Julius Shulman’s 1936 shot of Griffith Observatory — and beyond

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
The other evening, touring the Pacific Standard show at the L.A. Municipal Gallery on Olive Hill, I was caught off guard by a four-inch square print of this precious, heroic Julius Shulman photograph dating from 1936. It almost made me cry: the two caps, shape of building [it was then only years old], hills and ...

Back to school for Herb & Lani

Architecture & Design · Music
Benefactors Herb and Lani Alpert joined education and community leaders on a nippy Friday morning in Santa Monica to celebrate completion of the steel framing for the Performing Arts and Leadership Center that forms the centerpiece of the innovative Herb Alpert Educational Village.   Herb and Lani Hall Alpert New Roads School students convene at ...

Fare-thee-well, Laemmle Sunset Five, and thanks for the memory

Architecture & Design · Film
A happy announcement couched in some sad news: Laemmle Theatres will open a new seven-screen complex in North Hollywood, alas, concurrent to the closure of Sunset 5 after almost 20 years of operation. From the Laemmle folk, It is with deep regret that we announce that Laemmle will be ending its operation of the Sunset ...

Goldsborough to mine gold for Miami City Ballet

Architecture & Design · Dance
Pictured, on the right, above, is Nick Goldsborough, a treasured member of the Los Angeles dance community. The photo was taken on the opening night of “Windows,” a wonderful one-act play about the world of Bill Gates, which Nick produced. Nick is a gentleman whose mother instilled in him the love of ballet, and whose ...

Golden State murals, endangered treasures, on view Saturday 2

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
A rare opportunity comes this Saturday afternoon when two extraordinary murals that grace the lobby of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building in the Historic West Adams neighborhood of Central Los Angeles go on view. The West Adams Heritage Association, California African American Museum, Los Angeles Conservancy and Mural Conservancy LA are collaborating on ...

John Lautner, visionary architect and artist, honored in Los Angeles

Architecture & Design
The John Lautner Foundation and the Los Angeles Conservancy co-convened a marvelous panel discussion comprised of passionate professionals who have purchased and/or restored modern homes designed by architect John Lautner (1911-1994). The L.A.-based architect would have turned 100 this past July.

Look at the amazing building we are getting in Los Angeles!

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and architect Elizabeth Diller today unveiled the designs of The Broad Art Foundation, a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by world-renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the three-story museum features a unique porous honeycomb “veil” that wraps the building and is visible through an ...

Emilio Doorgasingh, actor, “terrorist” & funny Indian

Architecture & Design · Film · Theater
You meet a great mix of people in L.A. Dare I say, ‘fruits and nuts’? It’s all the more fun when the chatter happens at a garden party like the one Bill Stern convened in the soft air ricocheting ’round  Malibu’s Carbon Canyon Sunday afternoon. Stern’s annual fundraiser for the Museum of California Design is ...

California design celebrated in clear context @ Design Museum event

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
It’s the cusp of autumn in Los Angeles and that means one thing: Museum of California Design director Bill Stern is cooking a glorious plein air event that’s sure to add beauty and aesthetics to our existence. Another year, another magnificent, architecturally significant California home where Bill will host his annual benefit and fundraiser. It’s ...

Mark Morris loves the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Architecture & Design · Dance
The choreographer whose troupe, the Mark Morris Dance Group, opened a four-day run last night at the Music Center, shared his affection for the theater when I interviewed him in 2007: “It’s fabulous to be performing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,” he told me then. “I just love the mid-century-modern touches,” he said, indicating the ...