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Big Fashion From the Small Screen

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/24/2014 9:55:00 AM

The art and artistry of Emmy-nominated costume designers is currently on display at the FIDM Museum in Downtown LA--from the jewels of Downton Abbey to the modern gothic garments of American Horror Story: Coven.

Here's our conversation with FIDM Spokesman and Designer Nick Verreos, Downton Abbey Jewelry Designer Andrew Prince, and Parenthood Costume Designer (and FIDM alum) Diane Crooke.

Nick Andrew Diane


Gucci black dress worn by Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven.

Wedding dress by Luke Reichle, Costume Designer, Castle.

Costumes and jewelery from Downton Abbey.


More from Downton Abbey.


photos courtesy Susie Goodman

The Wit and Wisdom of Elaine Stritch, In Her Own Words

Posted By: KUSC · 7/17/2014 10:11:00 AM

In 2008, when Elaine Stritch was in-between shows, former Arts Alive contributor Chris Stanley caught up with the show business legend at The Gallery tea room in Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel, Stritch's longtime home. They talked about Stritch's life and career, the toll her "partying" had taken, why she bristled at descriptions of herself as a "loud mouth," and her philosophies on life and death. In memory of Elaine Stritch, we'd like to share this interview once again.

LA's Little Tokyo Welcomes Hundreds For First World Taiko Gathering

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/8/2014 12:22:00 PM

The inaugural World Taiko Gathering is about to bring over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia to LA's Little Tokyo for three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities. As part of the gathering, a three-concert series called Taiko Nation will be held Saturday, July 19 at 8PM and on Sunday, July 20 at 2PM and 7PM. The LA-based TAIKOPROJECT will host Taiko Nation. TAIKOPROJECT is known for blending traditional Japanese taiko with storytelling and choreography. 

I was fortunate to be able to sit in on a rehearsal and interview TAIKOPROJECT's Managing Director Bryan Yamami and Artistic Director Masato Baba. Listen to the player below to hear our conversations.


Taiko Nation takes place on Saturday, July 19 at 8PM and on Sunday, July 20 at 2PM and 7PM at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre, located at 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo. More information ...

Kenneth Turan's Summer Movie Picks

Posted By: KUSC · 6/27/2014 12:27:00 PM

LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan talked to Gail Eichenthal about some big-budget blockbusters, documentaries and independent dramas to see you through the summer. Here are his picks.



The Internet's Own Boy

Life Itself



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Get On Up


A Most Wanted Man




A Hard Day's Night

A Conversation with Danielle Brazell, The Mayor's Pick to Head LA's Cultural Affairs Department

Posted By: Kelsey McConnell · 6/27/2014 12:17:00 PM

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has tapped Danielle Brazell to head the city's Department of Cultural Affairs. Brazell is the founding executive director of the advocacy organization Arts for LA. She's the former artistic director of Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica and director of special projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Pending confirmation by the city council, Brazell will become the fifth GM of Cultural Affairs and the only person in that post to be a native Angeleno who's arts career has revolved entirely around Los Angeles. I talked to Brazell about her belief that the arts save lives and the arts policy issues currently facing the city. First, I asked her to define the role of Cultural Affairs Department GM.

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