Arts, music and culture

News, observations and links on the arts, music, theater, dance, photography and local institutions
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'Tosca' glitters, Calleja swoons, Abraham and Taylor dance

abrahaminmotion.jpg Finding a nugget of gold just may be worth a whole, long dig. But trust me, it wasn't easy to spot in the case of LA Opera's "Tosca."

The Fountain flows

Building-The-Wall_5.jpg Fountain Theatre is assuming an especially prominent profile this week, with concurrent productions at two venues.

Desert X marks the spot

Desert X 8 Curves and Zigzags 3-17 - Copy.JPG The outdoor season ends for desert art.

Grand nights for singing and dancing

tales-of-hoffman.jpg Right now Los Angeles looks like the new center of vocal arts, with Plácido Domingo as its long-time major benefactor.

Costume designer Mary Zophres moves on from 'La La Land'

mary-zophres-judygraeme.jpg One of the most in-demand costume designers in Hollywood is preparing for two new projects and still basking.

Rosie Hamlin, 71, writer and singer of 'Angel Baby'

rosie-hamlin-grab.jpg We must have played "Angel Baby" a million times since the only hit from Rosie and the Originals came out in 1961, Art Laboe posts on Facebook.

Paul McCarthy and Paul Schimmel

LAO_Schimmel&McCarthy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Heather guides us through Mister Ritchie's Neighborhood

RLA350.jpg CTG's "Remote L.A." is not a traditional city tour. But it does go outside.

Orchestras play musical chairs... and more

deborah-borda.jpg Deborah Borda heading back to to New York is big but not the only move being talked about.

Many, many words for female genitalia

slang-words-neon-rhoades.jpg Neon tubes spell out 240 slang terms in the Jason Rhoades exhibition at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in the downtown Arts District.

Streetscape: West 2nd St.

broad-line-sunday.jpg The Sunday afternoon line outside the Broad Contemporary Art Museum went down the block

Mozart opera closes the gap and Schnittke sounds an alarm

seraglio-robinson-park.jpg if you were lucky enough to hear Schnittke's "Not a Summer Night's Dream" from the LA Philharmonic, led dazzlingly by Gustavo Dudamel, it had to grab you.

'Antiques Roadshow' drives into the desert*

AR baseball hi res - Copy.JPG 'Antiques Roadshow' revisits Palm Springs, where nine years ago a record was set for the most treasures valued at six figures.

Zoot Suit returns to the Mark Taper Forum

zoot-suit-cast.jpg The iconic Luis Valdez play is back where it started in 1978.

Ritchie Valens legacy keeps growing

ritchievalens-631x420.jpg Been a few years since I posted on the anniversary. But here are a couple of videos.

All the street's a stage and sack lunch 'fellowship'

fellowship-biery.jpg January 21 was a great day for immersive theater in Los Angeles.

Where in LA Kristen Stewart drives in 'Ride Em on Down' video

kristen-stewart-dtla.jpg Every location, in order, researched by reader Don Bentley and his brother.

Lois Boardman's jewelry collection finds a home

lois-boardman-dogs.jpg LACMA exhibit provides a window into the life and personality of the octogenarian South Pasadena collector.

Lynne Westmore Bloom, 81, painted the Pink Lady of Malibu Canyon

pink-lady-in-pink.jpg As Lynne Seemayer, she created an indelible part of LA street art lore and became something of a legend.

Tyrus Wong, legendary Disney artist, was 106

tyrus-wong-bambi.jpg Wong's artwork inspired "Bambi." He contributed to other films and was also known for his beach kites.

Theatrical highlights of 2016

bekkah-brunstetter-scr.jpg My year-end highlights list gives me a chance to admire productions that I didn't mention earlier in the year.

Stew and Heidi and The Negro Problem at REDCAT

stew-iris.jpg I attended services at the church of Stew (and Heidi) last night.

Patti Smith on Stockholm: 'The truer nature of my duty'

patti-smith-stockholm-graab.jpg The singer writes about her performance of a Bob Dylan song at the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Baryshnikov, Trifonov, 'Wonderful Town' are gifts galore

baryshnikov-letter-to-a-man.jpg If we're lucky UCLA's Royce Hall will stage an encore of "Letter to a Man." And more.

Q&A: 'Instagrammer' paperboyo air tags LA

paperboyo-palms-crop.jpg London artist Rich McCor has been in Los Angeles air tagging some of the local landmarks.

'Merrily' is a masterpiece. Melted 'Icebergs'

merrily84a-ds.jpg Two major productions in LA right now more or less begin with scenes set in LA - which is so unusual on our larger stages that I'm happy to salute any effort to examine our own community.

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.
Art Friday
del-toro-lacma-friday.jpgThe day after Thanksgiving was jumping at LACMA.
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.
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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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