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The 99-Seat plan's long goodbye

enron-ds.jpg You may have heard that LA's 99-seat theaters are about to enter a year of living on the edge.

James Cameron's outlook: sunny with a chance of doom

Cameron300.jpg It was a beautiful, sunny late afternoon in the Santa Monica Mountains, and James Cameron was sending mixed signals. The director of "Avatar" had just unveiled his latest invention: open-source solar sunflowers. This was a celebration, but there was a dark cloud on the director's mind.

New breed pianist, perfect dancers and a string quartet

alvin-ailey-dt.jpg Donna Perlmutter sees Igor Levit, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Ballet Jazz Montréal and the Brentano String Quartet.

Chris Burden's Ode to Santos Dumont

burden-dumont-iris.jpg Burden's final finished work goes on display Monday at LACMA.

Los Angeles artist Chris Burden dies at 69

urban-light-burden.jpg Burden's "Urban Light" outside LACMA has become one of the most admired and photographed works of art in Los Angeles.

I heard it through the musical grapevine

motown-gaye-ds.jpg Two musicals currently playing in LA are at least partially set in bygone days of LA's pop music business. Both of them focus on music-industry pioneers.

Dave Goldberg's legacy in the music business

dave-goldberg.jpg The Survey Monkey chief executive who reportedly died outside the U.S. while on vacation with his wife -- no details have been released -- was a pioneer in bringing digital music to the Internet.

Artist and writer Ed Fuentes gets ink in Las Vegas

ed-fuentes-baskow.jpg Far from DTLA, Fuentes has been chronicling street art in the desert and has some ideas on what's missing.

Ben E. King tribute by 'Rhapsody in Black' (videos)

bill-gardner-fb.jpg Bill Gardner soared with his on-air set devoted to the late Ben E. King on Saturday afternoon on KPFK.
chiara-sierra-getty.jpg As a photographer, it was exhilarating to visit the Getty and meet photographers who are exploring frontiers, sometimes breaking new ground and sometimes riffing on the work of earlier pioneers.

Jack Ely, 71, lead singer on 'Louie Louie' (video)

kingsmen-cover.jpg Ely co-founded the Portland garage band the Kingsmen and was the lead singer on their 1963 cover of "Louie Louie." Written by Angeleno Richard Berry, "LL" may be the most recorded rock song ever.

Da Camera Society concert in the Bradbury Building

italiansaxophone.jpg The Italian Saxophone Quartet gave a beautiful performance of music of the cinema, including Ennio Morricone's haunting music from "Cinema Paradiso."

24th Street embraces role as neighborhood's theater

LAO-enterstageright-new.jpg Bilingual plays (for 24 cents). After 'Cool classes. Homemade tamales. An open door. A little stage company near USC finds ways to connect with its community.

The most civilized and generous film festival

HAZAVANICIUSsm.jpg "City of Lights, City of Angels" concludes Tuesday with a re-screening of the winners.

Silver Lake's 'Bates Motel' gets a whitewash

bates-motel-portrait.jpg Vincent Lamouroux says he was always attracted to the motel at Sunset and Bates on his visits to LA from France. On Sunday, his transformation officially goes on view.

The Huntington acquires major trove of Ansel Adams work

anselAdams-monolith-huntington.jpg The Huntington Library announced it has acquired a full set of Ansel Adams portfolios that the California photographer shot and printed himself between 1948 and 1976 and called "an excellent cross section of my work."

Betty Willis, designer of iconic Las Vegas sign, was 91

LVSign_.jpg "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" says the sign placed on the road into Vegas from LA in 1959. "A luminous diamond stretched like Silly Putty, each letter of 'Welcome' encircled by silver dollars."

The match of play and venue can be so wrong -- and so right

julius-caesar-anw.jpg Examining some local theater companies that know how to use the strengths of their own spaces and how to manage their finances.

City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival opens Tuesday

oss-117-cairo-nest-of-spies.jpg In an attempt to reverse the trend of writing about great events after they over, here is a reminder about an annual opportunity to see dozens of French films in Hollywood.

