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June 18, 1991
I was quoted out of context by your reporter in "3 Perspectives on the Holocaust," Metro, June 12. My remark about our civilization "suffering from an edifice complex" related to the proliferation of Holocaust museums and memorials in Los Angeles and the United States, as well as to the duplication of facilities in both the Jewish and the general community. It did not specifically refer to the Skirball Cultural Center. In fact, I specifically emphasized the uniqueness of the Skirball Center as a witness to the living experience of America's Jewish community.
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February 1, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
When the Skirball Cultural Center launched its Latin Jewish film series seven years ago, it caught some members of both ethnic groups by surprise. "People acted just shocked that there were Jews south of the border," said Jordan Peimer, the Skirball's director of programs. Today, that idea isn't likely to startle Skirball regulars. Over the years, the series, which was initially funded by the Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, has exposed filmgoers to the Jews of Cuba (the documentary "Jubanos")
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May 15, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Now entering its 16th year, the Skirball Cultural Center's Sunset Concert series has been a reliable source for intriguing sounds from around the globe (and a pretty great way to wait out the Thursday evening 405 commute). The series opens July 26 with a concert from Congolese singer Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, a summer-ready ensemble centered around upbeat vocal harmonies and bright guitar that appeared at last year's WOMAD Festival in Britain. With roots closer to home, the six-piece, L.A. - based band La Santa Cecilia will also perform on Aug.  23, bringing a mix of Brazilian music, Afro-Cuban rhythms and flourishes of jazz and rock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A car fire and a fatal crash on the 405 Freeway near the Sepulveda  Pass tied up the morning commute in both directions Friday as crews worked to clear the wreckage. Only two lanes on the either side of the freeway were expected to be open until at least 8 a.m. as authorities cleared a car fire from the southbound side and investigated a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound side, California Highway Patrol officials said. At least three vehicles were involved in the crash on the northbound side between  Mulholland and Skirball Center drives, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said.
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November 20, 2009 | By Suzanne Muchnic
Four years ago when photography curator Julian Cox moved from L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum to Atlanta's High Museum of Art, he looked for a project that would connect him to his new community. The answer came quickly: a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "King was a national figure, but he was also a man of Atlanta," says Cox, who set out to organize a landmark exhibition and build the preeminent collection of its kind at an American art museum.
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February 21, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Motorists on the San Diego Freeway may think that a 15-acre construction site in Sepulveda Pass is just one more plot of parched earth. But to Uri Herscher, executive president of Hebrew Union College, the dusty site is akin to the Promised Land. It's the future home of the college's Skirball Cultural Center, a $55-million complex designed to celebrate Jewish-American experience. Foundations are now being laid for the 130,000-square-foot project, just west of the freeway at Mulholland Drive.
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February 11, 2001 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
Uri D. Herscher, president of the Skirball Cultural Center, doesn't like to talk about buildings. "You want to talk about the building? I will talk about the building. I am hesitant to talk about the building," he begins, during a conversation at the Skirball, nestled in the Sepulveda Pass just north of the Getty Center. "Because as much as I appreciate gorgeous envelopes, as time goes on, they seem to matter less and less. It's the contents within the buildings."
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June 7, 2001 | CHARLES PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's peaceful up at the top of Sepulveda Pass. Crickets. Shrubbery. Vagrant breezes. The only clues that you're in L.A. are the distant growl of the 405 Freeway and a lot of modern architecture by Moshe Safdie. That would be the Skirball Cultural Center, a rambling suite of strikingly designed buildings where the theater and other facilities bear familiar L.A. culture-maven names such as Ahmanson and Taper. More or less the same goes for the center's restaurant.
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April 5, 2000
"Freud: Conflict and Culture," an exhibit including manuscripts and videos at the Skirball Center, ponders the ways in which the psychoanalyst's thinking affects ours.
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May 26, 1999
Stage and screen actress Linda Lavin will be interviewed in the Skirball Cultural Center's next "Spotlight" event, "Television and Society," hosted by author and arts reporter Barbara Isenberg at the center on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. "Spotlight" is a continuing series of interviews exploring the contemporary arts landscape with artists and arts leaders. The Skirball Center is at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Tickets are $12. Information: (323) 655-8587.
