William Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday is being celebrated around the world Wednesday, never seems to go out of vogue for movie directors eager to put their own spin on his classic texts.
Most of Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for the big screen multiple times over, ranging from faithful (Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet") to wildly unconventional (Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"). Because Shakespeare's plays exist in the public domain, adapting them for the movies is an economical way of co-opting some literary prestige.
In the past 20 years or so, the unconventional appears to have...
William Shakespeare's 450th birthday falls on Wednesday, per historians' best reckoning in the absence of ironclad documentation. It’s time to remember that “in delay there lies no plenty,” as the Bard told us in “Twelfth Night,” and thus make the most of the opportunity to celebrate the milestone that’s at hand.
If it’s stars you want for the birthday festivities, then the “Evening of Shakespeare, Music and Love” on Friday at the Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica is your $100 ticket. Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell, Michael...
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 — with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase.
But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved.
The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha. The more serious among them often attend the museum's annual Precognito gala, at which...
By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside "Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum.
On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz.
He was left to rot in the sun.
At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true. In fact, it is doubtful the outlaw ever lived.
A lawsuit has been filed over the destruction of a public mural in Venice that was created in 1969 by the group LosAngeles Fine Arts Squad.
Artist Victor Henderson, a cofounder of the group, alleges that the mural, known as the "Brooks Avenue Painting," was improperly expunged last summer from its location using water blasting, according to papers filed this week in federal court.
The mural, which is famous for having served as a backdrop for a photographic portrait of the rock band the Doors, has been replaced with a replica of the original painted by another artist.
Daniel Loeb, the lightening-rod hedge-fund manager, continued his assault on Sotheby's this week with a letter to the art auction house's shareholders asking them to vote for a new slate of board members that would include Loeb himself.
In the letter, which was sent on Monday, Loeb states that "this board is in dire need of fresh insights, and that our candidates are more qualified than the company’s emissaries we are seeking to replace."
Loeb runs the hedge fund Third Point, which is the largest shareholder of Sotheby's. His letter came as a response to one sent by Sotheby's to its...
Among the revivals and West Coast premieres that dominate our theatrical offerings, the startling phrase “world premiere” implies an exhilarating, possibly risky novelty: You can’t help expecting pyrotechnics.
But Rachel Bonds’ “Five Mile Lake,” receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, is a small, quiet play in which nothing particularly momentous happens.
In fact, you may forget you’re watching a play at all, and that the people in whose every fleeting expression you have become so deeply absorbed are actors reciting memorized lines.
By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Time Theater Critic
Multi-hyphenated celebrities are all the rage these days, but none can match the gravitas of Paul Robeson.
Singer, classical actor and civil rights activist, Robeson (1898-1976) had given up a career in law to pursue the stage after distinguishing himself as a scholar and an athlete. There was no discipline, it seemed, that he could not conquer.
Fame provided a platform for him to speak out against oppression in America, and that is where the plot shifts in the glorious biographical narrative of an overachieving son of a minister father who had been born a slave. Robeson's prodigious and...
On this warm Easter Sunday morning, New York street artist Jason Shelowitz (a.k.a. Jay Shells) is on the streets of Inglewood. He pulls over his rented silver Chevy at the bustling intersection of Imperial Highway and Western Avenue, hip-hop prattling on the car stereo. Then he grabs a step ladder from the back seat, adjusts his black “Rap” baseball cap and races across three lanes on foot.
Now on the traffic island, cars whizzing by on both sides, he eyeballs a pole sporting a “One Way” street sign. Quickly, as if changing a light bulb, he screws in what looks like...
Daniel Radcliffe returned to Broadway on Sunday with the official opening of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" at the Cort Theatre in New York. The drama is the third Broadway outing for Radcliffe, who performed in the play last year in a London production directed by Michael Grandage.
McDonagh's play, which debuted in 1996 at the National Theatre in London, has been extensively performed in the U.S. and England. The drama bowed at the Public Theater in New York in 1998 and had its Los Angeles premiere the same year at the Geffen Playhouse.
The Dutch have their secrets. It's possible that Louis Andriessen's "De Materie," given its premiere in 1989 in Amsterdam, is not the first great Dutch opera. Perhaps a notable national Netherlands opera remains hidden in Holland, a moldy Baroque manuscript in a damp basement beside some canal.
But "Materie," which reached the West Coast for the first time Friday night in a commanding performance conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw as the culmination of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall, is the Dutch opera that the world at large had long been...