• November 21, 2018

    From fighting fires to making pineapple fiber shine. Hear our extended interview with USC Pacific Asia Museum curator Rebecca Hall about the museum’s exhibition Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection. Hall spoke with KUSC’s Kelsey McConnell.

    Posted 11/21/2018 8:41:56 AM

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  • November 21, 2018

    A rare exhibition in a jewel of a building. We went to the USC Pacific Asia Museum to see a display of incredible textiles from across Asia and through time.

    Posted 11/21/2018 8:40:53 AM

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  • November 19, 2018

    The subject of home and displacement from home is a subject that is hitting far too close to home these days up and down the state of California as wildfires turn an abstract concept into something deeply human and, in so many cases, deeply tragic as well. The LA-based choir Tonality examines the concept of home and tells stories of refugees, homelessness, displacement, and immigration through music in their concert called Stories of Home.

    Posted 11/19/2018 8:40:30 AM

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  • November 15, 2018

    For 55 years the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been delighting kids and adults alike with twirling puppets and post-show ice cream. But soon (the day after Thanksgiving to be exact), the theater will close its doors for good. The show will go on, though. First with a five week run of Bob Baker’s Nutcracker show at the Pasadena Playhouse, and later at a new permanent home yet to be named. Baker himself passed away in 2014 at the age of 90. But in 2012, we found him spry and still very much devoted to his puppets during an Arts Alive interview at the theater. In honor of the theater’s closing chapter, here is that interview.

    Posted 11/15/2018 12:00:02 PM

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  • November 15, 2018

    Kenneth Turan and Gail Eichenthal review Julian Schnabel’s new film “At Eternity’s Gate” featuring Willem Dafoe.

    Posted 11/15/2018 8:40:33 AM

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  • November 14, 2018

    Diverse musical worlds come together this weekend with the LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s a piece that brings together chorus, a Baroque orchestra, tabla, and a sitar; and bridges time and place and seven different major religious traditions. The music is by Los Angeles composer Reena Esmail and it’s called This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity. Esmail tells me she wrote it in the throes of the contentious 2016 presidential election and one of the goals of the piece was to celebrate the idea that, as humans, there is more that unites us than divides us.

    Posted 11/14/2018 8:40:03 AM

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  • November 12, 2018

    Willem Dafoe played the actor who played the vampire in Nosferatu, and he’s played more than one actual vampire. He’s been the Green Goblin, the good-hearted, ill-fated Sergeant Elias in Platoon… and even Jesus himself. Last year, he was the stern but caring motel manager in The Florida Project. Now, he’s Vincent Van Gogh. In the new drama, At Eternity’s Gate, Dafoe reunited with the painter-turned-director Julian Schnabel — whom Dafoe has worked with since Schnabel’s directing debut in 1996 — portraying the other famous painter in the last season of his life. The casting drew some double-takes, since Van Gogh died when he was 37, and Dafoe is… well, 63. But the actor has a good answer for that, which you’ll hear in our conversation. We also touched on avoiding the clichés about Vincent Van Gogh, how Dafoe learned to paint for real for this part, and why he gravitates towards outcast characters.

    Posted 11/12/2018 8:40:30 AM

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