocalo Public Square.

Somebody loves Neil Diamond

Singer Neil Diamond's 70th birthday is Monday. On Sunday afternoon, five skywriters spelled out a birthday greeting over the Bel-Air hills.

Mila Kunis on dancing: no mas

mila-kunis-w.jpg "Before Black Swan, I had never danced in my life, and I will never dance again."

Kirsten Dunst's guest DJ set for KCRW

dunst-campos-kcrw.jpg On the Guest DJ Project, KCRW gathers the musical choices of a pretty wide variety of people, Angelenos and not. Recent guests have included Colin Firth (who gets his star...

Novelist and the museum curator: a story of coincidence

two-beths-getty.jpg Robert Masello's novel "Bestiary" came closer to the truth than he could have imagined.

In praise of Tropico de Nopal

reyes-rodriguez-kcet.jpg Tropico de Nopal is west of Downtown, but the gallery space and its director are of the Eastside.

Broad museum renderings

broad-lobby.jpg The Broad Art Foundation this morning announced the designs for The Broad, the name it's now using for the museum to be built on Bunker Hill to hold Eli and Edythe Broad's art collection.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 1.6.11

Design for The Broad, permanent housing bust in the Inland Empire, Brown's new team and Rihanna's topless cover does well, plus more.

Dudamel sits with Jay Leno

L.A. Philharmonic maestro Gustavo Dudamel took another step into the big media world with a guest appearance last night on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

L.A. Arts Month kicks off on Wednesday

laartsmonth-banner.jpg There were several events listed today on the calendar for Los Angeles Arts Month, but the opening media moment is a lunchtime show on Wednesday by David Hidalgo and Louis Perez of Los Lobos in the Music Center Plaza.

'Rent' too uncomfortable for Monrovia school officials

rent-wallpaper.jpg When Monrovia High school's drama teacher wanted the students to produce "Rent," the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical with a cult following that deals with AIDS and homosexuality, the district's superintendent said no.

Gary Leonard, Patt to talk Kodachrome

leonardbillboardtimes.jpg Photographer Gary Leonard will be a guest of Patt Morrison's during the 1 p.m. hour coming up on KPCC (89.3 FM) to talk about the demise of Kodachrome film.

Denis Dutton, Arts & Letters Daily founder was 66

arts-letters-header.jpg Denis Dutton in 1998 created the well-read Arts & Letters Daily, which the New Yorker's Blake Eskin today calls "the first and foremost aggregator of well-written and well-argued book reviews, essays, and other articles in the realm of ideas. Denis was the intellectual’s Matt Drudge."

A Magna Carta is coming to LACMA

800px-Magna_Carta.jpg One of the existing copies of the Magna Carta, the charter of rights presented to England's King John at Runnymede in 1215, will be displayed at the Los Angeles County...

Who really created the Disney Hall Xmas sing-along?

Actor, writer and KCRW personality Harry Shearer takes issue with the L.A. Times' recent depiction of how Disney Hall's popular "Twelve Days of Christmas" pop-up sing-along number came about.

'Tis the season for a Hallelujah chorus

Flash mob takes over a Canadian food court. Views on YouTube in under a month: 19 million and counting.

Christopher Isherwood's Los Angeles

bachardy-zocalo.jpg Sounds like some fun stories were swapped about L.A. in the 40s, 50s and 60s, and especially of the gay and artistic underworld of the time, tonight at the Hammer.

Dick Van Dyke out of 'Step in Time!' with injury

The Geffen Playhouse regrets to announce that the show cannot go on.

Mariachi fire victims get help from Red Cross

A house fire last week in Boyle Heights claimed all of the musical instruments and clothing of 19 mariachi musicians. On Friday night, a benefit at Mariachi Plaza on 1st Street raised some money.

Eli Broad profiled in The New Yorker

eli-broad-newyorker.jpg Connie Bruck does the honors in today's issue and introduces Broad as "the Lorenzo de’ Medici of Los Angeles—the city’s singular patron, especially of the arts.”

Comings and goings

Kristina Schake joins the White House as communications director for Michelle Obama. Maryna Hrushetska leaves as director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Tom Christie moves on from LA Weekly

Christie, the senior features editor, was (I believe) the last of the pre-New Times mainstay editors still with the LA Weekly.

Another award for Chicken Boy

chicken-boy-big.jpg he team that saved Chicken Boy from destruction and had it mounted on a Highland Park art studio will receive a 2010 Governor’s Historic Preservation award on Friday.

Frances Brody's gift to Huntington: over $100 million

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has a much clearer idea today of its windfall from L.A. art patron Frances Brody's estate.

LA Observed goes to the museum

In the video, LA Observed's Judy Graeme goes through LACMA's exhibit on fashions of the 1700's and 1800's with Marlene Stewart, a costume designer on films such as "Ali," "The Doors" and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

L.A. Phil to beam performances to theaters

dudamelirisnyt.jpg The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced today it will transmit live performances of three Sunday afternoon concerts next year to more than 450 high-definition-equipped movie theaters.

Don Bachardy portrait of Brown is newsy again

brown-portrait-bachardy.jpg Back in the day of Jerry Brown I, noted Los Angeles artist Don Bachardy painted the official portrait for the gallery of governors in Sacramento. Only the work didn't go over so well.

Wanted: puppeteer with small feet

The Natural History Museum is looking to hire a puppeteer, but the job isn't for everybody.

WSJ does the L.A. art patron scene

The high-end Los Angeles art scene is "an art world with its own unique structure and rules," a Wall Street Journal story says today, backed up by an on-line list of everyone who sits on the boards of directors of the Getty, LACMA, MOCA, the Hammer and the Norton Simon.

Backstory: Tyrus Wong

TMPGL_LAO_12Tyrus.jpg This week's photo by Gary Leonard, as writer Rip Rense rightly suggests via email, might benefit from some background on Tyrus Wong.

At home with Jeffrey Deitch

The latest L.A. centric video from Nowness goes inside the Los Feliz home of Jeffrey Deitch, the New York art dealer who took over this year as director of...

Singer from Tecate has fans at KCRW

carla-morrison1.jpg The music staff at KCRW has fallen in love with Carla Morrison, a young singer from Tecate, Mexico.

Downtown Art Walk posts director job

The next executive director of the Art Walk will be expected to meet a lengthy list of skill and experience requirements.

Still time to get on Saturday's Neon Cruise

f you were thinking of coming on the Neon Cruise this Saturday night, come on down.

Art Walk goes on, mostly unscathed

With all the notoriety, of course people were going to show up.

Enjoying 'Chicano Rock'

chicano-rock-dvd.jpg I finally saw "Chicano Rock" tonight thanks to KOCE, the Orange County PBS station hoping to grab more of the post-KCET Los Angeles audience.

L.A weekend scenes

zocalo-funder-10910.jpg CicLAvia on Sunday, Zocalo on Saturday, Liz Phair on Friday.

Solomon Burke, 'king of rock and soul' was 70

solomon-burke-rollhall.jpg Burke died Sunday on board a flight from Los Angeles that had landed at Amsterdam, where he was due to play a concert. His family — which includes 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren — posted the news on his website.

