January 2020

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LA Murals

LA Murals at The Music Center

LA Murals

  • By Cynthia Lum

Due to its multi-cultural population and vigorous art scene, Los Angeles is widely heralded as an epicenter for street art.  L.A. Muralsat the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall is a new exciting photography exhibition from the Library of Congress documenting the vibrant diversity of murals painted on the streets of The City of Angels.

“Los Angeles is home to a flourishing artistic community with a number of highly talented street artists and muralists whose work portrays the many cultures of our vibrant county and provides a vibrant backdrop to our daily lives,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “The Music Center is thrilled to be able to provide a platform that highlights this art form and the many murals that are part of the fabric of LA.” L.A. Murals features 30 photographs depicting a wide variety of images, including religious icons, a memorial honoring a victim of gun violence, city storefronts and businesses, and heroic figures, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. along with Kobe Bryant and James Worthy of the LA Lakers. The focus of the exhibition inspired by the vitality of the visual arts and creativity of Los Angeles is curated from the archives of photographers Carol M. Highsmith and Camilo José Vergara, which are part of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division of more than 14 million photographs documenting America.

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LA Opera’s Eurydice at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Feb 1-23


  • By Deborah Behrens

LA Opera’s new decade kicks off in spectacular fashion with the world premiere of Eurydice by composer Matthew Aucoin and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist/Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl that reimagines the ancient Greek myth from the heroine’s point of view instead of her husband Orpheus. Starring Danielle de Niese and directed by Mary Zimmerman, this modern day opera is the centerpiece of a three-month countywide Eurydice Found Festival of “performances, happenings and conversations” by artists and scholars examining the misconceptions/interpretations of the woman famously left behind in the underworld.

In the old telling, musician Orpheus loses his wife via snakebite on their wedding day and journeys to the Underworld to convince Hades and Persephone to let Eurydice return. He is forbidden to look at her as they leave but disobeys at the last minute, forcing them to part. The Eurydice Found Festival will focus on the female perspective and experience, the wife/daughter/mother who has too frequently been ignored or abandoned. From art museums to musical performance, talks to theatrical readings, fashion exhibits, film and dance, Angelenos will enjoy a rich tapestry of options to dive deeper into these myths.

Eurydice Found Festival. January – March. For more information, click here.

Henry Winkler

A Night with Henry Winkler Jan 11th at Lewis Family Playhouse

Henry Winkler

  • By AC Remler

For Baby Boomers who grew up watching the hit television series Happy Days, one of its central characters Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzarelli, aka The Fonz, was a household name. Played by Henry Winkler during the series’ 10-year run, The Fonz was the penultimate ‘50s cool guy.  With a thwack of his fist, he could fix any appliance or bring a jukebox to life. And the ladies simply couldn’t resist those saucy sideburns and that cool leather jacket (a Smithsonian museum artifact since 1980).

Winkler, who suffered from dyslexia as a child, once said: “The Fonz was everybody I wasn’t. He was everybody I wanted to be.” This month, Winkler, the award-winning actor, author, director and producer will be on hand to impart years of wisdom, triumphs and heart-felt encouragement in a one-night engagement at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga.

The Yale School of Drama-graduate, who was recognized with an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2018 for his role on the HBO dark comedy Barry, will draw from his accomplished career in entertainment that continued after Happy Days ended in 1984. But Winkler also has worked tirelessly on behalf of children with learning disabilities, and has published more than 35 books –– mostly about dyslexic hero Hank, the “world’s greatest underachiever.”  Winkler will be signing copies of his new book series, Alien Superstar after the event. Woah. That’s cool.

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Fred Zinnemann

Manhattan Sunset, November, 1931, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print by Fred Zinneman

Fred Zinnemann

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo By Fred Zinnemann

With over twenty major films and an accolade-studded career to his credit, Fred Zinnemann, was one of the most influential and successful filmmakers in Hollywood. With classic films “A man for All Seasons”, “High Noon”, “The Nun’s Story”, “From Here to Eternity” to his credit, Zinnemanm earned 65 Oscar nominations and 24 actual trophies over the course of his five-decade career.

Outside of film, Zinnemann was an equally gifted photographer. Before his trek to Hollywood, the young director, spent around a year in New York city in pursuit of understanding the magic behind “talking pictures” as he called them. Fred Zinnemann: Talking Pictures on view at Peter Fetterman Gallery explores this unique body of work.

Although Zinnemann only spent a year observing the inner workings of New York, he spent a lifetime admiring the architectural and cultural beauty of the city, and executed his perception through masterfully printed silver gelatin photographs. Whether it’s the grand scale of the newly built high rises of Manhattan, or the bicycle races in Madison Square Garden, the power of the images is not solely derived from their composition, but also through the admiration Zinnemann shares for life.

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