May 12, 2002 |
From the sanctity of a 19th-century convent, Romanian nuns weave vivid, Byzantine cloth for Orthodox priests. Word of the sumptuous silk has reached fashion designers--and soon could debut on the catwalk. The Romanian Orthodox Church disclosed recently that the Versace fashion house is negotiating to buy the cloth, a rich fabric encrusted with metallic embroidery and usually made into priests' robes costing about $120.
April 20, 2002 |
Wind Bell: Teachings From the San Francisco Zen Center 1968-2001 Michael Wenger, editor North Atlantic Books 220 pages, $14.95 * Last year, I reviewed on this page "Shoes Outside the Door," Michael Downing's absorbing account of what his subtitle called "Desire, Devotion and Excess at the San Francisco Zen Center."
March 8, 2002 |
Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held a brief "Ceremony for the Return of a Textile to a Polish Museum." A work of art in LACMA's collection was discovered to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II, and now restitution was being made. Shortly after 2 p.m., while the museum was closed to the public, Andrea L.
February 18, 2002 |
Did she know it was a sin to sleep with the village priest? And another sin, adultery, to sleep with him while she was married? And a third sin, incest, because he was her blood relation? No, the young woman told the Inquisitor, a bishop. "I did not think I was sinning. It gave us both great joy.... Our joy was shared," she said naively, as if the mutuality would absolve them.
September 24, 2001 |
Indian singer Shweta Jhaveri's concert at the Skirball Center on Friday was an impressive transformation of the concept of world music fusion. There have been plenty of shotgun marriages between Indian classical music and American pop and jazz in the past, but Jhaveri opted instead for a musical love affair, for a coming together without precondition.
August 25, 2001 |
In a gallery beneath the 13th century belfry tower that dominates the storybook streets here, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony on Friday presided over the unveiling of monumental tapestries designed by a California artist and produced by Belgian craftsmen for Los Angeles' new cathedral. Brugge is as Old World as Los Angeles is New World. A medieval gem with a population of about 110,000, it has canals instead of freeways and a cityscape that is a pedestrian's dream.
March 25, 2001 |
Manil Suri, a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, has created a world within a world with his debut novel, "The Death of Vishnu" (Harper Audio; unabridged fiction; eight cassettes; seven hours; $39.95; read by John Lee). Shading his novel with a sly comic undertone, the Bombay-born author created a microcosm of modern-day India within the walls of a middle-class apartment building.
October 13, 2000 |
Philip Glass understood the risk of joining the frenzy to churn out music for the millennium. Then add the risk inherent in describing a piece as "5,000 years of human meditation on eternity." And then pile on the risk of equating sections of the Koran with the Mayan creation myth and, yes, the Bible too. "It always comes up, 'Isn't this a danger? Isn't that a danger?' And it's all true," Glass says. "But you don't want to not be invited to the party."
August 16, 2000 |
If two young white kids who look like clean-cut grad students are going to call their band the North Mississippi Allstars and draw on the primal African American blues of that rural area, they'd better be good. They are. At times at the Troubadour on Monday, guitarist Luther Dickinson and his drummer brother Cody, with bassist Chris Chew, showed a stunning mastery of the raw rumble of the late legend Mississippi Fred McDowell and his more recent "discovery," R.L. Burnside.
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July 28, 2000 |
At work since 1973, Mary and Sal Fasulo have almost finished a 7-by-10-foot medieval tapestry. On a trip to Hearst Castle 17 years ago, they saw the tapestry "La Fleur Mille" hanging in the billiard room of the mansion. It inspired the couple to try to create a needlepoint re-creation. Using a postcard of the original as a guide, they got to work. "You have to finish what you start," she said. "But a lot of living goes on in 30 years."