Arts, music and culture

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KUSC does Oscars hype the cool classical way

John-Williams-kusc.jpg Evening host Jim Svejda does one-hour interviews with all the Oscar-nominated composers every night this week.

'Candide' in Long Beach, LA Dance Project at the Wallis

candide-lbo.jpg If you didn't get to see the latest 'Candide' you missed something good.

New tarantula near Folsom Prison named for Johnny Cash

johnny-cash-tarantula.jpg It's a bit of a stretch, but why not? The spider and the singer both dress in black.

New group to push for faster revival on Broadway

NBLA-Postcard-front.jpg Time for the Broadway theater and entertainment district to be a year-round draw, says longtime activist Hillsman Wright.

How LACMA located an authentic zoot suit

zoot-suit-lacma-640crop.jpg For an exhibition on menswear fashion through the years, a zoot suit seemed essential to include.

Sheldon Epps era ending in Pasadena theater

playon-ppa.jpg Epps broke a racial barrier at the Pasadena Playhouse. His tenure will be remembered for much more.

Glenn Frey, 67, co-founder of the Eagles (video)

glenn-frey-eagles-site.jpg Not many top bands with more certifiable Los Angeles roots than the Eagles, who met Linda Ronstadt at the Troubadour, became her band and with her blessing went out and dominated the 1970s.

Documentary on LA's cardboard street artist

cardboard-giraffes.jpg New video looks at Calder Greenwood, whose papier-mâché sculptures popped up around downtown and the Los Angeles River in 2012.

David Bowie, 69, dead after fight with cancer

david-bowie-bw.jpg Bowie's social media accounts posted tonight that the musician and actor has died after an 18-month fight with cancer.

Talking hats with 'Trumbo' costume designer

orlandi-hats-iris.jpg Veteran designer Daniel Orlandi created all the hats worn by Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper, the notorious LA Times gossip columnist.

Frank Armitage, 91, Disney Imagineer and illustrator

frank-armitage-disney.jpeg His career included work with David Alfaro Siqueiros, illustrating for "Sleeping Beauty" and "Fantastic Voyage," and murals for Disneyland and other Disney parks.

Closing out the year: Performing arts with cheer

guys-dolls-kevin-parry.jpg Big-time events closed out the year in the performing arts realm downtown and on the Westside, hitting every category and then some.

20 highlights of LA theater in 2015

the-christians-ctg.jpg Let's begin by commending CTG's current programming at the Music Center: "The Christians" and "The Bridges of Madison County." Both you can still see on stage.

Scott Weiland was an LA media person*

scott-weiland-638.jpg Weiland, the singer with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at age 48. He was a paste-up guy at the LA Daily Journal in the early 1990s.

Reich's revenge, Giselle's tears, Ahab's obsession and an ocean's murmur

de-keersmaeker.jpg Into the future and back to the past with some recent dance and opera.

Mature postmodern metropolis seeks long-term relationship

Hopscotch300B.jpg Los Angeles is like an aging intellectual hipster whose love of the ineffable fragmentary nature of the decentered urban experience has gotten old.

Art of Ishiuchi Miyako may be what you yearn for

isiuchi-miyako-iris.jpg The Japanese photographer's work is on view at the Getty.

P.F. Sloan may be the most famous songwriter you never heard of

pfsloan-grab.png Sloan, 70, died Monday night. 'For those who grew up in Southern California in the golden glow of the mid-'60s," Joel Bellman writes, "he produced the soundtrack of our lives."

Ovations and upward mobility for LA theater

ovation-awards.jpg After this week's Ovation Awards, I am suggesting - and hoping - that more producers, writers and actors start thinking about larger theater venues.

An LA mariachi group that covers Morrissey

mariachi-manchester.jpg For her NPR piece on the Day of the Dead celebration at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles correspondent Mandalit del Barco hooked up with El Mariachi Manchester.

Dressed for los muertos

folklorico-duo-jg.jpg Celebrating Day of the Dead early at Olvera Street. A little gallery.

'Hopscotch' is a mobile opera of LA culture

hopscotch-kiss.jpg This opera on the move across Los Angeles changes the nature of spectator and artist. Check out our sneak peek.

Rain Room at LACMA

rain-room-iris.jpg The interactive, large-scale installation that simulates the experience of continuous rainfall will open at LACMA on Sunday.
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Keith Richards sings for Merry Clayton (video)

merry-clayton-carole-king.jpg The session singer best known for "Gimme Shelter" and "20 Feet From Stardom" had both legs amputated below the knee after a freeway crash. She was honored last week at The Apollo in Harlem.

Luring millennials to 'Carrie' and 'Vietgone'

Carrie-LosAngelesTheater.jpg How to attract young-adult audiences to LA's professional theaters? Here are two productions that are trying.

Cuban art coming to Los Angeles

choco-piece.jpg The most diverse and widest ranging exhibit of Cuban art ever presented in Los Angeles opens Saturday night.

Ansel Adams' Manzanar photos are in town

ansel+manzanar+calisthenics.jpg An exhibit of World War II camp photos at the Skirball includes images by Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake.

Chuck Berry and the Stones on Hollywood a Go Go (video)

rollingstones-hagg.jpg May 15, 1965 was a bigger than usual Saturday taping night in the KHJ Channel 9 studios.
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
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
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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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