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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.
June 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and John Glionna
LAS VEGAS - At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show. She turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa. " Cirque du Soleil's performance of "Ka" - an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work - had reached its climactic battle scene Saturday night when something went horribly wrong. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as Sassoon, had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far above the stage at the MGM Grand hotel and casino when the Bell sisters saw her go into a free fall and tumble out of sight, into the stage's pit. "It was just an instant," said Madelyn Bell, 17, of Pensacola, Fla. "She just fell.
January 25, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
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 12, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
December 15, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
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 ?
November 13, 2009 | David Ng
For this summer's Ojai Music Festival, to be held June 10-13, organizers said Wednesday that the focus will be on composer George Benjamin, who is also serving as the event's music director. Benjamin will conduct some of this own work as well as pieces by Oliver Knussen, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Gyorgy Ligeti and more. Among the works by Benjamin scheduled for the festival will be the West Coast premiere of "Into the Little Hill," a chamber opera to be presented in a concert version; "Three Miniatures for Violin" and "Viola Viola."
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