May 14, 1998 |
Filmmaker Eleanor Coppola got the idea for her latest documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, while visiting her director-husband on location in Memphis, Tenn., during the making of "John Grisham's The Rainmaker" (1997). "I would go with Francis in the early morning to the set," Coppola recalled the other day from their Napa Valley home in Rutherford, Calif. "He was doing really unusual improvisations with the actors."
April 14, 1998 |
Dar Williams' new album, "End of the Summer," withstood a barrage of critical nit-picking before the professional critical nit-pickers even got a chance to hear it. The rising folk-pop singer from Massachusetts says she isn't quite sure why she appears on the album's cover up to her forearms in muck, but she speculates that it might symbolize her tendency to heap mud on her work before it is hatched.
October 30, 1997 |
Sculptor Richard Aber, an established artist based in Summerland, can be counted on to tweak conventions. His work tends to make statements underlined with questions, as if to say, "Yes, sculpture is a fine thing, but what is it, really? What can it be in the late 20th century?"
August 15, 1996 |
Is art really necessary in our lives? For a clue to the answer, check out two coincidentally connected attractions at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach: the Pageant of the Masters' live tableau representations of great art works and Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George" at the Forum Theatre.
August 12, 1996 |
Santa Monica architect Frank Gehry has acquired an international reputation by creating symphonic, sculptural structures that defy and redefine our sense of what is possible in buildings of metal, stone and glass. "What I'm trying to do as an architect is live in this time--I'm not trying to live in the past," says Gehry of Frank O. Gehry & Associates Inc. "I'm struggling to express the present, to find what's powerful today."
June 6, 1996 |
For many working actors, the greatest joy in their work comes not from being on stage in front of an audience, but from what they call "the process," the developmental steps that bring an author's idea, through a collaborative effort, to full-blooded reality. Actors such as Laurence Olivier and John Barrymore claimed to enjoy the process more than the performance, often becoming bored with a show once it opened.
November 2, 1995 |
Visitors to the Ventura County Museum of Art and History these days are greeted by an artistic aviary. An embarrassment of visual riches is represented by tropical and other flamboyant birds among flowing flora, with the muted shimmer of gold leaf in the background. If this art weren't so exquisite and dreamlike, the adjectives florid and gaudy might spring to mind.
May 19, 1995 |
After a two-year hiatus, protests over Time Warner Inc.'s distribution of rap music reared again Thursday at the company's annual meeting, prompting a "personal statement" to shareholders by Chairman and Chief Executive Gerald M. Levin regarding creative freedom. After a presentation of the company's strategy, Levin defended the record labels and the creative process, asking Michael Fuchs, the new head of Warner Music Group, and his No.
May 17, 1995 |
A fascinating study in creative misalliance turns up tonight on the PBS "Dance in America" series. Documenting a collaboration between composer Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Peter Martins, "Accent on the Offbeat" highlights the loose, improvisational creative process Marsalis encourages in his ensemble of jazz musicians versus the more rigid working methods that Martins enforces at New York City Ballet.