January 10, 2008 |
IN Los Angeles, things are often not what they appear to be. Actors double as waiters, and a winter's day usually consists of sunny skies. What better locale for Quebec artist Diane Landry to present her unusual take on an everyday (yet rare in L.A.) object: the umbrella. In "Flying School," her first L.A. solo installation show, opening at SolwayJones Gallery on Saturday, the common umbrella gets a makeover and is re-envisioned as the star of a sound, light and movement piece.
December 6, 2007 |
The stage version of "Mary Poppins" will soon by flying around the world, say producers Thomas Schumacher and Cameron Mackintosh. The New York production, now in its second year on Broadway, has recouped its investment, both producers announced Wednesday, and plans are underway to unleash the show globally with a North American tour, a British tour, an Australian production and licensing agreements in foreign countries.
October 25, 2007 |
Who exactly is Rihanna? This 19-year-old singer from Barbados is responsible for what might be the year's biggest hit, "Umbrella," yet since she first showed up on pop radio in 2005, Rihanna has resisted the ready-made characterizations that typically accompany such an ascent. "Pon De Replay," her first single, played up her Caribbean roots with an effervescent dance hall beat, but "S.O.S." portrayed her as a disco-punk princess, while "Unfaithful" did the grown-up piano-ballad thing.
October 12, 2007 |
The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group's Green Umbrella season opener was conceived as a companion to what would have been the U.S. premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's "La Passion de Simone" last weekend. The premiere didn't happen (postponed until next season), but the planned Saariaho survey remained in place Tuesday night.
January 30, 2007 |
Born in poverty, raised by a mother who chased the gangs off her doorstep with a shotgun, protected by big brothers, even as they succumbed to the drug culture.... And those were the good old days? The plight of Isiah Thomas, coach and president of the Knicks, is so overwhelming, he sometimes compares it to his escape from Chicago's West Side. It's so wild, it makes sense only to him and his few sympathizers.
January 25, 2007 |
JOHN ADAMS conducted two of his chamber concertos Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. A "Green Umbrella" concert, it was also an early 60th birthday party for the composer, in anticipation of Feb. 15. The performances weren't the best of either work that I've heard. "Grand Pianola Music," the boisterous two-piano concerto, was, in some regards, better played three nights earlier by the Pasadena Symphony.
October 19, 2006 |
THREE years ago, when the Los Angeles Philharmonic moved its Green Umbrella new music series from a smaller theater to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, I regretted the decision. Or course, the crowds would be large at first, but the venue felt too big and formal for new music. Amplification, often used in new music, was a big problem in the hall. Prices (a $45 top) seemed awfully high for new music.
July 9, 2006
RAIN couldn't spoil the intense color or striking geometry of these irrigated rice fields on Bali, captured by Daniel Fink during his trip in April. Fink, an L.A. doctor, got the shot -- holding his Casio Exilim EZ-40 in one hand and an umbrella in the other. The stop in Gulingan, a rice-growing village more than 400 years old, was part of a tour of the southern part of the Indonesian island that also included nearby temples.
April 13, 2006 |
The nation's most comprehensive healthcare reform effort became law Wednesday as Gov. Mitt Romney signed a bill that would assure near-universal health insurance for Massachusetts residents. The measure followed a year of negotiations between the Republican governor and the overwhelmingly Democratic state Legislature, and was swiftly heralded as a national model.