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Let us praise (again) Robert Irwin and his Central Garden at Getty

Let us praise (again) Robert Irwin and his Central Garden at Getty

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s not hard to take for granted the half-century labors of artists who have made Los Angeles a star of the international art world. Robert Irwin, foremost among such artists, was asked in the 1990s to design a “sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art,” as he has put it, now […]

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Eataly in Century City is open, worth the wait

Eataly in Century City is open, worth the wait

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are a lot of lines at Eataly, the newly opened, hotly anticipated Italian food hall and marketplace in the Westfield Century City Mall. Once inside, there are more lines: lines to buy freshly made burrata at the cheesemonger’s; lines for Italian street food at La Piazza, one of three restaurants contained in the two-story, […]

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‘Something Rotten’ is a treat

‘Something Rotten’ is a treat

| November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Theater Review by Patricia Foster Rye It’s time for FOTFL and laughing out loud again — non stop. Something Rotten has music and lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, and book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. The show tells the story of brothers Nick Bottom (Rob McClure) and Nigel Bottom (Josh Grisetti), two playwrights […]

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Flourishing Getty Center forest, 20 years on, among most beautiful

Flourishing Getty Center forest, 20 years on, among most beautiful

| November 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

David Geffen, a leading cultural philanthropist, donated $150 million to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in early October, on the same day that the New York Philharmonic, to which Geffen had donated $100 million, announced it was scaling back a $500 million renovation of its David Geffen Hall. This timing and the dollar […]

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The missing house of America’s ‘most dangerous architect’

The missing house of America’s ‘most dangerous architect’

| September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

He was a proven and inveterate liar before he was elected to high office; Roy Cohn was his trusted advisor; and his fellow Republicans were loath to denounce him before he wreaked havoc on the country. Joseph McCarthy’s early 1950s reign of terror in the U.S. Senate zoomed straight to Los Angeles and swallowed Hollywood […]

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Home Ground: Architect brought Pueblo Deco to Union Station

Home Ground: Architect brought Pueblo Deco to Union Station

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

By the time Los Angeles’ Union Station opened for business in 1939 with the distinctive geometry of the Pueblo-Deco commercial spaces designed by Mary Jane Colter, the transformation of American life by rail travel was not only complete, but on the decline. Union Station was the last of the grand railway stations to be built […]

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