Leonard Bernstein: An Icon of American Music Celebrated at the Skirball Museum A Paean to the Man and the Exhibit

Leonard Bernstein: An Icon of American Music Celebrated at the Skirball Museum A Paean to the Man and the Exhibit

The renowned pianist Arthur Rubinstein described him as a universal genius.  Just to witness him on the podium conducting or on television in its early days explaining classical music to the millions one realized that.  Leonard Bernstein simply exuded exuberance and talent no matter what endeavor he embarked on, be it conducting classical music; composing for the stage, the screen, or the concert hall; championing music or social justice; or educating and inspiring any and…

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A Bright New “A Bright New Boise”: InHouse Theatre Production Infuses Light Where There is Darkness

A Bright New “A Bright New Boise”: InHouse Theatre Production Infuses Light Where There is Darkness

For Tickets & Information please visit: www.InHouseTheatre.com Production runs until June 30th in Los Angeles. Appeal of the Play and the InHouse Approach Desperation.Bleakness. Isolation. Despair. Faithlessness. Disrespect. Meaninglessness. Hopelessness. Hysteria. If I left something out, Samuel D. Hunter certainly did not in his play A Bright New Boise.  Given these givens, it is hard to imagine how lively, exciting, and stimulating a performance of this play InHouse Theatre presented on June 9, 2018 in Los Angeles. …

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Larry Namer: The Inspirational Story of the Media Giant

When Larry Namer graduated from Brooklyn College, a hiring freeze prevented him from landing a job  as a public school teacher in New York and he was forced to continue his summer job as an assistant underground cable splicer in order to eat.  At this point, one might say he was as low as you could go; but one who made that statement could not possibly be more distant from the truth.  For Larry was,…

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Ammo: amo*

Ammo: amo*

As we arrived at the Ammo Café in Hollywood, with this writer in a salivary frenzy of anticipation, we were immediately greeted enthusiastically at the door by the affable host of the restaurant, Julian Black. How often does that happen in life! This propitious beginning was indeed a harbinger of good things to come. As we awaited the arrival of our friend, up and coming actor Dylan Ramsey, we studied the menu under the tutelage of…

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Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective at the Pompidou in Paris: Magnifico!

Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective at the Pompidou in Paris: Magnifico!

In an awe-inspiring retrospective of the works of Roy Lichtenstein, which reveals the creativity, mastery of technique, range, and depth of this truly great artist, the Pompidou Museum in Paris has simply outdone itself. To grasp the true greatness of an artist, one must view as large a sampling of the artist’s oeuvre as possible and study in detail the events, influences, and forces which molded the artist.  I have been fortunate in my life…

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Caravaggio, Caravaggio!

Caravaggio, Caravaggio!

Let there be light and then let there be darkness!  This is perhaps the story of Caravaggio, who was not just one of the greatest painters ever to have lived but also a true revolutionary in both spirit and technique.  Eight of his paintings are currently on display at LACMA as part of a massive homage to him and the many, many painters he influenced – fifty of their works are part of the exhibit…

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Cy Twombly: Against All Odds, Rises an Artist of Greatness

Cy Twombly: Against All Odds, Rises an Artist of Greatness

Part 1: Overview and Beginnings One of his first major exhibits was described by a critic as a fiasco, involving scribbles a grammar school student could have created.  Even one of his supporters described his work as discomfiting to critics and truculently difficult for laymen.  So, how did Cy Twombly, who came from relatively nondescript beginnings, attended a seemingly obscure college, lived almost incognito for many years outside Rome, and produced works of seeming collagic chaos…

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