| Dec 15, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Buster Keaton in âThe High Sign.â Iâve been going through a Buster Keaton phase on Netflix and in watching âThe High Sign,â I noticed this merry-go-round in the opening of the film. I got to wondering where it was â and whether it was the...
| Feb 14, 2010
| 4:33 PM
John D'Agata will be in Los Angeles this month, reading at the Hammer Museum and at the L.A. Public Library. In today's paper, David L. Ulin reviews D'Agata's latest book, "About a Mountain": Ostensibly a story about Yucca Mountain, "About......
| Sep 18, 2008
In the 1980s, Martin Kersels was a performance artist.
In the 1990s, he became a performance sculptor.
Kersels' sculptures don't look like robots, conventionally conceived by Hollywood and less predictably so in the scientific engineering lab. But in...
| Oct 9, 2008
AS POPPY, the fluttering, free-spirited elementary school teacher at the heart of director Mike Leigh's new film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," British actress Sally Hawkins glows like a miniature sun, radiating an infectious sense of joy and a ravenous hunger for...
| Oct 31, 2008
In the late 1990s, a lot of American artists fancied themselves filmmakers. Most got stuck in a no man's land that was not very fun to visit.
On the upside, artists enjoyed the freedom of including feature-length videos in their installations. And they...
| Apr 12, 2008
PASSERSBY were greeted to a most unusual sight this week on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Unusual in recent memory, that is. The iron gate at the entrance of the historic Million Dollar Theater was wide open. Nobody was manning the box office, but the...
| May 18, 2008
JON BRION'S last night at Largo was epic. The singer-songwriter's free-for-all Fridays at the tiny Fairfax Avenue nightclub had been drawing capacity crowds for more than a decade, but his May 2 show was historic: his final turn before owner Mark Flanagan...
| Dec 7, 2008
They say that timing is everything in comedy. What "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (Twelve: 384 pp., $45) makes clear is what a time and place 20th century America was for the art. In this chock-full-of-photos volume, authors Laurence...
| Jul 17, 2009
| 5:24 PM
Robert Cushman, photograph curator for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, has died. He was 62.
Cushman died Monday at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Edgewood, Ky. He had been visiting his high...
| Sep 18, 2009
Though there's likely a stronger documentary than "American Casino" to be made about the recent Wall Street collapse and subprime mortgage disaster, it's still hard not to be shocked by this stranger-than-fiction look at how a toxic mix of unbridled...
| Feb 14, 2010
Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 304 pp., $15
Elif Batuman teaches at Stanford University, and her first book of essays, "The Possessed," dances between autobiography,...