LA Stage Times debuts

lastagetimes-shirley.jpg The website formerly known as LAStageBlog — itself an outgrowth of LA Stage magazine — is now bigger, better and design-ier.

Return of the Neon Cruise: back by popular demand

We're doing another LA Observed night on the world-famous Neon Cruise on Saturday, October 16.

Downtown Art Walk gets funding, to continue monthly

Downtown property owners, i.e. some of the big beneficiaries of the monthly Art Walk's growing popularity, stepped up with $200,000 in funding to save the event and professionalize its operation.

Valley Peforming Arts Center getting ready for its closeup

sfvpac-piano-dn.jpg Sound consultants have already begun tuning the concert hall's acoustics, with the help of a single pianist at a Steinway.

Inside Robert Graham's Venice studio

robert-graham-studio.jpg Nowness.com has posted a slide show of scenes from inside the late artist's "imaginarium" in Venice, along with features on Graham and on Angelica Huston.

Broad as major player and major meddler

Eli Broad’s decision to build his art museum on Bunker Hill, and how he arrived at the decision , "illustrates how the billionaire homebuilder does business, and how he has...

Arthur Penn, director was 88

Arthur Penn, the director of "Bonnie and Clyde," The Miracle Worker" and "Alice's Restaurant," died Tuesday in New York a day after turning 88.

Check that: Downtown Art Walk back on

artwalk-810-trucks.jpg Last week's abrupt announcement that the Downtown Art Walk would cease being held monthly on Thursday nights is now being called an unauthorized statement by "former director" Jay Lopez.

Downtown Art Walk too popular, will go on hiatus

When the official Downtown Art Walk returns in January, it will switch to a weekend day and be held quarterly, the organizers say.

Resnick Pavilion closer to opening

resnick-pavilion.jpg LAO's Judy Graeme attended today's press preview for the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion at LACMA.

Remembering Buddy Collette's Los Angeles

Buddy Collette, the legendary jazz musician and Los Angeles native who died here on Sunday at 89, "both profited from and contributed to the rich midcentury jazz scene along Los...

Fat Beats, hip-hop landmark on Melrose, is closing

Pix4-Jorge_Ledesma_ArtrucultureGroup.jpg This weekend is the last one at Fat Beats, a destination music store for hip-hop artists and fans for 14 years.

Opera on the 110 hits BBC

110-opera.jpg The Strand, a program on the BBC World Service, features a segment on One-Ten, the opera being composed in serial form along and about the Pasadena and Harbor freeways by Los Angeles Magazine.

Hanging in L.A. with the Beatles in 1974 *

Rock musician Jesse Ed Davis's 64-year-old ex-girlfriend has Polaroid photos of Paul McCartney and the other Beatles, plus Eric Clapton and others, hanging around at John Lennon's Santa Monica beach house.

Trader Vic's covers up topless Polynesians

trader-vics-blue.jpg Blogger Tabloid Baby notices, and cares, that the little Trader Vic's remnant at the pool of the Beverly Hilton has added modest blue bikini tops to the bare breasts of the polynesian women in a painted scene.

Long-delayed Siqueiros mural a step closer

olvera-mural-kpcc.jpg Ground was broken on a $9 million interpretive center for the American Tropical mural at Olvera Street.

A campanile in Culver City *

The Eric Owen Moss art tower beside the Expo Line, as observed by John Rabe, Mark Peel and Scott Timberg — and Moss.

'Marketplace' editor off to Stanford

paddy-hirsch.jpg Paddy Hirsch, senior editor in Los Angeles for American Public Radio's "Marketplace" program, is heading to Stanford on a John S. Knight fellowship.

Alternate design for Broad museum on Bunker Hill

broad-museum-rapeport.jpg Why, I think that's a Kaufman and Broad home.

Eli Broad makes it official

All that theater last week about Eli Broad not having decided to build his art museum Downtown? Theater.

Swing Era of jazz began at L.A.'s Palomar Ballroom

Palomar-ballroom.jpg The Palomar Ballroom, billed as the largest dance hall on the West Coast, was at 3rd Street and Vermont Avenue on Aug. 21, 1935.

Kenny Edwards, musician was 64

You may remember last week's item on Edwards needing help for a medical airlift home from Denver. He got home to Santa Barbara and died there yesterday.

He said, she said: Broad disputes his museum quote

Eli Broad insists that Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's news website misquoted him saying that his art museum will definitely be built Downtown on Grand Avenue.

Richard Lopez of Cannibal & the Headhunters was 65

"Scar" Lopez co-founded Cannibal and the Headhunters at Lincoln High School, helping give birth to the distinctive Eastside sound.

Broad says museum 'absolutely' coming to Bunker Hill

The Board of Supervisors today approved its part of the deal to lure Eli Broad's art museum to Downtown. After the vote, Broad called it a done deal despite the formality of another vote scheduled Monday by the Grand Avenue Authority.

Grammy Museum versus the scalpers

The museum invokes the LAPD to cut down on scalping. An email warning to a ticket buyer.

Musician Kenny Edwards to get medical airlift

edwards-ronstadt.jpg Edwards, a longtime session player in L.A. who was a member of Linda Ronstadt's band The Stone Poneys in the 1960s, needs a medical airlift from Denver to Santa Barbara...

Bobby Hebb, musician was 72 *

Bobby Hebb, who wrote the 1966 hit "Sunny," died today in Nashville at age 72.

People who dress up in armor and reenact wars

baronesa-dulcinea.jpg enice photographer E. F. Kitchen has a new book out, Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages, exploring the activities of the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose members recreate the arts and battles of the Middle Ages.

One singer's view of Rihanna

ashleigh-haney.jpg L.A. musician Ashleigh Haney, who I've mentioned here a couple of times, is back on tour as a backup singer for Rihanna, living the strange life of world traveler and stage-view witness to a pop culture phenomenon. She blogs about it.

See Los Angeles circa 1961

This Disney-made video on the origin of the California Institute of the Arts was made when the Music Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art were still being talked about and designed.

Broad's Bunker Hill museum gets approval of CRA

av+broad.jpg Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch praise the choice of Grand Avenue for Eli Broad's modern art collection.

Downtown L.A., the punk years

L.A. journalist Anthea Raymond narrates interviews with players from the early Downtown music and arts scene.

Downtown Art Walk in pictures

art-walk-july2010.jpg I gather July's Downtown Art Walk is always pretty sizable, given the time of year. But turnout at last week's walk was especially large, apparently.

Friday's L.A. Times could be more interesting than most *

For two reasons I'll be opening my Los Angeles Times early tomorrow.

PR stunt o' the week: In the Heights flash mob at Citywalk

I caught In the Heights last night at the Pantages and saw what all the fuss is about, both for the 2008 Tony winner for best musical and the fans'...

Freebies came to the mayor tonight

sabrina-in-the-heights.jpg Getty House, Mayor Villaraigosa's official residence in Windsor Square, played host tonight to a party for the cast of "In the Heights," the touring Tony winner for best musical on Broadway that's now playing at the Pantages.

