Arts, music and culture

News, observations and links on the arts, music, theater, dance, photography and local institutions
Gustavo DudamelGetty viewGo-GosSwan Lake
WDCH-Refik-by-DD-9986.jpg Verdi's words remain relevant in these political times. Plus: Refik Anadol's electronic kaleidoscope of Philharmonic moments.

Dos teatros and a resounding Echo

gloria-38.jpg Don Shirley recommends "Native Gardens" in Pasadena, "The Cake" in Westwood Village and "Gloria" in Atwater Village.

The Theatricum and other summer hotspots

Coriolanus_0165.jpg It's the season for outdoor productions that are worth the effort to go see.

Hollywood Bowl's summer scene and dance downtown

dancer.jpg Intimate big-screen close-ups and high-tech sonics at the Bowl, courtesy of the LA Philharmonic. Or the old-time glory of glittering Russian ballet downtown at the Chandler Pavilion.

LA stories: 'Soft Power,' Bimini Baths

mexican-day-3.jpg For two weeks in May, two of CTG's three main stages were occupied by plays mostly set in or around the Los Angeles area.

A "Rigoletto" to revel in, plus Dudamel and Uchida

matthew-aucoin.jpg Just how many hats can an unencumbered contender wear? Ask Matthew Aucoin, for his answer.

From stage to screen with 'Baby' and 'Rock'

THE-BABY-DANCE---MIXED---4.jpg As a theater critic in a city famous for making movies, I sometimes meet new acquaintances who assume that I see a lot of movies and TV. Sorry, but no. Usually.

Mahler's celebrants raise high the roof beam

LADP_Yag_3_Erin-Baiano.jpg Performances from Tilson Thomas, Dudamel, LA Dance Project and more.

Hockney stops at LACMA for a new exhibition

hockney-arrives-lacma.jpg "82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life" opens at the museum this weekend. Some pics.

The power of 'pluribus' plays

cam-mini1.jpg "Cambodian Rock Band," "Allegiance," "The New Colossus," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Sell/Buy/Date" and more.

Joffrey does double duty downtown

joffrey-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter: Also "Fantastic Woman" on screen, "Betroffenheit" at the Broad Stage and Beethoven with the LA Phil.

The best (and worst) of all possible Lennys

candide-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter: We're in the throes of celebrating what would be the 100th birthday of America's most famous music man, Leonard Bernstein.

Keeping up with the Trumps in LA theater

HotHouse-JoshClarkMelanie-Lora.jpg Awakening of local theater for the new year, and Donald Trump's first anniversary, are not entirely unrelated.

Artist Ana Serrano creates an unusual garden in Pasadena

ana-serrano-iris-schneider.jpg Known for "Cartonlandia," Serrano's new room-sized piece recalls her family's traditions in LA and Mexico.

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo

lastropicanas-carrillo.jpg Eduardo Carrillo a founding patriarch of the Chicano Art movement, as seen in an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

The 2017 remodel of LA theater

sugar-pro4.jpg Looking back at a pivotal year, plus some recommendations to enjoy during the holiday season.

Downtown upended and Millepied finds a home at the Wallis

persona_17pr.jpg The LA Phil's Noon to Midnight festival brought a new crowd to classical music in LA. More from Donna Perlmutter.
detail_balance-ed-fuentes.jpg One venue for the muralist and educator is simply not enough, so here are some others.

'This Land' is whose land?

CUmana_JMcKay_NCalame_JTorres_IAlda_RAzurdia_LTomlinson-(1).jpg Neighborhoods change. Change often causes conflict. Conflict is usually an important ingredient of drama.

Carmen joins Pearl Fishers as LA's orchestras soar

mirga-laphil.jpg In case you thought that we, in headline-exploding Hollywood, suffer a paucity of music performances, think again.

Exene Cervenka at City Hall

LAO_ExeneCityHall.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.

Symphony for auto

auto-symphony-main.jpg "A [ For 100 Cars]," a symphony based around A440, the standard tuning note of the Western world, played through the sound systems of 100 automobiles parked on a downtown roof.

Plays prescient and not so prescient

buchenwald-46.jpg In two remarkable new plays, same-sex Angeleno couples are traveling with their parents or other older relatives. Bigger topics become involved.

Look inland for more PST:LA/LA art

Hector-Hernandez,-Bulca,-2015.-Courtesy-of-the-artist.jpg Here are some Inland Empire exhibitions featured in the massive showcase of Latino and Chicano artists now on view across Southern California.

Bourne again: 'The Red Shoes'

1_THE_RED_SHOES_Photo_by_Johan_Persson.jpg It was just a matter of time. When would Matthew Bourne attempt to cross Niagara on a wire?

Why the LA Times' new theater column needs a new name

daca-mented.jpg I'm glad the Times has returned to its long tradition of including theater coverage every Friday, but the new column would benefit from a clarification of how it operates.

Dancer Melissa Barak visits her Chagall costumes at LACMA

melissa-barak-cost-iris.jpg " I can look back and see how amazing it was," the LA choreographer says of dancing in "The Firebird" with the New York City Ballet.

'Hamilton' in LA in the time of Trump

Hamilton-Company-standing-Joan-Marcus.jpg Don Shirley wonders how Donald Trump's white power allies would feel about the casting of black actors as Washington and Jefferson. He also writes that "Hamilton" is no "kumbaya version of how happy we'll all be if we can just get along."

