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December 17, 2013 | By David Ng
The Francis Bacon triptych that recently sold for a record-breaking amount at auction will go on public display at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon starting Saturday. But the identity of the buyer who shelled out $142.4 million for the work remains a mystery. "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," created in 1969, was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York in November. The $142.4 million paid for the piece represents a record amount for a work of art sold at auction, breaking the previous record held by Edvard Munch's "The Scream" of $119.9 million in 2012.
December 16, 2013 | By David Pierson
China has blocked imports of shellfish harvested from the U.S. West Coast over reports of arsenic and toxins found in geoduck clams. The shellfish are believed to have originated from waters off Washington or Alaska, according to KUOW public radio. “They've never done anything like that, where they would not allow shellfish from this entire area based on potentially two areas or maybe just one area. We don't really know yet,” Jerry Borchert of the Washington Department of Health told the Seattle-based KUOW.
December 10, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
This review has been updated. Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific - and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two vocal soloists and a solo clarinet, more than 300 performers crowded the stage at Royce Hall. Written in 2010 when the impressively prolific American composer of Palestinian descent was 25, the symphony is a young man's extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East.
November 26, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Bandleader, drummer and NEA jazz master Chico Hamilton has died. He was 92 years old. Born Foreststorn Hamilton in Los Angeles in 1921, Hamilton's music career began with some notable high school classmates including future legends in their own right, Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus. He eventually went on to perform and tour with Lester Young, Lena Horne and Gerry Mulligan before putting together his first quintet in 1955. A landmark group that forged the sound of West Coast jazz while featuring the reeds of Buddy Collette, guitarist Jim Hall, Carson Smith on bass and cellist Fred Katz , the group evolved through a wealth of jazz talent, including Eric Dolphy, Gabor Szabo and Charles Lloyd, who joined the band in 1960.
November 20, 2013 | By Susan King
The Boston Pops Orchestra, founded in 1885, gained national recognition during the substantial tenure of Arthur Fiedler, who was its music director from 1930 through 1979. John Williams left his own legacy conducting the so-called America's Orchestra from 1980 to 1993. That left big shoes to fill when the Boston baton was passed to Keith Lockhart, in 1995. Lockhart, 54, has conducted some 1,500 Boston Pops concerts, appeared in more than 70 TV shows with the orchestra, including the annual "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" on CBS. He and the Pops have released eight albums with RCA Victor and four self-produced albums including the new "A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall.
November 4, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Starfish up and down the West Coast are suffering from a strange disease known as "seastar wasting syndrome," and scientists are unsure why it is happening. Pockets of starfish decimation have been found from Southern California to Alaska. In some places the entire seastar population has been wiped out. (And before you get confused, seastar and starfish are two names for the same animal and I'll be using them interchangably.) PHOTOS: Weird sea creatures and strange fish The seastar wasting disease begins as a small sore somewhere along the seastar's body.
October 30, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Scientists spent years mapping where top ocean predators gather to feed in large numbers along the West Coast in an attempt to better understand the threats they face from humans. Using electronic tags, researchers tracked the movements of whales, sea lions, sea turtles and other species to find where they overlap most with two dozen man-made pressures, including warming and acidifying waters, fishing, pollution and shipping. The good news? Many of the predators' most threatened hangouts, they found, are already in marine sanctuaries, notably the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that stretches along the Central California coast from San Francisco to Cambria.
October 16, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Team Tommy Hilfiger blew into Southern California like the Santa Ana winds Tuesday to celebrate the launch of the label's limited-edition footwear collaboration with George Esquivel, first with a cocktail party at the brand's Robertson Boulevard boutique and later an intimate dinner with friends, family and a handful of L.A.'s tastemakers, tree-shakers and style scribes. The cocktail party, a consumer event cohosted by Esquire magazine, had shoppers lined up three deep to watch shoemakers from Esquivel's Buena Park atelier demonstrate the techniques used to craft the brogues and loafers that are part of the Tommy Hilfiger X George Esquivel capsule collection.
September 16, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Connoisseurs of craft beers can lift a glass with the experts on a West Coast cruise during the “California Beer Festival at Sea” aboard the Celebrity Century. Guests will learn about industry trends and how to make their own beer at a roundtable with Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, Calif., and Ninkasi Brewing Co. of Eugene. Ore. “It's like Brewing 101,” said Vincenzo Giammanco, president of the California Beer Festival, the program's organizer. Other events include a four-course luncheon paired with beers and a festive “Craft Beer Heaven” with live music, food and small-batch suds.
August 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Another bad rap for USC football? Snoop Dogg, one of the Trojans' most prominent fans, appears to have flipped. A photograph of the rapper wearing UCLA gear made the rounds this week, and caught the eye of Bruins Coach Jim Mora. When Snoop starts wearing UCLA gear you know the #BruinRevolution is in full effect. - Jim Mora (@UCLACoachMora) August 27, 2013 Mora, whose musical tastes run toward Led Zeppelin, suddenly has cornered the market on big-name rappers.
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