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  • At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

    At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

    What is burning in Toba Khedoori’s fireplace? In 2005, the L.A.-based artist made a painting of a domestic hearth ablaze, the life-size image rendered at viewer eye-level on an immense field of waxy white paper pieced together from two smaller sheets. (Overall, it’s more than 11 feet tall and 16...

  • 'Blueberry Toast' from Echo Theater Company is a darkly whimsical dish

    'Blueberry Toast' from Echo Theater Company is a darkly whimsical dish

    The kitchen wallpaper is relentlessly cheery. Board games are scattered on the floor, eagerly waiting to be picked up again. All the ingredients for a scrumptious breakfast stand at the ready. Something is obviously wrong with this picture. In “Blueberry Toast,” playwright Mary Laws creates a storybook...

  • All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    A 36-CD box set featuring every known recording of Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 concert tour will be released Nov. 11, providing a companion piece to last year’s ambitious set documenting his studio recordings from 1965 and 1966. “Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings” will feature songs taken from...

  • At a Houston museum filled with coffins and hearses, it's time for 'Death 101'

    At a Houston museum filled with coffins and hearses, it's time for 'Death 101'

    Linda Gravelle stared into the hearse. Thirty seconds went by and she lifted her camera, wanting to remember the moment. “Wow,” she whispered. “So beautiful.” But it wasn’t a departed loved one that gripped her attention. It was a small, horse-drawn carriage from 1832 — one of several early-model...

  • Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    One is an entertainment giant famous for exacting tight control over its content. The other is a tech firm whose commitment to free speech has earned it a reputation as a hub for news and a haven for online harassment.  Together, they make for a brow-raising pairing. But stranger things have happened...

  • China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is in talks to buy a controlling stake in the iconic Dick Clark Productions, a move that would further accelerate its rapid push into Hollywood. The deal would value the production firm at as much as $1 billion, according to one person familiar with the process...

  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Not quite two weeks after turning 60, Jeffrey Kahane began his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra last weekend. He was buoyant, opening with one of Bach’s most overtly jubilant cantatas and ending with what the conductor described as the most joyous symphony...

  • Matt LeBlanc to return to British car series 'Top Gear'

    Matt LeBlanc to return to British car series 'Top Gear'

    Matt LeBlanc plans to be back in the driver’s seat on “Top Gear” when the long-running British car series returns in 2017.  BBC Two announced news of LeBlanc’s return Monday morning, saying that the actor had been signed to a two-series deal.  “I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top...

  • Debate land mines that Trump and Clinton need to avoid in order to connect with voters

    Debate land mines that Trump and Clinton need to avoid in order to connect with voters

    Anticipation for Monday’s presidential debate, the first of three marquee match-ups between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is riding high. Many will be tuning in to find out how much more unhinged this election can get. As a theater critic, I’ll be keeping tabs not only on the war of words and...

  • Meet 'The Magnificent Seven's' Haley Bennett, the actress who's about to be everywhere

    Meet 'The Magnificent Seven's' Haley Bennett, the actress who's about to be everywhere

    She’s the lone woman in “The Magnificent Seven.” She’s the (seemingly) perfect wife with a terrible secret in “The Girl on the Train.” And she’s playing a starlet opposite Warren Beatty in the veteran actor’s upcoming Howard Hughes movie, “Rules Don’t Apply.” But even with three major films arriving...

  • In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    Over its short life, virtual-reality entertainment has often been spun out of traditional Hollywood productions, whether an episodic piece based on “The Martian” or a more participatory experience derived from “Ghostbusters.” But the transom has rarely if ever gone the other way--an original VR...

  • Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    About 24 hours before taking the stage at Long Beach’s first Music Tastes Good festival on Saturday evening, locals Warpaint had performed at a very different sort of celebration —  Symbiosis Gathering, a festival with a reputation for Burning Man-level debauchery.  Clothes, the band noted, were...

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