April 19, 2013 |
If any line item in the state or federal budgets cries out for more resources, or even just a little more respect, it's the arts and humanities. Never mind that many writers, artists and scholars have the fresh ideas that our times so desperately need. When politicians and columnists call for increased spending on STEM projects - that's science, technology, engineering and mathematics - don't they know they're alienating at least half the country? Let's reckon with the extent of the neglect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2013 |
Before the ashes and the anguish, before the 1965 riots and the spotlight of attention that followed, there was a pocket of people already fighting for Watts. They fought for the arts and for the black community from a building on Grandee Avenue and 104th Street. It was there, in the community she was raised in, that Jayne Cortez founded the Watts Repertory Theater Company, an ensemble she used to unearth and highlight racial inequalities. Cortez, a performance artist whose evocative, surreal poetry tackled racial and sexual oppression, died Dec. 28 of heart failure at a hospital in New York City, said her husband, Melvin Edwards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2012 |
A Southern California liberal arts college announced Monday that it has created the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, emulating the actor's penchant for combining art, media and environmental science to educate students about policymaking. Pitzer College, one of the first to launch an environmental studies program, teamed up with the actor and devoted preservationist known for his consistent and effective advocacy. The program will combine the school's core values of conservation and sustainability and blend it with its liberal arts and media curriculum.
September 17, 2012 |
When "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor attended Kenyon College, a private liberal arts school in a tiny Ohio town, he never wanted to leave. He loved starring in campus theater productions and the long nights discussing John Updike and Raymond Carver with classmates. He did everything he could to prolong the collegiate experience - becoming a tour guide for prospective students, helping the admissions office interview applicants. And when he graduated, he went right back to school, enrolling in an acting program at New York University.
September 13, 2012 |
"Liberal Arts" is a light and lively comedy of manners about college, literature and a midlife crisis that hits earlier than expected. The bookish group at the heart of this talky film - Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Zac Efron and Allison Janney - is having such a grand time trading tart exchanges their mood proves infectious. The sparring helps offset some of the contrivances that make "Liberal Arts" less buttoned up than it should be - so an A for effort and a C for execution.
August 31, 2012 |
There are so many good films releasing in the fall, it's easy to get caught up in the splashy ones - the ones with the A-list actors and the biggest marketing campaigns. But there are plenty of smaller gems coming to theaters in the next couple of months as well. Here's a look at a few of those worth taking the trouble to find amid the power players. Liberal Arts Unlike many young actresses, Elizabeth Olsen opted to postpone her career to attend college, spending her undergraduate years at New York University.