Art & Literature Reviews

Taking a swing at young Fragonard

Taking a swing at young Fragonard

Those who’ve nodded through 18th-century art history courses are probably familiar with Fragonard’s most famous painting, “The Swing.”

New discoveries of the West

New discoveries of the West

A recent collection at the Autry reveals the museum's dynamic view of the frontier.

A comedian finds his calling

A comedian finds his calling

Kyle Cease takes his serious goal of helping others evolve to the Alex Theatre in Glendale next weekend.

Rock 'n' roll gets an encore at Forest Lawn in Glendale

Rock 'n' roll gets an encore at Forest Lawn in Glendale

Lavish exhibit features more of the music scene's artistic collaborators.

Theater Review: Joplin's 'triumphant return'

Theater Review: Joplin's 'triumphant return'

Broadway show of a '60s icon comes back to life at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Arts Briefs: Local teen singer Sydney Sierota signs with modeling agency; Alex Film Society screens classic movies

Arts Briefs: Local teen singer Sydney Sierota signs with modeling agency; Alex Film Society screens classic movies

At just 18, Sydney Sierota is already deep into the world of music and pop culture, and has now been signed to the prestigious Wilhelmina Models agency.

Huntington exhibit spotlights period of British artwork

Huntington exhibit spotlights period of British artwork

Show focuses on British art from the early 20th century.

Sister Mary's colorful legacy

Sister Mary's colorful legacy

Pasadena Museum of California Art pays tribute to an influential poster artist.

Stage Review: A playwright runs from his past

Stage Review: A playwright runs from his past

Playwright Charlie is in the first stable relationship of his life with beautiful, loving Shelly. What could possibly go wrong?

Theater company to present pair of play readings

Theater company to present pair of play readings

A Noise Within continues 'Words Within' series with 'Lulu' and 'The Dresser.'

Armin Hansen captures impression of a harsher reality

Armin Hansen captures impression of a harsher reality

Artist paints the men and machinery of the California coast.

Artist Ikko Tanaka's work shows design as a primer on culture

Artist Ikko Tanaka's work shows design as a primer on culture

Good graphic design imparts ideas. It's like a short trip: from Point A to Point B in the most direct fashion, with a little information payoff at the end.

Author William Hackman chronicles a culture of creativity

Author William Hackman chronicles a culture of creativity

Hackman shines a revelatory light on L.A.'s '60s art scene.

"The Whipping Man" is steeped in the aftermath of battle

'The Whipping Man' is steeped in the aftermath of battle

Theater's post-Civil War production resonates with contemporary meaning.

The 'serious fun' of John Lennon's art

The 'serious fun' of John Lennon's art

Yoko Ono wants the world to give her late husband's drawings a chance.

Alex Theatre has an uplifting story to tell

Alex Theatre has an uplifting story to tell

The survival of the Alex Theatre in Glendale was in serious doubt when the landmark venue nearly lost vital funding with the state’s elimination of local redevelopment agencies in 2012. Its prospects look considerably rosier now.

Art in the family

Art in the family

Husband, wife and daughter have paintings in a Western exhibit at the Autry.

The vice that became a dance phenomenon

'Tango Nuevo Cabaret' plays to its roots with accomplished cast at the Alex.

Alex production taps into dancers' old-movie legacy

Alex production taps into dancers' old-movie legacy

Panelists, live dancing and film clips will fete the Nicholas Brothers.

Ancient Nepali art on display

Ancient Nepali art on display

Exhibit at Pasadena's Janakpur Handicraft Center focuses on Mithila art.

The Huntington adds highlights to its American collection

The Huntington adds highlights to its American collection

Gainsborough's "Blue Boy," Thomas Lawrence's "Pinkie," landscapes by Constable and Turner: British art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries will always be a hallmark of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

Joan Quinn portrait exhibit spotlights artist's champion

Joan Quinn portrait exhibit spotlights artist's champion

Like all creative types, artists often benefit from the largesse of others. Genuine patrons of the arts, though, are scarce these days.

Music pours life into artist's work

Music pours life into artist's work

Megan Madzoeff's 'H20' series is inspired by the influence of sound on water.

Taking a tour through the past at Museums of the Arroyo

Taking a tour through the past at Museums of the Arroyo

Museums of the Arroyo Day, which returns for 25th year, offers special activities, exhibitions.

Enjoy this 'Lion' while it roars

Enjoy this 'Lion' while it roars

Ah, Christmas at home in the 12th century with Henry II and family. Dinner, a little tree-trimming... and threats of fratricide, patricide and war, fueled by marital malice: What could be cozier?

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