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Mack & Mabel - The Perennial Bridesmaid

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Watching Douglas Sills sing “Movies Were Movies”, the opening number in the recent Encores! production of the 1974 Broadway musical Mack & Mabel, one can understand just how wonderful this work has the potential to be. Sadly, the show falters almost immediately as Jerry Herman's powerful score is undone by a number of issues. Including the problematic book by Michael Stewart. While's Stewart's efforts have since been revised by Francine Pascal, the end result is...
Tags: California, Theatre, Stewart, Mack, Mabel, New York City Center, Attaway, Sills, Josh Rhodes, Judd Hollander, Peter Hanson, Jerry Herman, Amy Clark, Normand, Lilli Cooper, Allen Moyer


Amazing Vintage Photos Of Badass Women Riding Their Choppers

A chopper is a type of custom motorcycle which emerged in California in the late 1950s. The chopper is perhaps the most extreme of all custom styles, often using radically modified steering angles and lengthened forks for a stretched-out appearance. They can be built from an original motorcycle which is modified (“chopped”) or built from scratch. h/t: vintag.es Some of the characteristic features... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, California, Women, Retro, Choppers


Mexican Muralists Changed the Course of 20th-Century American Art. A New Exhibit Explores Their Influence

Jackson Pollock’s best-known influences include European greats like Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. But often overlooked is the artist’s time at New York’s Experimental Workshop, founded in 1936 by David Alfaro Siqueiros, who along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco made up “los tres grandes” who led the postrevolution Mexican muralism movement. Siqueiros founded the Workshop in New York City in 1936, guided by the philosophy that in order to make truly radical art, artists must ...
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, News, California, Mexico, New York City, Uncategorized, America, United States, Pablo Picasso, States, Museum of Modern Art, Detroit, Whitney, Franklin Delano Roosevelt


The Future Perfect’s Casa Perfect Los Angeles 3.0

An untouched architectural gem from 1971 transformed into a showcase for contemporary design A walk up the pathway to LA’s new Casa Perfect—an architecturally stunning showroom for art and design gallery The Future Perfect—hints at what will be inside. Lush foliage, with both California and Japanese influences, leads to a massive ’70s-style front door, crafted from elegant dark wood. Push one of the large vertical …
Tags: Japan, Design, California, La, Los Angeles, Furniture, Homes, Exhibitions, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Casa Perfect, David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect, Casa Perfect Los Angeles, Interior Designs


California’s New Freelance Law Is Playing Havoc With Artists

“Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters. Musicians can’t join bands for a one-night gig, chefs can’t join forces with caterers, nurses can’t work at various hospitals, and writers must cap their submissions per media outlet to 35 per year.” – City Journal
Tags: Art, California, Issues, 02.13.20


Can The Worldwide Vinyl Boom Recover From The Apollo Factory Fire?

A billion dollar industry dependent on one factory in California? That’s physical manufacturing, so perhaps not. The factory, where 75 percent of the world’s blank lacquers were made, burned in early February. “Pressing plants and mastering engineers are assessing the future. Some have expressed fear that the fire will disrupt the global production of new album releases and slow the seemingly endless supply of reissues that major labels churn out.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, California, Los Angeles, 02.14.20


California May Remove Submissions Cap For Freelance Journalists Under New Gig Law

The bill, which is called AB5 and which went into effect on Jan. 1, says that outlets may not accept more than 35 submissions a year from any individual freelance journalist; any more, and the freelancer must be put on staff. Following desperate pleas from affected journalists, the law’s author said, in a series of tweets, that she will introduce an amendment to AB5 to eliminate the 35-article limit. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, California, Words, 02.07.20


How Hard Is It To Be A Freelance Theatre Critic Under California’s New Gig Law? This Hard

Lily Janiak, the only theatre critic in the entire Bay Area to have a staff position, writes about her friend and colleague Sam Hurwitt, who was earning all too little money before the law AB5. Now, with the new cap of 35 submissions per year before an outlet is required to put a freelancer on staff (which outlets insist they cannot afford to do), Hurwitt thinks he may have to abandon criticism altogether. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, California, Theatre, Bay Area, Lily Janiak, 02.13.20, Sam Hurwitt, Hurwitt


