Arts, music and culture

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When 'spoilers' are essential elements of a discussion

rest-scr-shirley.jpg It might seem inconceivable that a spoiler is possible for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Broad Stage. Also "Rest" at SCR.

Jay Z in the house

jayz-garcetti-office.jpg Brooklyn's most famous music mogul is at City Hall this morning to announce plans for a festival downtown this summer.

Quick look: Mike Kelley exhibition at MOCA

mike-kelly2-iris.jpg Photos from the preview of the new show at both the Geffen Contemporary and in MOCA's main space on Grand Avenue.
FLOYD COLLINS-LA MIRADA-2.jpg One of the best midsize venues for professional theater in LA County is on the stage of La Mirada Theatre, adjacent to the actors.

The dancer dies, but the person inside lives on

Metaphorphoses, Tanaquil Le Clercq and George Balanchine.jpg Dancer Melissa Barak learned from Tanaquil Le Clercq, the legendary ballet muse who is the subject of a new documentary.
kronos-ucla-dp.jpg Donna Perlmutter finds lively fare from Kronos Quartet, LA Chamber Orchestra and LA Ballet.

Ronstadt will not travel to Rock Hall of Fame ceremony

ronstadt-nyt-aug2013.jpg Citing her health, Linda Ronstadt says she won't attend April 10 in Brooklyn. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Glenn Frey will go instead and make sure she is properly feted.

Candid 'Song at Twilight,' rowdy but repressed 'Reunion'

reunion-ds.jpg They look as different as day and night - "A Song at Twilight" at Pasadena Playhouse and "Reunion" at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Yet they share a common bond.
Macbeth-260.jpg "Harmony" is redeeming Center Theatre Group's stubborn faith in the subject of young guys' bands. It's by far the best of the lot.

Free tix: Misty Copeland in Santa Monica

Misty-Copeland-ltla.jpg The American Ballet Theater soloist we wrote about here the other day will speak Thursday night at Bergamot Station.

Abelardo Morell makes the national parks his camera

Tent-Camera-Tower-Hill-morell.jpg It's not easy to find someone whose right brain and left brain are each working overtime. But photographer Abelardo Morell is more than a creative spirit.

A 'Stand-Off' over Native Americana in 'Cry, Trojans!'

SOH293-shirley.jpg From his seat in the audience at REDCAT on Saturday, Randy Reinholz booed. He is the founding artistic director of Native Voices, the Native American theater company based at the Autry that is currently offering the premiere of "Stand-Off at Hwy #37."

Misty Copeland: A ballerina from San Pedro has her say

misty-copeland-life-in-motion.jpg Misty Copeland, the only black female soloist dancing with the American Ballet Theater, will be back home in Los Angeles this week talking about her new memoir. The book explores her rise from a vagabond childhood to stature in the ballet world, where she found a surrogate family.

Wooster Group's 'Cry, Trojans' has a theme of young love

wooster2-iris.jpg Wooster Group definitely has its fans and followers and many were in the Redcat audience--at least until intermission.

Paul McCartney hearts KCSN

paul-mccartney-kcsn.jpg KCSN has been rocking the LA airwaves more lately and today put out a press release about a phone call from McCartney.

Hollywood Bowl gets new benches

hwd-bowl-benches-zevweb.jpg The cracked, splintering benches at the upper level of the Hollywood Bowl were last replaced in 1981. New benches of Alaskan yellow cedar are now being installed.

A bedazzling "Billy Budd" and Dudamel does Tchaikovsky. And more

Gustavo-Dudamel-dp-story.jpg Donna Perlmutter puts out the call to LA Opera and the Philharmonic -- in rare events both. As for Benjamin Millepied's dance project at the Ace Hotel, it "registered weakly if at all."
tartuffe-shirley.jpg Don Shirley takes in five local plays, from the savagely funny "Tartuffe" at A Noise Within to a Long Beach production of "The Music Man" and a Civil War-era Passover seder.

Tony Gieske, jazz reviewer and editor was 82

tony-gieske-fb.jpg Robert Anthony "Tony" Gieske worked for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and spent 18 years at the Hollywood Reporter.
Thumbnail image for philip-seymour-hoffman.jpg It's stunning how fast this all happened. One day, the National Enquirer was posting a bogus story that claimed David Bar Katz was the secret gay lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Less than three weeks later, the tabloid is paying for Katz to create the American Playwriting Foundation.