Faye Dunaway peels and eats a hard-boiled egg

Just because. It's a commercial by Japanese photographer Kazumi Kurigami.

Eli Broad considered, architecturally speaking

eli-broad-art.jpg Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne considers the record as Eli Broad prepares to cause another museum to be erected in Los Angeles, probably Downtown on Bunker Hill.

Huffington Post adds arts vertical

The editor of HuffPost Arts is artist Kimberly Brooks, a habitue of Arianna Huffington's Brentwood salons who is married to actor Albert Books. The bloggers-for-free will include Suzanne Muchnic, the...

Deborah Marrow named interim president of Getty Trust

Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation, fills on an interim basis the position of President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, left empty by the death of James Wood.

Ernest Fleischmann, retired L.A. Phil leader was 85

Ernest Fleischmann, who died Sunday, ran the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra from 1969 to 1998.

Now Scarlett wins a Tony award

scarlett-tony.jpg "Memphis” won the Tony Award for best musical on Sunday night, “Red” won for best play, and Hollywood actors Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Scarlett Johansson all won in their categories.

James N. Wood, Getty Trust CEO was 69

The Getty has just announced the death of James N. Wood, the institution's president and CEO.

Susanna Hoffs helps a friend

susana-hoffs-fb.jpg Susanna Hoffs, the throaty former lead singer and guitarist of the Bangles by way of Palisades High School, is raising money for a friend in need of a liver transplant by selling her costumes from the band's heyday on eBay.

French consul in L.A. is a blogger

hopper-martinon.jpg If you're French, he'll watch the World Cup with you. And he remembers Dennis Hopper.

Marvin Isley, one of the brothers was 56

Marvin Isley was the youngest member of the Isley Brothers — he came along in 1973 after his brothers had been performing since 1954.

Baryshnikov dances in L.A. on Monday

mikhail.jpg Proceeds benefit the Cunningham Dance Foundation (CDF) and REDCAT.

South Pacific takes over the Ahmanson

south-pacific-art.gif he Lincoln Center Theater's touring production of South Pacific has been previewing at the Ahmanson Theatre since last week, but tonight was the media and stars opening night.

Irene Hirano elected chair of Ford Foundation

Irene Hirano Inouye, the founding CEO and president of the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo from 1988 to 2008, has been elected the next chair of the Ford Foundation.

Dudamel's first year a mixed bag, says Swed

dudamel_gustavo_175x175.jpg In a critic's notebook piece, L.A. Times music critic Mark Swed looked back at the inaugural season with Gustavo Dudamel at the head of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Louise Bourgeois, artist was 98

bourgeois_maman-gugg.jpg On my trip to Bilbao in 2007, one of the more unforgettable visual aspects to the Guggenheim Museum (other than seeing a replica of Walt Disney Hall beside the xx river in Spain) was Louise Bourgeois' sculpture of a giant spider.

Ten years on Dennis Hopper bio -- and still no book

Richard Stayton, now the editor-in-chief of Written By, was working at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner in 1985 when he met and first wrote about Dennis Hopper.

Dennis Hopper, actor, director & artist was 74

dennis-hopper-bwclose.jpg Dennis Hopper died this morning at home in Venice, likely from complications of advanced prostate cancer.

Shepard Fairey will lose AP case, urged to settle

obama-hope-poster.jpg The judge overseeing the Associated Press lawsuit against Shepard Fairey — over his famous "HOPE" poster of then-candidate Barack Obama — told the Los Angeles artist that he is likely to lose in court.

Something is looking up on Pasadena cultural scene

While the Pasadena Playhouse has fallen into bankruptcy and the Pasadena Symphony is in turmoil, the repertory-theater company A Noise Within is going ahead with plans to move from Glendale to Pasadena.

They like her, they really like her

scarlett-nyt.jpg Both drama critics of the New York Times, Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood, say that Scarlett Johansson deserves a Tony award for her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller’s “View From the Bridge.”

Der Meisterdude on '60 Minutes'

Gustavo Dudamel, his roots in Venezuela's El Sistema, and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles were the subject of a segment tonight on "60 Minutes."

An outpost of El Sistema in South Los Angeles

YOLA Expo Center Youth Orchestra in South Los Angeles is the first youth orchestra program established by the L.A. Philharmonic, inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that spawned Gustavo Dudamel.

Tyler Green moves Modern Art Notes

MAN-note.jpg Arts journalist Tyler Green is moving his blog, a must-read for scoops on the Los Angeles museum scene, from its long-time home at ArtsJournal to Art Info.com.

Alan Rich memorial service

A public memorial for music critic Alan Rich has been set for Tuesday, May 25th in Zipper Hall at the Colburn School on Bunker Hill in Downtown

Max Palevsky, art collector and liberal Democrat was 85

Max Palevsky sold Scientific Data Systems to Xerox in 1969 for $1 billion, then used his money to collect art and to finance liberal causes and campaigns, including those of George McGovern, Jimmy Carter and Tom Bradley for mayor.

Inside the Brody mansion in Holmby Hills

brody1AB-nyt.jpg Since the prize of the Frances and Sidney Brody art collection — “Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur” — sold at auction last night for a record $106.5 million, the New York Times offers a look inside the mansion where the Picasso used to hang.

Rhino Records to return for charity

From May 17-31, Rhino Records will re-open near its original Westwood Boulevard location. Rhino, which closed in 2006, did the resurrection by pop-up thing during the holiday season in 2007....

Reports: Music critic Alan Rich has died *

Friends and admirers are passing around on line the news that longtime Los Angeles music critic Alan Rich died yesterday. He would have been about 85.

Floral advertising returns to 110 freeway

101-floral-billboard.jpg That planted rectangle on the 110 near Downtown that Caltrans sold to Toyota last year for a Prius ad is being given a baseball-themed message.

Say it ain't so: YouTube pulling Hitler spoofs

Regarding all those web parodies using footage of the Adolf Hitler character from the film "Downfall," the German production company that owns the film has asked YouTube to yank them all.

Are we having fun with the Ring cycle yet? *

Who knew opera could be so contentious? Fan Rip Rense reams LAT critic Mark Swed for not reporting on loud booing, while a heckler who interrupted a lecture on the Ring Festival was almost evicted by Zev Yaroslavsky.

LAT's McNulty blasts Pulitzer in drama

Charles McNulty's public rant about the Pulitzer Prize awarded today in drama is unusually interesting, not because he's the L.A. Times theater critic but because he was chair of the official jury of drama critics and playwrights that recommended a different prize winner

Myrna Loy statue returning to Venice High

myrna-loy.jpg Myrna Loy crossed over from the silents to carve out a career as the witty, urbane type in 1930s Hollywood fare. She attended the Westlake School for Girls, but for decades a statue said to be based on her stood outside Venice High School. Venice alumni raised the money to restore the sculpture, and on Saturday a restored sculpture will be re-dedicated.

Getty launches a blog on itself

leo_politi_juanita.jpg The Getty adds its entry to the growing list of blogs by and about art institutions (here is LACMA's Unframed, for example.) It's called The Iris: Views from the Getty,...