Percy Sledge, soul singer, was 73

percy-sledge-rrhof.jpg "When a Man Loves a Woman" "raised the bar for soul balladeering for all time," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wrote. Sledge died today in Baton Rouge.

'White God' is both allegorical and mind-boggling

white-god-iris.jpg Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo makes his point about the dangers of racism and prejudice in a visceral way.

New Expo Line stations getting their art

expo-line-west-art.jpg Metro is installing the artwork for the elevated station at Sepulveda Boulevard. Westwood/Rancho Park and Palms went first.

Susannah Hoffs of the Bangles sings karaoke in DTLA bar (video)

hoffs-karaoke.jpg Oh why not? Compliments of New York Magazine's Vulture site.

New visitor center and garden at the Huntington (photos)

huntington-garden-new.jpg The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino will open its new $68 million education and visitor center next Saturday, April 4.

On famous actors and 99-seat theater*

blythe-danner-country-house-lamont.jpg I don't understand why Blythe Danner's words were chosen to receive the spotlight in a full-page LA Times ad about Actors' Equity and minimum wage.

Actor Marin Ireland takes on sexual harassment in the theater

Thumbnail image for marin-ireland-parallelogram8.jpg She was hit and given a black eye by actor Scott Shepherd in London, and now leads an effort to make the theater a safer place for the people who on productions.

No blurred lines: Marvin Gaye and friends in 60s videos

marvin-gaye-grab.jpg Choose your poison: the Hullabaloo Dancers or the Gazzarri Dancers?

Josef Koudelka exhibit at the Getty

koudelka-gypsies.jpg Koudelka brought us into the Soviet invasion on the streets of Prague in 1968 by smuggling out his film. In a gripping show of his black and white images, we are thrown back into those days.

Looking beyond the minimum-wage mess in LA theater*

End of the Rainbow_1NC copy.jpg LA's theatrical landscape would still offer plenty of options for dedicated theatergoers, even without Equity's 99-seat plan.
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
Curator's guide to Huntington
Learn about the redone gallery of American art. Native Intelligence
Voices of LA
voices-of-la-iris.jpgKamau Daáood recites poetry backed by a klezmer jazz ensemble at Breed Street Shul. Iris Schneider
Fans at KCON
kpop-emoting.jpg Fans swoon at LA's big Korean music festival. More photos by Iris Schneider
Kimono exhibit at LACMA
kimono-panel.jpg "Kimono for a Modern Age" presents more than 30 of the traditional garments. Curator Sharon S. Takeda walks us through.
New girl in town
janie-taylor-sitting-iris.jpgJanie Taylor retired as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet this year and moved to Los Angeles. Native Intelligence
Operas in LA and Ojai (sort of)
ballet-Preljocaj-blue.jpgDonna Perlmutter sees Angelin Preljocaj's latest at the Music Center and more. Native Intelligence
Oral history of The Palomino
willie-nelson-palomino-lamag.jpgWillie Nelson and everybody else played at the Lankershim Blvd. club. Story
Opera showdown
cosi-dp.jpgDonna Perlmutter wonders why men are so afraid of women, at least in the opera. Her report from LA's stages. Native Intelligence
Design inspiration

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A day at the Los Angeles County Art Museum for three LA designers. Native Intelligence

Bowl butts get cedar seats
hwd-bowl-benches-zevweb.jpgNew benches go in at Hollywood Bowl. Read
'Cry, Trojans'
wooster1-iris.jpgScott Shepherd and Kate Valk as lovers Troilus and Cressida. Iris Schneider
Misty Copeland has her say
misty-copeland-gene-schiavone.jpgMisty Copeland rose from a vagabond life in San Pedro to become the first black female soloist with the American Ballet Theater in 20 years. She talks with Judy Graeme. Native Intelligence
'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man'
tartuffe-shirley.jpgClassic con artistry in 'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man,' plus plays for the Passover season. Don Shirley
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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
Rubn Ortiz Torres
Try Harder
Violinist.com
Zero Degrees Art

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