She imagined, she designed and she built: Julia Morgan 1

Architecture & Design
Cali’s renowned female architect and her mansion by the sea for Marion Davies All she did was to conceptualize, design and build Hearst Castle in San Simeon, as the West Coast corollary of Versailles. It wasn’t much. It took no time at all — 28 years. There on a high cliff overlooking the Pacific, in ...

Laurie Sefton’s tasty dance offerings for Clairobscur

Architecture & Design · Dance
“Concert Walls” (2018) choreography by Laurie Sefton This evocative dance photo speaks to me, for, just like many fellow Americans, I have walls on my mind. How I wish I didn’t. The image is of Concert Walls, a work from the attractive, diverse repertory of Clairobscur Dance Company, whose resident choreographer Laurie Sefton states with ...

Air-con comes to Great White Way

Architecture & Design · Theater
It’s precious. Variety “slanguage” used the expression legit to reference legitimate (live) theater. Not movies, not vaudeville, not burlesque, not off-off, but bigly stuff, like Shakespeare or O’Neill. An example, “Choreographer Michael Kidd distinguished himself in legit before working in pictures.” You’ve heard of Michael Kidd the “terpser”? right? He’s the guy who directs the ...

All hail the Cinerama Dome at 55

Architecture & Design · Film
Again we travel to 1963, the year when the groovy Robert Frost Auditorium found footing in Culver City, California. Across Los Angeles, those 55 years ago, a geodesic structure boasting a movie screen of 32 x 86 feet with a 146 degree curve opened on Sunset Boulevard. It’s very exciting to wish The Cinerama Dome, ...

Pick: Diavolo at the Music Center

Architecture & Design · Dance
There’s a dizzying amount of dance going on the next few weekends, as it is the height of the fall season. But if you really want to travel to dizzying heights, consider the upcoming offering of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, Diavolo | Architecture in Motion at the Ahmanson Theatre. Diavolo Artistic ...

Wham-bam Chris Nichols book-jam to slam Tam

Architecture & Design · Language & ideas
The biggest little kid we know has a new Taschen book (means loads of photos) which reminds us it’s a small world after all. Architectural historian and and Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee Founding Member Chris Nichols’ Walt Disney’s Disneyland tells the tale of the transformation of a southern California orange grove into the mother ...

Stylish mid-century Frost Auditorium re-opens with big bash 1

Architecture & Design
What if you threw an old-fashioned block party and half of Culver City, California, attended? That’s what happened Saturday night at a joyous occasion: the grand re-opening/fundraiser for a newly refurbished landmark building, the Robert Frost Auditorium — a rare gem of Southern Californian mid-century-modern architecture. Cozy, yet imposing, the curvilinear structure houses a 1,200-seat ...

Disney Hall, in living color, as L.A. Phil turns 100

Architecture & Design · Music
Wow, wow, wow. This is fabulous. Our symphony orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (founded in 1918), is blasting into its centenary season in high style. It is converting its Frank Gehry-designed building, a happy pile-up of undulating stainless-steel surfaces, into a huge projection surface. Disney Hall will pop with crazy purples, blues, pinks and other psychedelic ...

Ford Theatre’s magical August dance-weekend adds intimacy

Architecture & Design · Dance
Unicorns and moonbeams! That magical stuff will spool at the Ford Amphitheatre when the beloved outdoor stage winds toward summer’s-end 2018. Lending unusual piquancy in a special dance-weekend are full-evening works by up-and-coming choreographers: Marjani Forté-Saunders (Aug 24, 25) and Stephanie Zaletel (Aug 26 only). To accommodate the intimate, experimental nature of these dance performances, ...

Tarantino’s dream: the Pussycat meets the Bookshop 2

Architecture & Design · Film · Language & ideas
Women around the world are beside themselves with joy to see movie director Quentin Tarantino bring back the sleaze old days of the late sixties, when XXX-rated porn movies spooled at the bygone Pussycat Theatre. Admittedly, even I miss rolling by this colorful (ahem, it was the color purple) ediface of screaming architecture on the ...