March 15, 2009 |
The creation story is the best improv exercise ever invented. Creation and destruction, self and no-self, story and history, fiction and nonfiction chase themselves in endless circles. The creation story is the Mobius strip, the double helix, the pattern language of art. For an artist to take it on, she must feel that she is really ready to take it on. It is an act of calligraphy -- too much ego and the mirror that is the story cracks, the pool ripples. Narcissus remains deluded.
October 19, 2007 |
A Los Angeles federal judge has dismissed a case that jeopardized the Norton Simon Museum's ownership of a nearly 500-year-old pair of paintings of Adam and Eve by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. The action halts dueling lawsuits filed by the museum and Marei von Saher of Connecticut, the heir of a Jewish art dealer who lost the artworks to the Nazis in World War II. The museum filed a motion to dismiss the case, and a hearing was to be held Monday. But Judge John F.
HOME & GARDEN
October 7, 2004 |
Susan Stringfellow's house in Los Angeles turns heads with its elegant co-mingling of solid and soft, stark and sensual, modern and primitive. In that spirit, when she and Nancy Goslee Power revived its weary landscape, they agreed on one thing: The pomegranate would stay. "It added age to the design," Power says. "It's important to leave a grandparent when redoing a garden."
May 24, 2004 |
After a dozen years of trial upon tribulation, things are looking up for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Among the good news: a permanent company home on Crenshaw Boulevard to be christened next month and the local troupe's first appearance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night.
HOME & GARDEN
July 24, 2003 |
Meet Dan Petrie Jr., a screenwriter who can't keep a secret. "My favorite feature is the bathroom," Petrie says. But there's none evident in his unassuming home office. Just bookshelves, hugging every wall. "Watch this," he says, and swings open a bookcase that leads to a full bathroom, a hideaway within his hideaway. Welcome to the working world of screenwriters and their home offices, the maternity wards of pop culture, birthplaces of creativity. Or not.
October 20, 2000 |
Most of the essays in "Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?," writes veteran science writer and playful gadfly Martin Gardner, are "attacks on far-out cases of pseudoscience." Gardner's targets are generally not the religious notions or superstitions of people swept along by their ancient cultures but phony science promulgated by, and believed in, by people who should know better.