November 12, 2011 |
It was not your usual audition process, not even by modern dance standards. There were no age or gender restrictions. There were no particular body types sought. And instead of taking turns on a stage, the assorted dancers, actors, artists, yogis and athletes trying out for a role in performance artist Marina Abramovic's new project — taking place Saturday at the MOCA gala — were each asked to kneel under a cramped dinner table set for eight. The audition? Poke your head up through a hole in the center of the table and spin around extremely slowly on a Lazy Susan and quietly gaze with intention but no particular emotion at the seated dinner guests — a strangely zen version of Linda Blair's famous head-turning performance in " The Exorcist.
April 11, 1987 |
With the rise in two-career households and the increasingly hectic life styles most people lead, you would think that Americans would spend less time entertaining. After all, why spend a lot of time and energy preparing dishes when so many things come prepackaged? Nevertheless, Americans spend a great deal of time and get a great deal of satisfaction out of entertaining, according to a survey by Food & Wine magazine.
May 31, 1992 |
It's unlikely that Figs, open just over two months on the site of the old Alouette restaurant in West Hollywood, will ever become a power spot, or that its food will show up on the glossy pages of Vogue or Elle. But that's partly what makes Figs so appealing. Its owners, it seems, aren't trying to run an important restaurant. You get the feeling that the people here are cooking and serving food they want to eat.
August 23, 1987 |
MY FRIEND ALAN called and asked if I would go with him to a dinner party. His wife was out of town. "These people are very nice," he said. "You'll like them." We noticed when we arrived that there were lots of miniatures and pictures of owls. "We used to have an owl," the hostess said. "People say they can't be tamed but we did. We found her when she was very young. Her wing was hurt. We took her in. She was like a baby. She lived in the house. She used to sit on my shoulder. See there."
July 20, 1995 |
For better or worse, here's my definition of a dinner party: A group of people gathered together to eat . . . and a flaw. I have given countless dinner parties, privately and as part of a catering crew, and even, ever so briefly, as a catering company of one.
November 29, 1990 |
More parties are given in December than in all the rest of the months combined. It's such a festive month that even the most reluctant host gives entertaining a nod. If you're planning on entertaining at home, here's a suggestion for simple elegance: the ultimate dinner party for six. It features foods that are simple and yet festive enough for the holidays. It also cuts unnecessary fat and calories without sacrificing flavor or flair.
May 2, 1996 |
"Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party' in Feminist Art History" is the worst exhibition I've seen in a Los Angeles museum in many a moon. It's a shame, too, given the significance of the show's subject. Arguably, feminism has been the most influential and momentous social movement for American art since the 1960s.
February 22, 1987 |
A Washington dinner party could make for a good novel. Politicians are calculators, and the best of them know how the figures will come out before all the numbers are punched in. An ostensibly social occasion--a dinner or a reception--is among the best places to watch a politician at work. He seeks information, asks what others think about an issue, tries out an argument on one side--analyzing, calculating. Put another politician there too, and you might want to listen in.
November 9, 2003 |
Judi Davidson takes entertainment seriously. She's a founding partner of Davidson & Choy Publicity, an L.A. public relations firm specializing in the arts and entertainment in Southern California. (The firm recently handled publicity for "The Producers" and Cirque du Soleil, among others.) She also is married to Gordon Davidson, the artistic director-producer of Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.