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July 7, 2011
MUSIC Local avant-garde rock trio Autolux provides the soundtrack to "Into the Night: Music and Magic," which includes performances from Superhumanoids and KCRW-FM DJ Anthony Valadez. The evening's entertainment features strolling magicians, a screening of the Harry Houdini serial "Master Mystery" (1920) and access to the galleries. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fri. $15. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
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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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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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September 12, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
When a major retrospective of Moshe Safdie's work opens at the Skirball Cultural Center next month, visitors to the museum near the top of the Sepulveda Pass won't just get to see the architect's designs in the form of models and sketches under glass. They'll also be walking through one of Safdie's most extensive projects: the Skirball campus itself. Safdie, who made a brash name for himself as a young architect with the Habitat residential complex built for the 1967 World Expo in Montreal, designed the Skirball's original buildings, which opened in 1994.
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September 28, 2000 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The most interesting question posed by "Revealing and Concealing: Portraits and Identity" gets lost in the group show's unwitting embrace of groupthink. The well-intentioned exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center begins by inviting viewers to wonder: "What happened to portraiture in 20th century art?" (As well as, "Why aren't very many of the best contemporary artists drawn to this genre?" and "What does this mean about us as a people?"
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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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November 19, 1995 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, president and chief executive officer of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Cultural Center, believes that Utopia is possible. And, if he has anything to say about it, you'll be able to get there from the San Diego Freeway.
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August 8, 2009 | Susan King
Holy zombies, Batman! The Skirball Cultural Center is closing its "ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950" exhibition Sunday with a screening of the 1943 "Batman" serial. The 260-minute, 15-chapter serial finds Batman and Robin attempting to rid Gotham City of a World War II Japanese spy ring. With each thrilling chapter, they encounter -- and foil -- zombies, alligators and even radium guns. That's the good news. The bad news is that the "Batman" serial is racist.
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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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December 23, 2007
Museum treasures: An article Dec. 9 about treasures in local museums said that Karen Koblitz's "Hanukkah Still Life" will be displayed indefinitely at the Skirball Cultural Center. The display will be dismantled Dec. 30.
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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 15, 2012
Founder of the long-running comic smorgasbord Uncabaret, Beth Lapides curates a night of post-election storytelling called "Say the Word: The New America. " Writers and comic minds including Dana Gould, Taylor Negron, Moshe Kasher and more will perform as a part of the Skirball's lineup of political-oriented exhibitions under the heading "Democracy Matters. " Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $10, (877) SCC-4TIX, http://www.skirball.org.
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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 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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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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June 12, 2005
Scott TIMBERG'S piece about the Einstein exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center ["Einstein Brings New Relativity," May 22] includes the writer's use of a derogatory term, "goyim," that Dr. Einstein himself found extraordinarily offensive. He would never have used it because it implies "others." Only the closest of readers would see that the term Timberg chose to use was not a quote from any source at the Skirball either, as it contradicts the spirit of our communal goals. The Skirball Cultural Center has a broad educational mission and is dedicated to inclusion and respect for all. Since our inception nine years ago, we have been and continue to be incredibly proud to welcome diverse audiences for an inspiring mix of exhibitions and programs.
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December 25, 1997
4pm Family: "Hanukkah Pajamika," a family concert with Craig 'n Co. featuring songs from Craig Taubman's new recording, "My Newish, Jewish Discovery," and art activities and storytelling, invites children of all ages to attend in their pajamas, sing songs, create art and enjoy treats at the Skirball Cultural Center. (See story, Page XX.) * "Hanukkah Pajamika," Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, 4-5 p.m.: pre-concert art activities and storytelling; 5-6 p.m.
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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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July 7, 2011
MUSIC Local avant-garde rock trio Autolux provides the soundtrack to "Into the Night: Music and Magic," which includes performances from Superhumanoids and KCRW-FM DJ Anthony Valadez. The evening's entertainment features strolling magicians, a screening of the Harry Houdini serial "Master Mystery" (1920) and access to the galleries. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fri. $15. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
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