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 this week’s arts and culture column: 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 this week’s arts and culture column: 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 to […]

AUGUST WILSON’S “GEM OF THE OCEAN”

GEM OF THE OCEAN, A NOISE WITHIN

Here’s this week’s arts and culture column: Pasadena’s A Noise Within Theater pitches its latest production like this: 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 […]

TOVE JANSSON’S THE SUMMER BOOK , AND A RADIO INTERVIEW

I always forget to say when I’m going to be on the radio. So tune in tonight to “Amplify,”  KDKA Pittsburgh, 9-11 EST. Fr. Ron Lengwin and I will be discussing my new book, RAVISHED. Meanwhile, here’s this week’s arts and culture column:  Tove Jansson (1914-2001), a Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and artist, is perhaps best […]