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.
August 20, 2010 |
Li Cunxin is one of the most talented ballet stars ever to emerge from China, but his biggest claim to fame happened far away from the stage. In 1981 while a resident at the Houston Ballet, Li defected to the United States in an incident that involved a 21-hour standoff at the Chinese consulate and negotiations that ultimately led to the dancer's safe release. This week, a movie based on Li's life opens in Los Angeles and other select cities. In a parallel to its protagonist's travails, the production experienced its own friction with the Chinese government that forced the filmmakers to shoot significant parts of the movie in secret.
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.
December 15, 2010 |
The Italian street artist Blu, whose anti-war mural was removed from the wall of the Geffen Contemporary building last week before the public could see it, has called the destruction of his mural by the Museum of Contemporary Art a form of censorship. Others say it was spectacularly bad planning on the part of the museum, which did not receive a proposal from the artist in advance of his starting work. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch said Monday that he ordered the whitewash of the mural because its imagery ?
December 12, 2013 |
Google has launched a new online tool to allow museums, galleries and individuals to create online art exhibitions. Google Open Gallery became available for public use this week, though potential users must request an invitation from Google to use the free service. The new application will allow galleries, museums and other individuals to upload content and create virtual exhibitions and tours. It also enables organizations to publish a new site or add on to an existing site. In addition, the service provides users the capability of adding background information that visitors would normally see at an actual exhibition.