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Arts, music and culture
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Don Shirley recommends "Native Gardens" in Pasadena, "The Cake" in Westwood Village and "Gloria" in Atwater Village.
It's the season for outdoor productions that are worth the effort to go see.
Intimate big-screen close-ups and high-tech sonics at the Bowl, courtesy of the LA Philharmonic. Or the old-time glory of glittering Russian ballet downtown at the Chandler Pavilion.
For two weeks in May, two of CTG's three main stages were occupied by plays mostly set in or around the Los Angeles area.
Just how many hats can an unencumbered contender wear? Ask Matthew Aucoin, for his answer.
As a theater critic in a city famous for making movies, I sometimes meet new acquaintances who assume that I see a lot of movies and TV. Sorry, but no. Usually.
Performances from Tilson Thomas, Dudamel, LA Dance Project and more.
"82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life" opens at the museum this weekend. Some pics.
"Cambodian Rock Band," "Allegiance," "The New Colossus," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Sell/Buy/Date" and more.
Donna Perlmutter: Also "Fantastic Woman" on screen, "Betroffenheit" at the Broad Stage and Beethoven with the LA Phil.
Donna Perlmutter: We're in the throes of celebrating what would be the 100th birthday of America's most famous music man, Leonard Bernstein.
Awakening of local theater for the new year, and Donald Trump's first anniversary, are not entirely unrelated.
Known for "Cartonlandia," Serrano's new room-sized piece recalls her family's traditions in LA and Mexico.
Eduardo Carrillo a founding patriarch of the Chicano Art movement, as seen in an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Looking back at a pivotal year, plus some recommendations to enjoy during the holiday season.
The LA Phil's Noon to Midnight festival brought a new crowd to classical music in LA. More from Donna Perlmutter.
One venue for the muralist and educator is simply not enough, so here are some others.
Neighborhoods change. Change often causes conflict. Conflict is usually an important ingredient of drama.
In case you thought that we, in headline-exploding Hollywood, suffer a paucity of music performances, think again.
Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.
"A [ For 100 Cars]," a symphony based around A440, the standard tuning note of the Western world, played through the sound systems of 100 automobiles parked on a downtown roof.
In two remarkable new plays, same-sex Angeleno couples are traveling with their parents or other older relatives. Bigger topics become involved.
Here are some Inland Empire exhibitions featured in the massive showcase of Latino and Chicano artists now on view across Southern California.
It was just a matter of time. When would Matthew Bourne attempt to cross Niagara on a wire?
I'm glad the Times has returned to its long tradition of including theater coverage every Friday, but the new column would benefit from a clarification of how it operates.
" I can look back and see how amazing it was," the LA choreographer says of dancing in "The Firebird" with the New York City Ballet.
Don Shirley wonders how Donald Trump's white power allies would feel about the casting of black actors as Washington and Jefferson. He also writes that "Hamilton" is no "kumbaya version of how happy we'll all be if we can just get along."
Will the real Tchaikovsky please stand up? The one who wrote transcendent music that stormed the heavens.
Visiting her old ballet costumesMelissa Barak at LACMA Chagall exhibit with the artist's memorable designs.
Art FridayThe day after Thanksgiving was jumping at LACMA.
Neon treasures of LAThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
Mellow DTLA SundayLate afternoon in the courtyard at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
Rain RoomMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Chuck Berry and the StonesOne rocking Saturday night in the KHJ-TV studios in 1965. Video and backstory
Neutra and SchindlerPlay imagines what happened after the estranged architects were reunited in a 1953 hospital room. Karen Wada
'Good morning, people!'Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.
For your considerationTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
Music at Doheny MansionIris Schneider takes in some chamber music with the Da Camera Society. More
A tale of two Sugar Plum FairiesJoy Womack comes to the Santa Monica Nutcracker from Moscow, Lyrica Blankfein from NYC. More
Baryshnikov springs onstageAfter 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 NixonFor Harry Shearer, Richard Nixon is still the one.
Millard Sheets muralArtist's work goes from home to the Huntington.
Made in America sceneMayor Garcetti with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Aoki at the music festival in Grand Park. Photo on Aoki's Instagram feed.
Dancers auditionTryouts for LA's Barak Ballet. Photo by Judy Graeme
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
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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