The T.A.M.I. Show on 'Fresh Air'

tami300_custom.jpg Tonight on NPR's "Fresh Air", Milo Miles favorably reviews the recent DVD release of the film on the remarkable gathering of musical talent at the Teenage Music Awards International shows held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in October, 1964.

Jim Marshall tributes continue

jimi-marshall-tny.jpg Picture editor Honore Brown, posting at The New Yorker's Photo Booth blog, writes that photographs such as those by Jim Marshall (who died last month) "don't get made anymore." Brown...

Celebrating the art of the desert

bray-train-desertart.jpg Ann Japenga's new website wallows in the art, history and landscape of the California desert, "an online magazine and gathering place for desert rats, collectors, historians, artists and anyone who loves the early painters of the desert...where landscape, history and art come together under the brow of Mount San Jacinto."

Exene Cervenka in the news

exene-orange-coast.jpg Now 54, the doyenne of Los Angeles punk band X — called by Robert Hilburn "not just one of the greatest female rockers, but one of the greatest musical figures, period" — still does shows and lives quietly in Orange County. Scott Martelle profiles Cervenka in Orange Coast magazine's April issue.

Mark Ferber, voice of Hollywood Bowl was 60

Ferber, the Hollywood Bowl's longtime production supervisor and special events manager, provided the voice that greeted concert-goers: "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Hollywood Bowl."

Alex Chilton, 1950-2010

The musician who began as the lead singer for the Box Tops in the 1960s died in New Orleans.

Creator of Deitch-Broad Hitler video comes forward

Last month's pretty funny and creative spoof of Jeffrey Deitch's selection to run MOCA (with some great insider references to the L.A. arts scene and digs at Eli Broad's power)...

Angels Flight in popular culture

angels-flight-eels.jpg Today's observation du jour regarding Angels Flight: the Downtown funicular, in a scene evoking its authentic pre-1969 setting, makes an appearance in a You Tube video for the End Times album by the band EELS.

One more interpretation of Angels Flight *

angels-flight-sheets-crop120.jpg I've been receiving some nice comments all day for posting yesterday's item about the Millard Sheets painting called Angel's Flight. Here's a cover from the literary journal Black Clock that shares the noir vibe and Bunker Hill setting.

Back to 1930s Los Angeles: 'Angel's Flight'

angels-flight-inset-wp.jpg In honor of Angels Flight re-opening Monday to paying passengers, let's return to the days when the funicular originally called the Los Angeles Incline Railway was an integral part of Downtown life.

New music editor for LA Weekly

Gustavo Turner was introduced today as the music editor of the LA Weekly, replacing Randall Roberts. Read the memo.

Enjoy a little Beethoven with your afternoon

Video of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, which performs at UCLA's Royce Hall on Wednesday night, traveling and playing at the Auditorio de Madrid, set to the second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

Prius flowers get nice ride on Channels 2 and 9

prius-ad-crosses.jpg KCAL's news went out in the field this afternoon for a report from that Prius flower patch beside the 110 freeway where that makeshift memorial to Toyota victims was taken down — four days ago.

Toyota flower patch on 110 culture-jammed

prius-ad-before.jpg White crosses were laid out over the former site of Toyota's floral ad for the Prius beside the Pasadena Freeway near Downtown. A sign reads, "You Reap What You Sow."

Ruth Seymour feted at Getty

Stamberg-Weschler-Nelson.jpg On Wednesday night in the Getty Center restaurant, retiring KCRW chief Ruth Seymour received a champagne and hors d'oeuvre send-off from people in the arts and media.

Shepard Fairey has more legal problems

obama-hope-poster.jpg An unsealed legal filing reveals details about L.A. artist Shepard Fairey being the subject of a federal investigation for "potential violations" of laws prohibiting evidence tampering and perjury.

NYT gets its arms around Eli Broad's 'iron checkbook'

broad-map-nyt.jpg It's community leadership day on LA Observed, I guess. New York Times bureau chief Jennifer Steinhauer profiles Eli Broad as the "iron checkbook" whose grip on Los Angeles and its...

Michael Brand lists his differences with Getty boss

michael-brand.jpg In an interview with Lee Rosenbaum of the art blog CultureGrrl, the former director of the Getty Museum opens up a bit about his problems with Getty Trust president James Wood.

Memo: LAT prepares for latest reduction in content

On Tuesday we begin to find out how well L.A. Times editors have been able to contain the damage from the latest management order to cut costs — by moving to some of the earliest news deadlines in town and trimming story lengths. Read the latest memo.

Body painting goes back to its roots: naked bodies

naked-people-chic-leak.jpg Chic Leak blog came back from last night's launch of a line of acrylic body paints with nice photos of naked bodies and a classic PR quote.

Pasadena Playhouse to close

pasadena-playhouse-flickr.jpg Founded in 1917, the playhouse designated the state theater of California is out of money and will close Feb. 7 after the final performance of its current production of "Camelot."

Radio programming notes

California's prisoner release program is Warren Olney's main topic tonight on "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW.

Downtown suddenly a player in Broad museum talks

Discussions this morning centered on the parking lot south of the REDCAT theater.

Internal split at Getty led to Brand's exit

getty-entrance-view.jpg Michael Brand's resignation as director of the Getty Museum was requested by Getty Trust president James Wood, according to L.A. Times reporter Jason Felch, citing unnamed sources.

Who better to run into at an L.A. art walk

len-aaron-crop.jpg Howard Stiers was strolling last night's Downtown Art Walk when he stopped in at the ARTY Gallery and had a chat with the founder of a Los Angeles art institution.

Haiti, MOCA chief on Olney's WWLA

TiGeorges Laguerre, the Haitian restaurateur in Echo Park who Jenny Burman visited with earlier today, talks about the earthquake devastation tonight on "Which Way, L.A.?" with Warren Olney.

Deitch it is for MOCA

jeffrey-deitch-nymag.jpg As expected, MOCA chose New York gallery owner Jeffrey Deitch as its new director.

L.A. is one place to go in 2010

Today's New York Travel section recommends 31 places to go in the world this year. Tucked in between Leipzig and Shangai — and after Antarctica and Damascus — is our own little town.

MOCA's choice looks to be Jeffrey Deitch

jeffrey-deitch-nymag.jpg When Eli Broad introduces the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday, the betting is that the choice will be unconventional.

Not a bad epitaph at all

benbradley.jpg Everyone in the flamenco community in Los Angeles knew Ben Bradley made a wicked tortilla Espanola.

Brand will be paid through December

The Times, chasing the news that Michael Brand resigned as director of the Getty, got Brand on the phone but he didn't say very much. "I really don't want to...

Michael Brand steps down as Getty's director

The release gives no explanation. Brand's five year contract was to be up this year.

Flutist leaves with a blast at L.A. Phil

dufour.jpg Mathieu Dufour, on leave from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra while playing here with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has decided to return to the Midwest. In the Chicago Sun-Times, he's quoted...