A Tchaikovsky cartoon (or not) and a Sondheim show stopper

sondheim-show-dp.jpg Will the real Tchaikovsky please stand up? The one who wrote transcendent music that stormed the heavens.
David Hockney at LACMA
hockney-arrives-lacma.jpgThe artist arrives to open his latest exhibit.
The power of 'pluribus' plays
Allegiance-9-(1).jpgDon Shirley on theater in LA
Visiting her old ballet costumes
melissa-barak-cost-iris.jpg Melissa Barak at LACMA Chagall exhibit with the artist's memorable designs.
Wilshire Grand Center lobby
wilshire-grand-lobby-wall.jpg Visitors check out the wall-mounted sculpture by artist Do Ho Suh.
Art Friday
del-toro-lacma-friday.jpgThe day after Thanksgiving was jumping at LACMA.
Neon treasures of LA
mna-derb.jpgThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
Mellow DTLA Sunday
hauser-wirth-courtyard.jpgLate afternoon in the courtyard at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
Rain Room
rain-room-iris.jpgMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Chuck Berry and the Stones
rollingstones-hagg.jpgOne rocking Saturday night in the KHJ-TV studios in 1965. Video and backstory
Neutra and Schindler
neutra-schindler-ucsb.jpgPlay imagines what happened after the estranged architects were reunited in a 1953 hospital room. Karen Wada
'Good morning, people!'
grace-slick-woodstock-dark.jpgGrace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.
For your consideration
bessie-still.jpgTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
Music at Doheny Mansion
dacamera-doheny-iris.jpgIris Schneider takes in some chamber music with the Da Camera Society. More
A tale of two Sugar Plum Fairies
joy-womack-iris.jpgJoy Womack comes to the Santa Monica Nutcracker from Moscow, Lyrica Blankfein from NYC. More
Baryshnikov springs onstage
thisoldwoman-mischa.jpgAfter roughly 15 years of wandering in the theatrical desert, Mikhail Baryshnikov has finally found the most deserving spotlight of his post-dancing career. Donna Perlmutter
Harry Shearer and Nixon
harry-shearer-nixon.jpgFor Harry Shearer, Richard Nixon is still the one.
Millard Sheets mural
millard-sheets-mural-crop.jpgArtist's work goes from home to the Huntington.
Made in America scene
jay-beyonce-garcetti-aoki.jpgMayor Garcetti with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Aoki at the music festival in Grand Park. Photo on Aoki's Instagram feed.
Dancers audition
barak-audition.jpgTryouts for LA's Barak Ballet. Photo by Judy Graeme
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Selected arts and culture links
Cultural institutions
American Youth
  Symphony

Art Center
Autry National Center
Broad Arts Foundation
CalArts
California African
  American Museum

California Philharmonic
California String
  Quartet

Center for Land Use
  Interpretation

Center Theatre Group
Cerritos Center for
  Performing Arts

Collage Dance Theatre
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Ford Theatres
Fowler Museum
Griffith Observatory
Hollywood Bowl
Huntington Library
Getty Center
GRAMMY Museum
Italian Cultural Inst.
Japanese American
  National Museum

LACMA
Long Beach MOA
L.A. Ballet
L.A. Chamber Orchestra
L.A. Children's Chorus
L.A. Master Chorale
L.A. Opera
L.A. Philharmonic
Municipal Art Gallery
MOCA
Mus. of Jurassic Technology
Museum of Latin
  American Art

Music Center
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
OC Perf. Arts Center
Otis College
Pacific-Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of
  Calif. Art

REDCAT
Santa Monica MOA
Santa Monica Symphony
Skirball Cultural Center
UCLA Hammer Mus.
UCLA Live
USC Fisher Mus.
USC Thornton School
Watts Towers Center
Weisman Museum
West Coast Jewish
  Theatre

Zipper Concert Hall
Calendars and events
ArtSlant LA
Culture Mob
Experience L.A.
Flavorpill L.A.
L.A. Art Openings
LA Brain Terrain
Out West Arts
UCLA Happenings
USC Arts and Events
Media and blogs
Richard Ankrom
Arts for L.A.
Arts Journal
ArtsMeme
Artworkslive
Marshall Astor
Blur + Sharpen
Michael Buitron
Gregg Chadwick
City of the Angels
Coagula
Concerning Art
Erin Cosgrove
CultureGrrl
Culture Monster
Curatorialist
Da Camera Society
Diavolo
Downtown Art Walk
Gustavo Dudamel
Ensemble Green
Carol Es
Fine Arts L.A.
Frenchy but Chic
Dennis Hollingsworth
I call it Oranges
International Review
  of Music

Jacaranda
KUSC blog
L.A. Art Girls
LACMA on Fire
LACMA Unframed
LA Contemporary
  Dance

L.A. in Bloom
LA Mano Press
L.A. Modern Auctions
LA Stage
LA Stage Alliance
Machine Project
Man One World
Mayer Rus
Modern Art Notes
Monday Evening
   Concerts

NoHo Arts District
Robert Olsen
Positive Ape Index
Recycle LACMA
Rembrandt in SoCal
Ruskin Art Club
Sundays Live
  at LACMA

The Judson Studios
THE Magazine
The O.C. Art Blog
Rubén Ortiz Torres
Try Harder
Violinist.com
Zero Degrees Art

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