Arts, music and culture

News, observations and links on the arts, music, theater, dance, photography and local institutions
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beatles-color-beck-telegraph.jpg Fifty years ago on Aug. 27, Ivor Davis was the only newspaper reporter to go with the Beatles to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion. It was memorable.

Station to Station: Doug Aitken's different conversation

aitken-iris.jpg The artist's latest big idea is his way to have a different conversation about art, music, time and place.

This day at Woodstock: 'Good morning, people!' (video)

grace-slick-woodstock-dark.jpg Grace Slick greets the dawn on Max Yasgur's farm on August 17, 1969. Turn up the sound.
bessie-still.jpg Michael T. Boyd should have been nominated for "Bessie" and Terry Dresbach for "Outlander."
lukas-room.jpg Alfresco theater is one of the best features of an LA summer, yet the big LA media usually ignore it. The Theatricum in Topanga Canyon is having an especially strong season.

Phil and Dave Alvin

LAO_AlvinBrothers_EdPearl copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears every Thursday at LA Observed.

Rock and roll, sex and the Runaways

runaways-fowley-fuchs.jpg If you read one more long piece on the repercussions of last week's story about Jackie Fuchs and her account of being raped by Kim Fowley, I suggest Ann Powers' personal essay for NPR.

Wine and jazz at Hollywood and Highland

jazz-dad-kid-iris.jpg Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down performed at Hollywood and Highland's Wine and Jazz Summer Concerts series.

Sasha Frere-Jones joining LA Times as cultural critic

sasah-frere-jones-twitter.jpg The editors call Sasha Frere-Jones "one of the leading voices of our time on music, language and culture." He won't report to any of the arts or culture editors, however.
queens-of-noise-cover.jpg Her book does not include Jackie Fuchs' details of being raped by Kim Fowley, the band's creepy creator. Here's why.

Jackie Fuchs of the Runaways details rape by Kim Fowley*

jackie-fuchs-talia-herman-huffpo.jpg The bassist for the 1970s girl band had never talked about the long-rumored incident until now. She collected details from witnesses -- not including Joan Jett, who has yet to acknowledge what she saw.

4th of July with Cinefamily and 'Jazz on a Summer's Day'

cinefamily-bbq3.jpg The event I attended perfectly represented the Cinefamily mission "to reinvigorate the movie-going experience by fostering a spirit of community and a sense of discovery."

Noah Purifoy and Larry Sultan at LACMA

larry-sultan-mother-lacma.jpg What is the role of the artist in an imperfect world? Noah Purifoy, the son of sharecroppers in the South, seemed to have it right.
misty-copeland-gene-schiavone.jpg Copeland came from a difficult situation in San Pedro and Gardena and today becomes the first African-American female principal dancer ever in the company.

Eifman and the LA Ballet, plus LA Phil closes the Disney season

Gustavo-Dudamel-007.jpg Russian Boris Eifman brings story-book ballets that are not about fairytale creatures or kingdoms and their royalty, but about real people drowning in human tragedies.

Bill Walton *really* loves the Grateful Dead

bill-walton-deadhead-twitter.jpg "5 shows in 9 days, just like the old days," the former basketball great tweets. He has already been to 854 Dead shows.

The once and future centers of LA theater

bad-jews-lamont.jpg With the end of Actors' Equity's 99-Seat Theater Plan now scheduled for next June, some suggestions for the transition. Plus 'Bad Jews' and 'The Heir Apparent.'

Bryce Ryness plays the villain in 'Matilda the Musical'

bryce-ryness-sits.jpg In a backstage interview at the Ahmanson, Ryness explains how he came to play Miss Trunchbull and how he manages to keep his family nearby.

Protect 'City' and Basin and Range

city300.jpg Something elemental and powerful connects Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" at LACMA to his remote "City" in the Nevada desert. And now there's an effort underway to protect "City" in a new Basin and Range National Monument.

Dancer Robert Fairchild goes to the Tonys

tiler-peck-robbie-fairchild.jpg Fairchild has been in LA Observed a few times, so let's see how he did at Sunday night's Tony Awards -- up for best actor in a musical.

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.
'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
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


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

Selected arts and culture links
Cultural institutions
American Youth

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

California Philharmonic
California String

Center for Land Use

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
Italian Cultural Inst.
Japanese American
  National Museum

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
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

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

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
Marshall Astor
Blur + Sharpen
Michael Buitron
Gregg Chadwick
City of the Angels
Concerning Art
Erin Cosgrove
Culture Monster
Da Camera Society
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

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

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

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
Zero Degrees Art

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