DIY sweet treats for Valentines Day

From pesticide residue on cut flowers to the questionable ingredients in conversation hearts, standard-issue Valentine romance won’t cut it for your earth-conscious sweetie. But don’t worry, you can make DIY treats that are delicious, personalized and easier on the environment than conventional Valentine’s Day candy. Fair-trade ingredients The best Valentine’s Day candy starts with fair-trade ingredients. Cocoa is one of the most important fair-trade items, as 90% of the global cocoa supply...
Tags: Design, California, South America, Rainforest Alliance, Valentine, Strawberry, Peru Ecuador Ghana, Bloomcheck


Artist Luchita Hurtado’s Sudden Success at 99

Venezeula-born, California-based artist Luchita Hurtado’s success at 99 years old came rather late (she’s been painting since the 1940s) and somewhat unintentionally, but she’s embraced it. For many years, she was known as an artist’s wife (she was married to Austrian surrealist Wolfgang Paalen, then American painter Lee Mullican, with whom she has a son, artist Matt Mullican) and spent “decades cheering them on while quietly …
Tags: Art, Design, California, Culture, Artists, Venezuela, Exhibitions, Paintings, Linkaboutit, LACMA, Venezeula, Venezuelan, Wolfgang Paalen, Luchita Hurtado, Lee Mullican, Matt Mullican


Abandoned amusement park to gain new life as a nature park in Suzhou

In Suzhou, China, an abandoned amusement park is being transformed into a 74-hectare nature park that will include a decommissioned roller coaster transformed into a habitat for birds. The innovative, adaptive reuse project is the work of international firm Tom Leader Studio Landscape Architecture, who won a design competition for the park and brought on California-based Kuth Ranieri Architects for help with the design. Named ‘Shishan Park’ after its location at the foot of Shishan (Chinese for ...
Tags: Design, California, China, Park, Parks / Wildlife, Pavilion, Unesco World Heritage, Aviary, Adaptive Reuse, Landscape Architecture, Suzhou, Suzhou China, Urban Park, Stormwater Management, Urban Regeneration, Amusement Park


How Bad Is California’s New Freelance Law For Performers? Let Them Tell You

“To learn more about AB5’s effect on artists, The Times asked readers to write in. We received more than 120 responses from artists across California — jazz and classical musicians, directors of arts nonprofits, magicians, costume designers, actors, a burlesque dancer and freelance food stylist, among others.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, California, The Times, Issues, 02.12.20


Is resurrecting Google’s BookBot the need of the hour?

Everyone in Silicon Valley is trying to design something straight out of the future. We treat science and technology as the end all be all of our issues and rightfully so, but here is an unpopular opinion – do we REALLY need technology in every aspect of our lives to make it better? A decade ago, robots doing all our tasks were just a thing of movies and today we don’t go a day without interacting with a robot – think about it, even if you call a place there is a 99% chance an automated voice ...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Design, Technology, California, Lifestyle, Silicon Valley, Appliances, Robot, Delivery, Editorial, Delivery Service, Drone Delivery, Product Design, Mountain View Library, Mountain Valley


This Soccer Team’s Angry-Faced Mascot Will Haunt Your Every Waking Moment

Getty Images The Scottish soccer team Partick Thistle has a mascot, and it’s caused quite a stir on social media. The mascot was designed by artist David Shrigley and was unveiled Monday after the Scottish team signed a new six-figure sponsorship deal with the California-based company Kingsford Capital Management. The mascot is named Kingsley, and it’s pretty unclear what exactly Kingsley is. Source
Tags: Design, California, Soccer, Sun, Angry, Partick Thistle, David Shrigley, Kingsley, Mascot, Kingsford Capital Management


Photo Flash: John C. Reilly, Simon Helberg and More Attend Opening Night of THE FATHER Starring Alfred Molina

Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California, presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, now through March 1, 2020. The production stars Alfred Molina Frieda, An Education, Enchanted April in a tour-de-force role in perhaps one of the most awarded plays of recent times on two continents winning the 2014 Molire Award, and nominations for the Evening Standard Theatre Award, Olivier Award for Best New Play, and Tony Aw...
Tags: California, Theatre, Alfred Molina, Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, BWW News Desk, Jessica Kubzansky, John C Reilly Simon Helberg, Pasadena Playhouse The State Theater, Alfred Molina Frieda