It's Los Angeles Arts Month again

artsmonthphoto.jpg The kickoff media op for year two is Tuesday morning at 9 at REDCAT Downtown. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, actor Alec Mapa, LA Opera mezzo soprano Ronnita Nicole...

David Levine, artist was 83

levinelbj.jpg He drew more than 3,800 caricatures and other pieces for the New York Review of Books.

LA Sketchbook: Southwest goes dark

qqxsgSouthwest Museum.jpg More by Steve Greenberg...

50 years of free holiday music

hahnsatdorothychandler.jpg That's City Councilmember Janice Hahn and former mayor James Hahn in the front row, flanking their parents at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, site of the county's free holiday concerts. This...

Greenberg goes home again

When our LA Sketchbook cartoonist Steve Greenberg had a drawing in Sunday's Daily News, it was something of a time warp. He was the paper's first staff cartoonist back in...

Suzanne Muchnic leaving LAT staff

suzanne-muchnic.jpg Muchnic is retiring from the arts beat at the Los Angeles Times after 31 years. At least, she's leaving the staff. She will continue to contribute as a freelance arts...

Johnny Hallyday in induced coma here

hallydayinblack.jpg French rock icon Johnny Hallyday, called by many the French Elvis, has been placed in a medically induced coma to assist his recovery from back surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center....

Larry Sultan, photographer was 63

persiansw.jpg Larry Sultan, who died Sunday of cancer at his home up in Greenbrae, grew up in the San Fernando Valley and in 2004 came out with a large-format book called...

An angel in the flesh

Angelo incarnato.jpg Leonardo da Vinci's "Angel in the Flesh" is hanging this week at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, the drawing's first public showing ever in the Americas. The piece used...

Marichal v. Roseboro, the play

marichalroseboro.jpg Roger Guenveur Smith was six years old and living in Los Angeles the summer day in 1965 when San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal conked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro over...

New from David Foster Wallace *

This week's New Yorker publishes All That, new fiction by the late David Foster Wallace, who killed himself last year. In March, the magazine published an excerpt from his last...

Mel Brooks at the Kennedy Center

kennedycenterhonors.jpg At this weekend's Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, Mel Brooks said that picking up the award at the age of 83 was “better late than never.” Other honorees were Dave...

Bruce Lisker gets a girlfriend

brucepackingthumb.jpg In part three of Iris Schneider's exclusive-to-LA Observed posts following Bruce Lisker's reentry to society after 26 years behind bars, Bruce moves in with Kara in Marina del Rey. Iris...

L.A. Ballet rehearses The Nutcracker

nut03.jpg Judy Graeme observed while the Los Angeles Ballet polished this year's Nutcracker in a nondescript studio on Exposition Boulevard in West L.A.See and hear the holiday mainstay come together and...

L.A. art is popular all over

arcomadrid.jpg Or maybe it's the willingness of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs to get involved as a sponsor. While a hundred or so Los Angeles writers, artists and speakers —...

In praise of Madame Wong

madamewongband.jpg While we're on a bit of a music jag, Esther Wong was the godmother of punk in Los Angeles. Her restaurant-clubs in Chinatown and Santa Monica would be in the...

Bob Keane, Del-Fi Records creator, was 87 *

ritchievalensalbum.jpg Unofficial word from a former Del-Fi employee on Facebook is that Bob Keane, the record producer who signed Ritchie Valens out of Pacoima in 1958, died over the weekend. Keane...

Mike Penner's musical side

Kevin Bronson, the music writer formerly with the L.A. Times, remembers Mike Penner for more than his sports writing or his sexuality. They bonded over rock and roll. Penner was...

Guerrilla '5 North' sign replaced

ankromleonard.jpg Caltrans has quietly installed new directional signs over the northbound 110 freeway out of Downtown, in the process taking down one of Los Angeles' all-time great guerilla art installations. In...

Avery Clayton, curator of black archives*

News is spreading fast via email and Facebook that Avery Clayton died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving. He was an artist and executive director of Western States Black Research...

In praise of Charis Wilson, muse

florasmall.jpg Author and Jewish Journal book editor Jonathan Kirsch blogs that his "very first experiment in the deconstruction and interpretation of sexual imagery" took place when, as a child, he found...

Have you seen La Brea Woman?

labreawoman.jpg Forensic artist Melissa Cooper says she created a facial rendering based on the Page Museum's solitary human skull, but she says the museum won't show her work out of fear...

Broad's museum sites considered

Since we broke the news Friday night about Eli Broad's museum talks with Santa Monica, there have been copycat blog posts — plus a nice mention by Tyler Green at...

MOCA gala photos

mocagagadancer.jpg Iris Schneider has posted her photos from MOCA's 30th anniversary party, including John Baldessari and David Hockney, Eva Mendes and Gwen Stefani, and Lady Gaga performing on a pink piano....

Broad museum talking to Santa Monica

At the Broad Art Foundation's 25th anniversary event tonight in Santa Monica, there was talk that a museum for Eli Broad's art collection — formerly contemplated in Beverly Hills —...

Swooning over Dudamel

dudamelirisnyt.jpg LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider has a gorgeous audio slide show of Gustavo Dudamel images on the New York Times website. The accompanying story by Daniel J. Wakin discusses Dudamel...

Art/Life 'more than a magazine'

artlifecover.jpg LACMA staffer Maggie Hanson blogs that one of the best things about her job as stacks manager of the museum's research library is getting to share rarities like the complete...

Art Laboe still spinning records

Really nice Column One by Esmeralda Bermudez on Art Laboe, the disc jockey who has been taking requests and sending out dedications to L.A. low-riders for 50-plus years. He's now...

Theater critic critiques the critic

Don Shirley, a theater critic in Los Angeles for many years, including many at the L.A. Times, is now writing for L.A. Stage. He wasn't real thrilled on Sunday to...

Bruce Davidson, around L.A.

runyoncanyondavidson.jpg The 76-year-old New York photographer is "among the leaders of a loose-knit new wave of photographers — including Lee Friedlander, Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus — who emerged...

Bono to Hilburn: Love the book

u2atrosebowl.jpg New author Robert Hilburn got a pretty nice shout-out for "Corn Flakes with John Lennon And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life" at last night's U2 show at...

Arts writer Diane Haithman out at Times

Diane Haithman has been writing in the Calendar section of the L.A. Times for a good long while. Most recently she has been doing a lot for Culture Monster, the...

Shepard Fairey lying again, AP claims

Associated Press has filed new court papers in its case against artist Shepard Fairey, and contends that in admitting his deception over use of an AP photo of Barack Obama...

Caruso: Don't stop LAPD hiring

delariosart.jpg Rick Caruso, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission when William Bratton was hired to run the LAPD, argues in a Visiting Blogger post at LA Observed that now is...

Shepard Fairey admits lying in AP case

hopeposterAB.jpg The Los Angeles artist says in a statement that he actively tried to conceal which photo he worked from in creating his Hope poster of Barack Obama. It was an...

Hockney's L.A. hiatus

hockneyinengland.jpg David Hockney, who moved to Los Angeles from England in 1964 and is as associated with L.A. as almost any artist, has been living back in Yorkshire with his longtime...

