A prominent board member departs the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Allegations of labor tumult in the studio of Jeff Koons. An artist has transformed architect Luis Barragán into a precious stone — literally. Plus: Museum expansionism in the age of uncertainty, the Hammer Museum’s digital M&Ms and more troubles for London’s Garden Bridge.Read more
Christopher Hawthorne’s idea of replacing the Glendale Freeway stub [“A Colorful Revamp of 2 Fwy. Spur,” July 11] may seem like fantasy to some, but improving urban spaces by taking down obsolete freeways has worked in many places. Here in the western San Gabriel Valley is an example even closer to reality: replacing the 710 stub north of the 10 with a great street.Read more
“Tosca” is Puccini extreme, the composer’s most political opera.
At its center is his most fiery heroine, Tosca, the diva who attempts to live for art under tyranny in Rome during Napoleonic times. Cavaradossi, the painter and revolutionary, is his most heroic tenor role. The lecherous tyrant Scarpia exhibits zero redeeming qualities.
But “Tosca” needs to be about something more.Read more
It’s been a hot and steamy week — politically, artistically and climatologically. Which means there has been no shortage of hot culture writing to go with it. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and this is your guide to the week’s top culture stories:Read more