In this week of momentous change, it is artists and storytellers who can give meaning to the tumult. I'm Laurie Ochoa, arts and entertainment editor at the Los Angeles Times. With Carolina Miranda on vacation, I'll be your guide to the arts stories of the week.
John McLaughlin’s quietly breathtaking art
If you follow L.A. Times art critic
Knight also writes about what he calls "one of the best gallery exhibitions of the season," Paul Sietsema at Matthew Marks Gallery in West Hollywood; the Broad's special exhibition "Creature," a smart assemblage of works by some two dozen artists; the stripped down blasts of color from Lisa Williamson at Tif Sigfrids; and the interactive installation "Black Righteous Space" by Hank Willis Thomas at the California African American Museum.
So long, Leonard Cohen
The death this week of one of our greatest American songwriters has led to an outpouring of appreciation for Leonard Cohen. "Employing meticulous language to plumb the vagaries of the human condition," writes Richard Cromelin, Cohen "enjoyed a late renaissance, as a young generation of musicians, including Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, R.E.M. and U2, discovered him in the 1990s." Los Angeles Times
Mikael Wood takes a deep look at Cohen's most famous song, "Hallelujah," and asks if the work that became "one of pop music's most durable compositions" actually represents "a crucial misapprehension of his work." Los Angeles Times
And August Brown writes, "Of all days, of all years. What a time for one of music's greatest, wisest and kindest points of light to go dark. … If there was ever a time to need words of lasting grace and connection, this is it." Los Angeles Times
L.A. embraces an urban future
With so much attention focused on the results of the presidential race, it was easy to miss that voters in Los Angeles County approved measures that Times architecture critic
Philip Glass’ Pharaoh tale
The Los Angeles Opera staging of Philip Glass' "Akhnaten" corrects what L.A. Times music critic
Why Noh? Why now?
Japan's Noh theater is so stylized, formal and difficult to understand that few have learned to appreciate, or even see the challenging art form. And yet, writes Mark Swed, its traditions have influenced significant operas and artistic creators, including Peter Sellars and
Mapping George Takei’s life
Actor and activist George Takei has donated his collection of personal ephemera to Los Angeles' Japanese American National Museum. An exhibition from the collection, "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei," opens in March as part of a series of shows exploring the stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans in the media. But first, Takei gave The Times' Deborah Vankin a personal tour of the TV scripts, costumes, family heirlooms and photos, many from the years he spent as a child in Japanese American internment camps. Los Angeles Times
A post-'Hamilton’ Leslie Odom Jr.
Most of us came to know Leslie Odom Jr. for his Tony-winning portrayal of Aaron Burr in "Hamilton." But there's another side to Odom. He is also a singer of jazz standards, and since leaving the original Broadway production of "Hamilton" he's been performing with a five-piece combo. Daryl Miller talked with Odom about his recent move to Los Angeles and his upcoming concert Nov. 17 at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Los Angeles Times
A great Irish actress’ Los Angeles debut
Marie Mullen, one of the great actresses of the Irish stage, makes her Los Angeles debut at the Mark Taper Forum in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane." It's a play she knows well, first earning raves in the role of a middle-aged daughter trying to escape her manipulative mother and now playing the formidable mother. Karen Wada talks with Mullen about her career and the role switch. Los Angeles Times
Mark Bradford’s Art + Practice grows
Now in its second year, artist Mark Bradford's Leimert Park complex Art + Practice debuts a new gallery space this weekend with the opening show, "Black, White, Gray," an exhibition of works by sculptor Fred Eversley. Carolina Miranda writes that it's just one of a number of changes for the organization, including new partnerships with a foster youth services provider and the withdrawal of the venerable Eso Won Books, which had planned to move into one of the properties A+P operates but now will stay in its current location. Los Angeles Times
Finally, for those who feel the need to scream over the election results, Yoko Ono has done it for you in a tweet to Donald Trump. ARTnews