| Nov 20, 2013
| 6:00 AM
MOSCOW — Sipping tea in a cafe at the GUM department store overlooking the Kremlin, Joy Womack stared at Red Square and remembered arriving in Russia as a teen carrying huge hopes about her ballet career.
She recalled how she would stand in the...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 9:15 AM
This season's offerings of "The Nutcracker" are robust and varied. Westside Ballet of Santa Monica presents Tchaikovsky's holiday classic. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, Dec. 1, 1 and 5 p.m. Sold out. (310) 434-3200. http://www....
| Dec 7, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Mat Gleason, in a black Smiths T-shirt and black jeans, a point-and-shoot camera swinging from his neck, surveys the chaos inside his Chinatown art gallery, Coagula Curatorial. Hammers pound, a buzz saw whines and two workmen weld metal braces onto a...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
In 21st century America, there is one subject even more difficult to discuss honestly in public than race: money.
It took a while but near the end of Monday evening's diversity forum featuring the artistic leaders of Southern California's most prominent...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Direct from the age of black-and-white television, Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men" has been redeployed to confront the issue of race relations.
This Pasadena Playhouse production, which opened Sunday under the direction of artistic director Sheldon Epps,...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Denis O'Hare's campaign to write and perform a solo play based on "The Iliad" has now lasted almost as long as the Trojan War itself.
He began writing "An Iliad" in 2005 with his director and co-author, Lisa Peterson. Now they're bringing their 100-...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The bid to revive the stately old theaters of downtown L.A. has intersected with hopes for boosting the city’s chronically undernourished scene for major resident dance companies.
L.A. Dance Project, launched in 2012 by star choreographer...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 2:23 PM
On Sunday night in Los Angeles, two competing entertainments occupied downtown concert spaces to offer musical variety. At the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live before a few thousand people and a few million TV viewers, the American Music Awards beamed high-tech...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:15 AM
CHICAGO — When London-born Anna Clyne was 7, friends of her parents gave her family a piano with randomly missing keys. Undeterred, Clyne not only played that piano but by age 11 had written a few little songs for herself and a flute-playing friend....
| Dec 8, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When Richard Blanco became the inaugural poet this year, he was the first Latino, the first immigrant, the first openly gay person and the first engineer to serve in that role. Blanco describes the life-changing experience in his new book, "For All of Us,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Carlos Santana, the Mexico-born powerhouse whose songs have stirred listeners across cultures and across generations, was among five high achievers recognized Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Santana and a fellow honoree, opera...