March 22, 2009 |
The Hindu god Ganesha is known by more than 1,000 names, including Ganapati, Vinayaka and Pillaiyar, but he is best known as the Remover of Obstacles, the Patron of the Arts and the Lord of Wisdom. So it's only fitting that the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is presenting an exhibition examining one of Hinduism's most revered deities -- and is doing so after significant obstacles had to be removed.
February 17, 2009 |
It's amazing how often in fashion that a moment from the past brings into focus what's happening in the present. Such was the case over the weekend at New York Fashion Week. Signs of the recession are everywhere here -- the missing faces in the front row, including Saks Fifth Avenue fashion director Michael Fink, who was laid off last month; the empty storefronts on Madison Avenue; the scaled-back shows.
November 22, 2008 |
As the arts community looks for a solution to the financial woes of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, individuals are looking for solutions as well. On Sunday, George Baker, an associate professor of art history at UCLA, is scheduled to lead a discussion of Conceptualism in California, tied to MOCA's exhibition "Index: Conceptualism in California From the Permanent Collection." According to the new Facebook group MOCA Mobilization, Baker has offered to broaden his discussion to include MOCA's financial crisis.
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October 4, 2008 |
As a young boy in Poland before World War II, Karol Jozef Wojtyla possessed an uncommon warmth for an often reviled group of outsiders -- Jews. Like most others in his hometown, Wojtyla was Catholic. But he counted Jewish children among his friends -- attending school with them, even playing goalie on their soccer team. Wojtyla was speechless when one of them, a fellow actor in drama club, informed him that she was leaving to escape looming anti-Semitism.
September 19, 2008 |
Here's one of the better cultural freebies to come this way in a while: the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is offering free admission on Oct. 5 to its popular exhibition, "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor," which closes Oct. 16. Target Corp. is picking up the tab, via a newly announced $150,000 grant that will provide free admission the first Sunday of each month at the Bowers through next September. Since "Terra Cotta Warriors" is limited to 250 admissions per hour to avoid overcrowding, museum officials suggest that people arrive early: Distribution of the 2,000 tickets for the day will be on a first-come basis, starting at 9 a.m. The investment company PIMCO also sponsors 400 free admissions for the show every Friday, springing for 100 per hour from 4 to 7 p.m. -- Mike Boehm
August 17, 2008 |
HOWES CAVE, N.Y. -- Long before Jackie Robinson endured torrents of racial taunts in breaking baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Louis Sockalexis had a bull's-eye on his back. From the day in 1897 when he first donned a uniform for the Cleveland Spiders, Sockalexis suffered more than his share of racial slurs. "If the small and big boys of Brooklyn find it a pleasure to shout at me, I have no objections," Sockalexis told the Brooklyn Eagle during his rookie season.
February 11, 2008
Times staff writer Todd Martens blogged the Grammy ceremony throughout the night. Here are highlights: 7:49 p.m.: Record of the year: Amy Winehouse, "Rehab." The singer is tearing up on the London satellite. She has her mom with her and gives a shout-out to her man Blake Fielder-Civil. "Incarcerated," she notes. 8:04 p.m. The Josh Groban-Andrea Bocelli duet. And the Nielsen numbers begin to slide. 8:15 p.m. John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.