September 1, 2001
I could not agree more with almost every well-articulated point that Emory Holmes II made in his debate (regarding hip-hop not being art) ("It's Father Versus Son on Hip-Hop," Aug. 22). I have yet to hear a single hip-hop album with the same depth or innovation as that of such rock albums as U2's "The Joshua Tree," Radiohead's "OK Computer" or Pearl Jam's "Vitology." CHRIS KARMAN Burbank Dear Emory Holmes III: Sorry, man, but your Pops comes off like a head-in-the-sand ignoramus.
April 12, 2011
SERIES Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: The chef and nutritionist tries to bring his message to Los Angeles, but the school district locks him out in the season premiere (8 p.m. ABC). Frontline: This week the investigative series takes an in-depth look at high school football (9 p.m. KOCE). Deadliest Catch: New skippers join the crab fleet for the 2010 season in the season premiere (9 p.m. Discovery). Braxton Family Values: R&B superstar Toni Braxton is featured in this new unscripted series (9 p.m. WE)
August 9, 1996 |
Perhaps Hollywood felt that a film like "Basquiat," the Julian Schnabel-directed film about the life, exploitation and addiction of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988, would be a bit too much of a downer to be the focus of a big West Coast shindig. But for the art world, Wednesday night's screening and benefit reception at the Pacific Design Center was something to crow about despite the downbeat nature of the story.
July 23, 1998 |
Only a grinch could resist the buffoonish charm and giddy energy of Kenny Scharf's lush, loopy paintings, which typically depict outer space or jungle landscapes peopled by clown-nosed creatures, googly-eyed monsters, three-eyed gnomes and glowering blue meanies. Scharf's new paintings at Kantor Gallery--his first L.A.
October 31, 2008 |
The bane of documentaries on creative people is that they're often little more than a fan's note, of interest only to those who already know and love the work in question. "The Universe of Keith Haring" starts out that way but the force of the late artist's energy and personality is strong enough to win over the skeptics.
January 10, 1986 |
An exhibition of new work by New York artist Jean Michel Basquiat looks as though it was pieced together out of debris scavenged at an abandoned elementary school. Weathered doors, the rusted remains of an erector set, banged-up little desks and hunks of pegboard are combined in whimsical assemblages that chronicle the aimless ramblings of a restless young mind. The particular mind at work appears to be that of an unusually hip sixth-grader who's obsessed with jazz and extraterrestrial life.
August 6, 2006 |
IAN SCHRAGER'S reborn Gramercy Park Hotel, which is to open Tuesday in Manhattan, breaks the restless impresario's own mold. "This is the opposite of what I'm known for," said Schrager, who has collaborated in the past with Frenchman Philippe Starck on sleek, chic interiors at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip and the Delano in Miami.