Remembering Brendan Mullen

When Brendan Mullen came to Portland last year for a book event at Powell's, Nancy Rommelmann threw a party and introduced him around. She remembers her friend, who passed away...

Brendan Mullen, punk promoter was 60

brendan-mullen.jpg Brendan Mullen, author and the founder in 1977 of local punk rock club the Masque, died today after suffering a stroke while celebrating his birthday on the road with his...

Irving Penn, photographer was 92

pennfireman.jpg The iconic fashion and portrait photographer — most notably for Vogue — died this morning at his home in Manhattan. His death was announced by Peter MacGill, his friend and...

A Ninth to remember

bowlfireworks.jpg The capper of Gustavo Dudamel's Hollywood Bowl debut as leader of the L.A. Philharmonic last night was a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, accompanied at the end by fireworks....

Bruce Lisker's new life

pennfireman.jpg LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider went along as Bruce Lisker went shopping at Target, which came to the Valley during the 26 years he was in prison for the murder...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.1.09

Earthquakes in L.A. North, prayers for Samoa and hoopla for Dudamel below the jump, with much more of course. Mark Lacter's morning headlines are at LA Biz Observed. Also be...

LAT moves an editor to web

Lisa Fung, the Los Angeles Times editor who runs arts and culture coverage in the Calendar section, has been an active blogger for the paper's Culture Monster blog. Now she's...

Swed: Let's keep our Dudamel cool

Thumbnail image for dudamel_gustavo_175x175.jpg On the Lufthansa leg of my flight back from Germany this month, I caught the marvelous documentary Tocar y Luchar, about the Venezuelan music education system that produced Gustavo Dudamel....

Neon Museum makes it official

The Museum of Neon Art is leaving Downtown for Glendale's Brand Boulevard. Earlier post here and new L.A. Times story....

MONA looking to Glendale

The Museum of Neon Art is thinking seriously about moving from Downtown — and Los Angeles — to the city of Glendale. "MONA needs a permanent location to display these...

Slate vs. rap legend

Los Angeles lawyer and journalist Ben Sheffner, who used to represent some Warner Music arms, pens a piece at Slate today that destroys an earlier New York Daily News story...

Ellie Greenwich, songwriter was 68

elliegreenwich.jpg For those who keep score, we have our third newsworthy passing of the last 24 hours. Greenwich collaborated with Phil Spector and Jeff Barry on a bunch of hit songs...

LACMA gets $150,000 for film

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Time Warner Cable in partnership with Ovation TV have each committed $75,000 to help the Los Angeles County Museum of Art "extend continuous film...

Lila Downs has to cancel

liladownsflowers.jpg Singer Lila Downs had an emergency appendectomy on Sunday and has to beg off her Thursday date to perform for free at Santa Monica Pier. Randall Roberts has the details...

New L.A. music website

Bluefat is by John Payne, a former music editor of the L.A. Weekly. He calls it "a magazine for music, film and visual art devotees with open minds and a...

Les Paul, guitar master was 94

"It’s safe to say that rock and roll as we know it would not exist without his invention," says the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That invention? The solid-body...

Autry drops expansion plan *

The Autry Museum of Western Heritage has withdrawn its $175 million expansion plans, citing in part the conditions proposed by Councilman Jose Huizar. What this means for the Southwest Museum...

Music in MacArthur Park

levittiris.jpg Photographer Iris Schneider enjoyed spotting people having picnics on the lawn at MacArthur Park so much that she began taking pictures. Her audio slide show from the park's new Levitt...

Artweek, RIP

The Bay Area art magazine Artweek has gone out of business after nearly 40 years of publication. The final issue was dated June 2009. From the website: A victim of...

LACMA wants to hear about film program

Perhaps stung by the strong critical reaction to the decision to rethink its film program, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has put up an online forum to take...

Free Dudamel tix: $1600

bienvenido_415x150.jpg The first tickets to hit eBay for the "free" Hollywood Bowl concert on Oct. 3 to welcome Gustavo Dudamel to the L.A. Philharmonic are offered at $1599.99 for four....

Robert Hilburn goes online

hilburnlennon.jpg The L.A. Times' emeritus pop music editor has a memoir of his decades covering the business — "Corn Flakes with John Lennon And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll...

Westwood's movie future bleak

Today's L.A. Times follows on our Thursday night news about the Festival theater closing and adds a triple whammy of bad news for Westwood: Mann is giving up its leases...

Restoration a dying art

wsjartrestorers.jpg Nice science column in today's Wall Street Journal by Robert Lee Hotz on the lost art of restoring and conserving masterpieces. It's set at the Getty, which is spearheading a...

Turan slaps LACMA over film

Cari Beauchamp took her deep personal umbrage at Native Intelligence the other night, and now you can add the LAT's Kenneth Turan to the list of Hollywood and film aficionados...

LACMA goes dark on films

Museum director Michael Govan announced the film program will be closed and rethought — audiences were down, he said. LA Observed contributor Cari Beauchamp, an author and film historian, calls...

Salonen's musical sauna

salonensauna.jpg Esa-Pekka Salonen's house in upper Brentwood has gone on the market for $4.1 million. It has six bedrooms, 5.5 baths and a chilly Scandinavian demeanor throughout. Check out the sauna...

Talking about Shulman

In today's LA Observed segment on KCRW, I honor Julius Shulman as a foremost chronicler and interpreter of Los Angeles and get personal on behalf of my wife, who has...

Violinist found dead

Robert Korda's body was located by LAPD detectives Sunday in the county morgue. His death is under investigation. Korda disappeared on Wednesday and his son Noah had been seeking help...

Violinist Robert Korda is missing *

Korda, 69 and a veteran of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has not been seen since Wednesday, the day before he was supposed to drive from home in Van Nuys to...

Hitler's music exiles in Southern California

Jonathan Kirsch reviews "A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Émigrés and Exiles in Southern California," Dorothy Lamb Crawford's study of the 1930s emigres to Los Angeles such as Igor Stravinsky, Arnold...

'Spamalot' finally hits L.A.

Spamalotcrop.jpg Wednesday night's opening performance of "Monty Python's Spamalot" at the Ahmanson ended with creator Eric Idle taking the stage (to a standing ovation, though his name was never used) and...

Rave under Olympic torch

coliseumtorchressler.jpg They lit the torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival. Nice photo, and a lot more where that came from, courtesy of Drew Ressler....

An African perspective on Michael Jackson

zeleza.jpg Paul Tiyambe Zeleza takes over August 1 as the dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University. He's also the editor of The Zeleza Post and...

Hilburn on Michael Jackson

Robert Hilburn, the former L.A. Times pop music critic, lives not far from the Jackson family compound in Encino and knew Michael — and wrote about his music — for...

Billboards of the '50s and '60s

leonardbillboardtimes.jpg Photographer Gary Leonard has what looks to be a very cool exhibit up in his Broadway gallery: prints made from Kodachrome slides he saved from the trash showing Pacific Outdoor...

