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November 15, 2009 | Suzanne Muchnic
A striking nighttime image of two leopards, one snarling in profile, the other looking warily over its shoulder, appears on posters all over Paris announcing "anima," an exhibition of photographs by Jean-Francois Spricigo. On view at the Palais de l'Institut de France through Nov. 21 and coming to Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles in January, the show introduces a body of work produced by the young Belgian artist who won the 2008 Prix de Photographie de l'Academie des Beaux-Arts.
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September 13, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
We here at Culture Monster - all right, one of us here at Culture Monster - was a stamp collector as a kid. So the news that the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will be opening what it calls “the world's largest stamp gallery” on Sept. 22 was especially welcome.  The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery - named after its No. 1 benefactor -- will feature stamps as well as historically significant mail in the context of American history and culture, the museum said. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview Highlights of the collection include stamps of Hawaiian kings, before Hawaii was officially a state; an 1868 1-cent Z-grill stamp - one of two in existence; and a letter to John Hancock postmarked July 4, 1776.
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August 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
How has Sarah Horn's life changed since she was randomly plucked from the audience at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday and brought onstage to sing an impromptu duet with her idol, Kristin Chenoweth?  For one, type “Sarah” into YouTube's search box and the (until recently) completely unknown vocal instructor from Riverside is the second name, Web-wide, that pops up (after Sarah McLachlan, before Sarah Silverman!). The now-viral video of Horn and Chenoweth performing the song “For Good” from the musical “Wicked” has racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube so far. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Onstage at the Bowl, Horn more than held her own beside Chenoweth, belting out the song with stage presence, vocal depth and polish.
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August 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
How has Sarah Horn's life changed since she was randomly plucked from the audience at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday and brought onstage to sing an impromptu duet with her idol, Kristin Chenoweth?  For one, type “Sarah” into YouTube's search box and the (until recently) completely unknown vocal instructor from Riverside is the second name, Web-wide, that pops up (after Sarah McLachlan, before Sarah Silverman!). The now-viral video of Horn and Chenoweth performing the song “For Good” from the musical “Wicked” has racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube so far. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Onstage at the Bowl, Horn more than held her own beside Chenoweth, belting out the song with stage presence, vocal depth and polish.
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September 13, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
We here at Culture Monster - all right, one of us here at Culture Monster - was a stamp collector as a kid. So the news that the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will be opening what it calls “the world's largest stamp gallery” on Sept. 22 was especially welcome.  The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery - named after its No. 1 benefactor -- will feature stamps as well as historically significant mail in the context of American history and culture, the museum said. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview Highlights of the collection include stamps of Hawaiian kings, before Hawaii was officially a state; an 1868 1-cent Z-grill stamp - one of two in existence; and a letter to John Hancock postmarked July 4, 1776.
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November 13, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Culture Monster headed to Maria Bamford's Eagle Rock kitchen on a recent Saturday evening. It was a relatively intimate affair: just Bamford and her parents, Joel and Marilyn Bamford, who live in Duluth, Minn., Bamford's two pugs and us.  Oh and about a dozen production crew members mulling about. Why? Bamford was shooting her first direct-to-fan comedy special, which she will release on Nov. 28 through Chill.com , an L.A.-based social video site. With the hour-long “Maria Bamford: The special special special!
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April 28, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
Tuesday is a big day for Broadway with the Tony nominations set for a live webcast starting at 5:30 a.m. PDT. The nominations will be announced on TonyAwards.com by multiple Tony winner Sutton Foster (most recently for "Anything Goes") and "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who starred in the Hollywood Bowl production of "The Producers" last summer). PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The American Theatre Wing will nominate plays and musicals in 26 categories for productions that opened during the 2012-2013 Broadway season.
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March 19, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Despite the recent offer from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to acquire the cash-strapped Museum of Contemporary Art, the contemporary museum's board of trustees says that its members agree that "the best future for MOCA would be as an independent institution. " MOCA leaders had declined any comment since the offer became public this month. But the board met Friday and a museum spokesperson issued the following statement Tuesday: “The Board is in agreement that the best future for MOCA would be as an independent institution.
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June 20, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
Hearing the news of the death of actor James Gandolfini, Culture Monster checked in with Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie, whom he worked with before and after "The Sopranos. " Gandolfini starred in Yasmina Reza's play "God of Carnage" on Broadway with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. The play was a major hit on Broadway, and all four actors were nominated for best actor Tony awards. After the four left the cast (the play briefly closed, but then continued on Broadway with different actors)
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December 6, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Timothy Potts has made his first major purchase as the new Getty Museum director: He bought Lieven van Lathem's illuminated manuscript Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies for $6.2 million at Sotheby's Wednesday night in London. The manuscript includes eight half-page miniatures, like the one shown in detail above. There are only three other manuscripts containing this story of a nobleman's adventures in Egypt. In a statement, Potts called it a “richly illustrated manuscript by the greatest illuminator of the Flemish High Renaissance.” In an interview with the L.A. Times for a story in the Dec. 9 Arts & Books section, he described manuscripts as a potential growth area for the Getty, while praising the current collection.
