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The Surprising True Story of "The Princes of Kings Road"

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/31/2015 7:27:00 AM

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The Princes of Kings Road is a true story about the iconic L.A.-based architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler. They were once friends and business partners, but became bitterly estranged for 23 years. Then, they found themselves occupying the same hospital room in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.

Tom Lazarus has written feature films, network dramas, books and plays. In his latest play, The Princes of Kings Road, he imagines what might have transpired during that reunion.

Tom Lazarus

I asked Lazarus what drew him to this story.

Tom Lazarus The producer of the play, my wife, and I were watching a documentary about Julius Shulman, the famous photographer of modernist architecture. There was a very small mention of the bitter estrangement of Schindler and Neutra, and the fact that 23 years later, Schindler is dying in the hospital and by sheer coinidence, Richard Neutra is wheeled into the room. We looked at ...

Hammer Museum Weaves LA Artists and Afghan Craftswomen into Carpet Project

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/14/2015 12:09:00 PM

For the Afghan Carpet Project, weavers in Afghanistan took designs from six LA artists and made them into carpets now on view at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition (which runs through the end of September) is the culmination of a project that began with a trip to Afghanistan to visit weavers in Kabul and Bamiyan in March 2014.

Lisa Sanchez is a veteran of more than 18 years of military service and the President and CEO of not-for-profit AfghanMade. Sanchez and AfghanMade originally approached carpet producer Christopher Farr about collaborating. Farr brought in the Hammer Museum and the Afghan Carpet Project was born. "It was really Christopher's idea to have this type of woman-to-woman project," says Sanchez. "The Hammer Museum brought in these wonderful women from Los Angeles and then we travelled to meet the women in Afghanistan to really get inspired to create these beautiful pieces of work." The six American ...

Check Out the Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/20/2015 9:07:00 AM

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Right now at the FIDM Museum & Galleries, the art and artistry of Emmy-nominated costume designers is on display, with a collection of over 100 costumes from shows like GothamThe Mindy Project,Olive Kitteridge, and Wolf HallAdmission to the exhibition is free and it runs through September 26, 2015.  

Nick Verreos, FIDM spokesman

"If there's one word to describe this year, it's 'period,'" said Nick Verreos, FIDM spokesperson, when I asked him what stood out among this year's costumes. "There's an interest among the public for more like the recent hits that have been period shows--Downton Abbey and Mad MenVisually, I think it's great. People who don't know a lot about costume design can come to this exhibition and say 'ahh THIS is costume design.' As opposed to seeing an actor in a t-shirt and jeans and thinking 'how is that costume design?' When you come here, you see ...

Artist David Hockney Returns to LA for a New Gallery Exhibition: Our Interview & Photos

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/16/2015 10:32:00 AM

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The exhibit David Hockney: Painting and Photography opened this week at LA Louver, and will be on view there through September. Hockney himself attended the opening. I asked him about the intersection of images and technology in his work, spanning the decades.

 

Artist David Hockney

 

Arts Alive contributors Susie Goodman and Sheila Tepper

 Arts Alive contributors Sheila Tepper and Susie Goodman with two works by Hockney.

 

photos courtesy Susie Goodman

"Moves After Dark" Explores LA's Exciting Dance Scene by Taking Over the Music Center

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/14/2015 12:44:00 PM

Last night was the debut of a new site-specific dance series taking place throughout July at The Music Center. Four LA-based dance companies are taking over different parts of the Music Center--from the Disney Hall stairs, to the Mark Taper Forum pond--for their performances. The series is called Moves After Dark. Tickets are only $25 and the nights are a chance to get to know LA's exciting dance scene (more performances 7/14, 7/20 & 7/21).

I spoke with Lillian Barbeito, co-founder of BODYTRAFFIC, and Tamica Washington-Miller, choreographer for Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, about their companies' contributions to the first Moves After Dark.

 

BODYTRAFFIC - Restructure

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BODYTRAFFIC performs "Restructure"

 

Lulu Washington Dance Theatre - Message for My Peeps

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"Message for my Peeps" by Lulu Washington Dance Theatre

 

Lulu Washington Dance Theatre performs "Message for My Peeps"

 

Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY - Seven Short Pieces

performance by Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY

 

Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY's "Seven Short Pieces"

 

Ate9 founder, choreographer Danielle Agami

 

CONTRA-TIEMPO - wade en el agua

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CONTRA-TIEMPO performs "wade in el agua"

 

Ana Maria Alvarez' troupe CONTRA-TIEMPO

 

photos courtesy Susie Goodman

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