Mariachi maven via Cuba

Patricia Marroquin at Hispanic Business profiles Rodri Rodriguez, the Cuban-born creator of the annual Mariachi USA festival that returns Saturday to the Hollywood Bowl for the 20th time. While it...

Getty parking: free at night

The Getty just formally announced its hike to $15 per vehicle to park at the museum or the villa, but parking will be free at both locations for evening events...

LA Observed on KCRW

I continue the Getty finances and parking fee discussion, 4:44 p.m. on 89.9 FM, online in perpetuity at KCRW.com and via podcast at iTunes. Script is behind the jump....

Getty parking reactions

This morning's post on the Getty's $15 parking fee — I agreed with the NYT's Ed Wyatt that it's essentially an admission charge — elicited a nice flow and range...

NYT gets it on Getty fee

In a piece today on the Getty's financial pinch, the New York Times' Ed Wyatt puts the parking fee hike in perspective: For a hilltop museum with no public parking...

Getty raises the barrier to entry

gettycenterview.jpg Parking at the Getty Museum will rise to $15 a car on July 1. The Getty likes to call itself a museum accessible to the whole city, but it's starting...

Bravo: Salonen's legacy

salonengoodbye.jpg Esa-Pekka Salonen is coming to the end of his run at the L.A. Philharmonic, and the tributes are mounting. This weekend the L.A. Times landed a package of stories on...

Weekend reads

adenhartjersey.jpg "The sudden appearance of these designs, even in provisional form, in the middle of a deep recession prompts a couple of questions. Why now? And why -- when the last...

Take this waltz

Leonard Cohen returns to Los Angeles with performances tonight and tomorrow at the Nokia Theatre. He's backed by Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla in this video from a 1990s (or...

Guy who booed at opera comes forward

That was L.A. writer Rip Rense who booed during the cheers for Achim Freyer at Saturday's opening night performance of "Die Walküre" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Times' Mark...

Backup singers update

Small update to this post from December about Ashleigh Haney, the SoCal singer who was then on tour with Rihanna. After two years the tour is over and Haney returns...

Children's museum in Valley pondering bankruptcy

The troubled museum-in-waiting near Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace has taken steps to file for Chapter 7 protection, at least partly due to the impact of a scam, per...

Stacy Keach returns to 'Frost/Nixon'

If you still have tickets to the Ahmanson for this weekend, you should be pleased to hear that Stacy Keach will return to the role of Richard Nixon for three...

Jazz Bakery closing its doors

Proprietor Ruth Price says the non-profit music and art venue lost its lease at the Helms Bakery in Culver City and will close there on May 31. She plans to...

Stroke knocks Keach out of 'Frost/Nixon'

I caught "Frost/Nixon" on stage last week at the Ahmanson. Stacy Keach as Nixon was the show's most powerful performer and crowd pleaser. Alas, he's out indefinitely after suffering a...

Shepard Fairey on 'Fresh Air'

L.A. artist Shepard Fairey guested with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" tonight to explain his side of the dispute that has ensued over Fairey basing his Obama campaign poster...

Good week for political theater

On Saturday, Father Daniel Berrigan's Vietnam-era protest drama, "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," opens at The Actors' Gang in Culver City. And on Wednesday, L.A. Theatre Works begins a...

Rihanna 'bloody and bruised,' say the tabs

TMZ reports that law enforcement sources tell the site Rihanna was found in Hancock Park with two "huge contusions" on her forehead, and a bloody lip and nose, from the...

Shepard Fairey arrested in Boston

The Los Angeles artist best known now for his Obama poster was taken into custody on his way to Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art for the opening of his first...

Another theater critic out

Jm Farber wrote for the South Bay Daily Breeze for 16 years, serving as the paper's theater and arts critic. He was let go today, according to Culture Monster....

Alan Rich on Betty Freeman *

The longtime L.A. music critic blogs about this week's death and the legacy of arts patron Betty Freeman. (Here's my news post from yesterday.) Rich: She insisted on facing death...

Betty Freeman, arts patron was 87

Betty Freeman, who died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, was a leading patron of the arts and new music. That's her in David Hockney's Beverly Hills Housewife,...

2008 passings: Music, arts & letters

Forrest J Ackerman, archivist Tina Allen, artist Arthur C. Clarke, author Philip Conisbee, curator Michael Crichton, author Bo Diddley, rocker Elaine Dundy, author Patricia Faure, art dealer Robert Graham,...

Venice remembers Robert Graham

Tibby Rothman writes at The Venice Paper that artist Robert Graham, who died on Saturday, was a Venice patriot: "The last time I saw him, he was at one of...

The backup singers project

Random stuff emerges as I pare down my desk piles to make room for the new year. Here's video featuring L.A. singers Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla, who gave Leonard...

Robert Graham, sculptor was 70 *

The Venice sculptor Robert Graham died Saturday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after being ill for six months. Born in Mexico City on Aug. 19, 1938, Graham moved to...

MOCA accepts Broad's offer, Strick out

The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art will announce today that it accepts Eli Broad's bailout offer, will not merge with LACMA, director Jeremy Strick has resigned and former...

MOCA board leans toward Broad deal

The New York Times reports that the Museum of Contemporary Art board reached a preliminary agreement on Thursday to accept Eli Broad's financial rescue offer, while the L.A. Times adds...

Afternoon news and notes

Heavy snow (by SoCal standards) has closed highways in and out of the Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains and of course over the Grapevine on...

MOCA developments o' the day

LACMA's board came out today and proposed in writing that the museum merge operations with MOCA. Here's a story by the LAT and the release from LACMA. Also, on KCRW'S...

Getty curator retires

Weston Naef, longtime senior curator of photography at the Getty Museum, will retire to curator emeritus status on Jan. 31. The Getty announced in a statement that after retiring, Naef...

LA Observed on KCRW

Today's piece talks about the Carleton Watkins photographs at the Getty, kind of a companion to my post last night and Judy's recent piece at Native Intelligence. The four-minute commentary...

Mariachi goes to Harvard

Members of Mariachi Vritas de Harvard believe they are "the first and only 100% undergraduate student Mariachi in the East Coast." Here they are (bigger) with Mexican president Felipe Caldern....

Suggesting Strick's exit strategy

Tyler Green at Modern Arts Notes, getting impatient with the slow movement on the Museum of Contemporary Art front, lays out a path to Jeremy Strick gracefully yielding MOCA to...

McCabe's history on KCRW

The Santa Monica music shop has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and will be the subject of a Thanksgiving program from 9 a.m. to noon on KCRW (89.9...

Turning out for MOCA

The Times estimates that about 450 people showed up Sunday at the Geffen Contemporary, answering the call to show their support for MOCA. Some also wanted to know WTF is...

MOCA mobilization on Sunday

Cindy Bernard and other artists are calling on friends of the Museum of Contemporary Art to show up tomorrow at 3 p.m. to hear an update on the financial crisis...

Turnover at jazz beat...we think

Don Heckman has been the unofficial jazz critic of the Los Angeles Times since hall of famer Leonard Feather died in 1994. But Heckman blogs today that he thinks he...

