Alexander McQueen: LACMA Offers a Perspicacious Perspective in a Tour de Force Presentation 

Alexander McQueen: LACMA Offers a Perspicacious Perspective in a Tour de Force Presentation 

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse, currently on view at LACMA until October 9, 2022, is magnificent in concept, scope, and presentation, both as a representation of the works of McQueen and as a thoughtful and carefully planned exhibit by the LACMA staff. Lovers of art and fashion simply must come to this show, probably numerous times, to realize its full impact and appreciate the greatness of this undertaking. There are three principal players here:…

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Issey Miyake: A Genius of Clothing Design Embedded with the Human Spirit

Issey Miyake: A Genius of Clothing Design Embedded with the Human Spirit

A giant of civilization has passed. Issey Miyake, the Japanese clothing designer, made a remarkable across-the-board impact on society with his creations, which showcased his capacities for innovation, passion, compassion, fearlessness, and humanity. Born in 1938 in Hiroshima, he experienced firsthand the horrors of the atomic bomb in 1945, both physically and psychologically. But he determined that this tragic incident would not scar or identify him, and then and there chose the path of optimism…

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Olivier Rousteing as Jean Paul Gaultier:

Olivier Rousteing as Jean Paul Gaultier:

The Reverent Irreverent Does the Master Proud in Spectacular Paris Fashion Show on July 7, 2022 As a long-time lover of art and fashion, I recall with delight a magnificent Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective exhibition I attended at Stockholm’s Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in 2013. This show, with its talking mannikins, cone bras, and utterly vanguard designs, placed me in a realm of imagination without boundaries. I was witnessing an absolute master of…

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Vegan AT LARGE: Lawry’s Restaurant

Vegan AT LARGE: Lawry’s Restaurant

How A Castle For Carnivores Became Valhalla For A Vegan One might think that a vegan at Lawry’s Restaurant, which specializes in prime rib, is as dead as the meat they serve. Think again! When I ate at Lawry’s in 2021, I was a vegetarian who ate eggs and cheese, so I enjoyed my delicious Lawry’s salad with egg (provided to me by a beneficent waiter, who felt sorry for me amidst a group of…

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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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