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Henry Miller memoir unpacks life of literary giant

This year marks the 125th anniversary of author Henry Miller’s birth (Dec. 26, 1891). Originally a Brooklyn boy, he spent 18 years in Big Sur (calling it the first place he felt at home in America), and later lived and died in Pacific Palisades (June 7, 1980). Miller blew the literary world wide open with his controversial novel,... Read more →

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Family dysfunction screams in ‘Big Sky’

If you want to watch the antics of a dysfunctional family, you can go visit certain of your relatives. You know the ones I mean. Or, if you wish to heighten the experience, you can go to the Geffen Playhouse and watch four actors scream at each other for two hours. The play is “Big Sky,” but it has nothing to do with Montana. Instead,... Read more →

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‘Made in LA’ stars at UCLA Hammer Museum

The UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood is holding its third biennial “Made in LA” exhibition, titled “a, the, though, only,” showcasing 26 emerging and under-recognized but exceedingly worthy contemporary artists working throughout the greater L.A. area. Culled from a field of more than 180 artists — far fewer than those included in... Read more →

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A search for love in ‘Eccentricities of a Nightingale’

Tennessee Williams apparently had a thing for nightingales. In 1938 he wrote a play about a true incident in Philadelphia wherein prisoners who had gone on a hunger strike were confined in a steamy cage until many of them died. This grim play was called “Not About Nightingales.” A decade later he wrote a beautiful, sensitive story about... Read more →


Expo Line tour: Wining and dining at Expo/Sepulveda

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the second non-Santa Monica stop: Expo/Sepulveda. I have... Read more →

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It’s all about the music (Culture Watch)

Music is breaking out all over. The beautiful documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” is on-screen at Landmark Theatres in West L.A. and at several Laemmle Theatres locations starting tomorrow. The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra features master cellist Armen Ksajikian in concert this Saturday... Read more →

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Australian Theatre Company will knock your socks off

Since the time of Shakespeare, British playwrights have been considered among the best in the English-speaking world. In more recent times — the first half of the 20th century, especially — British actors, with their classical training and impeccable diction, have set the standard for actors everywhere. Now, however, the best of the... Read more →

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Santa Monica Repertory Theater reboots at the Edye

A recent press release from The Broad Stage caught my eye: local theater company Santa Monica Rep will occupy the Broad Stage's smaller black box theater, the Edye, for a series of four staged play readings that reflect the national conversation. Given the somewhat humbler venues where I've seen their work before, that sounded like good... Read more →