Arts

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Is It A Painting Or A Flag? I brought a dear friend for her first visit to the Broad Museum downtown to see the blockbuster Jasper Johns survey, “Something Resembling Truth.” We had a chance to see the newly installed Yayoi Kusama LED light-and-mirror room (“Longing for Eternity”), which you look through a porthole to... Read more →

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Playtime

Soderbergh's Film Is "Unsane" Maybe because I knew that the word "unsane" was uncorrect, I decided to see what other aberrations Steven Soderbergh could come up with. The picture he directed, photographed, and edited is called "Unsane," and so it is — in a very frightening way. Claire Foy (an English actress best known in America for... Read more →

Book Review

Book Review: Ken Minyard

Longtime Santa Monica resident Craig Horowitz has been an employment law attorney for thirty-one years. About every four years, however, Horowitz writes non-fiction books reflecting his interests outside of the law. Horowitz's “Row 47”: A Two-Decade Journey with UCLA Football” (2009) is a charming tale of three UCLA grads who buy... Read more →

Columns

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Say Mélisse; C’est Magnifique Chef/owner Josiah Citrin’s Mélisse is recognized as a world-class, fine dining restaurant, L.A.’s only Forbes 5-Star rated stand-alone establishment. With two Michelin Guide stars, global gourmands who appreciate its contemporary French-inspired, Japanese-influenced cuisine make Mélisse a dining... Read more →

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Play Time

G.B.S. Tries to Avoid Charlotte's Web A century before the egomaniacal prevaricator took over the White House and tried to convince the world of his unique brilliance, there was an Irish intellectual who actually accomplished the things he set out to do and was not shy about acknowledging it. By the time he died in 1950 at the age of 94 he... Read more →

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CULTURE WATCH: Podcasts On Multiple Platforms

More than a few podcasts originate as live shows before being adapted for the Internet. Some are produced live, then digitized into podcast format. Others start live, then move into a studio where they are produced as episodic podcasts. You may know about The Moth, a live audience, stand-up, notes-free, true personal story-telling program... Read more →

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Play Time: For Graf and Gobetti, A Labor of Love

She's on her honeymoon. Alone. After the invitations had been mailed, the venue had been chosen, the wedding dress had undergone its final fitting, and all the non-refundable deposits had been paid, her fiancé decided that he didn't want to marry her after all. So here she is, sitting in an airport in Thailand, waiting for her flight... Read more →

Columns

The Re-View: Mexican Food

Mexican food reminds me of Mexican music. Someone is singing or playing a melody, someone else is harmonizing on the side, there’s a deep bass keeping rhythm in the background, there are several other instruments playing complementary but different rhythms, there’s a flute with a whole different agenda and some kind of funky string guitar... Read more →

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Playtime: Confiding Their Concerns To Faraway Friends

Dysfunctional relationships seem to be becoming more dysfunctional with each new play. Dysfunctional and disagreeable. Despairing and depressing. As presented in playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes' "Water by the Spoonful", however, each member of her random group is coping not with dysfunction, but with at least one relationship that is... Read more →

Columns

CULTURE WATCH: History, Crime, Politics Podcasts

Remember “The Graduate,” when Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) is told that there is just one word he needs to know: “Plastics”? I honestly believe that now, other than AI, VR or IoT, the future is “Podcasts.” I have been both immersing myself and dipping my toes into, some good, some bad and some boring podcasts and have found a few... Read more →

Columns

Two Artists, Two Styles

  I spent last weekend with two very different artists. The first was Alberto Giacometti, played by Geoffrey Rush with a perpetual frown and a constantly lit cigarette, in the Sony Classics film "Final Portrait." The other was Marc Chagall in a whimsical song and dance fest titled "The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk", presented on the stage... Read more →

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Culture Watch

WRITING WITH ONE HAND For the past 5 weeks, I’ve become housebound, thanks to a broken left arm that won’t allow me to put proper clothing on the top half of my body.  Poncho style tops cover me for my neighborhood walks and doctor visits, but going to art or theatre openings and being in crowds where the braced arm could be jostled... Read more →

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Playtime: Splendid Threads in London

When a superb actor like Daniel Day-Lewis announces that his current film, “Phantom Thread”, will be his last, you can be sure that all those who admire him as one of the finest actors of his generation will flock to see it. And hope that his retirement will be similar to that of Barbra Streisand, in that he will return periodically, as... Read more →