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Mahler's spell plus Bell, Forsythe and Gheorghiu

forsythe-ballet-sfballet.jpg Donna Perlmutter celebrates the fall season in LA classical music and arts.

Telenovelas and Trumpery

destiny-of-desire-ds.jpg The telenovela genre embraces the theater in "Destiny of Desire," Karen Zacarias' wildly funny play at South Coast Repertory.

Pink Lady of Malibu Canyon: 50 years ago

pink-lady-cars.jpg The legendary guerrilla cliff art was painted in one night by a young mother hanging from ropes. She's still around and should be more famous.

What would Gordon Davidson do in LA theater today?

mexican-trilogy.jpg Davidson reached his most public pinnacle of success when Center Theatre Group.co-produced three plays nominated for Broadway's best-play Tony Award.

Gordon Davidson excerpt: 'Opening Night at the Taper'

Gordon_Davidson_Directing_C.jpg Davidson, the founding artistic director of Center Theatre Group, died at age 83. This is from an unpublished biography.

'Macbeth' to the death but Lenny (Bernstein) lives

ate9-dp.jpg What do women want? Power. That's what Shakespeare said.

A visit inside Gemini G.E.L.

gemini-gel-jg.jpg A new exhibit at LACMA showcases the renowned West Hollywood print workshop.

Museum of Neon Art thriving in Glendale

mna-eastsde.jpg MONA had to leave downtown in 2011 but things are all right now. Visiting is like seeing old friends again.

Hot town, summer in the theater

obama-ology.jpg Have you seen any alfresco theater yet this summer? Our columnist has.

How Chicken Boy got to Highland Park

chicken-boy.jpg Vice revisits the story of how designer Amy Inouye saved Chicken Boy from the landfill.

A month at the Bowl and a Ballet Theatre fly-by

mirga.jpg Nowhere -- not at Boston's Tanglewood in the Berkshires, or New York's Lewisohn Stadium, or Chicago's Ravinia -- is there such a summer symphony spot as Hollywood Bowl.

Jane Wiedlin and Pleasant Gehman

JaneWiedlin-&-Pleasant-Gehm.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

It's Trump time in 'Scoundrels,' 'Richard'

Dirty-Rotten-Scoundrels-Pro.jpg I was watching Musical Theatre West's revival of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in Long Beach when Donald Trump invaded my thoughts.

Gustavo and Plácido trade, Carrie Dennis astonishes

carrie-dennis-640.jpg It was only a matter of time. Inevitably, Gustavo Dudamel would cross the street from Disney Hall to the Music Center and oblige Plácido Domingo at his domain.

Soul Train dancers reunion at LACMA

soul-train-iris2.jpg Especially on a day like today, we need to be reminded of the joy in the world.

Who will CTG invite to its 'Block Party'?

kirk-douglas-theatre-ext.jpg Kudos to CTG for lending a helpful hand to smaller theaters and reviving selected local productions next spring at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Hawaiian history pays a visit to LACMA

lacma-dancers1.jpg The museum's newest exhibition explores featherwork items from the era in Hawaii that predates the cultural carnage that followed the Christian missionaries.

'Elektra' goes global and Ezralow comes home to LA

ezralow-dance.jpg Donna Perlmutter sees some opera and Daniel Ezralow's latest at the Wallis.

Playing 'the woman's card' in the world of LA plays

7WLAS349.jpg Don Shirley surveys the state of women on the local stage and offers some recommendations.

Filthy McNasty, LA club owner of lore

filthy-and-friends.jpg The original Filthy McNasty's occupied the Sunset Strip spot now the Viper Room. He also ran FM Station in the Valley.

Back to 'Eden' and cross-dressing in the 'Cloud'

children-of-eden-shirley.jpg Remarkable "Children of Eden" comes through to help save Thousand Oaks' Cabrillo Music Theatre. Plus more local theater.

Menswear gets the spotlight at new LACMA exhibit

lacma-fashion-curators.jpg The museum's curators have waited a long time to tell the story of men's fashions through the years.

All that Hollywood jazz

Don-Cheadle-in-Miles-Ahead.jpg Hollywood loves brilliant, tormented artists, like Chet Baker and Miles Davis, but can't resist embellishing.

Merle Haggard, 79, dies in his tour bus on his birthday

merle-haggard-tny.jpg "Maybe the greatest combination country singer and songwriter of his generation," Robert Hilburn said today.

Mapplethorpe was many things, but not a voyeur

robtmapp-lacma-self.jpg Unprecedented dual exhibits of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography are now at the Getty and LACMA.

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel hits the Arts District

hauser-hanging.jpg For better worse, the hottest corner of the downtown Arts District boom now has a giant international art destination.

Local heroes: Salonen and Dudamel

dudamel-dp.jpg What they do for Disney and for world music.

Fowl play, a dark lady in Hollywood and Romeo & Juliet

romeo-and-juliet2-noise-within.jpg No, a new novel's "LA Observer" is not a thinly veiled reference to LA Observed. It's a thinly veiled reference to the LA Weekly.

Pasta in 'Pocatello,' anyone?

pocatello-rogue.jpg Two plays named after cities, plus some productions set around Los Angeles.
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
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
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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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