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November 1, 2013 | By David Pagel
Raw talent, restless energy and the sense that something has gone very wrong run every which way in Natalie Frank's new paintings, which turn themselves inside out with such wicked swiftness that it's hard to know up from down, good from bad, us from them. The New York painter is no purist. Titled “The Scene of a Disappearance,” her first solo show in Los Angeles, at Acme, is a big messy mix of people and beasts, their limbs, organs and torsos rearranged in ways that rival Picasso's wildest paintings while capturing the grisliness of crime-scene TV. Frank slices and dices like a food processor, chopping Francis Bacon's ghoulish humans and Lucian Freud's meaty people into bite-size chunks she then cooks into dishes that look delicious from a distance but monstrous up close.
October 31, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Santa Ana police officer who fatally shot a man in the back of the head while patrolling gang territory in 2010 has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in an inquiry that was slowed when the officer refused to talk with investigators for nearly two years. The Orange County district attorney's office said in a report on the shooting of Andres Ramirez, 21, that it "may seem troubling" that Officer Frank Gutierrez waited 20 months to make a statement to investigators. The officer only agreed to be interviewed by the district attorney's office last year after Ramirez's family settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city for about $1 million.
October 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Hit it, Zubin!" Thus spake Zappa in Pauley Pavilion in 1970. Forty-three years later, this immortal injunction to Zubin Mehta at the premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels" came back Wednesday night to haunt us. And taunt us. We think of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, once it moved into Walt Disney Concert Hall, as having become a uniquely relevant and risk-taking orchestra. After all, it celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of the hall on Wednesday with a staged production of the world premiere of what is being called Zappa's "200 Motels - The Suites.
October 19, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
At Wednesday's 10th birthday party for Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the world premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels. " It's made up of 13 orchestral suites by the late L.A. rock star and composer, only parts of which surfaced in his 1971 "200 Motels" feature film and double-LP soundtrack album. Zappa, who died 20 years ago of cancer just short of 53, devoted much of his creative energy to humorous scoffing at most aspects of the human condition.
October 15, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat alone in a front-row folding chair before the start of a news conference at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. He had just emerged from the museum's brand-new Anne Frank exhibition, which opens to the public Tuesday, and was visibly moved. "It was incredibly powerful," Garcetti said. "It's one of those visceral and transcendent exhibits - it hits you in the heart and the gut. " Gov. Jerry Brown also took time out of his schedule to attend the Monday VIP ribbon-cutting of "Anne," an interactive and fully immersive experience that honors the life and legacy of the teenager, who died in a Nazi concentration camp but left behind a diary that gave voice to the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust.
October 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gay Talese came to be known as one of the most elegant, intelligent magazine writers of the 20th century. While he has written many brilliant pieces, the most indelible is his 1966 Esquire story headlined " Frank Sinatra Has a Cold . " At the Neiman Storyboard on Tuesday, Talese sat down to talk about the piece with Elon Green. Talese explained that he didn't want to write the story in the first place, contextualizing some choices he made as a writer in a detailed annotation.
October 3, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
On Wednesday evening I took part in a panel discussion at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Eli Broad, Frank Gehry and Los Angeles Philharmonic President Deborah Borda. We were guests in a live on-stage version of the KCRW radio program “Which Way, L.A.?,” with Warren Olney and Frances Anderton as hosts. The program was planned to mark the 10th anniversary of Disney Hall. But it was also meant to examine the future of Grand Avenue and long-delayed redevelopment plans for Bunker Hill being overseen by a joint city and county committee.
September 28, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Frank L. Fouce, an impresario of Spanish-language entertainment who turned downtown's historic Million Dollar Theater into a prestigious venue for a burgeoning Latino market and helped launch the television network that became Univision, died Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. He was 85. The cause was lymphoma, said his daughter, Paula Fouce. Fouce was a cofounder of Spanish International Communications Corp., which operated the first Spanish-language television stations in the United States, including KMEX-TV (Channel 34)
September 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
For the first time in Coach Jim Harbaugh's three seasons, the San Francisco 49ers have lost consecutive games. The frustration of falling to the Indianapolis Colts showed after Sunday's 27-7 defeat at Candlestick Park, when, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, running back Frank Gore yelled angrily at Harbaugh while they walked off the field. Gore finished with 11 carries for 82 yards, but most of that came in the first half. After halftime, he had three carries for 12 yards.
September 20, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Frank Gehry refers to the flamboyant organ he designed for Walt Disney Concert Hall as the "French fries" because that's what the largest of its 6,134 pipes resemble. Gehry designed the inimitable instrument in collaboration with builder Manuel Rosales and it debuted in 2004. Among its overseers is conservator Phil Smith, 61, who shows off the instrument to visitors. Smith, who grew up listening to organ music in church, is never too far away from work -- his downtown apartment has a view of Disney Hall.
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