August 16, 2008
RE "That Revolutionary Zeal," Aug. 11: David Ng's critique of "Les Miserables" at the Hollywood Bowl ("strenuous belting and big, hammy acting. . . . all the subtlety of a bayonet to the stomach") had more to do with his unfortunate seating arrangements than anything else. Too bad he couldn't have joined the bench-seated proletarians; the performance we heard in Section G was pure magic. Indeed, speaking as a 25-year veteran of summer sojourns to the Bowl, Sunday's "Les Miz" was one of their best.
January 25, 2011 |
It looks like the perfect spot for Valentine's Day. At least that's the idea in "No Strings Attached," the new Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman movie about a couple who denies being a couple until someone makes a startling/inevitable declaration of love. The setting for this confession, familiar to many locals by now, is an artwork by Chris Burden called "Urban Light": some 200 vintage lampposts arranged to create a forest of lights that you can walk through on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or drive by on Wilshire Boulevard.
June 12, 2013 |
It's a pairing that theater producers in New York and London would no doubt go ga-ga over. But for the time being at least, only audiences in Sydney, Australia, can catch Cate Blanchett and French film icon Isabelle Huppert performing a frightening folie à deux in a new production of Jean Genet's "The Maids. " Blanchett and Huppert play the homicidal houseservants Claire and Solange, respectively, in the Sydney Theatre Company's English-language production that is directed by Benedict Andrews.
June 27, 2013 |
In the weeks since renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government is harvesting phone and online data, a humorous series of Internet memes has been taking comic aim at artist Shepard Fairey's famous "Hope" image of Barack Obama. The parodies, which have appeared on numerous blogs and news sites in recent weeks, deconstruct Fairey's image, giving it a biting, NSA-themed spin. In one parody, Obama is shown wearing headphones with the words "Yes we scan" emblazoned above him and with text circling his head that reads: "United we progress toward a perfectly monitored society.