VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ORATORIO TO OUR DYING HOME

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: “Requiem: This Earth, Our Home” is a new oratorio, written in conjunction with the LA Master Chorale’s Voices Within Oratorio Project. The piece will premiere, for fellow students, the evening of Friday, February 28th  at the Van Nuys High School Auditorium. A performance the following day, […]

ICONICITY: ART IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins: Director/producer Leo Zahn has made documentaries about mid-century architect William F. Cody and Frank Sinatra in Palm Springs. Now he brings us “Iconicity.” The core theme: “Why are artists attracted to the [Southern California] desert? There is something here, call it a mystical energy or what […]

THE STORRIER STEARNS JAPANESE GARDEN

Here’s this week’s arts and culture column: 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, most of […]

BESIDE THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: A FRESH LOOK AT UTOPIA

What with 2020 at our doorstep, an exhibit sub-themed “A Fresh Look at Utopia” seems apropos. Through February 24, 2020 at the Huntington Library and Gardens, “Beside the Edge of the World” features new work by five individuals–writers Robin Coste Lewis and Dana Johnson, and artists Rosten Woo, Nina Katchadourian, and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Each […]

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 […]