November 6, 2011 |
The watercolor portrait of the king is not exactly subtle, but it is pretty. Amar Singh II, the ruler of the Mewar kingdom in India, fills the cloth, his coral-colored gown billowing to the edges of the painting. One hand grips a bejeweled sword, while the other delicately holds a flower toward his nose. A golden halo surrounds his feathered turban. After all, he could trace his lineage back thousands of years to the god-king Rama. The painting, from the 18th century, is an icon of power — and a fitting symbol for a new show at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
August 23, 2011 |
Despite a freaky month in the markets, the dollar is holding its own against foreign currencies as some investors have returned to the buck for (relative) safety. It's up against the Euro, British pound and Japanese yen . . . . 34 wineries will be open for tours during Temecula Valley's 2nd Annual Wine & Culinary Showcase Sept. 10 . . . . Enjoy a free evening of art, culture, and music (30 stops in all) at downtown Santa Barbara's 1 st Thursday event , Sept.
June 5, 2011 |
The Mogul emperor Shah Jahan sits cross-legged, in three-quarters profile, wearing a magnificent purple robe, jewels draped around his neck, a gold cloth wrapped around his head. His fine features are set off by a full beard and a slight smile. The emperor, who ruled India for 30 years and built the Taj Mahal, sits in the center of a busy painting, a constellation of supplicants swirling around him like planets orbiting a star. The small but lovely picture, no bigger than a laptop screen, depicts the Persian Ambassador Muhammad Ali Beg offering tribute to Shah Jahan.
July 28, 2009 |
Gli enigmi sono tre, una e la vita! What does the above mean? ("The riddles are three; life is one!") Where is it from? (The opera "Turandot.") Who is the latest musical sensation in China? (A dead Italian once scorned for his Orientalist fantasies about Asian women.) Back in the 1960s and '70s, when Italian opera was deemed a capitalist indulgence in China, no work was more despised than Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot."
July 7, 2007 |
Leading members of Bahrain's royal family have thrown their weight behind hard-line Sunni Muslim groups, some of whom share the outlook of Al Qaeda, in an attempt to counter a perceived Shiite threat, government officials and critics say. The strategy, first exposed in a government report that surfaced last year, has revealed a rift within the court of the ruling Khalifa family. One faction believes in reconciliation with the Persian Gulf nation's disenfranchised Shiite Muslim majority.
February 5, 2004
"Far Away": Caryl Churchill's apocalyptic shocker, with Laila Kearney and Beth Hogan and directed by Ron Sossi, is a subversive assault on humanity's capacity to ignore its own atrocities. Controversy is synonymous with the ever-audacious Churchill ("Cloud 9," "Fen"). "Far Away's" 2000 Royal Court debut, directed by Stephen Daldry, left London observers cleft between awe and acrimony, and Daldry's 2002 New York Theatre Workshop reading divided the Manhattan cognoscenti.