Splashing with Steve Koplowitz at San Diego’s “Trolley Dances”

Architecture & Design · Dance
The life aquatic visits the land-of-the-drought via dance! Choreographer Stephan Koplowitz brings his keen eye for place, space, and unusual context to San Diego’s Trolley Dances for the next two weekends. The site-specific event, staged by San Diego Dance Theater for the past 17 years (a laudable achievement) tours dance lovers — and the just ...

Meanwhile, in Milan, Virgilio Sieni’s “Atlas of Gesture”

Architecture & Design · Dance · Language & ideas
Do you think about dance as a form of communication? Italian choreographer Virgilio Sieni does, and he presents his ideas in a rigorous examination of the human gesture that underpins our art form. A performance of Sieni’s work, ‘Atlante del gesto’ (Atlas of gesture) a commissioned work to soon spool in architect Rem Koolhaus‘s exceptional ...

Diavolo meets New West Symphony at Valley Performing Arts Center 2

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music
We live in strong anticipation of DIAVOLO‘s season-opening “L’Espace du Temps” performance at the beautiful, acoustics-rich Valley Performing Arts Center. The performance will enjoy live orchestral accompaniment by New West Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Rountree, of a trio of scores by great composers: Foreign Bodies (2007, Esa-Pekka Salonen); Fearful Symmetries (2010, John Adams); ...

Schindler’s list: Vienna influences on the Los Angeles architect

Architecture & Design
The Prequel , an art & architecture exhibit soon to open at Schindler House, teases out the landmark 1922 Kings Road House’s architectural influences by illuminating the debates playing out in Vienna Modernist circles when architect Rudolf Schindler was a student and young practitioner. Through photographs, drawings, and furniture designs, the exhibition reviews foundations laid ...

Let’s rock the glass armonica @ Velaslavasay Panorama

Architecture & Design · Music
When we last visited the Velaslavasay Panorama, the charming former ‘Union’ movie theater converted into exhibition hall/theatre/gardens, we were shivering on a sojourn to the South Pole at a screening of silent-picture “South” (1919). The ‘polarizing’ event was part of the “Mush to the Movies” series co-sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum. Coming soon to the ...

Photographer Jason House’s scenes of terminal transience

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
An upcoming photo exhibit features images from Rockhaven Sanitarium located in Montrose, California. Founded in 1923 by psychiatric nurse, Agnes Richards, Rockhaven was a private institution that tended to suffering “mild mental and nervous disorders.” Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys Eley, called it home, as did Billie Burke. Abandoned in 2006, the decaying property stands in ...

Jacaranda’s summer party supreme 2

Architecture & Design · Music
The architectural space of Rachlin Partners in Culver City provided the backdrop for the annual summer party of contemporary classical music society, Jacaranda, on a splendid Sunday afternoon in June. Filling the airspace was the music of Prokofiev and Philip Glass delivered in a blazing mini-concert by string ensemble, Lyris Quartet. Following the concert, the ...

Review: Lucinda Childs’ “Available Light” @ Disney Hall 6

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music · Reviews
It was the silver-mesh curtain draped across Disney Hall’s “McFries” pipe organ that gave the performance its first “wow” moment. Almost as though architect/set designer Frank Gehry tossed a throw-rug over a messy sofa to ‘red up for the guests. But Gehry’s living room is none other than L.A.’s stellar fantastic transformational concert hall named ...

How beautiful! French art bequeathed to LACMA

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
Love the work of French artist Pierre Bonnard and his inimitable ‘interior’ paintings, an example, “Apres le repas,” from 1925, above. That’s just one canvas of a huge trove of French and other European art bequeathed last November as a major gift to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by the Los Angeles-based ...

Let’s meet architecture’s bright light, Kulapat Yantrasast

Architecture & Design
A very cool architecture event upcoming this Sunday, a benefit for the wonderful Veteran’s Auditorium in Culver City — clearly as a community one of the most progressive outposts of urban design in Los Angeles. Architect Kulapat Yantrasast, founding partner and creative director of wHY, will discuss how his firm enriches projects through design conversations and ...