Odd.Bot, the weed-pulling robot that could eliminate herbicides

The aging adage, “there’s an app for that,” is evolving into, “there’s a robot for that.” More and more automation is finding its way to the market for household chores like cleaning floors, and now that innovation is in farmer’s fields with Odd.Bot, an automatic weeding robot. Odd.Bot made an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month with an informational booth and the weed-plucking device on display. Martijn Lukaart, Founder and CEO, explains that Odd.Bot is cu...
Tags: Design, California, Monsanto, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show CES, Martijn Lukaart Founder


How Dorothea Lange Defined the Role of the Modern Photojournalist

She created one of the most enduring images of the 20th century, but she also created a new model for her discipline.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, California, Museum of Modern Art, Lange, Dorothea Lange, Dorothea, Recession and Depression, Migrant Labor (Agriculture, Farm Security Administration, Great Depression (1930's, spon=Twomens2020


20 Amazing Photos Of A Young And Hot Axl Rose In The 1980s

It’s hard to believe it now, but there was a time when Axl Rose was on top of the world. Axl Rose was born William Bruce Rose Jr. on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He eventually moved to California, working odd jobs and playing in bands until the formation of Guns N’ Roses in the mid-1980s. Rose was frequently in trouble with the police and spent time in jail on charges of public... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, California, Retro, Young, Axl Rose, 1980s, Rose, Axl, Lafayette Indiana, William Bruce Rose Jr


Forecasting Exhibitor + Special Project Highlights from Felix LA 2020

An abundance of exceptional contemporary works and performances throughout the fair at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Both Felix and Frieze exceeded expectations with inaugural Los Angeles editions in 2019. Surprise and delight defined the discourse. Standards were set. And, for the most part, collectors, gallerists and artists had fun in the process. Felix LA, founded by art collector Dean Valentine and dealers Mills Morán and Al …
Tags: Art, Design, California, Los Angeles, Culture, Exhibitions, Contemporary Art, Art Fairs, Art Shows, FELIX, Frieze, Marlborough Gallery, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Dean Valentine, Frieze LA, Felix LA


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Feb. 6-13

  Stomp, a percussion and dance experience on Feb. 15 at the Soraya at Cal State Northridge. (Photo by Steve McNicholas)   Here is a sampling of upcoming events and also ongoing entertainments that you may have missed in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.   EVENTS   Cirque FLIP Fabrique: The circus troupe performs their new show “Blizzard,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets $22 and up. Smothers Theatre at Peppedine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522. arts.pep...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine and JAGGED LITTLE PILL's Derek Klena

Growingup in California meant many car rides and Jagged Little Pill was most definitely the soundtrack to and from the variousactivities his mom drove him to. Now Derek Klena shares what life was growing up in his own version of the Von Trapp Family singers with his musical siblings and a mom obsessed with musical theater. Derek played sportsand was in shows- much like Troy Bolton in High School Musical- but lucky for us - theater won Find out what it's like starring in Jagged Little Pill 8 show...
Tags: California, Theatre, Derek, Jagged Little Pill, Troy Bolton, Von Trapp, Derek Klena, Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine, Ilana Levine


Cooper & Thief’s Complex, Non-Traditional Wines

Using unconventional barrels, the brand crafts a niche product worth savoring Unlike more traditional winemakers, the team behind Lodi, California’s Cooper & Thief prove particularly fond of breaking conventions, all while employing centuries-old techniques. The wines they produce can still file under well-known categorical styles—Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Red Blend—but the spirit with which they produce wines could not be more different than conventional …
Tags: Drinks, Design, California, Alcohol, Cocktails, Wine, Bourbon, Spirits, Tequila, Food + Drink, Cooper, Sauvignon Blanc, Wines, Lodi California, Red Wines, White Wines


Candid Photographs Capture Street Styles Of San Francisco Girls In The Early 1970s

