March 14, 2014 |
Shakespeare with puppets, a legendary director still breaking ground in his 80s, and a couple of Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas are just some of the highlights of the spring theater season. As for new work, there's a brand new play by one of America's rising playwriting talents. But even the classics are being served in novel ways and the prospect of Annette Bening performing monologues by Ruth Draper has all the charge of a world premiere. MARCH 18-APRIL 13 'A Song at Twilight' This late work by Noël Coward is in the capable hands of director Art Manke, who has been shining a spotlight on the lesser-known reaches of the Coward canon.
March 5, 2014 |
Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won't be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That's too bad. The flags of both the United States and Mexico belong in any celebration of Cinco de Mayo, because it is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday. The ban was instituted a year after hostilities broke out at Live Oak High School during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
December 24, 2013 |
Kanye West caught plenty of flak last month when he premiered the (pretty fascinating!) music video for his song "Bound 2. " In the unlikely event that you don't remember, it's the borderline-NSFW clip in which West and his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, ride a motorcycle through a rather crudely digitized landscape resembling the American West. Now "Bound 2" is attracting a different kind of heat: the legal kind. PHOTOS: Best albums of 2013 According to Rolling Stone , Ricky Spicer of the '70s soul group the Ponderosa Twins Plus One -- whose song " Bound " provides the indelible vocal hook in West's track -- filed suit Monday in New York, alleging that the rapper used Spicer's voice without permission.
November 15, 2013 |
Richard Avedon was one of the most accomplished photographers of the last 50 years and a new solo exhibition of his work at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, "Avedon: Women," explores his interpretations of beauty, both conventional and unconventional. There are more than 100 images in the show, ranging from a portrait of artist June Leaf (1975), which is beautiful in its unvarnished earthiness, to highly stylized fashion photos of models Penelope Tree, Suzy Parker, China Machado and Twiggy. "What you start to see when you look at all these photos is that it wasn't about traditional notions of beauty," says Kara Vander Weg, one of the directors at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, and liaison to the Avedon Foundation, who showed me around the exhibition.
November 13, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. Has the Autry National Center of the American West given taxpayers their money's worth on $10.5-million in federal and state grants received for its venerable Southwest Museum of the American Indian site in Mt. Washington? Not in the eyes of about two dozen protesters who gathered on the Southwest's doorstep Tuesday morning, chanting “Open these doors!” and holding signs with slogans such as “Where's our millions?
November 10, 2013 |
I call it the swimming pool at the end of time. Roots were chopped, earth scraped, white pipes snaked like the insides of a rocket ship, rebar netted down before the concrete was poured and the tap turned on, filling the pool - which is in my backyard - with water from mountain snowmelt via the Colorado River, the Central Arizona Project and fossil water from the local aquifer. If there's one thing a nature writer shouldn't do, it's fill a big hole with water in the arid Southwest.