Arts, music and culture

News, observations and links on the arts, music, theater, dance, photography and local institutions
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Mature postmodern metropolis seeks long-term relationship

Hopscotch300B.jpg Los Angeles is like an aging intellectual hipster whose love of the ineffable fragmentary nature of the decentered urban experience has gotten old.

Art of Ishiuchi Miyako may be what you yearn for

isiuchi-miyako-iris.jpg The Japanese photographer's work is on view at the Getty.

P.F. Sloan may be the most famous songwriter you never heard of

pfsloan-grab.png Sloan, 70, died Monday night. 'For those who grew up in Southern California in the golden glow of the mid-'60s," Joel Bellman writes, "he produced the soundtrack of our lives."

Ovations and upward mobility for LA theater

ovation-awards.jpg After this week's Ovation Awards, I am suggesting - and hoping - that more producers, writers and actors start thinking about larger theater venues.

An LA mariachi group that covers Morrissey

mariachi-manchester.jpg For her NPR piece on the Day of the Dead celebration at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles correspondent Mandalit del Barco hooked up with El Mariachi Manchester.

Dressed for los muertos

folklorico-duo-jg.jpg Celebrating Day of the Dead early at Olvera Street. A little gallery.

'Hopscotch' is a mobile opera of LA culture

hopscotch-kiss.jpg This opera on the move across Los Angeles changes the nature of spectator and artist. Check out our sneak peek.

Rain Room at LACMA

rain-room-iris.jpg The interactive, large-scale installation that simulates the experience of continuous rainfall will open at LACMA on Sunday.
Dudamel.jpg Marathons, hallmarks and icons -- are they the trick to boost ticket sales?

Keith Richards sings for Merry Clayton (video)

merry-clayton-carole-king.jpg The session singer best known for "Gimme Shelter" and "20 Feet From Stardom" had both legs amputated below the knee after a freeway crash. She was honored last week at The Apollo in Harlem.

Luring millennials to 'Carrie' and 'Vietgone'

Carrie-LosAngelesTheater.jpg How to attract young-adult audiences to LA's professional theaters? Here are two productions that are trying.

Cuban art coming to Los Angeles

choco-piece.jpg The most diverse and widest ranging exhibit of Cuban art ever presented in Los Angeles opens Saturday night.

Ansel Adams' Manzanar photos are in town

ansel+manzanar+calisthenics.jpg An exhibit of World War II camp photos at the Skirball includes images by Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake.

Chuck Berry and the Stones on Hollywood a Go Go (video)

rollingstones-hagg.jpg May 15, 1965 was a bigger than usual Saturday taping night in the KHJ Channel 9 studios.

Two mixed weeks of Shakespeare in Los Angeles

4-clowns-present-hamlet.jpg There are currently at least three productions of Shakespearean plays and variations, some more successful than others.

Real women of east LA are in the Palisades and Pasadena

mojadaimage11hi_6326_3603_low.jpg Two of the area's larger theaters are compensating for CTG's apathy toward its home town with productions about Eastside garment workers.

Move over, Fellini. Woody is here again

placido-domingo-Schicchi.jpg Terrifically rewarding. You can run downtown through Oct. 3 to see for yourself.

Neutra, Schindler and a fluke of fate

neutra-schindler-ucsb.jpg "The Princes of Kings Road" imagines the time when the architects found themselves sharing a hospital room.

Tale of two LA museums

broad-judy-gallery.jpg The Broad on Bunker Hill looks to be a hit. The Petersen, on the other hand, looks like something...

Marketplace bumper shows some Love (audio)

forever-changes.jpg A clip from Arthur Lee's revered 1967 album "Forever Changes" helps enliven a story on mortgages. Join me in "A House is Not a Motel."

LA Times battle: now a stare-down between Broad and Tribune?

broad-at-museum-site-gl-dtn.jpg Analyst Ken Doctor says the fight for Times control is still on and has some intriguing wrinkles.

But is it art? Does it matter?

Lois Lambert Gallery9 9-15 - Copy.JPG Another gallery event where the art gets hijacked by the weird. And we mean that in a good way.

The 'Fences' that led to "Riot/Rebellion' in Watts

riot-rebellion-1.jpg Watts Village Theater Company is observing the 50th anniversary of its community's most famous historical moment. And more local productions.

I love Friday night jazz at LACMA

lacma-jazz-wide-iris.jpg The dress code varies from beachwear to bistro, making the event a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
olive-frances.jpg Eagan and Frances McDormand decided Olive would only wear skirts, because maybe that's what her mother did.

These summer nights at Hollywood Bowl

mirga-square.jpg Watching Mirga, Yuja, and other young symphonic star-gazers.
beatles-color-beck-telegraph.jpg Fifty years ago on Aug. 27, Ivor Davis was the only newspaper reporter to go with the Beatles to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion. It was memorable.

Station to Station: Doug Aitken's different conversation

aitken-iris.jpg The artist's latest big idea is his way to have a different conversation about art, music, time and place.

This day at Woodstock: 'Good morning, people!' (video)

grace-slick-woodstock-dark.jpg Grace Slick greets the dawn on Max Yasgur's farm on August 17, 1969. Turn up the sound.
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.
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

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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