The 1970s are one of the most revisited decades when it comes to fashion, and they continue to influence modern style. From flares to bell sleeves, shearling coats, and mini skirts, the ’70s birthed an eclectic mix of style influences that evolved quickly in a 10-year span. Skirts got shorter, boots got taller, and a range of style icons like Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton helped spearhead some of... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, California, San Francisco, Girls, Retro, 1970s, Jane Birkin, Jean Shrimpton


LEED Platinum-targeted Santa Monica apartments are powered by solar energy

Los Angeles-based design practice KFA Architecture has recently completed Pico Eleven, a new multi-unit residential housing project designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. In addition to the building’s inclusion of solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and passive solar strategies, Pico Eleven has also dedicated approximately one-third of its units to affordable housing, with four units set aside for very low-income households. Located near Downtown Santa Monica, the housing project...
Tags: Design, California, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Downtown Santa Monica, Downtown Santa Monica Pico Eleven


Net-zero Del Mar Civic Center celebrates community and the great outdoors

After decades of planning, the Californian seaside city Del Mar has finally welcomed a new civic center to consolidate all of its primary public functions into one location at the heart of the community. Located on a 1.5-acre site with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Del Mar Civic Center is the work of West Coast-based The Miller Hull Partnership, who took inspiration for the design from the surroundings. The new civic center is also engineered for net-zero energy operations and is outf...
Tags: Design, California, Singapore, Architecture, Community, Solar, Solar Power, West Coast, Pacific Ocean, City Hall, Off-grid, Net Zero, Rainwater Harvesting, Community Design, Courtyard, Civic Center


Bothered And Bewildered Performing Arts Groups Struggle With California’s New Gig-Economy Law

“Assembly Bill 5 is intended to reduce worker misclassification, making it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors. … But the law’s ambiguous language — specifically the use of the phrase ‘fine artist’ without actually defining the term — already had led one opera company to postpone a production, prompted other small arts organizations to consider cutting programs and sent others scrambling to raise more money to comply with the law.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, California, Issues, 01.29.20


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 30-Feb. 6

  Bird watchers on an easy walk with volunteer guide Kerry Perkins look for local and migrating birds in January at Santa Monica Mountains Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer)   Here is a sampling of upcoming events and also ongoing entertainments that you may have missed in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.   EVENTS   Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Winter Sky” show, 7:30, and “Light Ye...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Dance, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Scientists announce the Doomsday Clock is within 100 seconds to midnight

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been warning the public about how close humankind is to irreversible destruction. The nonprofit does this via its iconic indicator, the Doomsday Clock. Recently, the Doomsday Clock advanced one-third of a minute to now be within 100 seconds to midnight, with the midnight hour symbolizing our planet’s apocalyptic demise and humanity’s possible extinction. “Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers — nuclear war and climat...
Tags: Design, News, Climate Change, California, Environment, University Of Chicago, Jerry Brown, Manhattan Project, Extinction, Environmental Destruction, Doomsday Clock, Security Board, Bulletin, Climate Crisis, Rachel Bronson, Bulletin 's Board of Sponsors


Lights Designed to breathe life into your modern home

Exquisite lighting designs have the ability to illuminate any live space, and to just add that extra oomph factor! I mean, of course, we need them to see in the dark, but as highly functional as they should be,  a lighting fixture also needs to be aesthetically pleasing. So, we’ve curated a collection of intriguing lighting designs to brighten up your home or office space! The Mygdal Plantlight by Nui Studio is a revolutionary lighting solution not just because the luminaire is a completely sel...
Tags: Design, California, Lighting, Product Design, Tanner, Nui Studio, Karice, YD Design Storm, Design Storm, Lighting Designs, Ron Neal, Little Anvil, Filip Janssens


California Passes Bill SB 372, to Make Beverage Manufacturers & Distributors Responsible for Recycling

California's recycling system is failing. They're no different from many U.S. states and counties; following China's unassailable decision to stop accepting the world's refuse, municipalities and businesses across the country have struggled to find a way to recycle without going broke. In California, more than half of their recycling centers have closed in the past six years, and "forty-five of Los Angeles County's 88 cities have no recycling centers," according to the L.A. Times.Photo by Brian ...
Tags: Design, California, Oregon, China, Michigan, Lithuania, Consumer Watchdog, Sustainable Design, Los Angeles County, Appropriations Committee, Norway Germany, Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Brian Yurasits



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