Valery Gergiev, the internationally renowned Russian conductor, has joined a host of other arts and cultural figures from Russia in support of President Vladimir Putin's controversial policies in Ukraine's Crimea region.
The conductor was one of 100 signatories of an open letter released this week backing Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and the government's efforts to annex Crimea. The letter was posted on the website of Russia's culture ministry on Wednesday.
The letter's signatories say that they "firmly state support for the position of the president of the Russian Federation" in...
Four and a half years ago, Smithsonian magazine offered what was then the latest theory on the genesis of “Mural,” the epic Jackson Pollock painting that went on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday following 21 months of detailed conservation work.
Doubts that Pollock painted the 20-foot canvas in one sustained burst of all-night creative fervor, which was central to the artist’s myth promoted by his widow, painter Lee Krasner, had been growing for some time — most cogently in the work of Pollock scholar Francis V. O’Connor. As I wrote on Monday, Getty...
Ennio Morricone has postponed his upcoming concerts in Los Angeles and New York until June, citing a back injury that is preventing him from traveling long distances.
The five-time Academy Award-nominated movie composer had been scheduled to conduct concerts at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on March 20 and at the Barclays Center's Cushman and Wakefield Theatre in Brooklyn on March 23.
Organizers said the rescheduled concerts will take place June 13 in Brooklyn and June 15 in L.A.
The lines in Bart Exposito’s new paintings at Thomas Solomon Gallery do things the lines in his old paintings didn’t: slip away from the shapes they demarcate to float in spaces that are more atmospheric than anything the artist has painted since he began exhibiting 15 years ago.
This transformation may have something to do with Exposito’s recent move from Los Angeles to Santa Fe and his commute to Albuquerque, where he teaches. Like the landscape he drives through, most of his new works are horizontal. Previously, he preferred verticals and the odd square, a format more...
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it.
Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person — very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful — that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook.
And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda — not only in their appreciation...
BERKELEY — The Vienna Philharmonic is an orchestra that has always been gripped by as well as in the grip of history — the history of Western music, of which it has played a significant part, and the history of Vienna, of which it has also played a significant part.
Now "Confronting the Past," has become an official project of the orchestra. In mannerly Viennese fashion, what the orchestra really means is confronting its past.
That is what it did in a special residency as part of the UC Berkeley Cal Performances' series that included three concerts in Zellerbach Hall along with a...
It is an opera that like its choruses rouses recriminations and unsettled ghosts.
"The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams sets the Israeli-Palestinian struggle on a ship sailing with the histories and opposing realities of two peoples bound by the rage and agony of an unreconciled land. The opera, based on the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian militants who killed Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled American Jew, is alsoa deeper meditation on nationalist passions that for ages have set alight the world's conflicts.
Officials in France returned three paintings that were confiscated by Nazi forces during World War II to the descendants of the paintings' rightful owners at a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday.
The three works of art were a painting by 16th century Flemish artist Joos de Momper titled "Mountainous Landscape"; "Madonna and Child" by the 14th century Italian painter Lippo Memmi; and an 18th century portrait of a woman by an unknown painter.
In a ceremony presided over by Aurélie Filippetti, France's minister of culture and communication, she said the French ministry of culture will be more proactive...
When they were discovered at the Ground Zero site shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the steel beams forming the shape of a cross were regarded by many as a divine sign and they quickly became a rallying symbol for many aid and rescue workers in lower Manhattan.
In recent days, a media debate has formed over whether the beams, dubbed the "Miracle Cross," deserve a place at the 9/11 museum in New York. The debate follows a lawsuit brought by a group of atheists arguing that the cross doesn't belong in a museum that will be operated using both private and public funding.
Riding a wave of publicity following her appearance at last week's Oscars ceremony, where her mispronounced name instantly became an Internet meme, Idina Menzel saw robust business at her new Broadway musical, "If/Then," which began performances on Wednesday.
"If/Then" brought in a healthy $909,159 on its first week of preview performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The new musical, written by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, the team behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Next to Normal," follows the parallel-universe adventures of a thirtysomething woman who moves to New York.
From David Mamet's first expletive-laced success in the 1970s to the advent of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" as one of the most acclaimed 21st century American dramas to date, drawing blood — and not always just figuratively — has been the life's blood of the Chicago school of live theater.
But on the evening of Independence Day, 1984, Randall Arney encountered a considerably more sanguineous sight than even the Windy City theater scene might have bargained for.
Making his entrance in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," he saw that...