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  • James Conlon to stay at L.A. Opera at least through 2020-21 season

    James Conlon to stay at L.A. Opera at least through 2020-21 season

    James Conlon, the popular music director of the L.A. Opera celebrating his 10th anniversary with the company this year, will be sticking around for a while longer. Conlon has renewed his contract through the 2020-21 season, General Director Plácido Domingo announced Friday. Domingo called Conlon’s...

  • Icelandic magic: One U.S. couple's excursions, on view at Photo L.A.

    Icelandic magic: One U.S. couple's excursions, on view at Photo L.A.

    Every couple of years, husband-and-wife photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee pack up their Bucks County, Pa., photography lab into a 1978 Land Rover with a tent on the roof and send it in a shipping container to Iceland. The rocky, open, dramatically lighted terrain has been an artistic...

  • PBS' 'Victoria' is good, but not as royally entertaining as 'The Crown'

    PBS' 'Victoria' is good, but not as royally entertaining as 'The Crown'

    “Victoria,” debuting Sunday on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” is a perfectly entertaining period piece that has the misfortune of arriving shortly after a similarly themed but dramatically more compelling series, Netflix’s “The Crown.” The seven-part series, which has already been renewed for a second season,...

  • Meet Justin Timberlake, film composer of 'The Book of Love'

    Meet Justin Timberlake, film composer of 'The Book of Love'

    To learn that Justin Timberlake, the multi-platinum pop star, actor and owner of handfuls of Grammys and Emmys, composed an orchestral film score feels very, shall we say, left field. But the seed was actually planted at a young age. “I think when I was a kid I would hear movies more than I would...

  • From 'Homeland' to 'Mad Men,' Lesli Linka Glatter calls the shots

    From 'Homeland' to 'Mad Men,' Lesli Linka Glatter calls the shots

    Lesli Linka Glatter is very concerned about cookies. On this fall day on the set of “Homeland,” as drowsy crew members nurse cups of takeout coffee, the director is rehearsing with McKenna Keane, who plays Franny, the 4-year-old daughter of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) on the series, which returns...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'Bridge of Spies' on Showtime

    Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'Bridge of Spies' on Showtime

    SERIES Life's a Trip Patrick Warburton and his son, Talon, experience the cowboy life on a 31,000-acre cattle ranch in the premiere of this new unscripted series. 12:30 p.m. Travel Queen Boss Vanessa Simmons offers financing and advice to young female entrepreneurs who come to her for help in...

  • The love of her life, and the lies that came with him: Singing '13 Things About Ed Carpolotti'

    The love of her life, and the lies that came with him: Singing '13 Things About Ed Carpolotti'

    Penny Fuller plays a well-coiffed widow in “13 Things About Ed Carpolotti,” a charming cabaret-scale one-act musical in which her character finds out that the husband she’s mourning had been keeping a few secrets. What kind of secrets? Imagine waking up to discover that your assets have all been...

  • New anti-Trump compilation enlists indie-rock luminaries

    New anti-Trump compilation enlists indie-rock luminaries

    Many music fans will be craving some sort of comfort — or inspiration for protest — during the first days of the Trump administration. A new subscription music service hopes to offer one, by way of 100 new songs from popular indie artists. Our First 100 Days has corralled new tracks from Mitski,...

  • Michael Jackson biopic coming to Lifetime

    Michael Jackson biopic coming to Lifetime

    The same day a British television network nixed plans to air a dramatized depiction of a wild urban legend about Michael Jackson following a backlash, Lifetime announced it is prepping a biopic on the late King of Pop. Based on a 2014 book from two of Jackson’s personal security guards, “Michael...

  • Echoes of the world's new dark ages in HBO's 'The Young Pope,' starring Jude Law

    Echoes of the world's new dark ages in HBO's 'The Young Pope,' starring Jude Law

    Having already been a Twitter meme (and aired in its entirety overseas), "The Young Pope" arrives in all its raiment and finery Sunday on HBO. Created, directed and mostly written by Paolo Sorrentino, whose 2013 film "The Great Beauty" gobbled up awards here and elsewhere, the 10-episode series...

  • TV This Week, Jan. 15-21: 'Victoria' on 'Masterpiece' and more

    TV This Week, Jan. 15-21: 'Victoria' on 'Masterpiece' and more

      SUNDAY Another blink-and-you-missed-it season of “Sherlock” concludes on “Masterpiece.” With Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. 7 p.m. KOCE An oceanographer and others work to protect and preserve undersea habitats in the new special “Sea of Hope — America’s Underwater Treasures.” 7 p.m....

  • Building Type: Introducing a weekly column on architecture

    Building Type: Introducing a weekly column on architecture

    It’s easy these days to think of California as a republic unto itself, declaring its political and cultural independence at every opportunity, zigging as Donald Trump’s America zags. But the state’s biggest city has  at least one important thing in common with the country as a whole as we move...

  • Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album

    Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album

    Longtime devotees of the rock band Fleetwood Mac might be forgiven for letting out a gleeful yelp when registering the news that singer-keyboardist Christine McVie shared with The Times in December while sitting next to her band mate -- guitarist, singer and producer Lindsey Buckingham. “I've been...

  • Oscar races become clearer as the guilds and the Globes weigh in

    Oscar races become clearer as the guilds and the Globes weigh in

    The Golden Globes kept us humming “City of Stars.” The Producers Guild shook up the field, nominating “Deadpool.” And the Directors Guild added its own wrinkle, solidifying the standing of the tear-jerker “Lion” in the Oscar best picture race. Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the...

  • 'I Will Not Remain Silent': Music gives voice to the fight for equality

    'I Will Not Remain Silent': Music gives voice to the fight for equality

    “America must not remain silent” — that was civil rights activist Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s plea at the 1963 March on Washington. “Bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem,” he declared in a speech that immediately preceded the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s. “The most urgent, the most disgraceful,...

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