Arts, music and culture

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Symphony for auto

auto-symphony-main.jpg "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.

Plays prescient and not so prescient

buchenwald-46.jpg In two remarkable new plays, same-sex Angeleno couples are traveling with their parents or other older relatives. Bigger topics become involved.

Look inland for more PST:LA/LA art

Hector-Hernandez,-Bulca,-2015.-Courtesy-of-the-artist.jpg Here are some Inland Empire exhibitions featured in the massive showcase of Latino and Chicano artists now on view across Southern California.

Bourne again: 'The Red Shoes'

1_THE_RED_SHOES_Photo_by_Johan_Persson.jpg It was just a matter of time. When would Matthew Bourne attempt to cross Niagara on a wire?

Why the LA Times' new theater column needs a new name

daca-mented.jpg 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.

Dancer Melissa Barak visits her Chagall costumes at LACMA

melissa-barak-cost-iris.jpg " 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.

'Hamilton' in LA in the time of Trump

Hamilton-Company-standing-Joan-Marcus.jpg 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."

A Tchaikovsky cartoon (or not) and a Sondheim show stopper

sondheim-show-dp.jpg Will the real Tchaikovsky please stand up? The one who wrote transcendent music that stormed the heavens.

Now on stage, the apocalypse

onstage-jb.jpg In dark times, is the role of the artist to expose? To comment, to criticize, to amuse? Since last fall, it's been all of the above onstage in Los Angeles.
Solea-Pfeiffer,-Emmy-Raver-Lampman-&-Amber-Iman---HAMILTON-National-Tour-(c)-Joan-Marcus.jpg I didn't want to be less acquainted with "Hamilton" than so many other people who also haven't seen it. So I embarked on a pre-"Hamilton" syllabus.

A new team of Yuja and Gustavo

yuja-wang-salle-des-combins-verbier-nicolas-brodard.jpg Yuja Wang is that singular pianist. Plus Bartok and Schubert, and choreographer Matthew Bourne

His British invasion - and ours

myBI-crop.jpg I was delighted when my old Rhino Records boss, Harold Bronson, recently published "My British Invasion," his personal paean to an era some of us never stopped loving.

Low and slow all for show

justin-favela-pinata.jpg Las Vegas artists created a life-size lowrider pinata — based on the iconic Gypsy Rose, a 1964 Impala — for an upcoming exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Sebastião Salgado on a life in photography

salgado-ZoeGroup.jpg "Today there are very few photographers. But there are a lot of people with cameras."
clarissa-dress-iris.jpg The museum houses over 2,500 pieces of Victorian-era clothing. Women in America followed her lead.

Satirical salvos in 'Monster' and 'Archduke'

monster-builder-scr.jpg Our columnist sees spring plays from South Coast Repertory, the Mark Taper, Latino Theater Company, Ebony Repertory, Open Fist Theatre and the Bootleg.

'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.
Visiting her old ballet costumes
melissa-barak-cost-iris.jpg Melissa Barak at LACMA Chagall exhibit with the artist's memorable designs.
Wilshire Grand Center lobby
wilshire-grand-lobby-wall.jpg Visitors check out the wall-mounted sculpture by artist Do Ho Suh.
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
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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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