Sex and basketball -- and why Durang's Tony is wrong

vanya-and-sonia-shirley.jpg Sex, basketball and cheerleaders: Two productions that opened over the weekend share these topics. Plus: Nyet on 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.'

Exene Cervenka is selling her stuff, starting tomorrow

exene-rickenbacker.jpg Cervenka is putting clothing, instruments, vintage jewelry, vinyl records and other personal items up for bidding in an estate sale that begins Thursday. "She is downsizing and plans on relocating soon," says the website.

Ry Cooder at The Echo

ry-cooder-echo-iris.jpg Ry Cooder was at The Echo last night, backing for Juliette Commagere (his daughter-in-law) on the slide guitar. The show was a free event.

Broad Museum opening delayed until 2015

broad-plaza-rendering.jpg When the museum does open on Bunker Hill, there will be a public plaza and a restaurant whose partners include Bill Chait of Bestia and alums of Thomas Keller restaurants.

'Above the Fold' in Pasadena, drugs on stage, two musicals

piazza8-shirley.jpg These are the first LA Observed reviews by Don Shirley, the former theater columnist and reporter for LA Stage Times, the Los Angeles Times, CityBeat and KCRW. His reviews will appear here regularly.
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
Misty Copeland has her say
misty-copeland-gene-schiavone.jpgMisty Copeland rose from a vagabond life in San Pedro to become the first black female soloist with the American Ballet Theater in 20 years. She talks with Judy Graeme. Native Intelligence
'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man'
tartuffe-shirley.jpgClassic con artistry in 'Tartuffe' and 'Music Man,' plus plays for the Passover season. Don Shirley
'Billy Budd' and more
Gustavo-Dudamel-dp-story.jpgA bedazzling "Billy Budd" and Dudamel does Tchaikovsky, by Donna Perlmutter. Native Intelligence
Vivian Maier
vivian-maier-mouse-ears.jpg"Finding Vivian Maier," a nicely done documentary on the late, reclusive Chicago nanny whose street photos have become a sensation, screens in Los Angeles in March.
Bunker Hill
broad-plaza-rendering.jpgBroad Museum opening delayed until 2015. Read
Exene sells her stuff
exene-rickenbacker.jpgExene Cervenka is done with Orange County. And her 1955 Rickenbacker Combo 600. Read
Ry Cooder at The Echo
ry-cooder-echo-iris.jpgIris Schneider spotted Ry Cooder at The Echo, backing up daughter-in-law Juliette Commagere on the slide guitar. Native Intelligence
Huntington acquires Marquez collection
sm-beach-visitors-marquez.jpgVisitors to Santa Monica Beach in the 1880s, from the photography collection of Ernest Marquez. More
Bus stop for giants
There's plenty of seating at the bus stop outside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Bigger
Objects of art
clareatwork.jpgClare Graham at work in his Northeast LA studio. Story and photos by Iris Schneider at Native Intelligence.
Invisible Cities at Union Station
invis-cities-standing.jpgOld Union Station ticket counters become part of the stage for the opera "Invisible Cities."Iris Schneider/Native Intelligence
Elliott Erwitt visits Hollywood
IMG_4720sm copy.jpgWaiters at the Leica Gallery hold photos by photographer Elliott Erwitt, in town to launch his newest book. Iris Schneider
Invisible Cities
invisible-cities-2.jpgUnion Station patrons get to watch (without sound) the Invisible Cities opera. Photo by Iris Schneider.
Photojournalism by masters
erwitt-provence-boys.jpgIris Schneider reviews big new books by Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry and Elliot Erwitt. Native Intelligence
Disney Hall birthday party
dudamel-gehry.jpgDisney Hall's 10th birthday celebration was wholly a tribute to Frank Gehry, says Donna Perlmutter. The main revelry, though, came with the music. Native Intelligence
Station to Station
station-to-station-iris.jpgIris Schneider attended the traveling art show Station to Station at Union Station. Her photos in Native Intelligence.
Dancing together
barak-agami-on-floor.jpgDancers Melissa Barak and Danielle Agami collaborate on an upcoming show. They give LAO a sneak peek.

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
Rubén Ortiz Torres
Try Harder
Zero Degrees Art

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