September 21, 2008 |
At the Palace of Versailles, a marble statue of Louis XIV now shares space with some unlikely interlopers: an inflatable lobster, a giant balloon dog, and Michael Jackson and his pet chimp Bubbles, sculpted in porcelain. Officials at Versailles, the most gilded and over the top of French palaces, have let American artist Jeff Koons redecorate, and his eye-popping, zany sculptures are on display alongside masterpieces by Veronese and Bernini. The show, which runs through Dec. 14, is yet another sign that France's bastions of traditional culture are loosening up. The Louvre has played host to contemporary artists and even welcomed slam poets to perform in its echoing galleries.
April 3, 2008 |
To hear it from Jason Hill, co-frontman, producer-engineer and lead songwriter for the decadent San Diego glam rock quartet Louis XIV, the band's most ardent followers break down into two constituencies. "You get the young 15-year-old, 18-year-old girls at the shows," Hill explains one recent evening in a Culver City broadcast studio where he was set to be interviewed on "Loveline." "They like the directness in the vocals and the flirtatious playfulness of the songs.
May 9, 2007 |
KEEPING up with the Joneses can be exhausting. The practice has been called "affluenza" -- the socially transmitted disease of doggedly pursuing the economic and cultural status held by the neighbors. And aside from fatigue, it can cause odd behavior. To witness the delirium in action, a visit to "Oudry's Painted Menagerie" is in order. The rather small, decidedly quirky exhibition recently opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum. It is built around 11 ornamental paintings of mostly exotic animals.
November 6, 2006 |
ALTHOUGH he was not the celebrated rake and seducer his grandfather Henri IV was, Louis XIV (1638-1715) was undoubtedly a man who loved women: intellectually, socially -- and physically, as Antonia Fraser makes clear in her book "Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King."
January 6, 2005 |
You'd hardly guess it from their radio hit "I Predict a Riot!" But the Kaiser Chiefs used to be a garage band. "And it's all your fault," vocalist Ricky Wilson says drolly. "The Detroit stuff. The White Stripes being proclaimed the saviors of rock 'n' roll. Who wouldn't want to try that? But we didn't realize that five guys from Leeds don't do American garage rock very well."
March 25, 2004 |
The pageantry, the formality and the great good humor of French music at mid-Baroque -- in works by Michel-Richard de Lalande, Jean-Marie Leclair and Jean-Fery Rebel -- were exuberantly displayed at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday night. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco was led by French Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie in a program of music created for the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King.