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April 11, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
"Presentism: Light as Material" at YoungProjects is first and foremost a visual experience. The work by a dozen artists has plenty of conceptual heft and emotional resonance, but stakes its primary claim on our attention through optical means. This used to be a given in art, but for many decades now it's been just another option on the strategic menu. "Presentism" awakens a wistful gratitude for the direct sensual hit. The show, intended to complement the James Turrell retrospective recently closed at LACMA, induces a state of wonder that often feels primal, inversely related to the sophistication of the technology used to achieve it. Most of the pieces, whether videos, projections, or light-driven sculptural installations, reverberate in the body with a distilled, low-tech purity.
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April 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. Supporters have organized a rally on his behalf at the campus for Thursday, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for his reinstatement and set up a social media page.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Through nearly 70 years of acclaim as a theater, film and television director - most particularly as a theater director - Peter Brook has been called a magician many times. In 1962, the British critic Kenneth Tynan extolled him not for pulling a rabbit out of his hat but for an unprecedented approach to "King Lear" that for the first time made the character a palpably human, "edgy, capricious old man" instead of "the booming, righteously indignant titan of old. " Brook, who recently celebrated his 89th birthday, clearly absorbed a fundamental lesson of "King Lear": considering its pitfalls, perhaps retirement is best put off as long as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. Supporters have organized a rally on his behalf at the campus scheduled for Thursday, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for his reinstatement and set up a social media page.
WORLD
April 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become apparent. The potholed two-lane route connecting Russia's two largest cities has never been upgraded into a proper highway. Anyone who cares to drive its entire 440-mile length - mostly truckers - will need at least 12 hours. But 5,600 miles away, the government spent more than $1 billion on less than a mile of bridge connecting Vladivostok with Russky Island, previously inhabited only by a military garrison so isolated that four soldiers starved to death in 1992.
WORLD
April 4, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Google Maps has added Cambodia's ancient temples of Angkor to its World Wonders Project. More than 90,000 images captured by the Internet giant's Street View cameras have been collected and made available in a virtual tour  of the Khmer temples and stunning countryside surrounding the remote Angkor World Heritage Site. Cambodia's leading tourist destination this week joined Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon, the architectural ruins of Pompei, Italy, and more than a dozen other online panoramas that Google Maps has assembled to bring culturally and historically significant venues to anyone with access to a computer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Picking up the story from the first film with little more than a title card - no "previously on" recap here - Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier jumps right back into it with "Nymphomaniac: Volume II" as Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) continues to recount her life as a sex addict to the man (Stellan Skarsgård) who found her slumped in the street and took her in. In "Volume II," Von Trier reveals that his "Nymphomaniac" project could also be called "The Hunger Games" for the way in which it explores the boundaries of need and want and the play between desire and demand.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network announced Wednesday an upcoming slate of projects featuring the likes of Toni Braxton, Octavia Spencer, Justin Timberlake and of course Oprah herself.  The network will make its first foray into the TV movie genre with "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story," scheduled to premiere in December. The biopic will star the Grammy-winning Braxton as the legendary backup singer and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom. " It also shares an executive producer, Morgan Neville, with that film.  The network is also developing a two-part miniseries, "Tulsa," featuring the Academy Award-winning Spencer, which centers on a 1921 race riot in which as many as 300 people died but was covered up for decades.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Winfrey will present the new seven-part event series "Belief," which will explore the origins of faith and "humankind's ongoing search to connect to something greater than ourselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's comic-book-based drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " aired its first original episode in three weeks Tuesday night, and the show lost some ground in the ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  "S.H.I.E.L.D. " averaged 5.4 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 1.8 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, falling 14% from its last new outing and matching its lowest number yet with an episode that boasted a tie-in with the upcoming superhero movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
If we checked in with "The Office's" Kelly Kapoor today, she might very well be in the midst of a talking spree about Tuesday's episodes of "The Mindy Project" "I would hope she'd tune in -- it's totally up her alley," Mindy Kaling told The Times during a recent sit-down. The woman behind the fast-talking, pop-culture-obsessed character on the since-departed NBC comedy, for which she also served as a writer -- branched out on her own in 2012 with Fox's "The Mindy Project. " The workplace/looking-for-love comedy, now in its second season, has been one of the softest performers in the network's Tuesday block, averaging just below 4 million viewers before it was benched for two months -- a move that had viewers wondering if its days were numbered.
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