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September 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Fred Katz, a musician, composer and educator who helped introduce the cello to jazz, died Sept. 7 in Santa Monica from complications of kidney failure and liver cancer. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his son, Hyman Katz. A child prodigy on piano and cello, Katz studied under Pablo Casals and performed with the National Symphony in Washington. He also backed Lena Horne and Tony Bennett on piano before bridging the gap between classical training and improvisation in the vibrant L.A. jazz scene of the '50s as part of the Chico Hamilton Quintet.
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June 1, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Artist Gary Baseman has arrived at the Skirball Cultural Center with a brightly colored throw pillow under his arm and a determined look on his face. After greeting security guards and the few visitors browsing his sprawling retrospective exhibition "The Door Is Always Open," Baseman placed the pillow on a sofa in one of the galleries. He took several snapshots and kept adjusting the pillow until it looked just right to him. The pillow was no ordinary decorative item. It was a loud blue with a menacing message spelled out in flowery lettering: "Play with me or else.
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January 12, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Even a cardboard box company. In 1950, the Container Corp. of America launched an advertising campaign called "Great Ideas of Western Man. " The series, which ran for three decades, paired quotes from leaders in philosophy, science and politics with artwork from modern artists. A new exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center uses the same technique but focuses on Jewish artists and phrases. "Voices & Visions" features 18 posters inspired by quotations from Jewish authors and scholars.
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November 3, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Although surpassed in popularity by social media, campaign posters continue to serve as a fundamental, democratic form of expression used by grass-roots organizers and artists to convey a message for social change. "Decades of Dissent," a collection of 28 silk-screen protest posters from 1960 to 1980 on view at the Skirball Cultural Center, offers a historical perspective of one of the most volatile periods of California politics illustrated through this graphic art form. Topics featured in the posters include women's issues, gay rights, immigration reform, union empowerment and disillusionment with an unpopular war - issues that have hardly disappeared this election season.
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May 15, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Now entering its 16th year, the Skirball Cultural Center's Sunset Concert series has been a reliable source for intriguing sounds from around the globe (and a pretty great way to wait out the Thursday evening 405 commute). The series opens July 26 with a concert from Congolese singer Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, a summer-ready ensemble centered around upbeat vocal harmonies and bright guitar that appeared at last year's WOMAD Festival in Britain. With roots closer to home, the six-piece, L.A. - based band La Santa Cecilia will also perform on Aug.  23, bringing a mix of Brazilian music, Afro-Cuban rhythms and flourishes of jazz and rock.
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May 13, 2012 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"What's the difference between Jewish and Chinese mah jong?" the protagonist of Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" asks her mother about the quintessential Chinese game. Her mother replies, "Entirely different kind of playing.... Jewish mah jong, they watch only for their own tile, play only with their eyes. " "Project Mah Jongg," a colorful exhibition opening Thursday (through Sept. 2) at the Skirball Cultural Center, tells the Jewish side of the story. With vintage photographs, souvenirs, playing guides and other ephemera, and of course examples of the tiles themselves, the exhibition traces how the game was enthusiastically adopted and integrated into the social life of Jewish women in the 20th century.
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August 19, 2010
Jews on Vinyl Revue Where: Skirball Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. When: Thursday, 8 p.m. Price: Free Information: (310) 440-4500, http://www.skirball.org
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April 28, 2011
The legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is the focus of a groundbreaking exhibition, complete with more than 150 artifacts, including historical film clips, posters and the original props. Skirball Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Opens Thursday, runs through Sept. 4. Tours begin Sunday. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues-Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
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January 19, 2012
MUSIC The seven-woman-strong percussion ensemble Adaawe blends African beats and gospel harmonies with pop and R&B for a new musical twist on an ancient Ghanaian tradition. Expect an energetic fusion of voice and drum. The group's soon-to-be released album is "Passages. " Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $20. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org
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October 27, 2011
EXHIBITIONS The original exhibition "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" addresses the worldwide oppression of women and girls as the human rights cause of our time. Inspired by the critically acclaimed book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the exhibition documents stories from around the world through photographs and other visual art, sound installations and interactive gallery experiences of women who have changed their lives and started businesses with $2 loans.
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