THE STORRIER STEARNS JAPANESE GARDEN

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: Located at 270 Arlington Drive in Pasadena and comprising two acres, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is a hidden LA treasure. The pond-style stroll garden was created in the 1930s by Japanese immigrant Kinzuchi Fuji for his patrons Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. After their deaths, […]

ALEXANDER GIRARD AT THE PALM SPRINGS MUSEUM

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: Through March 1, the Palm Springs Museum is featuring “A Designer’s Universe,” an exhibit based on the multi-talented twentieth-century artist Alexander Girard (1907-1993). As the Museum points out: “Alexander Girard (1907–1993 in Santa Fe) was one of the most important and prolific designers of the 20th century. He […]

PERSHIING SQUARE ICE RINK EXTRAVAGANZA

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square has returned for its 22nd anniversary season. I know because I attended the grand opening, which took place from 11 to noon on Thursday, Nov. 14. From top to bottom, the event, atmosphere, and zeitgeist were quintessential LA. The […]

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

Bernie Krause

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: Midge Costin’s documentary, “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound,” is a fascinating and instructive peek into a world hitherto unknown to most of us.   The film traces the history of sound in film, examines the ways directors and sound designers work together, and features the latest discoveries […]

GORDON PARKS: THE FLÁVIO STORY AT THE GETTY

GORDON PARKS FAMILY'S DAY BEGINS

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: Through Nov. 10 at the Getty is a compelling exhibit based on the work of Gordon Parks, a Renaissance-man film director, writer, and photojournalist perhaps best known for his work for LIFE magazine. President John F. Kennedy’s “Alliance for Progress,” launched in 1961, was an initiative designed […]

AUGUST WILSON’S “GEM OF THE OCEAN”

GEM OF THE OCEAN, A NOISE WITHIN

This week’s arts and culture column begins: Here’s how Pasadena’s A Noise Within Theater pitches its latest production: Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson unfolds the African American legacy in the first chronological episode of his celebrated “American Century Cycle,” a soaring, mystical tale of a man desperate for redemption in 1904 Pittsburgh. Aunt Ester, a […]