arts·meme exclusive: Ronni Chasen first anniversary murder slideshow

Ideas & Opinion · Visual arts
We lived through ’em all — OJ murder, freeway chase, and trial; Rodney King beating and ensuing riot; Northridge earthquake, and the endless parade of pulpy misdeeds that happen in Los Angeles all the time. But none of it, not a one, could top the Ronni Chasen murder last November for its undiluted brand of ...

Eek-A-Mouse 2

Film
What was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon? If you are thinking “Steamboat Willie,” you would be wrong. Mickey Mouse got his start in “Plane Crazy,” but not a single distributor bought it. Undaunted, Walt Disney began work on the second Mickey Mouse cartoon, “Gallopin’ Gaucho,” released on December 30, 1928. You can see both classic ...

The astronaut and the ballerina 1

Dance
Weightlessness has its rewards. In 1950, the ballerina was a featherweight slithering down her partner’s body and marching on her highest pointes as Balanchine’s snaky Siren in “The Prodigal Son.” In 1969 the astronaut, seen at right, clocked in at 35 pounds while padding around the moon’s soft terrain like a stuffed doll. Los Angeles County ...