CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2012 |
Four straight rows of four palm trees each stand on the northeast corner of 2nd and Spring streets downtown - a block from Los Angeles City Hall, right alongside LAPD headquarters. They're directly across from the newsroom. I stare out at them from my desk. Lately they have come to look like hourglasses running out of time. Small tufts of green fronds reach to the sky. Ample brown ones drag down toward the dirt. Will the dead fronds ever be trimmed? Would it make a difference?
August 6, 2012 |
Robert Hughes, a giant of 20th-century art criticism who first became known in the U.S. through his reviews for Time magazine, has died at age 74. The Australian writer was famous for writing big books on big subjects -- from the early history of Australia ("The Fatal Shore" of 1987) to the pioneers of modern art ("The Shock of the New" of 1981). Both books were bestsellers for his publisher Random House, which confirmed that Hughes died Monday in New York after a long illness.
August 20, 2010
MOVIES Topanga Film Festival Now in its sixth year, the Topanga Film Festival is committed to bringing the best in independent and experimental filmmaking to its screens. Documentaries, short films, features and contributions from budding young directors will be screened — some under the stars — over four days. The main screening tent is at 120 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, but there are other locations as well. Fri.-Sun. Times and prices vary. http://www.topangafilmfestival.
August 20, 2010
Nicolo Donato's bleak yet compelling "Brotherhood," an unsparing neo-noir with the structure and inevitability of classic drama, opens in the dark of night with a man entrapping a young, inexperienced gay man into a bashing and then cuts to a young blond soldier being told by his commanding officer he cannot be promoted because he's been accused of making passes at fellow soldiers. The soldier, Lars (Thure Lindhardt), is vulnerable when by chance he falls into a group of neo- Nazis and is recruited by its leader, the bearded, paunchy but implacably forceful Michael (Nicolas Bro)
August 20, 2010 |
In 1983, filmmaker Tamra Davis, then working at a Los Angeles art gallery, struck up an acquaintance with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, subsequently shooting a lengthy interview with him in 1985. She cut her footage of him, capturing a handsome, enthusiastic, articulate young man into a 20-minute film, screened at MOCA's major Basquiat retrospective 20 years later. Davis then realized she had the nucleus of a documentary that would take years to complete, tracking down archival materials and the numerous people who knew him before his drug-related death at 27 in 1988.
April 8, 2010 |
"Stillness is one of the pleasures of painting. It's a surface that doesn't move," says artist Vija Celmins in the Museum of Contemporary Art's new children's book, "Breaking the Rules: What Is Contemporary Art?" Celmins' comment is striking because it points to the changing landscape of art making and viewing. Long the archetypal art form, painting is now an exception, surrounded by the ubiquitous, never-still surfaces of videos, computer monitors and touch screens. On such a slippery terrain, can the slow, embodied pleasures of older art forms be made accessible and relevant to young people?