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.
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Councilman Paul Koretz interrupted Dave Davies' encore at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills to present the former Kinks member with a proclamation — then he sang along on "Living on a Thin Line."
The Grammy Museum bills Ringo: Peace and Love, which opens Wednesday, as the first major exhibit dedicated to the former Beatle's career and the first ever for a drummer. The exhibit runs through March 2014.
Video from inside the tense KCRW studios just before yesterday's evacuation. The U.K. band had to cancel last night's show at The Avalon. Will try again Sunday.
Coachella music festival promoter Goldenvoice has been trying since April to repatriate hundreds of wallets, cellphones, car keys and other items with the fans who left them behind in the desert. They really work hard to find the owners.
It's a tragic tale and all the more because it's true. It needs to be told to every generation to remind us of where we've been and could easily go again. But it needs to be told in a way that communicates its gravity. Cruel injustice is not a laughing matter.
The velvety, black night serves as both inspiration and backdrop for Los Angeles photo artist Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin. His subjects skeletons and dinosaurs of light have drawn the attention of the Natural History Museum, which has invited him to stage a live dinosaur "light art" presentation in conjunction with the museum's June 9 birthday.
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.
The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Bandâ€ť was released in the United States on June 1 in 1967. Music writer Chris Morris: "LIke every other 17-year-old in America...we turned the lights down and listened in awe as the last sustained piano chord in 'A Day in the Life' reverberated and died."
in a single weekend we saw LA Opera's "Tosca" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, "Dulce Rosa" at Santa Monica's Broad Stage, and most stunningly sophisticated of all, Christopher Alden's staging of "Le nozze di Figaro" with Gustavo Dudamel helming his Mozart-sized band in a makeshift semi-pit at Disney Hall.
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.
LACMA's James Turrell retrospective will likely be very popular. If you ever have the patience to wait out the crowds to see most of it.
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.
Visiting blogger: An artist has a pleasant surprise of an encounter at The Last Bookstore on 5th Street.
"Melville was the most extraordinary advocate Los Angeles theater has known," says the CEO of LA Stage Alliance.
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, 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.
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.
The Eagles, started in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, grew out of the Linda Ronstadt, David Geffen, Troubadour club association that wrote several chapters of the future history of the music business. Capitol Record is releasing the "History of the Eagles" documentary that aired earlier this year on Showtime. Trailer inside.
Drive-by studioLA photographer Johnny Tergo shoots his street scenes with a camera rigged to the passenger seat of his Chevy Silverado. More
Ghostly DutchmanLA Opera puts on a "Flying Dutchman" without irrelevant whimsy, silly symbolism or egotistical re-writing. Donna Perlmutter
New LA ballet companyChoreographer and dancer Melissa Barak has big plans for Los Angeles. Read more
Joffrey's 'Rite of Spring'The Joffrey Ballet's most famous reconstruction, "Rite of Spring," opened here in 1987. Donna Perlmutter gives her report on the return engagement, plus her observations of Midori, Meredith Monk and Helmuth Rilling. Native Intelligence
The Snake CanIt's been hard to ignore the baggage that comes with aging, writes Iris Schneider at Native Intelligence. Good thing that "The Snake Can" is more about the friendships, loyalties, yearnings and fears that accompany us on life's journey. Story
Sneaky nudesPhotographer Ernie Holzman snuck his model, Carly, into landmarks such as Union Station (and what looks to be Snug Harbor, above) for a series he calls "L.A. Backstory." Part of his own backstory is that the pictures help him fight his cancer. More at Los Angeles Magazine.
How the media missed Jenni RiveraHalf a century after Ritchie Valens, the national and local media got caught unawares again by the death of a major LA talent. Read
Track 16 yields to the Expo LineA part of the Bergamot Station arts complex where many have attended arts and book events through the years had to go. Read.
Native Intelligence: GatzIris Schneider sits through seven hours of Gatsby and tells you about her experience. (She loved it.)
Film review by Iris Schneider at Native Intelligence. Read
Night visionsThe midnight line outside LACMA's showing of "The Clock." More Night visions by Iris Schneider.
Bill Cunningham at workGetting to know the street photographer Bill Cunningham, after all these years.
City Ballet of Los AngelesLA Observed goes behind the scenes at a ballet company housed in a Salvation Army center near downtown. Native Intelligence
California Design 1930-1965Inside the preview day for a major exhibition.
Selected arts and culture links
Cultural institutionsAmerican Youth
Autry National Center
Broad Arts Foundation
Center for Land Use
Center Theatre Group
Cerritos Center for
Collage Dance Theatre
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Italian Cultural Inst.
Long Beach MOA
L.A. Chamber Orchestra
L.A. Children's Chorus
L.A. Master Chorale
Municipal Art Gallery
Mus. of Jurassic Technology
Museum of Latin
Natural History Museum
Norton Simon Museum
OC Perf. Arts Center
Pasadena Museum of
Santa Monica MOA
Santa Monica Symphony
Skirball Cultural Center
UCLA Hammer Mus.
USC Fisher Mus.
USC Thornton School
Watts Towers Center
West Coast Jewish
Zipper Concert Hall
Calendars and eventsArtSlant LA
L.A. Art Openings
LA Brain Terrain
Out West Arts
USC Arts and Events
Media and blogsRichard Ankrom
Arts for L.A.
Blur + Sharpen
City of the Angels
Da Camera Society
Downtown Art Walk
Fine Arts L.A.
Frenchy but Chic
I call it Oranges
L.A. Art Girls
LACMA on Fire
L.A. in Bloom
LA Mano Press
L.A. Modern Auctions
LA Stage Alliance
Man One World
Modern Art Notes
NoHo Arts District
Northeast LA Arts
Positive Ape Index
Rembrandt in SoCal
Ruskin Art Club
The Judson Studios
The O.C. Art Blog
Rubén Ortiz Torres
Zero Degrees Art
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