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July 31, 2013 | By Celine Wright
In the age of TiVo, rewind can be a viewer's favorite button. Sadly, we can't record and play back those moments in life that we want to do over. This isn't true for the play "A Parallelogram," written by Bruce Norris and playing at the Mark Taper Forum, because a special remote control allows the character, Bee (Marin Ireland), to replay scenes from her current life. She is aided by an older version of herself, who materializes to share wisdom and surprises about Bee's future. Her boyfriend, Jay (Tom Irwin)
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June 20, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
Hearing the news of the death of actor James Gandolfini, Culture Monster checked in with Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie, whom he worked with before and after "The Sopranos. " Gandolfini starred in Yasmina Reza's play "God of Carnage" on Broadway with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. The play was a major hit on Broadway, and all four actors were nominated for best actor Tony awards. After the four left the cast (the play briefly closed, but then continued on Broadway with different actors)
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April 28, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
Tuesday is a big day for Broadway with the Tony nominations set for a live webcast starting at 5:30 a.m. PDT. The nominations will be announced on TonyAwards.com by multiple Tony winner Sutton Foster (most recently for "Anything Goes") and "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who starred in the Hollywood Bowl production of "The Producers" last summer). PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The American Theatre Wing will nominate plays and musicals in 26 categories for productions that opened during the 2012-2013 Broadway season.
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April 12, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Key facts and features of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences museum, scheduled to open in 2017: The 290,000-square-foot facility at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue would encompass six stories, including a rooftop terrace. A 1,000-seat theater with a grand staircase and an elaborate red carpet would be built in a glass-domed structure behind the main building, the historic May Co. department store. Two 144-seat theaters would be constructed within the exhibition galleries.
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March 19, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Despite the recent offer from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to acquire the cash-strapped Museum of Contemporary Art, the contemporary museum's board of trustees says that its members agree that "the best future for MOCA would be as an independent institution. " MOCA leaders had declined any comment since the offer became public this month. But the board met Friday and a museum spokesperson issued the following statement Tuesday: “The Board is in agreement that the best future for MOCA would be as an independent institution.
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January 20, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
At first blush, "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich" sounds like a long-lost Monty Python skit about some bizarre time-tripping action-figure wrestling bout. Indeed, as the title hints, a cosmic smackdown between the pachyderm Hindu god and the German Führer takes center stage in the production from Australia's Back to Back Theatre company, which on Thursday opens a four-night run at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. But that epic confrontation is only one thread in the show's imaginative tapestry.
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November 15, 2009 | Meris Lutz; David Ng; Mary MacVean; Richard Verrier
The subject of women's rights in the Middle East is contentious. Sensational media coverage of honor killings and child brides equates religious conservatism with gender inequality, incensing Western feminists on the one hand and provoking regional backlashes on the other. The reality is far more nuanced, according to the 2009 Global Gender Gap Report released in late October by the World Economic Forum, which ranks countries based on women's economic participation, educational attainment, health and political empowerment.
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June 10, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik and Scott Sandell
What time are the Tony Awards? You don't need to break a leg to find out. The 66th annual Tony Awards will take place in a three-hour ceremony at New York's Beacon Theatre. The show will be broadcast at at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS --  live on the East Coast and tape-delayed on the West Coast. Theater fans who want to follow the red carpet live will have to content themselves with the Tonys' online feed at www.tonyawards.com , starting at 3 p.m. PDT. (And of course, we'll have fulll coverage on Culture Monster throughout the night.)
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December 29, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Just because they run their own theater companies doesn't mean they can't look forward to what's ahead on other stages in 2013. We asked some of Los Angeles' theater community leaders what they resolve to see in the new year - at some place other than their own house. Daniel Henning, founding artistic director at the Blank Theatre Company: "I can't wait to see 'American Misfit' at Boston Court. I love American history, and I love when we can tell historical stories in the theater, and this seems to be a fantasia on those ideas.
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December 6, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Timothy Potts has made his first major purchase as the new Getty Museum director: He bought Lieven van Lathem's illuminated manuscript Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies for $6.2 million at Sotheby's Wednesday night in London. The manuscript includes eight half-page miniatures, like the one shown in detail above. There are only three other manuscripts containing this story of a nobleman's adventures in Egypt. In a statement, Potts called it a “richly illustrated manuscript by the greatest illuminator of the Flemish High Renaissance.” In an interview with the L.A. Times for a story in the Dec. 9 Arts & Books section, he described manuscripts as a potential growth area for the Getty, while praising the current collection.
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