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A classic LA summer - from Shakespeare to Queen

TWELFTH-NIGHT-ds.jpg The outdoors venues in Los Angeles this summer constitute one of America's largest Shakespearean hotspots. Let Don Shirley be your guide.

Kimono exhibit at LACMA

kimono-undulate.jpg "Kimono for a Modern Age" at LACMA presents more than 30 of the traditional Japanese garments. Curator Sharon S. Takeda walks us through.

The Fringe binge continues

latest dance craze.jpg After five years of Hollywood Fringe, Shirley doesn't care how many newcomers it attracts to LA. He likes the Fringe for the structure it provides established LA artists to develop their work.

New girl in town

janie-taylor-fabric-iris.jpg Janie Taylor has retired as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (at 33) and moved to Los Angeles. She talks about shifting her life and continuing to grow as a designer.
ballet-Preljocaj-blue.jpg With each season Preljocaj produces a more elaborate but less interesting series of superficial vignettes that settle on acrobatics (not dance) and that show off bodies and focus on fetishes fit for Vegas.

Re-thought LACMA design would span Wilshire Boulevard

lacma-over-wilshire-zumthor.jpg Peter Zumthor's new design spares acreage around the La Brea Tar Pits and has the initial blessing of Mayor Eric Garcetti, LACMA director Michael Govan and Jane Pisano of the Natural History Museum.

Two Geffen premieres, and two plays about addicts

swallow-foley-ds.jpg Geffen Playhouse is producing two premieres simultaneously. One of them is wonderful. The other isn't. Plus: Kudos on two plays moving up from LA's 99-seat world.

An oral history of the Valley's Palomino club

willie-nelson-palomino-lamag.jpg The club on north Lankershim was the premier West Coast venue for country music for a few decades. Los Angeles Magazine revisits the good old days.

Broad museum plants 100-year-old olive trees

bcam-olive-trees.jpg The fifteen Barouni olive trees were transported to LA on large trucks and transplanted into the plaza outside the museum.

When summer meant fun

PF-SLOAN-jacket.jpg P.F. Sloan may be the most famous LA songwriter you never heard of. Fifty years after his first breakthrough hit, Sloan has re-emerged to reclaim his legacy in a new memoir.
keillor-greek-grab.jpg Shirley hears the howls from the hills of Griffith Park and also checks out 'Horror Camp-Out,' 'Flag Day,' 'Beijing Spring' and more plays on stages around Los Angeles.

The musical destruction of Los Angeles

kahane.jpg There is a darkness at the heart of Gabriel Kahane's lilting, lyrical, loving art songs to Los Angeles. His new concept album "The Ambassador" joins the venerable tradition that Mike Davis dubbed "the literary destruction of Los Angeles," which Davis himself relished.

Opera showdown: Are women fickle, immoral and crazy?

cosi-dp.jpg The Phil has done it again -- mounted a compelling "Così" that changes the atmospherics from rococo farce to today's social currency. Plus 'Thäis' and 'Streetcar.'
pharrell550-zevweb.jpg “It’s heartbreaking to have to turn away patrons who we know paid sometimes as much as four times face value for a fraudulent ticket," says the LA Phil operating officer.

LA Times hires freelancer as new arts and culture blogger

carolina-a-miranda.jpg The number of Spanish speakers on staff goes up by one with the addition of Carolina Miranda, formerly of Time and KCRW, a Valley native who worked as an LAT desk assistant more than two decades ago.

A day at the museum for three Los Angeles designers

ko-ear-cuff.jpg Clare Vivier, Anita Ko, and George Esquivel were invited to peruse LACMA's permanent collection for design inspiration.

Unblended: A tale of two newspaper film reviews

blended-sandler-barrymore.jpg A.O. Scott in the New York Times says Adam Sandler's "Blended" is so bad it will make your child stupid. The LA Times calls it a "fun...enjoyable romp."

Where's CTG's next great LA play? Plus: Ghostly therapy

camp-david-image.jpg Why isn't Center Theatre Group turning out substantive and powerful dramatizations of American history that demonstrate how the past informs and affects present-day America? Or groundbreaking plays about Los Angeles?

History mural in the Valley painted over

flores-mural-main.jpg Mural by Alfredo Diaz Flores at Louise Avenue and Vanowen Street depicted Mission San Juan Capistrano. I don't know how long it has been gone, but it was there last time I looked.

Costume designer Sandy Powell at the Getty

YoungVictoria2009-getty.jpg The Oscar winner talked about designing a look for Emily Blunt to portray Queen Victoria. "You don't always have to buy the most expensive to make things look expensive...it's what you do with them."
misha-man-in-a-case.jpg So what do starry eminences decide when the time comes to hang it up? Leave the stage? Not Flicka. Not Misha.
premeditation.jpg Couples counseling is in session in two rousing productions downtown at Los Angeles Theatre Center -- and in some other theaters around greater LA.

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.
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

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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
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
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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
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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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