Eli Broad offers $30 million to save MOCA

The philanthropist and art collector writes in an L.A. Times Op-Ed piece that with the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown reeling financially, "the time has again come for this city...

Open letter to MOCA trustees *

Times critic Christopher Knight today calls out the financially flailing Museum of Contemporary Art for mishandling its future. I read with interest in Wednesday's paper about the fiscal calamity plaguing...

Ladies and gentlemen, X! *

This video of the band X performing "Los Angeles" has a lot of early 1980s footage of the city, including the original Hard Rock Cafe downtown, an RTD bus advertising...

Chicano rock and the first Eastside

I put together a four-minute video from the weekend's Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at USC on the two documentaries I caught up with — "Chicano Rock" and "The Eastsiders" —...

Ongoing story of Rikki Madrigal

Writer Brian Bentley has posted online a long story on Rikki Madrigal, a fixture on the Wednesday night barbecue circuit in Silver Lake's hipster scene who died in a house...

CTG offers $20 tix, lots of them

The Center Theatre Group says it's making 100,000 tickets available at $20 a pop to all shows this season at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre....

Getty closed due to fire

The Getty Center will remain closed today to visitors and most staff to help reduce traffic congestion resulting from this morning's hillside brush fire (now out) in Sepulveda Pass. The...

Patricia Faure, L.A. art dealer was 80

Patricia Faure ran the gallery that bore her name at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, and other notable Los Angeles galleries before that: Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Asher/Faure Gallery. Times art...

Arts and the economy

It's not just the Pasadena Symphony. The almost-certainly-a-recession is affecting arts and culture organizations all around. On KCRW's Politics of Culture at 2:30 this afternoon, Ruth Seymour talks with key...

Recession strikes the symphony

Laurie Niles of Violinist.com said the letter hit her like a punch in the stomach. "Due to the recent extraordinary conditions in the financial markets, the Pasadena Symphony has been...

LACMA blogging now too

Arts blogger Tyler Green calls Unframed, the staff blog at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his "new daily obsession." They are not limiting posts to happenings at LACMA,...

New around LA Observed

Our columnist Bill Boyarsky has been on the national campaign trail this year for Truthdig, and as he used do to for the Times as a columnist and political reporter,...

Linda Ronstadt at 62

The singer whose voice wowed the L.A. music industry at the Troubadour and Palomino clubs so long ago — one of the top selling female recording artists ever — now...

Annenberg Foundation to open photo gallery

The Annenberg Space for Photography is scheduled to open next spring on the former site of the Shubert Theater in Century City. The release says it "will be a 10,000...

Getty drops late Fridays

The Getty Center galleries have stayed open until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, offering a nice spot to meet someone in the evening and watch the sun set (or,...

'The Cool School' airs here tonight

I really like this photo of Venice from 1957, showing the lineage of the ocean-front condos and converted beach shacks that are now so desirable. It's by Charles Brittin, the...

Charles Brittin becomes cool again

Brittin was the in-house photographer of the Los Angeles avant-garde artists who made the Ferus Gallery legendary in the 1950s and 1960s, then he faded from view. Now the Getty...

She walked the line...

As an amateur admirer of mariachi, I enjoyed CityBeat's feature on the female ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. But I was stopped by the byline: Kamren Curiel, who I...

Kent Twitchell settles in Ruscha mural case *

Artist Kent Twitchell settled his lawsuit against the U.S. government and 12 other defendants for painting over his 70-foot tall landmark mural of Ed Ruscha at Olympic and Hill downtown...

Origins of the Broad Contemporary

The Center for Land Use Interpretation, as is their style, interprets the new BCAM as "more than an immediate housing for cultural artifacts...[but] engaged in an unspoken interaction with far...

Alan Rich out as Weekly critic

Another local music critic down, not many left to go. Alan Rich, who is at least 83, was let go as classical music critic over lunch with LA Weekly editor...

The Hilburn Chronicles

Longtime L.A. Times pop critic Robert Hilburn has signed with ModernTimes/Rodale to do a "deeply personal and highly opinionated memoir" of his decades covering the music scene. From the flackage:...

LA's keeper of the saints

Last weekend's New York Times did a nice spread on J. Michael Walker and his one-of-a-kind Los Angeles book, "All the Saints of the City of the Angels: Seeking the...

Cuts coming next at.....the Getty

Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes has the memo and the explanation from spokesman Ron Hartwig that staff reductions are a result of new CEO James Wood bringing the Getty...

Buddy Miles, Hendrix drummer was 60

Not too many musicians follow this particular career arc. Buddy Miles, who died yesterday in Austin of congestive heart failure, began as a session player with the Delfonics and on...

Intricate rehab at Natural History Museum

The skylight over the rotunda of the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park has been nicely, if painstakingly, restored with help from the great-grandson of the original Judson Studios artist....

Gold miner of Carthay Circle found

One of my favorite quirky L.A. public sculptures — the gold panner of Carthay Circle — has been stolen and recovered. The bronze cast in 1925 by Henry Lion recently...

Getty acquires Irving Penn series

Vogue fashion photographer Irving Penn began taking photographs of workers in Paris in 1950, usually posing them in natural north light. He continued in New York, and eventually amassed a...

La Fonda returning to Wilshire

Downtown blogger Angelenic has the scoop (and some nice photos): Wilshire Boulevard institution La Fonda will reopen on Valentine's Day. The new version won't appeal to Japanese tourists or homesick...

Love — and change — in the air at JANM

Irene Hirano will step down next year as president of the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. But that's not her big news. She also become engaged to Sen....

LACMA, other museums raided by feds *

Search warrants were served on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pasadena's Pacific Asia Museum, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego...

Debate topic: Zappa and the Philharmonic

Mark Swed's Jan. 7 LAT review of an L.A. Philharmonic performance of pieces with an urban theme said, among other things: In between came Frank Zappa's 'Dupree's Paradise.' Short, diverting...

Broad keeping his art after all *

Eli Broad has changed course and decided not to donate his impressive collection to any museums — including LACMA, which is close to finishing the Broad Contemporary Art Museum on...

Crossed signals at the opera

Music Center president Stephen Roundtree said today that the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will close for renovations in 2013, not 2011 as originally announced. Apparently, offices for displaced staff need to...

In praise of the Colburn School

In the eyes of the New York Times, the 96 students in the Colburn School conservatory on Bunker Hill "are among the finest young musicians in the world." The story,...

No more green makeup for her

If you were in Hollywood last night, you might have seen a line around the block at the Pantages after the performance of Wicked. Hundreds of fans queued up outside...

Marion True talks to the New Yorker

The defrocked Getty curator of antiquities who has faced criminal charges in Europe finally talks to the media, in the form of Hugh Eakin in this coming week's New Yorker....

Apollo has left the building

Sharon Waxman went out to the Getty Villa today to monitor the packing up, and shipping out, of some of the 40 statues and other antiquities being returned to Italy...

Afternoon snacks

Harold Nelson is out as director of the Long Beach Museum of Art, replaced on an interim basis by former board president Ron Nelson in a move by trustees...
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