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  • Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

    Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

    Soulquarius had the type of buzz inaugural festivals could only hope for.    The stacked lineup was an ambitious tracing of the last quarter century of R&B, and the daylong Saturday festival at the Observatory grounds in Santa Ana had long been sold out.   New jack swing and R&B representing the...

  • L.A. Opera's 30-year-old 'Salome' is back, and not a kid anymore

    L.A. Opera's 30-year-old 'Salome' is back, and not a kid anymore

    Thirty is not old in opera. An art form that’s been around for more than three centuries, it is also an art form that takes the long view. Classic 1950s and 1960s opera recordings of standard repertory survive, thrillingly remastered to the latest hi-res standards. Operas written 30, 40, even 50...

  • The Red Riding Hood fable as serial killer drama? That's 'Grimly Handsome'

    The Red Riding Hood fable as serial killer drama? That's 'Grimly Handsome'

    The boundaries between human civilization and the animal kingdom become very blurry indeed in “Grimly Handsome,” an appropriately titled grim fairy tale from Santa Monica’s longtime purveyor of psychically unsettling theater, City Garage. Julia Jarcho’s contemporary take on the Red Riding Hood...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Bates Motel' on A&E

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Bates Motel' on A&E

    SERIES American Ninja Warrior The obstacle-course challenges return with another all-stars edition; with hosts Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Kristine Leahy. 8 p.m. NBC Supergirl Another classic DC Comics character surfaces in this new episode, when Mr. Mxyzptlk (guest star Peter Gadiot)...

  • T Bone Burnett's new project is a wild techno-skeptical concept album

    T Bone Burnett's new project is a wild techno-skeptical concept album

    T Bone Burnett has produced pretty much any artist you’d want to listen to and even had a prolific solo career in his own right. But it’s rare to get original songs from him these days. Which is why his new project is so intriguing. Well, that and the fact that it’s a spoken-word concept album...

  • Flower? Animal? Person? The color-drenched questions in Mimi Lauter's drawings

    Flower? Animal? Person? The color-drenched questions in Mimi Lauter's drawings

    Mimi Lauter's enthralling drawings have a visual grammar all their own. Their sense of scale is elusive and independent of their physical size. They feel immersive, whether small as a notebook page or large enough to dominate a wall. Color is not in motion, but motion itself. Space is texture....

  • Trump's news conference: Was it more like 'SNL' or 'Dr. Strangelove'?

    Trump's news conference: Was it more like 'SNL' or 'Dr. Strangelove'?

    The recent news cycle has felt like something out of a John le Carré thriller: CIA surveillance. Russian operatives colluding with presidential campaign aides. Espionage. A spy ship off the coast of Connecticut. But when Donald Trump took the podium Thursday in his first solo press conference as...

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