| Feb 22, 2008
Don Spencer stepped into the recess of his bay window and stared at the rooftops terraced beneath him, all the way to the sea. He spoke of a childhood easy to imagine but difficult, by now, to re-create.
Spencer's early days were spent tumbling in the...
| Mar 9, 2008
WHEN I was a young writer and wore a pencil behind my ear without a hint of irony, I swore a great many things. One was that I would never adapt anything. My ideas would spring anew from my dramatic imagination and the world would rejoice -- though...
| Feb 1, 2009
The history of American art has missed the mark, says curator Alexandra Munroe. It has overlooked the profound and pervasive contribution of Asian philosophy and culture to the caldron, and the exhibition she has spent five years organizing, "The Third...
| Oct 14, 2008
SINCE its designation as a theater and arts district in 1992, North Hollywood, a.k.a. NoHo, has been the unofficial center of live performance in Los Angeles. Like its New York counterpart SoHo, the urban village bisected by Magnolia and Lankershim...
| Oct 31, 2008
The bane of documentaries on creative people is that they're often little more than a fan's note, of interest only to those who already know and love the work in question. "The Universe of Keith Haring" starts out that way but the force of the late...
| Apr 15, 2008
Arts institutions have been growing like weeds -- or steroid-fueled bodybuilders. All over the country, the boards and directors of high-end nonprofits have been doing everything possible to expand the square footage of their facilities, often hiring...
| May 12, 2008
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Forget the Empire State Building. Some New York tourists are eager to see the city's other landmarks: Carrie's stoop, Charlotte's gallery and that restaurant where Samantha threw a martini in a boyfriend's face. Fans of "Sex and the City" have long...
| May 25, 2008
On Park Avenue, begonias are blooming in hues matching the blur of passing taxicabs. At Bryant Park, the white tents of Fashion Week have been tucked away, and grass now shines on the lawn. And throughout the city, hotels and restaurants are...
| Jun 3, 2008
Weezer "Weezer" (DGC/Interscope) * * * 1/2
THE PAIRING of Weezer and producer Rick Rubin seemed like a no-brainer, but their first issue, 2005's "Make Believe," lacked the hoped-for chemistry between L.A.'s nerd-rock kings and a studio guru who has...
| Jun 15, 2008
PHILLIP LIM is coming home -- in style. Since launching his collection in New York three years ago, the Orange County native has become a bona fide fashion star. His chic, ladylike designs have a loyal following in the fashion world and Hollywood, and...
| Jul 3, 2008
AMID THE stately Mediterranean and Classical architecture of the Riverside Art Museum, a 1929 building on the National Register of Historic Places, the underground street artist known as Skullphone has left his mark -- a black-and-white human skull...