November 16, 2011
MUSIC Vince Gill The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has multiple studio albums on his resume, not to mention 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards. Catch a display of his high, lonesome tenor voice and soul-country guitar licks during his current U.S. tour, featuring material from his latest long-player, "Guitar Slinger. " Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $29.99. (310) 276-6168. http://www.troubadour.com . ART Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics Los Angeles artists Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Betye Saar, who used the medium of assemblage to comment on the political climate of postwar America, will discuss the connection between art and social critique.
October 26, 2011
MUSIC Bleeding Knees Club The youthful musical duo from Australia's Gold Coast burst upon the music scene early this year with a catchy treasure trove of garage-pop and surf-punk flavored demos. With the summer release of their first official single, "Have Fun" from the British Noir label, they've solidified their reputation as an irreverent rock 'n' roll force, making their first Southland appearance a must for indie fans. Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake.
September 24, 2011 |
Most of the dozens of art spaces now showing off Southern California art history weren't even around when Ed Ruscha set up his easel and his style in Los Angeles in the 1950s . Ruscha's classic, defining works are keystones in Pacific Standard Time , a series of exhibitions whose 1945-to-1980 range takes a stab at framing two of the biggest and most elusive concepts around: "art" and "Los Angeles. " Ruscha's vision has had a defining hand in both. With his rescue dog Woody padding around his new Culver City studio, Ruscha uses one of his favorite mediums, words, to paint the vast and ambitious canvas of Pacific Standard Time -- and his place in it. What does this exhibition mean to you?
January 27, 2011 |
When Art Los Angeles Contemporary opens at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar on Thursday night, hundreds of visitors are expected to make the rounds at more than 65 gallery booths. Also planning to attend are some executives from Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., which is organizing a new art fair to debut here Sept. 30. Depending on whom you ask, the MMPI group will either be quietly observing the competition or actively working to win over disgruntled galleries for its new venture, which it hopes will be a game-changer in the city.
December 5, 2010 |
Congratulations are in order ? and maybe a sigh of relief. With its "Nutcracker" performances this weekend at the Alex Theatre in Glendale (plus repeats through the month in two other Southland venues), Los Angeles Ballet entered its fifth season as a resident professional company. Season 5 and counting: not exactly a golden anniversary but definitely a hard-won benchmark. It's been a turbulent demi-decade for all arts organizations, one in which long-established companies such as Orange County's Ballet Pacifica vanished from the landscape.
June 20, 2010 |
When John Baldessari's retrospective "Pure Beauty" opens at the L.A. County Museum of Art on June 27, expect to see several generations of artists on hand for the opening-week events. For as long as he has been making art in Los Angeles, Baldessari has also been, in a less tangible way, making artists: offering suggestions, encouragement and above all conversation to twenty-something students eager to follow in his footsteps by living a life of art. Follow they did, with their own gallery shows, museum shows, teaching gigs, and some commercial successes that have at times even surpassed their teacher's.